Newest Review: ... household income while still being seen to be "proper". Just another reason me and my mother love the Tupperware brand. I have re... more
Member Name: Walowiz
Advantages: Sturdy and practically indistructable
Disadvantages: Very expensive and hard to source
This review is about one of my great loves in life- almighty Tupperware! Now as a man of limited culinary skills, I tend to cook all my meals at the beginning of the week and freeze them if my mother is away so that I have a good hot dinner that I can just reheat in the microwave, so I have been relying on the amazing brand of Tupperware for some time now, after having some disappointing experiences to say the least (including an exploding microwave!) with lesser products. This review is about my ten or so years' experience with the famous products.
::::: The product :::::
Well, as most people know, Tupperware is not just one product, but a whole range of serving, presentation, storage and food preparation products that originated in the mid-20th century. My main experience has been had with their different sized re-sealable containers that are sold in a variety of styles and materials generally used for storing food stuffs. The main source of sales for Tupperware products is still to this day through "Tupperware Parties", where a group of people will gather to see demonstrations of the products and buy what they need. These parties originated in the 1950's and proved a big force behind women's liberation, allowing stay-at-home wives of the 50's the chance to contribute to the household income while still being seen to be "proper". Just another reason me and my mother love the Tupperware brand. I have read before that the gender-specific nature of Tupperware as a brand further domesticizes women, but I think that for women of the fifties this was of the least concern- at least it was a step in the right direction!
::::: The Effect :::::
Around 10 years ago when my mother had to start leaving home for weeks at a time to visit my father who works abroad, I was forced to find a way of feeding myself on my busy schedule. I have a very high pressure job and often work far in to the night, so it has always been useful living at home and having my mother happy to prepare meals for me, but at the times when she goes abroad I have to prepare in advance.
In the beginning, I visited pound stretcher and discovered re-sealable, microwaveable and freezable plastic containers that I thought would be good for storing food stuffs in. I prepared all my main meals at the weekend and stored them in the freezer to be microwaved and enjoyed at a later date. These containers lasted me only one use, as they were flimsy and broke due to the fluctuations in heat I was subjecting them to..... I also found them to absorb the colour of whatever food I stored in them which was much less than appetising.
On my mother's return, I asked her advice, and she pointed me in the direction of Tupperware. As a party frequenter herself, although mainly for serve-wear, she offered to buy me some containers at her next gathering. I must note, she never hosts these parties, only attends, as she takes her retirement very seriously. Before long I was presented with a rather smart set of "Vent n' serve" containers which were made of a very sturdy plastic. I have had these containers for around 7 years now, and am still using them to this day with no problems. I did have one of the vents break on one occasion, but that was due to my clumsiness rather than any manufacturing fault.
::::: The Price:::::
A full set of Vent n' Serve dishes set me and my mother back around £150 if I remember correctly, but as a long term investment I believe this is really quite good. Tupperware is very expensive in general, but I believe there is no comparison in range, quality and durability anywhere else for cheaper on the market.
::::: My Opinions :::::
I would recommend Tupperware to anybody who takes there food storage seriously, and my mother tells me they have a brilliant range of serve-wear that has lasted her a long time. Never have either of us bought a Tupperware product that we've had to replace- these things are almost indestructible! What's more, when you're buying Tupperware, you're buying a piece of the working woman's history and not much compares to that.
Summary: premium kitchenware at a price