The "old" Tupperware products seemed to be made of a "softer"
(more flexible) plastic (Ed P??). The newer (competitor)
offerings all seem to be much harder/stiffer.
I.e., prying the lid off a Rubbermaid container is considerably
more difficult than a similarly sized/shaped Tupperware container.
The Rubbermaid adheres until it *pops* off; the Tupperware
sort of *peels* off!
SWMBO is in a losing battle with the newer (non-Tupperware) products.
There are many, now, that try to enlarge the "tab" that you need
to pry loose to remove the cover. But, all seem to use that "stiff"
Or, employ "plastic hinges" -- that you KNOW are going to fail,
Apparently, Tupperware still sells product (!). Anyone with
experience as to how the old stuff compares to the new in this
Or, suggestions for alternative "RE-sealable products"? In the
past, I've had pieces that were shaped like loaves of bread
(narrow, long, deep); large enough to serve cakes (I have one
that is actually designed for that purpose); large and square
(as if to store *two* loaves, side by side), etc.
Plus, the usual assortment of round cup/pint/quart/half sizes...
i know how you feel but some plastics do seem indestructable.
20 years ago I went to Cocoa Beach and we went to the spacecraft
center and Sea World and Disney World and the cattle auction and one
more thing in the tourist guide, the Food Preservation Museum. That
sounded so good. I thought I'd learn the history and mechanics of
canning and freezing. Instead there was one big room with glass
cases and clay pots with lids from thousands of years ago, stuff like
I'd already seen and not really different from modern clay pots.
That was where we waited until the tour started, and the tour was
entirely of Tupperware. I was so ticked off. When we got back to
the aparment I called them and complained, and I wrote them later to
complain. It should be called the Tupperware museum; then I'd know
not to go. The other people seemed to know what they were going to
see, but maybe they were just polite like I was in front of them.
And they sold the stuff there too. One big commercial. And very
little if anything even about the history and development of
There are quite a few competitors to Tupperware. Glad makes some
sizes, and ther are no-names, which I had assumed didnt' work as well,
buit if Tw doesn't work well now either..... What a shame.
Personally, if there's a left-over, I eat it. It's a problem.
A few years back new people in the new house across the street invited
most of the neighbors for a housewarming. We went thinking it would be
nice to meet both old and new neighbors. Turned out to be a housewares
selling party of some sort. We bought nothing, just thought it was a
They seem to have changed their name to the Tupperware Brands
Confidence Center. That's a lot better than the Food Storage Museum.
When I"m not asking for something for myself, I tend to write really
abrasive complaint letters**, because I doubt polite ones have much
affect. So maybe I played a part in their changing their name.
**About 20 years ago, Disney was advertising one of their movies on CD
or tape and it said to buy now because it would never be sold again.
Now plainly they were lying, and so I wrote to them that they would be
known as "the company that lies to childen" and that the children who
begged their parents to buy the movie because it would never be sold
again would remember when they were adults that Disney was a liar, and
would never buy anything from them. Within two weeks the commercials
changed to saying "won't be sold again for a very long time.".
That is tacky. All of those schemes where people impose on their
friends to buy things are tacky. Especially if they could afford to
buy the house. If they couldn't afford it, they shoudl have bought a
cheaper one. Did you end up being friends with them anyhow?
My wife got dragged into a couple of those Tupperware or Avon things.
She had missed Housewife 101 on the way to her graduate degree and had
no more idea of how to handle it than I.
Then there was the evening we had partaken of a certain illicit
substance and a flock of neighborhood wives showed up to welcome us. I
cut and ran leaving her to deal with it. I did some completely
inexcusable things to that woman...
The part where I caught hell after coming home and apologizing for
leaving her with the harridans? We were friendly with the couple next
door who were stoners but the rest of the neighborhood looked like the
In truth neither of us were cut out for suburbia, 2.1 kids, and a
station wagon in the garage.
Not a chance. For one thing my wife was a not very well controlled T1
and bearing a child wouldn't have done her much good, let alone the
possible problems with the kid.
Honestly, I can't see either of us as parents. They say you grow into it
but there's too many examples of parents that never did grow into the role.
We tend to have pretty stiff ideas as to what's "proper" and what constitutes
a RUDE "imposition".
One neighbor, with whom we rarely interact, out-of-the-blue invited SWMBO
to a baby shower for their niece (! not one of their *kids*!). Granted,
the niece had an incredibly dysfunctional family so our neighbor had
somewhat recently assumed the role of "mom and dad". But, *we* had
no relationship with niece and very casual relaationship with the
So, it came across as "please give a baby gift to our niece -- and
we'll give you a piece of cake, in return!" Tough call. In the end,
we had more sympathy for the niece than animosity towards the
neighbors for this imposition.
The daughter of another neighbor -- with whom we are pretty close -- got
married 14 months ago. (but, who's counting?). Small wedding/reception
just for their (the kids') friends and immediate family. So, we didn't
feel slighted for NOT being invited! (Whew! Can you imagine spending an
afternoon with a bunch of "youngsters"?)
But, as we are relatively close with the neighbor (parents), we took it
upon ourselves to hand-deliver a card with some cash for The Newlyweds-to-Be.
Fourteen months later and the daughter (nor her now husband of 14 months)
have yet to acknowledge the "unsolicited" gift. SWMBO is bullsh*t at
this "breach of etiquette". Me, I just <shrug> -- but, make a mental
note (i.e., don't expect us at your baby shower! :> )
Shortly after moving in, here, the local LDS "missionaries" came-a-knocking.
All smiley face and interested in my "religious perversions". I'm sure
I couldn't hide my disgust with "strangers" coming, unannounced, and
asking such a "personal" question!
I wonder if I was wearing pants at the time...
And, presumably, some excusable things, as well?! :>
I was curious since I'll probably have the same problem
eventually. I found these http://preview.tinyurl.com/hwxpq5s
that have a push button. They're canisters that open with a
Walmart sells some rectangular containers with locks
on the ends. They look like this:
I use the rectangular containers in my pickup to store
the little odd nuts, bolts, etc. They do fail but
I'm beating them around when I drive on county roads
and in fields.
My other thought was to use something like the old
CeeTee farmer's pliers to open lids.
Using Opera's mail client: http://www.opera.com/mail/
But, not suited to freezing *or* microwave.
I'm looking for larger containers to store stuff (e.g., individually
wrap steaks and then set several of these in a container to "keep them
organized" in the freezer) and smaller containers to store "raw
materials" (for want of a better word). E.g., I make spaghetti
sauce in 16 qt batches and freeze into 2-3C containers. Each eventually
comes out of the freezer and heads into the microwave to be thawed
and reheated prior to serving.
Hmmm.. that might be a winner! It *looks* like it has a mechanical
hinge on each of the "clips"? There are many products that seem to
rely on (flexible) plastic hinges which you know will fail from
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