Yes, the clips are hinged. There isn't a solid connection between
the box and clip.
I guess the term for them is modular latch box. Staples
sells IRIS brand. http://preview.tinyurl.com/q48z7nf
It wouldn't bother a bachelor one little bit to use these
for food. I observe the fifteen second or so rule for food
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Excellent! We'll put them on the "let's have a look-see" list
for next shopping day! Thx!
The (top) handle is kind of a downside. Might make stacking
difficult. E.g., we currently use ziploc's to "organize"
things: this one contains hot dogs wrapped in pairs, this
one has individually wrapped steaks, this one has individually
wrapped chunks of chicken breasts, this one has 2C bags of
walnuts, this one has cleaned pork tenderloins, this one...
The bags are then crammed in the "baskets" in the freezer;
this basket has baking goods, this one has red meats, this one
has fresh-frozen fruit, etc.
The same sort of thing happens in the bottom of the freezer
with containers stacked atop each other. I.e., the containers
I use for sauce can be stacked two-high and still not interfere
with the movement of the baskets above.
Ideally, I'd like to find a nice USEFUL container size that
can fit these sorts of needs in both places.
For liquid products (e.g., spaghetti sauce) the Tupperware sort
of seal helps keep moisture out, protect against casual spillage, etc.
There's no number of "seconds" I'd tolerate sauce ON the floor! :>
(nor am I keen on cleaning it up, afterwards!)
[I once got overzealous carrying containers of freshly made sauce
out to the freezer. Had six or eight in my arms at the same
time. When reaching for the door to the garage, some shifted
and fell. What a frigging mess!! I have thus learned that
an extra trip or two is well worth the reduced risk of
dropping the things!]
Clear plastic containers are preferred for geocaching these days. More
than one ammo can has been blown to hell by the bomb squad when someone
reported a suspicious item but at least with a plastic box they can
usually see it's harmless.
Given that usage, the ones with the self-hinged locks on four sides do
tend to lose the locks. The older Tupperware types or the similar
knockoffs hold up amazingly well.
Never tried them for the freezer, but we use the Sterilite containers
for dry goods. The oldest are about 5 or 6 years and holding up well.
Never had a lid pop off.
We also got rid of the assorted plasticware of many types and replaced
it Rubbermaid containers that stack well and the lids lock on the bottom
so you can find them.
We have some (really big!) sterlite containers that we use in the garage
to store the king size bed sheets that we use to cover the citrus trees.
I.e., several cubic feet internal volume. They have a sort of sliding latch
built into opposing ends of the lid: place lid on container, slide latches
inward to engage. This works reasonably well -- *if* you are vigilant
and keep the latches in place as you are moving the large containers
around. But, the latches move too easily so often come undone as you
heft the container into its place on the top shelf, etc.
Most of the containers that we use for "raw" storage (spaghetti sauce,
grated cheeses, etc.) are Rubbermaid. They suffer from the "stiff lid"
syndrome I mentioned in my post.
Unfortunately, most of the ones that we find most useful do *not* stack well;
no draft angle on the container so they don't nestle inside each other
conveniently. Those that *do* tend not to see much use because they have
that odd taper. A notable exception are some of the ~8x8x2 square containers
that stack reasonably well inside each other and very well on top of each
other when full. Rectangular always preferable to round when you are concerned
with maximizing use of available volume!
E.g., store bought OJ containers pack really nicely into the bottom of the
freezer. When we use our (reusable) cylindrical containers, we have to
take pains to densely pack them to avoid those big voids between containers!
[We try to pack the freezer as if it was a solid block of goods, not as a
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