I bought a couple of Rubbermaid Commercial food storage and prep containers a few months ago. They’re available in two styles – clear polycarbonate and white polyethylene, and a range of sizes from 2 to 18 quarts.
There are different shapes available, but I went with square, thinking it would be a little more space-efficient on a shelf.
The lids suck. They’re pricey, hard to find in some sizes, at least affordably, and don’t actually seal very well. But, it was still worth it to me to buy a few.
For what I bought them for – many pounds of veggie prep (I’ve been making pickles!!) – they’re working out better than bowls. Since they have relatively straight sides, they hold a lot more than glass or stainless steel prep bowls.
I will likely also use them for grilling food prep and transport too, as I currently lack any good way for taking meat out to the grill for cooking.
So what does this have to do with tools? Well, Woodpeckers has come out with a new sharpening system, and in their promo video, they’re using a hodgepodge of different containers for water baths.
Why do they have 4 different containers for the 4 different waterstones? That helps to avoid cross-contamination. Rinsing the stones in a sink, at least after prepping of the stone requires a pre-use soak, or using a spray bottle is another option, but that can be messy or inconvenient.
I have searched long and hard to find the *perfect* improvised trays for using my waterstones. I have a couple of options, but I’m still not perfectly satisfied with them.
If I were setting up a tool sharpening station, these Rubbermaid containers might do the job. That made me wonder if there were any other tool-related applications that readers might have that these containers would be perfect for.
The Rubbermaid food containers are a little pricey, but there are other brands too. I had to buy two more this weekend, because I appropriated one of the 4 quart container for workshop use.
I’ve used a variety of plastic storage containers over the years, and for all kinds of uses. What I like about the Rubbermaid containers is that they’re easy to clean. Because they’re designed to be used in food prep, they’re designed to be cleaned frequently.
The handles are a little stubby, which is good for maximizing storage efficiency, but bad for transporting contents. I’ve learned not to fill them up all the way with liquid, even if using the loosely-fit lids.
They’re a different shape than many other food storage, parts storage, and general goods storage containers.
The 4 quart is priced between $7 and $8, and I bought the 6 quart when it was around $8. Amazon’s current price of $19 is unreasonable.
Restaurant supply stores have these containers for even less, but you have to pay shipping.
Right now, I only have four containers, two 4 quart and two 6 quart. I only appropriated one of the smaller ones for workshop use right now, but it’s pretty convenient for all kinds of things, and so I might eventually get more – if the price is right. There are some less expensive brands, but I like the wider footprint of the Rubbermaid containers.
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The white polyethylene storage container is rated for -20°F to 150°F, and measures 9.13″ long x 8.13″ wide x 4.38″ tall. The polycarbonate version has a wider temperature range, but I liked the BPA-aspect of the polyethylene container. I intended to use them for veggie prep but also temporary fermented pickle and brine storage as well, before moving to glass storage, and know HDPE to be appropriate. I’d have no problem with polycarbonate for cold prep.
I’ll let you know how well they work out for meat prep. But, that of course won’t be the one I’ve taken from the kitchen to the workshop.
P.S. What might be better for marinating meat, or taking meat out to the grill? A plastic or stainless steel pan?