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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Equipment & Gear: Hefty Serve 'n Store

A few months ago, Hefty released a new line of products called the Hefty Serve 'n Store tableware. There's nothing revolutionary about a set of plastic plates or microwavable storage containers - but the Hefty Serve 'n Store is definitely a clever improvement over its parents: the plastic disposable plates and the low-cost multi-use disposable plastic container. Each plate interlocks with another plate of the same design to form a resealable container. We tried them in our daily lives (and under some contrived tests) and they performed admirably.

posted by Michael Chu @ 6/30/2005 05:15:00 PM   10 comments
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At 6:35 PM, Stephanie said...

Hey Mike :) Cool-o will have to get out and get some of my own for testing! Hope you guys had a fantastic trip :D

At 8:02 PM, stefoodie said... my hubby, a mechanical engineer, could have written your post. he loves these things and thinks they're the neatest thing to come out in a long time.

At 10:49 PM, biz said...

They sound great! - What a thorough review. I'll be tossing them in the basket next time I shop. BUT I would be reluctant to microwave one; as I am with any plastic container -- aren't there studies on toxins released into the food. The FDA has written SOMETHING, somewhere about it... ;-)

At 1:23 AM, Michael Chu said...

The FDA does say something.
They say it's safe to use containers marked as microwave safe.

I touch on this topic briefly in the Bacon Cooking Test (Part I) (yes, yes, Part 2 is coming) and Microwave Safe Containers articles.

At 3:52 AM, Anonymous said...

s/over it's parents/over its parents/

At 6:04 AM, Anonymous said...

A good way to know whats inside once covered with the other plate is to use a thin permanent marker to write on the top plate when stacked what the contents are and the date. :-)

At 8:30 AM, snekse said...

Cool. I'll try picking these up this weekend for our party.

Can you do a write up of Korean BBQ?

At 12:18 PM, Michael Chu said...

re: s/over it's parents/over its parents/

Thanks, fixed it.

re: writing contents on plates

That's a great suggestion. I had thought of it when we first realized that we didn't know what was in the containers, but never followed up (and forgot to mention it in the article).

re: Korean BBQ

I'm still in the process of experimenting with a homemade Kal Bi sauce/marinade, but as soon as I'm satisfied with it, I'll post it.

At 1:53 AM, disgruntled computer said...

I'm a bit worried that you would consider discarding these after a single use ... the manufacturers obviously have an incentive to advise this but it would be a shame to throw away what sounds like a substantial amount of plastic. If reused, these would be a great improvement on paper plates and plastic wrap & also on ziplocs. If they ever come out over here (UK) I'd consider buying them, but not if they're not re-usable.

At 6:10 AM, Chef Jim said...

Excellent review of the product. Did you try using them in the freezer? I'm thinking since you said they are not water tight that air would also leak in therefore not making them effective in the freezer. What did the manufacturer say about freezing?


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