You Should Store Food In Clear Containers

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I love my vintage fridge-to-oven Pyrex dishes. They look great on the table, in the fridge, and in photos, but there’s one small issue with them: I rarely end up eating the leftovers contained within the colourful, stackable glass rectangles.

The reason for this is actually pretty obvious. To quote foodie genius Dave Arnold (who appeared on our podcast late last year): “You can’t see it. If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist, and if it doesn’t exist you don’t eat it.”

People eat with their eyes first, and your eyes are most likely to gravitate towards things that look like food in your fridge, rather than opaque shapes. This is why storing leftovers in clear packaging — think glass bowls with plastic lids, mason jars, and the ever-useful soup container, which Arnold favours — is the best strategy if you wish to actually eat the food you’re storing.

Vision-obscuring storage systems are basically a death sentence (for that last bit of chicken). “If you wrap it in aluminium foil, throw it away,” Arnold explains. “Once it’s wrapped in aluminium foil and it’s like, shoved in your fridge and you put something else on top of it, it’s gone.”


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