CoverFlex Silicone Lids

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I received these Coverflex Silicone lids as a gift from a friend who had been using them for years. I think she noticed how much I coveted these clear silicone stretch lids, which grab and seal anything in a mug, bowl, or on a plate. The pack she gave me has 4 lids of graduated sizes: 9, 11, 16, 21 cm diameters.

Finally, a truly airtight seal with a lid that is NONSLIP and infinitely reusable. I use my [lidless] stainless steel work bowls for food prep daily, and had to put a plate loosely over the top to store in the fridge–not so great if you’re not into desiccated noodles or your entire fridge smelling like salsa. I refuse to use plastic food film. Ick.

That 9 cm CoverFlex lid prevents your roommate/spouse/children from spilling that half-cup of coffee in your coffee mug, the one you placed so carefully atop that yogurt tub the day before.

These 100% food [grade] silicon lids can be frozen, refrigerated, microwaved and the label further claims that these lids do not deteriorate over time. For longest shelf-life I plan to wash these by hand, though I suppose you could wash them in the top rack of your dishwasher. I am phasing out use of plastics in our food prep, storage and consumption here at home. Goodbye plastic snap-on lids and bowls, goodbye polybisphenols! The Europeans regard silicon as safer, and I’m inclined to agree.

-- Jeanine Christensen  

CoverFlexSilicone Lids
$5 (set of 4)

Available from Amazon

Manufactured by SilikoMart



Nordic Ware Microwave Corn Popper

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This microwave popper is simplicity itself: 1/2 cup of corn, a little oil (or not), and a little time in the microwave yields a low-cost, low-cal snack you can eat right out of the popper. Unlike other poppers or Tupperware containers, the Nordic Ware’s top cover has nifty ridges that facilitate comfortable removal — i.e. when everything is very, very hot (If you don’t remove the cover immediately, the popcorn gets too moist).

I’ve tried a variety of devices on my long march to the perfect popper… table-top poppers often made a mess (and big noise) and they’re not machine-washable. Some microwave poppers require pads that deteriorate with use and need to be replaced, but are difficult to find. The stove top method, I just could never fully master: burned pans, burned corn, mess to clean. Lastly, microwavable bags of popcorn: If you eat a lot popcorn, you’ll be spending exorbitant sums and — depending on which brand — consuming chemical additives. The Nordic popper does not require oil, so the end-product is essentially the same as an air popper. The Nordic can go in the dishwasher, or just be wiped clean. Plus, the Nordic is perhaps the least expensive one out there. As of late, we’ve been producing popcorn five nights a week.

-- Daniel Wilson  

Nordic Ware Microwave Corn Popper
$9
Manufactured by Nordic Ware

Available from Amazon