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Types of Insulated Food Containers

December 6th, 2010

insulated-food-container.jpgInsulated food containers are one of the handiest things someone can have around, but they can also be impractical in certain situations. Fortunately they come in so many variations and prices that you can find this type of food carrier for almost any occasion where you might need one.

One of the most common containers is used every day by millions of people that go out for a meal. That item would be the humble coffee pot. Besides for their common use in restaurants, these little items are great to have around whenever you are entertaining guests or have more than one or two people to serve. They help you to avoid the problem of too many people getting in your way while everyone tries to make coffee. When properly maintained this little insulated food container can keep your coffee warm and your party successful.

Another one we see occasionally (and for college students somewhat more frequently) is the pizza bag. Familiar to pizza delivery drivers everywhere, these containers are primarily soft-sided insulators, but they can have a variety of other uses besides temporary pizza storage. For example, you can put your freshly made lasagna inside of it and keep it warm until you reach your desired destination or just feel like eating it later. You can also put cold foods inside such a bag to temporarily keep excessive heat on the outside in much the same way that an ice chest works.

One type of insulated food container that many of us have in our garage is the trusty old cooler. Among the most rugged and durable food containers, it can be used for carrying our lunch to work or keeping our sodas cold on a long trip. What most people don’t realize is that you can also carry hot items inside and keep them relatively warm. Just be smart enough to remember to lay down a towel or some other type of heat buffer so you don’t melt the plastic inside of the cooler if your items are especially hot. Alternatively, you could also use a container made of an insulating material other than plastic (like what is found in a Thermos) but this might be a more expensive option depending on the sizes and quantities you need.

While insulated food containers come in a variety of sizes and potential uses, ultimately you will need to consider exactly what your needs are for this type of product. In other words, don’t just run out and buy one because the local restaurant supply company is having a sale. Take into consideration how often are you going to use it, what you need to use it for, and the space you have available to store it.

Some containers can be large enough to feed a small army while others may be too small to hold all of your essential ingredients. A very large cooler would be useful for a camping expedition that will last more than a week, but if it takes up the entire back of the truck and half of the garage space you may not have enough room left to store other items. On the other hand, if you select a container that is too small you may need to purchase several of them to hold all of your temperature-sensitive items, which could end up increasing the total cost to a level greater than what you would pay for a single large cooler.

Insulated food containers of almost any type can be purchased from a variety of online retailers such as ContainerStore.com, AtlantaFixture.com, and of course the ubiquitous Amazon but because of potentially significant shipping costs you might want to look at offline stores like Target or Academy as well.

This article was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.

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