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I came across the Lock & Lock storage containers when I was channel-hopping & caught a presentation on QVC where they had a Today's Special Value which included around 10 various sized boxes for around £30 + postage. Included in the set was the bread box which I think can be purchased singly for about £13.
I must say it's not the most attractive item in my kitchen but looks aren't everything & I'm well pleased because our bread stays fresher for longer.
It's white in colour & made of a sturdy thick almost see-through heavy plastic. It has 4 clips which are easy to use although they make a bit of a noise (but at least you know the box is sealed!).
The measurements are approximately 29 x 22 x 19cm which hold a good-sized loaf although when I buy the larger ones such as Warburton's I've found they don't quite fit so it's a choice of eating about 3/4 slices or risk squashing the bread.
Although it's dishwasher-proof I tend to hand wash it because it takes up a lot of space in our dishwasher & after all, it's only crumb residue. It also states that Lock & Lock boxes can be used in the freezer - to date I've used the smaller ones with no problem but haven't used the bread bin in there yet.
It's called a Breadbox but as it has a 9 litre capacity I see no reason why it couldn't be used for storing any type of food as it's leakproof & durable.
I've bought (seemingly) similar boxes at a much cheaper price but found that they are thinner/ don't seal properly/ warp or even smell but nothing has come anywhere near the standard of the Lock & Lock system. I've been using them for several years & had no problems with any of them & hence would recommend investing in at least a couple or give as a present for those setting up their first home.
Over the many years I have had containers in which to keep bread fresh and secure, none has even come up to a fraction of the success I have had with the Lakeland Bread Box.
I have tried ceramic bread bins, bread bags, and even decorative enamel versions, but I have sacrificed all these for the one I found in the Lakeland catalogue before Christmas.
I had quite a crowd coming over the festive period and wanted to stock up on bread, but wanted also to ensure it stayed fresh for the entire holiday period when the shops were closed. Normally I buy bread very frequently, as we like to eat stone-ground wholemeal, and find it can become dry with storage, but I also love freshly baked white.
I have many of these Lock & Lock containers in my kitchen, as many of them are perfect for storing pulses and beans, but it was with delight that I saw they made one especially for bread. This was £10.99 on the Lakeland website, and I purchased mine online by clicking through from the cash- back site Give or Take at www.giveortake.com and received 4% cash-back. We now have a new local store in Chelmsford where I live, so I would probably shop their now to save postage, but if you don't have a local store their online service is first class, and they often have encouraging offers. I actually spent £25 in total buying some other items, and received a £5 gift voucher to spend in store, so it is worth looking out for these from time to time.
The bread box has a 9 litre capacity and is a sturdy plastic box with a 4 point locking system. Each side clips into place and is 100% airtight and watertight, and this ensures that all the bread stays fresh. You can also pop it in the freezer and it is even dishwasher safe, but don't put it in if you have any tomato stains or residue on other dishes as it will colour it orange.
What I really love about this is the size, it is 29 x 22 x 19cm H. (11½" x 8¾" x 7½") and it will comfortably house any loaf you care to choose from the bakery. It is the height which really helps this, and it is so roomy you can even get two loaves adjacent to each other.
I actually bought two of these and have found them to be a real asset in the kitchen. The freshness of the bread is ensured. I have had loaves in there for a few days during the snowy weather and was delighted to find that they were really fresh, even by the fourth or fifth day, and these were fresh loaves without preservatives.
Now aesthetically these are no oil painting and probably the reason why it has taken me so many years to find them, as my eyes were traditionally drawn to more ornate bread bins with images depicting families of chickens, or other brightly coloured enamelware to compliment my kitchen. However vanity isn't everything, and if you are looking to store bread in a very clean and crumb free zone, where the loaves reside in comfort and remain fresh, then these Lakeland boxes surpass all expectations. No squashing giant loaves into bins, no gaps for summer flies to negotiate, and no difficult crevices to clean as is sometimes the case in those roll top bins.
A further bonus is that you can see easily the bread you have, so no need to open to check before making your selection. I have found them equally good for storing crumpets, teacakes and other morning goods, and all have stayed fresh and moist.
A glance at the product on the Lakeland website verifies my opinion as there are several reviews there, mostly complimentary. One lady did say that one of the click locks had broken, and Lakeland replied with a promise to correct this. I must say that this is where Lakeland excels as a company, always more than willing to step in when things go wrong, allowing customers to purchase with confidence.
I think this is a great product which has exceeded all my expectations. It is also a perfect container to take on car journeys, if like me you like to stock up on goodies to avoid paying those silly motorway inflated prices. It will easily hold a pile of sandwiches for a family as well as fruit and other snacks, and if you were driving and camping it would make a brilliant container to store bread in safely away from any insect invasion.
Another fantastic Lakeland product. It has no frills but simply does the job to perfection!
I've really come to love Lock and Lock boxes. They're absolutely brilliant for keeping things fresh and securely sealed, and there are such a wide range of sizes and shapes suitable for all kinds of products. Square ended ones designed especially for cream crackers for instance, or long recgtangles especially for bacon . In this review though, I'm going to focus on the bread box.
Now my box is exactly as shown in picture above, A clear plastic box, with satisfyingly thick and sturdy sides, with ridges on the upper edge that align brilliantly with holes in the flaps on the lid (four flaps, one for each edge) to give a very secure airtight seal. The company actually claim to give you a 100% airtight, watertight seal in just four clicks, and while I've never tested this claim by trying to drown my bread, I'm pretty convinced.
Using this is easy, simply click the flaps into place and this is very tightly and securely sealed. You can pick it up by the lid safely - you can even drop it, and the lid won't come off.
Talking about dropping it, these are very tough little boxes, and mine has had drops and knocks and is no worse for wear. Wonderfully, it is also microwave and freezer safe (obviously take the lid off for microwaving) which is very handy, as I sometimes use this for freezing large volumes of soup. The actual capacity of this box is nine litres, which is pretty impressive, and with the actual dimensions of the box being 11½" x 8¾" x 7½" , it's still a good size to slip into the freezer of fridge .
When using this for bread , I normally store it in it's bag inside the box, and never have any problems with it whatsoever. I did store the sliced bread the first few times out of the bag, and whilst admittedly this box kept it fresh, it meant I had to jeep washing the tub as it got all crumb-y . I'm lazy! It does, from my experience, keep bread that little bit moister and fresher tasting, and I certainly recommend it for it's intended purpose - and find it especially effective with unsliced fresh loaves, where the ends would normally dry out quickly.
One thing that has REALLY impressed me about this product is the lid. Not the security, which I've already mentioned and is indeed impressive, but the fact that this lid, unlike the lids of many other brands of airtight container, has never been warped by exposure to hot water, and has remained perfectly in shape. They also are dishwasher safe, although I don't have a dishwasher so can't comment on this .
I very much recommend not just this box, but all the Lock and Lock storage boxes- they are simply brilliant for keeping food items seperate and fresh . You can buy this box from a Lakeland store for £10.99, but before you go rushing there to get one, I would also recommend looking in your local 99p shop, as I've noticed a few of them starting to sell Lock and Lock products, and you might get lucky there!
A fantastic storage box, 5 stars .