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I have a few Addis food boxes / clip containers which we all use from time to time, primarily for packed lunches. I used to use mine more often, but nowadays I just buy a pack of sandwiches from the shop next to where I work. My daughter likes her own 'novelty' lunch box so I suppose it's my husband who uses these boxes more than any of us. They are made from strong and durable and hard wearing plastic and mine are opaque on the bottom and have green lids (unlike the illustration, which has blue lids). Size-wise , they are great because it means I can jam inside four sandwiches, a piece of fruit and a yogurt in one. Mine is the 1.2 litre sized box but they do come in a range of different sizes. I paid about £3 for each of mine though lately I have seen them in Home Bargains for about half of that price. They are easy to keep clean and they are certainly air tight as they do keep food fresh for ages. Those we don't use for lunch boxes, my daughter has claimed as her own and she keeps some of her stationery inside one of them. I love the fact that the lids clip on nice and easily and also they are easy to remove and I never risk snapping a finger nail, as I do whenever I have used the cheaper alternative to Addis. I also use these to store left over food in my fridge and though the bottom and sides of the boxes will stain eventually (especially if you use tomato based foods) it actually takes quite some time before this happens. I wash mine by hand though I know that my husband has popped them into our dishwasher from time to time, and they don't seem to be any worse off for it. Overall, they do represent vale for money. They are handy to have around, they are practical and they last for ages and keep food airtight and fresh. Recommended.
~*~ The Purchase ~*~ I cook a majority of mine and my family's meals from scratch, so food storage containers always come in handy for freezing leftovers. I bought three of these containers quite recently after seeing that they were on offer in Homebase. ~*~ Price ~*~ I paid just £1.00 for each of the 300ml containers that I bought, however this was a sale price and the recommended retail price is around £3.00 per box. While I do think that this is quite pricey for a basic plastic food container, it is still an affordable price and I think that the retail price reflects the quality as the containers are very sturdy and durable. ~*~ Available Sizes ~*~ These food containers are available in a few different sizes inclding 240ml, 330ml, 1.3 litres and 1.9 litres. There are also some much larger ones available, but these are best suited to storing paperwork, clothes, shoes etc rather than food. ~*~ My Opinion ~*~ I firstly like that the design of these containers is nice and simple, yet they still look good quality rather than cheap and flimsy. The containers are a simple square shape and they don't take up very much room in my kitchen cupboard as they can be stacked up. Although I am able to stack them up, they're not easily stackable and it takes a little time because of the bulky clips which overlap onto the edge of the lid on each one, making them balance a little when stacked on top of each other. The containers are made from a good quality feeling plastic which is very sturdy and durable. I like that the plastic is completely transparent as this means that I am easily and clearly able to see what each container has in it when they have food in them. Each lid has a blue silicone strip on the corners which makes the box air tight and I like the fact that they decided to make this part coloured as it adds a little detail and makes these containers easy to distinguish from the many other food containers that I have in my kitchen cupboard. The clips on the lid are easy to use and although there's quite a loud noise when I put the lid on and close each clip, this just reassures me that I've put it on properly and that it is completely sealed. The containers are air tight, so they keep food fresh and protected from any germs and bacteria. My boyfriend is a meat eater so I usually use one of the containers to marinade his chicken or prawns etc in and they're really handy for mixing food up because I can shake the container and there's no worry that the lid will fly off because of the secure clips. I also marinade my tofu and vegetables in one of them as it keeps all of the flavours and fragrance locked in, and I sometimes use them to store any defrosting meat in because I like to keep meat contained and away from the rest of the food in the fridge. I also use these to store any left over food eg soup or stir fry and I find it particularly handy that the containers can be stored in the freezer. I also like that they are microwave safe as I am able to eat warmed up soup directly out of the container rather than getting a bowl out, which saves on washing up! When microwaving though it is important to remember to remove the lid. The containers are very durable and they don't stain or anything. They are easy to hand wash and I've washed them in the dishwasher a few times too when they've had tomato soup in them and they washed up well with no stains or marks and the plastic hasn't changed texture or become less sturdy feeling or anything. Although I use these mainly for storing food or marinating food, a slightly larger one would be ideal to use as a lunch box as the secure lid means that the container will not come open in a school/work rucksack. ~*~ Overall ~*~ I highly recommend these food storage containers as they're really handy, good value for money and durable. Five out of five stars.
Our massive sandwich lunchbox. According to their website, Addis say, "Food should always be fresh - the fresher the better as if it had just been picked, baked or bought. I definitely agree with that statement and definitely think their products help with this. The lunchbox we have is the 2.4L deep rectangle one. I know this because it says it on the bottom of the container. It also say that you can get 81.2fl oz of liquid into this container. The container also shows 4 little symbols which tell you that it is safe for the dishwasher, microwave, freezing and for use as a lunchbox. I always put this box in the dishwasher and have had no problems with it getting out of shape or anything like that. I also freeze spaghetti sauce in it occasionally and again suffer no problems from doing that. The container is made of a see through clear plastic so you can see what is inside which is nice. This lunchbox is quite deep so you can get a lot in it. We tend to put all our sandwiches in it when we go out for a day trip and can get about 8 sandwiches in it nicely. If there is only the kids I will put fruit and snacks in it too and it holds all that perfectly. The top of this box is really clever and fits better than Tupperware in my opinion. You place the lid on the top and then snap down the four sides of the box. There are two plastic little slats on each side which clip underneath the ridge on the bottom of the box. The clips shut very tight so you do need to give them a bit of a push to make sure you clip them in. Then when you come to open them you need to give it quite a pull to release it but its fairly easy once you've done it a few times. There is a blue silicone seal around the lid which means once you clip it down it is 100% airtight and so this is why you can also carry liquids in it. I like the way it keeps my food fresh and think these are really good containers. We've had this lunchbox for years now so I can't quite remember where we got it but it was probably Wilkinson's or the like. Its still in perfect condition, no stains even though I've frozen spaghetti sauce in it. I've wanted to get a few more of these and I've had a little look on their website and they have them in so many different sizes so that makes it really convenient. Good storage boxes.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ All shapes and sizes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Before I begin this review I should mention that the containers I have seem a bit different to that in the main picture here. Mine are more of a flat rectangular shape measuring about 15cm by 10cm. I bought a set of three of these in Sainburys a while back for around £8. These containers are available in just about every shape and size imaginable, including circular containers, but all have the same basic look to them. They are made of see-through plastic with a blue strip round the edge. And what really sets them apart from other plastic storage containers is that on each side of the container is a special clip that securely fastens the lid to the main container. Looking online, they tend to cost about £3 each, or you can buy them in sets as I did. ~~~~~~~ Tricky clips ~~~~~~~ So to open the container, you lift the clips and lift the lid off. Sounds simple but the clips are not that easy to open, and I can imagine you may have problems opening these if you have problems with your hands, and it may also be difficult for young children to open these if you use them as a lunch box. However, what the clips do ensure is that the contents of the box stay completely fresh as the clips make the boxes completely airtight. ~~~~~~~~~ Stinky fridge? ~~~~~~~~~ I use these boxes for general food storage, and I like that you can store food in these confident that the contents won't get spoiled or spill out. You can also put strong smelling food in these and it won't stink the fridge out! They are really easy to use and I do prefer them to other plastic containers I have that have fiddly lids or don't shut properly. These containers are also easy to keep clean and despite a lot of use I haven't noticed any wear or tear on my set. ~~~~~~~ Good buy ~~~~~~~ All in all these are a good buy. They are not the cheapest storage containers around but the clips do set them a cut above the rest. However, they may be difficult for some people to open as the clips do close so securely.
Ever since my son started school he has taken a packed lunch to school for his dinner. He has managed to get through so many different Tupperware boxes that I have actually lost count exactly how many. However in the last couple of years I have been using these '''Addis Clip Storage Containers'''. They last so much longer than any of the other boxes I've sent him off to school with. ~Addis Clip Storage Containers~ These storage boxes are different to others in a way that they actually close tight and remain that way until such time they need to be opened. The quality of these boxes is really good, they are white semi transparent tough plastic with a blue rubber seal around the top, the lid is clicked into place and fastened with four little plastic clips that are attached to the lid. This is such a great idea, I have had endless occasions when Tupperware boxes that I thought were sealed tight, have come open and spilled contents all over the place. My son has had this happen so many times with various lunch boxes and it's not much fun for him as now he's older, he doesn't take a separate little lunch bag like the little ones do, instead he likes to put his box, along with his drink straight into his school bag. This has resulted in his lunch spilling out into his bag many times, not only has this made his lunch less appetizing but it has also resulted in school books getting marked and damaged. Not a good thing! So when I found these Addis Clip Storage Containers, I just had to give them the benefit of the doubt and try one out with my son's lunch enclosed. They come in lots of different sizes so I bought a couple about the size I thought he would need to hold his lunch each day. I was quite optimistic about these boxes as I packed up my sons lunch for the day, everything fit neatly inside and the reassuring sound of the clips fastening on the box was a good sign as far as I was concerned. The tough plastic was sturdy enough I thought, to be knocked around in my sons school bag all day. I had very high hopes for this new lunch box container. I wasn't disappointed at all! ~Results~ Excellent! as soon as my son came home from school, I asked him how he had got on with the box, he was pleased to report that all his lunch had remained intact inside the box until such time he wanted to get into it, he told me how easy the box was to open and how crisp and fresh everything inside the box was, then when he had finished his lunch he managed to clip the lid back on the box easily and securely. Needless to say I was very pleased and I haven't used any other sort of box since. I highly recommend these boxes, they just do what you want them to and by that I mean they keep whatever's inside "inside" without it falling out all over the place. I now use these boxes for everything, I have a cupboard practically full of them, they are so useful for so many different things and I am so pleased I found them. I can't imagine ever having to go back to using an average storage box again, especially for my sons lunch! So all's well and good for his sandwiches, I now have to find a drinks container that doesn't leak all over his school books! ~Other information~ I buy my Addis Clip Storage Containers from Wilkinson's and they vary in price depending on what size I buy, they range anything from £1.99 upwards and in my opinion are worth every penny. 5 Stars awarded to these Addis Clip Storage Containers, they are the best I've ever come across. Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on other sites.
I bought a set of three of these Addis Clip storage containers from Matalan last year as I almost always take my own food to work and I was looking for something to carry it in. I actually have a lunch bag, but I needed some small containers to keep things like fruit salad in, without the juices spilling into my bag. The set cost me £5 and in the set you get three containers - two small ones and a slightly larger one. All three of the containers are around 10cm by 5 cm in size and the two smaller ones are about 3cm deep whilst the bigger one is around 6cm deep. By no means are they big enough to carry sandwiches or salads in, but that isn't what I bought them for. They have clips on the lids that are lined on the inside with a rubber seal to keep them airtight and this was the main reason for me buying them - because I was tired of getting fruit juice all over the inside of my lunch bag. So do they work? Well, almost, would be the honest answer. I have carried alsorts of liquids in them and they get tossed around quite roughly in my bag. I have found that things like yoghurt and other thicker liquids are absolutely fine and there is no leakage at all. But, unfortunately the pesky fruit juice still seems to be able to seep through the seal. If you keep them as upright as possible, then you are fine, but that isn't always possible and so they aren't perfect. I also use them for storing things in the fridge, such as tinned stuff that I haven't used in one go. They are ideal for this and I think they are pretty good here because they keep the smell of the thing they are storing inside them. Even things that usually smell quite strong when you have them in the fridge are not noticeable when you keep them in these containers. Two examples are sweetcorn and coconut milk - odd examples I know, but they are the two things that I currently have stored in the containers in my fridge! The best way to wash them is by hand, but it can be a little tricky because of the seal around the lid. I find that food and bits get stuck under the seal and it is a pain to get them out. I have actually now mastered the art of removing the seals to wash them. I say mastered the art, because it is no mean feat getting the seal back on afterwards! Overall I'd probably recommend the containers because they are pretty handy and they do keep smells in, but they aren't perfect and they certainly aren't juice proof, so just three stars from me.
We have a number of these in the home, some for packed lunches, some for storing Rice, Quinoa and other dry produce which can be then kept in bulk and also for cooking microwaved foods or storing leftovers in the fridge. Addis Storage containers are easy to use with a rectangular or square shape and a lid which clips onto either side of the container with clear clips, the containers are fairly recognisable being entirely clear but for a blue rim edge. These are an incredibly handy tool in my kitchen, especially when I make myself a packed lunch for reheating in the microwave at work, these allow my food to stay in one place in the fridge until required and then once it is heating I can just take the lid off and allow the food to heat up. Products range from 180ml to 8.3l in size, we have a couple of 300ml boxes for packed lunches and storing rice and a couple of litre boxes for storing pasta and cereals, all are easy to open and close with the clipped storage mechanism which is simple and very child resistant. These products look good, are easy to clean by hand or in a dishwasher and offer easy storage for picnics, work or simply for days out. The products are available in most decent supermarkets as well as John Lewis, Debenhams and other department stores, the prices can vary but our 300ml boxes cost £6.99 for 2, which I think is decent value as with good care these should last us at least ten years. They are easy to pile up and store and perfect for making good use of space in an attractive manner without breaking the bank. There are cheaper and more expensive options on the market but these are reliable, look good and have never let me down.
I recently started a new job at a bakery - the early starts are a bit of a bummer, but on the plus side I get to eat as many cakes, sausage rolls, and filled sandwiches as I like! That would be a plus side were I not on a diet anyway . Knowing that I really wouldn't be easily able to resist temptation, especially if I got hungry on longer shifts, I decided the best plan would be to have a large healthy breakfast before I left for work, and to take my own food and snacks in with me. I needed a lunchbox, and settled on buying a set of three Clip and Close boxes. The set contained one each of 2.4 litre, 900ml and 450ml containers, which were able to be stored neatly inside each other, taking up very little space in my cupboard. Clearly, I'm not so greedy as to need all three boxes at once - but I do like that they vary in size, as I can take a smaller box if I only need a small snack on a short shift, or the larger container if I'm working the whole day and need a substantial meal. The bozes are a translucent white, with a blue trim. On each side of the box is a small sticky out bit, and there are corresponding holes on each of the flaps on the lid . Pushing the flaps firmly over the sticky out bits seals the box really tightly - making it airtight, and secure enough to be picked up by the lid without opening. I've found the seals incredibly secure on these boxes - I have even taken soup to work in one of these, and despite being bashed about in my bag on the way, I've never had a leak yet . They are incredibly easy to wash with hot soapy water, and even when using them for colourful soups I've yet to see any staining of the plastic . They have no scratches as yet either, so they certainly seem well made, and as though they will last me a fair while. I paid around £10 for my set of three .This is perhaps a little expensive, and I certainly saw many similar products that were a lot cheaper - however, they didn't seem as sturdy, and I'm happy to spend a little more for something that will last . These boxes are excellent for packed lunches, or just for storing leftovers in the fridge or freezer. They've helped me take a packed lunch to work, enabling me to resist the cakes and pastries, and I recommend them!
Addis Clip & Close are a brand of food storage containers available from various places, including Sainsbury's. They are sold individually or in sets of various sizes and are often on special offer in store. These containers are freezer and dishwasher safe (take care to remove the stickers from them first though, or they'll gunk up the bottom of the dishwasher) and they also have the microwave symbol on the bottom, although I've never tried this. The various sizes these containers come in are extremely useful, from the large ones which take a packed lunch or a whole open packet of food down to the tiny ones. As I live on my own, I often find myself using the smallest containers to store half a tin of chopped tomatoes or whatever that I haven't used up in one go, and it keeps them fresh and moist. I also use the big container designed for liquids, I like to decant cheap apple juice into it and keep it chilled in the fridge instead of storing it in those tetrapak boxes. I've shaken the container up and the seal works perfectly, no juice spills out at all. The sticker on the lid claims "100% air and liquid tight - keeps food fresh". The mechanism by which this is attained are heavy duty clips on each of the four sides which, when closed, compress the sides of the container into a blue rubber seal which runs around the inside of the lid. I have found these containers to be highly successful at keeping food and liquid sealed inside and they also seal in the smell which helps to keep the fridge odour-free. The containers, even the small ones, also stack securely in the fridge without wobbling which is helpful for those of us with perpetually packed fridges! I've been using these containers for three years now and the rubber seal has just started to come off two of the containers when I take them out of the dishwasher. However, it doesn't look worn and pushing it back into place seems to fix it, so this is not too big a complaint. The only other problems I've had with these are the clips, sometimes they don't close very easily and it takes brute force to clip them shut. The resounding "clunk" with which they then close is satisfying though, and the fact that they can be so tight reassures me that the seal is properly airtight. Be careful though- several times now I have shut these with my finger too close to the clip and given myself a blood blister in the process! If you're careful with the occasionally violent clips I heartily recommend these, they definitely have the best seal of any of the food containers I own.
I brought these storage containers as part of a set from Sainsbury's for the very good value price of £8.99 for about 6 pieces if I remember rightly. They do still stock this as part of a set like I mentioned and I think it is well worth the money. The basic premise of these containers is their tight clip on either side of the lid. Once you have placed the lid on the container, there are small plastic clips on either side of the box that snap up into place, locking the lid to the container. The lock is very secure and you will hear an audible snap as it gets into its right position. It is a simple case of unsnapping it from its locking position by pulling down on the clips and this can be a little stiff at times, especially for little fingers, but it is manageable and only adds to the security of the lid and container and it's ingredients. Alongside the inside rim of the lid, where it nestles on to the top of the container, there is a continuous rubber ring that goes all the way round. This keeps the containers airtight and spill proof, helping to prolong the life of whatever is stored inside it. I have put mine through the dishwasher many, many times and they are showing no signs of corrosion or wear at all. The pots themselves, as the lids, are see-through so you can see exactly what you have in there. This is useful for fridge storage as you can see in an instance if it has baked beans or sweetcorn in it and you don't have to open the lid to find out. These storage containers are so versatile and I use them for many different reasons around the kitchen and for food storage and lunches. As they can be frozen, microwaved and put in the top drawer of the dishwasher there is nothing I can think of that you can't use them for and here are a few ideas for things I have done. Food storage: I have used these for storing pasta and sauces that had been cooked and not eaten. I let it go cold and then pop in the fridge all sealed up in one of these boxes. It keeps it really well and stops the sauce going dry, which is great for dishes where the sauce is not very liberal. Other food that is good stored in these are onions or any smelly food. If I have had a cheese and onion sandwich, I can put the half an onion in one of the smaller pots, clip the lid on and the smell does not escape and waft round the fridge. These are very good at keeping in smells and stopping your fridge smelling gross every time you open it. The largest container has been used to store salad in. Sometimes if the whole family is having salad as a side dish, I will chop up loads and serve it in a large bowl. If it is not all eaten, I will store it in one of these and it helps keep it fresh and crisp until the next day or two when it can be eaten up. Ingredients container: My middleish son has to take ingredients to school for when they do cooking and quite often it will be small quantities of something, where taking a large packet would be silly just to use a small amount. I use these containers as I know they are strong enough in their lid, due to the clip system to keep the ingredients where they are meant to be until he is ready to use them. They also do a liquid container in this range that I have and it really is spill proof, although the rectangular ones seem to do a pretty good job of keeping everything in as well. Overall, these little pots are fabulous, and I use them all the time in my daily life. In addition to food storage, I chop up fruit so my kids or I can take a small fruit salad to work/school and the airtight seal helps to prevent the fruit from browning. I love my little storage containers and think it was a wise buy at £8.99. They do sell them separately but I would plump for the set as I have used every single sized container in it and none have been left redundant in the cupboard, from the largest through to the smallest. Highly recommended.