Until a week ago, my refrigerator had always been an obstacle course of bowls sealed with plastic wrap and stacks of storage containers: leftover chili from the night before, premade sauces and dips, diced onions unused from a previous recipe, quinoa to toss in salads. Anyone who cooks knows this all-too-familiar scene. 

It wasn’t an ideal one by any stretch of the imagination. I felt a pang of guilt every time I tore off a square of clingy plastic to cover a dish, and my tiny New York kitchen cupboards had become overrun by mismatched containers. Needless to say, when I received an email from Food52 about its new airtight silicone lids, my curiosity was piqued.

I was immediately seduced by the vibrant hues—terracotta, blush, French blue—but even more so by the pitch: a replacement for saucepan tops, an eco-friendly way to store leftovers, a tool to keep dinner warm from the oven to table, and (best of all) a substitute for plastic wrap. They are even safe to use in the dishwasher, freezer, oven, and microwave (goodbye, pesky splatters and spills). 

Photography by Rocky Luten/Food52

Photography by Rocky Luten/Food52

As a New Yorker with a limited number of cabinets, I immediately imagined all the space I would save by swapping Tupperware for these stackable lids. Then: Would I even need the bulky array of matching covers that came with my pots and pans anymore? Would I finally rid my kitchen of cling wrap forever? I just had to try them. 

A week or so later, the colorful assortment of silicone toppers was sitting on my counter. It was Sunday night and I was prepping a few meals for the week. By the end of the evening, surplus lemon garlic vinaigrette was sealed under a tiny pink cap and a freshly baked quiche Lorraine (my very first!) was safely transferred from oven to fridge with a deep blue cover

Cling wrap saved: approximately two square feet. I still had to use a container the next day to transport my lunch to work (and I haven’t had the heart to throw away the covers of my pots and pans just yet), but inside my refrigerator, things are looking 100 percent better—not to mention more sustainable. 

Airtight Silicone Lids, Five Two ($40)

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