Kitchen Hacks

The Food Storage Hack You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

September 15, 2017

I’m guilty of pouring my salad dressing in a mason jar. I’m guilty of having an oil slick running down my backpack’s inseam. I’m guilty of being left with a sauceless lunch. I’m guilty of not knowing how to properly pack and transport any type of saucy garnish for my lunch.

But a recent online discovery might put an end to my dressing disasters. Thanks to one tweet, the internet is alight with conversation about this innovative way to use GladWare containers.

Those blue indented circles on the lid? Those aren’t just for looks. You can actually snap a small cup of dressing, sauce, or juice right into the shape and take your topping to go. This hack can not only save you from spilled lunches, but also from prematurely dressed (and soggy) salads.

The internet was, justifiably, shaken and the tweet garnered upwards of 2,000 retweets. Though I do have to give it to @_14Gracie for waking us up from our collective slumbers of ignorance, I can’t let myself off the hook that easily. This Glad feature is literally written on the website.

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So, go forth and experiment with this hack—revel in the reality that is a contained dressing and a dry lunchbag.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.


Traci E. September 17, 2017
Why not just do mason jar salads? Keep a bowl at work to puoir it into & enjoy.
CalamityintheKitchen September 16, 2017
Sounds like you might not know how to use a Mason jar lid right. Once you get that sucker on right, it won't leak. I'd trust it against that cheap looking plastic any day of the week.
Lainie September 16, 2017
How exactly is this a hack? This is using a product the way it is meant to be used.
BTW, the smart way of handling dressing a salad at your desk is to leave o&v in your desk and you are always covered.
BerryBaby September 16, 2017
Agree! The containers I bought came with the little cups with s photo showing how to use them.
I don't understand why people think this is a great 'find/hack'. They were intentionally made!
M September 16, 2017
It isn't. But that's the big flaw of Food52 - great content hampered by nonsensical or wrong headlines.
bikipdanong September 16, 2017
wow, i mean, it's brilliant. definitely using these hacks from now on. thank you so much for sharing!
bikipdanong September 16, 2017
wow, i mean, it's brilliant. definitely using those hacks from now on. thank you so much for sharing!
Negative N. September 15, 2017
@SueB @SophieB Object if you must, but Tupperware has joined the ranks of Kleenex, Xerox, and Band-Aids. Yes, it's the same as Glad or Rubbermaid...
AntoniaJames September 15, 2017
As a legal matter, it has not. ;o)
Poonam September 15, 2017
I use those smaller round containers for dressing too, but i then put my salad in the tall Ziploc brand screw top containers (they're called "Twist n Loc") and the dressing container on top of the leaves. The twist and loc top means spills are fully contained but I haven't had any problems so far!
SophieL September 15, 2017
As a former "Tupperware Lady," I too stress the distinction between Glad and Tupperware plastic products. Both have their places in the kitchen.
Sue B. September 15, 2017
You must realize that Glad and Tupperware are two very different companies. Tupperware is not a generic term for plastic containers. No, really.