Vegetable clamshell containers are a dime a dozen in retail shops. They range from low-quality to the high-quality products, from small to large sizes, and from the basic black lid-and-white-container to multi-colored containers. These are more popular than other materials for food storage, such as glass containers, metal pots and pans, and aluminum foil for good reasons.
Plastic is durable under normal circumstances, which explains its popularity for a wide range of consumer products. Of course, it is also subject to cracking, warping, and melting, among other types of damage when subjected to certain conditions like heat. But there are also plastics that can withstand being placed in a microwave oven and in the freezer without sustaining damage.
In general, plastic can withstand small amounts of trauma. Vegetable clamshell, for example, can withstand stacking (i.e., nesting) without cracking. They can also withstand being thrown about inside bags and dropped from a low height. They should withstand the pressure without buckling and cracking.
In contrast, glass can easily shatter when subjected to pressure and when dropped from a height. Metal can also become dented, affecting its effectiveness in food storage.
The type and thickness of the plastic obviously affects its durability. Takeaway food containers are usually thinner and less durable (i.e., more disposable) than home-use food containers.
EFFECTIVE FOOD STORAGE
Vegetable clamshell have lids, which can be tightly locked with silicone gaskets and snap-on locks. These can then keep the food stored in them fresher for longer periods since it’s protected from external harmful elements, such as bacteria found in air. Think of vegetable clamshell as providing “shelled physical protection” for the stored food.
When the food remains clean, fresh, and dry inside the plastic containers, its overall quality including its flavors, colors, and textures can be preserved. In contrast, storing food in aluminum containers and metal pots can significantly lessen its shelf life. This is because condensation can form over the lid, resulting in the faster growth of bacteria.
Vegetable clamshell are typically cheaper than those made from other materials including glass, metal, and wood for many reasons. First, the manufacturing costs are usually lower for plastic than for glass and metal, resulting in lower selling prices. Second, these products can be manufactured in higher quantities, so the economies of scale work to its benefit. Third, the replacement costs is lower for vegetable clamshell.
Many, if not most, of these products can also be reused and recycled, so the costs to the environment can also be reduced. Vegetable clamshell can be used for other purposes, such as plant containers, or can be placed in the recycle bin.
WIDE VARIETY OF CHOICES
Vegetable clamshell come in such a bewildering array of choices. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There are containers designed for single meals for an individual (i.e., lunch boxes) and containers for multiple meals for groups. There are also containers with and without compartments for different types of food. Name your needs and wants in these products and you will likely find at least a couple of products that meet them.
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