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Clever Tools to Help Store and Serve Leftovers

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Thanksgiving turkey, holiday ham, or even the rest of Wednesday night's casserole… leftovers can be challenging to deal with. How to keep them neatly packed, fresh and easily identified in the fridge? These tools will help you store your leftovers easily so that they won't go to waste.



CoverMate Food Covers

CoverMate Food Covers
CoverMate, Inc.

How many times have you been unable to find the right lid to fit a certain food storage container? With CoverMate Food Covers, you'll never have to dig around in the drawer again. These flexible, reusable covers look a bit like a shower cap, with a flexible band that stretches to fit a variety of plate and bowl shapes. They come in four sizes to fit everything from a pet food can to a serving platter. They're microwaveable and even have a built-in steam vent, and they are dishwasher safe so they can be reused again and again. The only drawback is that they're not leakproof like typical food-storage containers.

Rubbermaid 24-piece Food Storage Container Set

Rubbermaid 24-piece food storage set
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This extensive set has two each of 6 very handy sizes, ranging from wee half-cup containers perfect for a serving of gravy, to generously sized 7-cup tubs that will hold the rest of that turkey meat. The smart design allows lids to be nested or snapped onto the bases of the tubs for storage. It's dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.
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OXO Pop Containers

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Food stays fresh with these innovative containers, which achieve an airtight seal when a button in the lid is pressed (The button doubles as a handle to remove the lid). The square containers are designed to be used as a set and stack together for maximum space consolidation, and the corners make pouring neat and easy. They're best for dry goods like flour, beans, nuts and bulk cereal.

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FoldTuk Collapsible Bakeware and Storage Container

FoldTuk
FoldTuk

These unusual containers are amazingly versatile: Made of a proprierary petroleum-free compound, this silicone-like material is flexible and collapsible for storage, and can be used in the microwave, the oven (up to 500˚F) and the freezer. This means you can freeze a casserole in it, then take it out of the freezer, remove the lid, and put it right in the oven to bake. Note: Although the lids can be used in the microwave if they're vented, they are not ovenproof.

Shown is the 6-cup rectangular container, but containers are also available in 4-cup sizes and in a round version. The company also makes a <a href="http://www.foldtukroaster.com/">Collapsible Roaster</a> that holds up to an 18-pound bird or a 20-pound roast.

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Kinetic GlassLock Food Storage Containers

Kinetic GlassLock Food Storage Containers
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Nothing beats glass for durable, long-lasting food storage (provided you don't break it, that is). These tempered glass containers have see-through silicone lids that are airtight and leakproof. The containers and lids can be used in the freezer, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher (top rack). A square set of containers includes 11-, 5- and 2-cup sizes, while a rectangular set includes 8.5-, 4.25- and 1.75-cup sizes.

Frigoverre Glass Food Storage Containers

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Who says food storage containers have to be boring? Glass containers from Frigoverre have cheerful floral designs and brightly colored polypropylene lids. There's space to write the contents in pencil, which washes off for the next use. The bases can go in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher, while the lids are top-rack dishwasher safe as well.
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