The Food Storage Container Buyers Guide

Food storage can really come in handy; after all, it helps to keep foods and ingredients safe! These airtight containers shut out contaminates like dust, bugs, and air that turn your left overs into trash fodder. While there are many types of food storage containers out there, some varieties are best used for certain ingredients.


Food storage containers are made out of several material types. What a particular food storage container is made of can depend on everything from the style of the food container to the brand the container is manufactured by. Below are the most common materials used.

Polycarbonate is a plastic that features great light transmitting abilities. It can be very transparent but can also be made in several solid colors. While polycarbonate has often been used for bottles, drinkware, and food containers many shun it due to the use of BPA in the manufacturing process.

Co-polyester is a strong plastic choice. Unlike with polycarbonate, there is no fear of BPA. Co-polyesters can withstand many more chemicals than other plastics, making it a flexible and versatile material that can withstand dishwashing. Co-polyester will not craze or discolor.

Polyethylene is the most common plastic type in the world. It is commonly used (in foam form) as packaging for shipping boxes as well as in the food industry. High density polyethylene containers can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Styrene Acrylonitrile (or better known as SAN) is a common plastic material. Dinnerware pieces made with SAN are usually best for quick serve restaurants, buffets, and cafeterias. While SAN dinnerware is chemical resistant, heat resistant, and scratch resistant it has its downsides. SAN yellows more quickly than other types of plastic.


Ingredient bins – Ingredient bins tend to be used for larger amounts of ingredients like flour and even vegetables. Ingredient bins range in capacity sizes as small 40 cups to larger triple bin set ups that can hold 225 lbs. of product. Due to their size, Ingredient bins commonly feature casters for easy mobility but are also made in smaller, stationary styles.

Food boxes – Food boxes are commonly used for storing refrigerated ingredients or dishes. This type of container comes in several sizes (full size, ½ size, 2 cup etc.) and shapes including round food storage boxes and square food storage boxes. This type of food storage container is also most commonly used in residential settings to hold food “left overs”.

Crocks – Crocks are commonly used for holding smaller amounts of foods for buffets & food bars. Food crocks are manufactured in many color choices that make it easy to keep the salad buffet looking nice. Crocks come in round, octagonal, and rectangular styles that can hold up to 10 lbs. of food.

Canisters – Canisters are perfect for keeping dry ingredients, like spices or coffee beans, fresh. Most canisters are round in design and feature lids for sealing the product inside. KaTom’s collection of high quality canisters are constructed with long lasting metal for durability.

Greenskeepers - Greenskeepers are used for keeping produce green and fresh. Greenskeepers feature built in reservoirs for draining off excess water. KaTom's selection of Greenskeepers are mobile with casters and feature tight fitting lids for ensuring freshness.