Note: I received complimentary products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I'm a big fan of using stainless steel instead of plastic or disposable tableware, so I was thrilled when I had an opportunity to try out a couple of products from U Konserve's line of zero-waste, non-leaching stainless steel containers.
U Konserve, (formerly known as Kids Konserve before expanding their line of zero-waste lunch products for all ages), was founded on the premise of helping the environment by reducing the amount of waste created with a line of eco-friendly, reusable products. As an added bonus, all products are non-toxic and tested free of BPA, Phthalates, PVC and lead.
I got to try out their 33oz rectangular container with saffron lid and their 8oz round, medium container with a clear lid.
The 33 oz rectangular container is also available with a slate colored lid. It is the perfect size for packing sandwiches, wraps, salads, takeout, etc. and can also be used to store the food in the refrigerator. The stainless steel container is made from 304 (18/8) food grade stainless steel and weighs 8.25oz. It measures 7.75" X 5" X 1.75" and is top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The lid is a #4, LDPE, non-toxic plastic. U Konserve also sells plastic dividers that can be placed inside the rectangular container to separate it into compartments. The divider can be purchased separately here or as part of the rectangular container here (it is still removable).
The 8oz round container is great for yogurt, dips, fruits, salads, nuts, granola, applesauce, snacks and more, and can also be used to store food in the fridge. It is made from 304 (18/8) food grade stainless steel and weighs 3.75 ounces. Top-rack dishwasher safe, it measures 4" X 2" and its lid is made from #4, LDPE, non-toxic plastic.
In terms of aesthetics, these are smart-looking containers and the saffron lid really stood out as a unique color. The clear lid for the round container is great for letting you see what is inside. In terms of utility, the round container can be packed separately from the rectangular container or it can be placed inside. Either way, both containers were very sturdy and didn't leak. At 33oz and 8oz, they are also pretty roomy and the perfect size for an individual lunch or snacks for the family.
On the first day, I packed a salad in the round container, and placed it inside the rectangular container, which housed a few of my organic quinoa pizza bites. The container was carried inside a backpack for a couple hours before I was ready to use it, with no issues.
I loved that the stainless steel containers had rounded edges so there was nothing sharp for a child to get hurt on. It made hand-washing a breeze too, since I was eager to use the containers again without running my dishwasher.
On the second day, I packed the two containers separate from each other in my bag. Again, there was no issue with spillage and the food tasted great even after several hours in my bag. There is absolutely no metallic taste, unlike some other stainless steel containers that I have tried. And the container is roomy enough for the large organic bread we use.
It also was big enough for a homemade quinoa veggie burger, (I'll post the recipe on Thursday), on Trader Joe's whole wheat slims.
On the third day, I used the containers to serve my son his dinner at home, without the lids. It was great for a change from our usual stainless steel plates and my son was absolutely thrilled to eat out of the new dishes.
|Indian Food Served in U Konserve Containers At Home|
These products worked great and withstood the test of several different formations and foods. I highly recommend these products. They are an affordable way to eliminate lunch waste and support a great, environmentally friendly company. Check out their full line of zero-waste lunch products, including stainless steel containers, lunch kits, totes, lunch sacks, wraps, bags and napkins.
Where to Buy U Konserve and Kids Konserve Products:
In addition to their website, these wonderful, zero-waste products can be found at online retailers like Amazon and Zulily and in stores like Whole Foods and many other markets, children's stores, home stores, etc. To find a store near you, click here.