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Some time ago I bought two Lock & Lock plastic food containers at Woolworths. (Still doing business in Germany). I can only review products which are also sold in the UK, of course. So I checked the item and indeed found it. I didn't know the brand and informed myself on the web. What I found made me dizzy. The firm seem to be extremely successful; they've set themselves the aim to become the world's leading producer of plastic kitchenware by 2020. I learnt that they had developed and patented a double locking system with a quality silicon strip to close the containers.
You may wonder why I'm mentioning this when I'm not reviewing a container from this brand. Here is why: I was so content with the containers that I decided to buy some more. I was too lazy to walk to Woolworths, however (10 minutes), and went to the nearest supermarket (5 minutes), the biggest in town. They stock several brands of plastic containers but, alas, not Lock&Lock. I bought three containers of different sizes from the German firm EMSA instead. 'EMSA' after the small town of Emsdetten in the north of Germany where the firm was founded more than 60 years ago. It's now 'one of the leading manufacturers of household and garden items. ' (EMSA homepage) As EMSA sell their products also in the UK, I decided to review them instead of the Korean ones. Lock & Lock already export to 100 countries, so they'll get over this.
When I studied the EMSA homepage, I was puzzled. "The secret to 'fresh & healthy' is in the seal! To be specific: in the newly developed unique seal for CLIP & CLOSE. Food stays fresh longer and remains absolutely odour-free. Freshness killers don't stand a chance. And the clips are also true professional quality. They are 30% more durable than conventional clips. We back this up with our 30-year guarantee." 'Newly developed', what does that mean? Either Lock & Lock developed this super seal or EMSA did. Being the diligent researcher that I am I sent an email to EMSA HQ and asked for clarification. I got a friendly answer and learnt that Lock & Lock and EMSA developed the revolutionary sealing technique nearly at the same time. Lock & Lock for the Asian market, EMSA for the European one. The world was ready and the time for it was ripe so-to-speak.
I like the blue rim of the four clips. They give the containers a friendly aspect. They open and shut smoothly and are indeed leak-proof. I think it doesn't have to be mentioned that the containers can be deep frozen and micro waved.
I could tell you precisely which sizes I bought but have decided against it. All in all I've counted more than 20 kinds of containers, square, rectangular and round ones of different sizes. The clip & close system is always the same, so whichever specimen you're going to buy, you'll be happy with it.
My only niggle turned out to be stupidity on my side. I hate products with labels which can't be pulled off easily. I just couldn't get the EMSA labels off, no matter how long I soaked the containers in water. I checked the German internet site FragMutti (AskMummy) and found the tip to take a hairdryer and blow hot air onto the labels. It would then be possible to pull them off. I wasn't as easy and quick as described, but in the end I succeeded. I included this experience in my email to the firm which I mentioned at the beginning. To my great surprise I was informed that all labels contain the hint that they can be pulled off easily and that it isn't necessary to soak the containers in water at all. I can't tell you now if this is correct or not. I sent the friendly lady another email and told her that because of her explanation I was now forced to buy another container to check if what she'd written was correct or not. I added that she certainly didn't mind that. We're now best friends, she wrote back that I'd made her and the firm happy.
What puzzles me a bit is the 30-year guarantee. I'm already an old customer. As they don't give a 30-year guarantee for my life as well, I won't be able to test their claim. But I can't hold my advanced age against them, can I?