When you need to store food, UniLid offers a neat solution

Food containers take up a lot of room in your kitchen cupboards, and it’s easy to lose the lids. With the UniLid universal lid set, you can store food in the original container.

  • Here’s a crazy fact: around 20% of the food each US citizen buys is thrown away.
  • This is partly because we get confused about dates. Keep in mind that “sell by” is not the same as “use before”.
  • UniLid makes it easy to safely store food without plastic wrapping or containers so it lasts as long as possible.

More often than not, food comes in packaging that contains more than one serving. This is fine for your first helping — but then you have to wage war against the aging process. Some foods can stand being exposed to the air, but many can’t. Another select group must be kept cold. Trying to handle all of these requirements can be a tricky business, particularly when the lids of your food containers all go missing. UniLid is a universal air-tight lid that helps you overcome these problems. These plastic tops can turn any jar, can, or bowl into safe food storage.

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Store literally anything

Store food easily

People have used various methods to prolong the shelf life of their food for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence from the Middle East suggests the folks there were drying fish and meat by 12,000 BC. In China, ice pits were being used to refrigerate foods by 1,100 BC.

By the 1800s, the French were using sealed cans to hold produce. It was only in 1942, when Earl Tupper launched his bell-shaped Tupperware, that we finally moved to plastic.

You can think of UniLid as the next big leap forward for food preservation. These lids allow you to use virtually any container to store your food, thus cutting down on waste. Furthermore, they are watertight and safe to put in the freezer, the oven, and your microwave. Beat that, plastic wrap.

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Soft silicone caps

Versatile lids

Unlike the rigid tops you get with Tupperware and other plastic containers, each UniLid is made from soft silicone. This material is slightly stretchy, and it clings to smooth surfaces. As a result, UniLid can form an airtight seal.

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Many sizes

The silicone is also BPA-free and approved by the FDA / LFGB. It can safely stand temperatures of up to 446 °F (230 °C), along with the icy air in your home freezer. Plus, UniLids are safe to put in the dishwasher.

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All temperatures

There are five different sizes of UniLid. They look round, but they can actually adapt to most containers. On the top, there’s a neat little dial with the days of the week written on it. This allows you to set a little reminder of when you stored the food or when it needs to be eaten by.

“UniLid is a patent-pending storage lid that fits all shapes and sizes with a unique leftovers tracking feature. It replaces plastic wrap (plus the waste associated) and cleans up that messy lid drawer in your kitchen.” — Two Pillars on IndieGoGo

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Cut down waste

The good

It’s really smart to create a lid that can replace cling film. Many of us are trying to cut down our use of plastic, and this product will really help.

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The full range

One concern

The only issue with UniLid is that it’s made from silicone — a material that won’t degrade within our lifetimes. Maybe version two could be molded from a more eco-friendly material.

Availability

– Pre-order: via IndieGoGo

– Pledge: $15 USD

– Deal: Gadget Flow members can buy two sets to get a free set and storage hook!

– Delivery: May 2018

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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