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When I went back to work and started working full-time hours last year, I would pop to the near-by supermarket during my lunch hour and get a meal deal (sandwich, crisps and a drink). This was not really the healthiest or the cheapest option, and after a few weeks I decided to start taking my own lunches to work with me.
I tried a couple of different brands of storage containers which I bought from a discount store, both of which were cheap and nasty and just didn't feel secure enough for me to feel comfortable putting them in my work bag when they were full of soup, curry, salad etc! I came across the Lakeland lock & lock containers on eBay by chance and put a bid on a bundle of 3 of them (new not used!!) for 99p and won - a bargain or what!
The usual retail price for these containers vary, but the usual retail price for the 350ml ones are around a pound each, so even at the full price they're no where near expensive and they're very easily affordable. They do vary quite a bit in price depending on which size that you get and there are heaps of different sizes, the three that I have are all 350 ml each and the containers also come in bigger sizes so the containers can be used for all sorts - not just packed lunches!
The containers came sealed in a thin plastic cling film type package why was really awkward to open! This kept them nice and clean though so I didn't need to wash them before using them. The containers are basic in design but they look nice enough, they're clear so the contents can be seen which is good if you're using them to store something that you don't want to lose but for me it's a tiny, tiny of a disadvantage.
Like I said I use these to take my lunch to work and it means all my colleagues can see exactly what I'm eating - I'm weird when it comes to food especially when it's my own homemade vegetable soup which looks vile but tastes amazing, and I always think they're looking and thinking "how can she eat that, it looks gross!" Haha, but this doesn't actually bother me too much.
As I've got three of these I will use one for my lunch then when it's in the disaster I'll take a different one to work, and the spare one I will usually use for marinating food in as it sells in all the flavours with it locking so securely and I will also use it to freeze any left overs as the containers are fine to go in the freezer and also don't take up much room, this is when the fact that the containers are see through comes in handy too as that way I don't forget what's in the container.
The containers are dishwasher safe so very easy to clean and they're well made and feel secure once I've clipped the sides down. I don't hesitate putting one of these in my bag full of food because I know it's secure, though admittedly I do always out it in a plastic bag before putting it in my handbag just incase, in the six months or so that I've had these though I've had absolutely no leakages or disasters and this shows that they're good quality.
I highly recommend these containers. They're cheap, reslly handy and most importantly secure.
Now, everyone knows it's cheaper (and often even tastes better really!) to just bring food for lunch from home and wherever I can, I like to do this so it's handy to have some good quality plastic containers to carry the food in. Don't get me wrong I have plenty of those cheap containers from chinese/indian takeaways but I also have a small collection of these lock and lock containers to keep my food seal tight during transportation!
The containers are ideal, and I own about three that can all fit inside each other, and mine are all a nifty rectangular shape varying from small to large. The containers essentially have plastic flaps at on each edge which fold down under the lid of the container to secure the lid to the container effectively. These click into place so you know they are sealed properly and this ensures an airtight seal so food can also stay fresher for longer, and where the container is sometimes placed in my handbag when bashed about there are no spillages of spag bol all over the contents of my bag!
The plastic is really durable and thicker than the cheap containers I get from the takeaway, and these containers are also ideal as they can go in the microwave. This is perfect for me as it means I can pop my lunch in the microwave at work, and eat straight out of it so I am able to save on washing up by not having to transfer it to a plate! Saying that, these are easy to wash by hand and are also dishwasher safe (not that I am fortunate to own one!)
These aren't the cheapest, but don't break the bank either as I think I paid somewhere between 50p to £1.50 or so for my containers in a local homeware store. They are really multi purpose, and great for storing leftovers in the fridge or taking food out and about so they are good value and long lasting as I have definitely had mine a good few years.
These can be bought from lakeland.co.uk or you can shop around but in any case these are a fab buy and I totally recommend them!
We have a wide assortment of Lakeland Lock and Lock containers in our house and we tend to use these in preference to the more traditional tupperware as we find them better, to be honest.
We bought ours from the Lakeland shop but we ave also ordered others since from the Lakeland website and they did arrive very quickly and well packaged. What we like about these containers and where I think they win over tupperaware, is that they really are leakproof. No matter what you put in them, and how runny the consistency and no matter how much you turn them over an dover, they will not leak at all and they are very secure. We use them to make meals and store them away in the freezer for us to use later on. They are also dishwasher safe and can be used in a microwave, so you can see they are very versatile.
They are also stackable, so you can stack them one on top of the other, and this also makes them very convenient to use when either storing them empty in the cupboard, or when stacking them in your freezer. We like the fact that they have four little locks on each of them so that the lid fits very securely and safely onto the base of the container. These locks are not difficult to open though and our little lad manages to use them when he takes them to school with his lunch in most days.
They come in square, triangle and circular shapes and are a fantastic alternative to tupperware and much superior in quality, we feel. We have several in 180ml capacity and more of the larger 350ml capacity and they cost around £1.25 each from Lakeland.
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Great product to have around the home and greatly recommended.
Lock and Lock storage containers are the best form of storage I have come across. They are available in a wide range of sizes, the smallest of which are suitable for breaktime snacks and the largest for cakes and bread. There are specific ones for spaghetti, cheese, flour and cereal. Most of them have a multitude of different uses.
Lock and Lock are of a very high quality. They can be used to store things in the fridge, freezer or cupboard and can also be microwaved and put in the dishwasher. The seals on the lids mean that they are completely watertight and airtight so food lasts longer. I have seen demonstrations that show how watertight they are by placing a mobile phone inside one and leaving it for hours in a tank of water. It came out completely dry (not sure I would risk trying this at home myself though!). It also showed how food is kept longer inside these plastic boxes. I have used this to put fruit and veg in and seen how is stays fresher for longer inside the fridge.
Because they are mainly a rectangular shape, they are easily stacked and can help to organise your fridge or cupboard. They do take up a fair bit of space when not being used, but can be stacked inside each other and the lids are easily piled up.
These boxes are not cheap, but will save you lots of money by keeping your food fresher for longer. They range in price from £1.99 to £16.99 for individual boxes, but you can get sets of different sizes which works out cheaper.
When I place an order with Lakeland I always end up getting another size of these Lock & Lock Containers as they are just so versatile and there are many different sizes available.
These containers are designed to be airtight in just four clicks. You simple put the lid on and then snap down the four sides which will click in to place and hold the lid closed. Lakeland guarantee that this is 100% airtight and watertight in just four clicks and I have always found this to be the case.
These containers are very hard wearing and sturdy and I don't worry about them breaking or leaking at all.
There are many uses for Lakeland containers and lots of different ones available (more on that later), however, I generally just use mine for leftovers and things like that. I can store them in the fridge or freezer and when I want to reheat the contents I can put this straight in to the microwave. Also, once finished with it can be placed in the dishwasher to get a nice, thorough clean.
Overall I would say that these are definitely 100% airtight as I have used them for soups and stock in the past and they have never let me down.
The sizes available are:
1L Lock & Lock Bacon Box
1.5L Lock & Lock Slimline Dispenser
2L Tall Lock & Lock Canister (For Spaghetti)
2.4L Lock & Lock Slimline Dispenser
3.4L Lock & Lock Slimline Dispenser
9L Lock & Lock Bread Box
Lidded Lock & Lock Bowls (Set of 3)
Lock & Lock Butter Keeper
Lock & Lock Cake Store
Lock & Lock Cereal Dispenser
Lock & Lock Flour Box
Lock & Lock Fridge Door Jug
Lock & Lock Onion/Garlic Dome
Lock & Lock Set 3 Pieces Nesting Boxes
Lock & Lock Set 5 Pieces
Items in the range currently start at £1.69 and there really should bee something here for most purposes and budgets.
I am a happy customer with Lakeland and I'm sure I will continue to line my cupboards and shelves with these Lock & Lock containers. They really are ideal for many needs and it's nice to be able to prepare a sandwich the night before and it still be fresh in the box come lunchtime the following day.
These containers get a 5/5 from me as there is just nothing wrong with them! Order yours now from the Lakeland website or from your nearest Lakeland store.
Lock and Lock
Although I think that I had been vaguely aware of this product for a while, it wasn't until a friend recommended that I get one of these that I actually got off my backside and did so.
I take packed lunch to work most days, sometimes sandwiches but other days it might be leftovers such as chilli or the dreaded soup. I say 'the dreaded soup' as one day I had one leakage issue too many. I may have left for work thinking that my 'tupperware style' lunchbox was secure, but obviously not and my handbag now smells like leek and potato soup!
The boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, I chose a traditional lunchbox sized one. The edges snap down nicely and yet are easy to lift back up again and I can honestly say that I have had no leakage problems and have used mine hundreds of times! It is also useful for just keeping stuff chilled in the fridge until needed.
On days when I take soup to work, it is heat the box in the microwave by just loosening the lid and placing it on the top with some gap for air - just a warning though - the box does come out hot!
Mine has stood the test of time and use pretty well. There is some slight discolouration from food staining and dishwasher use, but nothing excessive and certainly nothing compared to my old box. The seal does seem to have gotten darker but not to any detriment of the function of the product.
Unlike the traditional boxes, and probably due to the design of the product, the edges haven't lifted up therefore keeping the whole thing secure and airtight for freshness. Sandwiches have never come out of the box crusty and curling at the edges.
Yes, the boxes are expensive compared to others but ultimately they work so if you compare that to what you would have spent on replacement cheap ones (or dry cleaning!) then you still come out in profit. As time goes on I am gradually trying to replace my old plastic storage with these; I am finding that they are especially useful for storing nuts and seeds as they stack well in the kitchen cupboard and also even if you knock them out whilst reaching for other stuff (as I do frequently!) you aren't going to knock the contents all over the floor!
Unfortunately we don't have a Lakeland store very close so when I actually manage to get to one I tend to go a bit crazy as I love their innovative products. They tend to be a bit pricey but I've found all their goods to be of a high quality & would recommend having a look in their shops, catalogues or online.
I think I've inherited my love of storage items from my lovely late mother who collected all manner of Tupperware, margarine tubs & other assorted plastic containers & although I used to smile to myself I can see I'm becoming the same!
I've bought cheap plastic containers before but found that they often warp, are hard to undo, are hard to clean or go discoloured so when I saw these Lock & Lock ones I decided to purchase a set which vary from a 9 litre capacity down to 140ml. I bought a set of 10 about 3 years ago which cost me £27.40 & am really glad I invested in them.
I use them now on a regular basis - eg the Warburton's bread fits exactly into one whilst a block of cheese fits into another, the other assorted containers hold leftover food whilst the very small ones are full of screws, craft items, paper clips etc. I can't think of 1 that I haven't put to good use.
The picture shown gives a good idea of what they look like & the name is presumably attached because of the sound it makes when the clips are pushed down or opened. Everything is sealed & watertight because of the thick sturdy plastic & the locking design which has never failed me yet.
They're not very exciting to look at but they are fairly attractive, can be washed in the dishwasher & stored in the frige or freezer. If I get the time I try to cook in bulk which means I can freeze meals in them & de-frost & re-heat in the microwave.
Since buying these I think I've become slightly more organised but the main thing I've noticed is that I'm not throwing away as many leftover items of food as I used to which has to be good!
Although these containers get used very regularly I can honestly say they still look new & work as well as the day I bought them. I'd definitely recommend trying at least one - beware cheap imitations though which may have a similar name?
Our nearest Lakeland store isn't that far away and it is a great place to have a browse around, though the Other Half would completely disagree with me I'm sure, he will have a gander around the gardening section and that is as far as it goes.
You can guarantee that as soon as I enter the door I will see something that `will come in handy`, either for the kitchen or the garden.
In all honesty my kitchen units are swimming with those `useful` plastic boxes, in all shapes and sizes. We use half a tin of tomatoes and store the other half in a small plastic container in the fridge for the next day. Our cereals are stored in plastic drums, our milk is poured into a plastic jug, we have a plastic bacon box - I am not going to carry on or you will be bored to death!
I am sure that you get the gist, plastic containers are extremely useful. I wonder how many of you wash out the margarine tubs and save them just in case ?
But they are only any good if they keep the contents safe and sound, only the other day I half filled a small plastic box with some baked beans, I went back into the fridge later on, knocked the tub off of the top of another tub and the beans went all over the inside of the fridge - I could have screamed!!
I have come across these locking type boxes before but I haven't ever bought one but the `bean` incident spurred me on. There are just the two of us so I don't need outsized plastic storage boxes, the 180ml size is perfectly large enough to store our bits and bobs. ( 4" by 3" by 2" )
But the Lakeland lock and lock containers are plastic boxes with a big difference - let me enlarge ...
The clear plastic box looks quite normal but the blue rimmed lid has quite hefty locking catches on all four sides. So when you put whatever it is you want to store away in the box you then place the lid on top and close the locks down firmly all the way around, this makes the box airtight and watertight - and of course spill-proof too.
Lakeland say that you can fill the boxes with water, lock the lid in place and then shake and no water will spill out, I haven't tried it but I believe them!
The lock and lock boxes are dishwasher safe, they can be used in the microwave and stored in the freezer. If you have any family members who take a packed lunch then the lock and lock boxes would be ideal. The plastic is strong and rigid which also helps matters.
I have stored some tomato purée in my box and I wondered if the colourful purée would stain the plastic but it washed straight off.
The lock and lock range doesn't stop at plastic boxes, there are cake boxes, cereal storers, butter keepers, bacon boxes, bread boxes and many different other boxes in all shapes and sizes.
Compare the lock and lock boxes to the boxes that I have often bought at the local discount store and they win hands down. Many of the cheaper boxes twist and warp, in turn the lids then don't fit and the box ends up in the garden shed being used for slug pellets.
My small lock and lock box cost me £1.56, I don't think that anyone could class that as expensive.
I used to love Tupperware but some of that was very costly, Lakeland is a reputable firm that produces good quality products - I should know - I have a fair few of them !
Maybe plastic storage boxes aren't the stuff that dreams are made of but if you are passing a Lakeland store then pop in and see for yourself.
No more crying over spilt beans for me !
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