When I was a child, I will never forget the day my oldest sister filled an entire 9" x 13" rectangular Tupperware container with almond crescent cookies drenched in powdered sugar. She stored them in our huge basement freezer for an upcoming wedding shower. Am I the only nut that looks back nostalgically on food storage containers? Perhaps not.
Suffice it to say those nine by thirteens with lids will always hold a special place in my heart. So when my tired old oblong Tupperware food storage container was screaming to be replaced and my kids were giving it funny looks, I had no idea how difficult it would be to find a new one. And so, began my quest for a new rectangular plastic food storage container.
For the most part, I used a lot of the Tupperware type Rubbermaid products once my Tupperware needed replacement. I preferred containers that can stand up to the dishwasher, are thicker in construction, and last many years. I have been happy with Rubbermaid products. You can't really escape them, can you?
When looking for a new oblong container, I didn't find what I was looking for right away, so I settled for an attractive food container called Rubbermaid Takealongs. I knew it was not as good as my Tupperware, but it would do for a temporary container.
This particluar "Rubbermaid Takealongs" container measures about 9" x 12" x 3.5". It has a clear bottom and a bright orange lid. It looks nice, is dishwasher safe, and while it did not appear as sturdy as my trusty Tupperware, I thought it would do the job of transporting my homemade cookies to a family party.
Unfortunately, after removing this container from the original wrapping, I noticed the orange lid that was sold with this container, was a tad wavy. I also noticed the lid did not fit as well as it should. I didn't think this was going to be a problem.
From there, things got worse. The lid became more distorted and wavy and did not fit the bottom of the container at all. No matter how hard I tried to make the lid snap on to the base, it just wouldn't work. I never even put this container in the dishwasher!
Now I was stuck with a useless container. The bottom is no good without the lid, except maybe as a litter box for a kitten. I should have taken this item back to the store. Sheesh, who would think you'd have to return a plastic container!
I am very disappointed in this Rubbermaid container. While I am not really a fan of these newer temporary containers anyway, I have enjoyed using, and never had a problem with, any of the other "disposable" containers.
Sure, this container was cheap, but beware of wavy lids on Rubbermaids, Folks! They could spell trouble ahead.
This Rubbermaid barely made it through one use. I guess there really isn't anything like good old Tupperware (except maybe for the frozen almond crescents my other sister and I snuck from the old basement freezer)!