Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight, figure out a food allergy, or just want to plan your meals out for the week, meal prepping is both awesome and a pain in the ass at the same time. And even though it might be a pain to cook all those meals on a Sunday night as you get ready for the week, just think of how much time it will save you on the weeknights when you get home from work and just want to do absolutely nothing.
If you’re looking to get into meal prep then you’ll need to make sure you have the proper storage containers. There are plenty of options out there for meal prep containers. Whether you’re looking for plastic, glass, disposable, or reusable, there are containers out there for whatever you’re needs are.
In our opinion though, if you’re going to these levels to prep and plan out your meals for the week, cooking them all on a Sunday night, then you might as well go with reusable glass meal prep containers as opposed to plastic or disposable ones. It’ll save you money in the long run and it’s really not that hard to maintain the glass containers, as long as you plan ahead and ensure that your dishwasher will be running over the weekend when you don’t need the containers.
With that said, we’ve put together a list of the best glass meal prep containers that you can find to help you store and transport your meals every week.
If you are really against the glass meal prep containers, we’ve included a few other options at the bottom of the post as well.
Glass Meal Prep Containers with Dividers
The first thing you should think about when choosing which meal prep containers to go with is whether or not you’re going to need a container that has dividers.
If you’re like my wife, then you absolutely hate when different foods touch each other. It doesn’t matter if it’s food from the same food group, if it touches each other, it’s inedible. She doesn’t even like it when she has pancakes with syrup on the same plate as eggs… come on…
Either way though, if you know that you want containers with dividers then that’s something you should consider before making the purchase.
Here are some of our favorite glass meal prep containers that have dividers so your food won’t leak into one another.
Prep Naturals 30 oz. Containers
These glass meal prep containers from Prep Naturals are a great option if you’re looking for a container with 2 sections. The different sections are different sizes so you’ll be able to properly portion your main meal and your side item. The quality of the glass is decent and does not feel cheap or easily breakable. The containers are made to hold up to freezing temperatures, as well as microwave safe, so you can take your food straight from the freezer/fridge, with you to work, and then straight into the microwave to be heated up and ready to eat.
Our only complaint about this product is that the dividers inside the containers do not go all the way up to the top so if you have small items one of the sections, there is a chance that the items will mix together depending on how you transport the containers. But other than that, these are quality products that we definitely recommend.
Misc Home Lifetime Lids
If you’re looking for a 3 compartment container, then these from Misc Home are a great place to start. These containers come in at a little bit bigger than the Prep Natural containers at 36 oz., which makes sense since they have an extra compartment. Again, this container has one main section for your main meal and 2 smaller sections for your side items, and again, our biggest complaint is that the compartments aren’t fully separated from each other. The dividers do not go all the way to the top.
But, if you’re looking for a solid 3 compartment glass meal prep container, we definitely recommend these containers from Misc Home.
Chef Fresh Packs 3 Compartment Containers
Here is another option if you’re looking for a 3 compartment glass container that comes in just a tiny bit smaller than the previous container at 35 oz. I would say these are just as good as the Misc Home Lifetime Lids and come it a little bit cheaper as well. But again, as with all of these containers it seems, the dividers do not go all the way to the lid, leaving just a small amount of space for smaller items to sneak into other compartments depending on how they are transported.
There are a lot of different meal prep containers out there, but if you’re looking to keep your food separated, then the compartmentalized containers are the way to go. They may not completely protect your foods from one another, but in most cases it’s not going to be an issue, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Just don’t try to transport soup or liquids in one of the compartments and you should be fine.
But what if you’re just looking for a container with a single, large, compartment to transport your food to work, or just to store in the fridge/freezer for the week so it’s ready to go when you get home at the end of the day…
We’ve got you covered.
Best Glass Meal Prep Containers Without Dividers
Prep Naturals 29 Oz Container
For the most part, every one of these containers we’re listing in this section are basically just pyrex containers with fancy lids to ensure that your food is air tight and sealed off from any leaks. I’m not sure if Pyrex promises that their containers are leak proof, but the glass that is used in all these containers is pretty much the same and will do the same thing.
These containers come in at 6.5″ x 4.75″ x 2″, 29 oz and will hold your food in the fridge/freezer, oven or microwave. These containers can handle pretty much whatever you want to throw at them. The lids seal the containers very well and ensure that your food won’t leak out in transport. If you’re looking for a solid container, then you can’t really go wrong with these.
Misc Home 24 oz Containers
As I mentioned above, when it comes to these glass containers that don’t have any dividers, there’s not a whole lot different about them, which is why I’m only going to list 2 of them in this section. If you’re really going to be that picky about your containers, than you should probably just go with the plastic ones instead.
The Misc Home containers held up just as good as anything else we tested so it really just comes down to the style you’re looking for and the size of the containers themselves. If you already have a certain brand of container with dividers and you’re looking for something to compliment those, we would suggest going with the same brand as they may stack better in the fridge/freezer than if you were to have different brands, but it’s totally up to you.
Plastic Meal Prep Containers
While we mainly focused on the glass meal prep containers above, we wanted to throw in at least one pick for plastic meal prep containers in case you didn’t want to go the glass route.
Some people prefer the glass containers because the plastic ones can degrade over time and some people claim that the plastic can affect the taste of the food… Personally I don’t think the food is in the containers long enough to make the food taste any different, but some people swear it does.
Anyways, here is our pick for the best plastic meal prep containers out there, and in this case, with dividers.
Misc Home 3 Compartment Plastic Containers
We just can’t get away from the Misc Home products on this list, but for good reason. These containers are cheap, far cheaper than the glass versions, and you get more of them in a pack. They are also dishwasher safe and microwave safe, just like their glass counterparts. So you’re not losing out on any sort of “functionality” by going with the plastic over the glass. These come in at 39 oz. which is the largest container on our list as well.
As I mentioned above, the plastic will probably degrade over time depending on how often you wash them, and some people complain that their food starts to taste plasticy, but honestly, I think those people are just looking for something to complain about. I mean come on, you bought these cheap plastic ones, instead of the glass containers, for a lot less money, what were you expecting.
So that’s it, that’s our rundown of different glass meal prep containers as well as one option for those people looking to go the plastic container route.
Keep in mind though, whatever you choose, in regards to a containers, are worthless if you don’t actually follow through with the meal prep part of the process. Personally, I don’t have the patience or the desire to cook a week’s worth of food on Sunday night before I go to bed. That sounds terrible. I would much rather just eat the same simple sandwich every day for lunch instead. But that’s just me.
If you’re really into this meal prep stuff then you’ll want to invest in some good containers to carry your food in. The glass containers will last you longer, but if you’re unsure about how long you’ll really be willing to do the work, then the plastic containers are far less of a monetary investment and might be the way to go.