Review & giveaway: The Dial food storage range from Joseph Joseph
There’s a new addition to the Joseph Joseph range: Dial food storage containers with datable lids.
These innovative containers offer the perfect solution to your food waste woes because you can set the expiry date using the dial on the lid.
I’m so excited to be reviewing these containers because apart from being a bit of a ‘fangirl’ when it comes to Joseph Joseph products, I’ve been looking for some good quality food containers for some time.
Plus, we’ve been trying to cut down on food waste in the Taylor household this year, (I even wrote a post about the subject: 10 tips to reduce food waste & save money), so having containers with datable lids sounds like the perfect solution.
Date it. Don’t waste it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always throwing out perishable food and leftovers simply because I’ve removed the packaging or I can’t remember how long they’ve been stored in my fridge.
The thing is, although I don’t like waste, I don’t like the idea of eating something out of date and ending up with food poisoning either.
Thankfully, the clever designers at Joseph Joseph have come up with a fantastic solution: The Dial food storage system. The innovative contra-rotating dial on the container lids means you can set the expiry date for all your leftover meals, opened meats, vegetables and fruit instead of wasting them.
Believe me, I’ve got a lot of plastic food containers in my kitchen! I’d love to say they were all high quality, coordinating ones but that would be a BIG FAT LIE! In fact, anyone looking beyond the glossy doors of my kitchen units would be in for a bit of a shock because they are chock-full of all manner of random boxes. Some are broken, some are flimsy and break easily, whilst others have lost their lids and I’ve kept them anyway.
No wonder I was impressed when I laid eyes on the Dial food storage containers from Joseph Joseph. For a start, I love the fact the Dial containers have green lids because they coordinate with my other green kitchen accessories. Then there’s the quality of these sturdy little beauties. Each container is made of thick, durable plastic, with a high-quality lid. Furthermore, the rubberised edge of the lid forms a tight seal with the base. The containers are stackable too, so they won’t take up too much space in your cupboards when they’re not in use.
What’s more, as well as beeing BPA-free, the Dial containers are freezable, dishwasher safe and the base of the containers is microwavable too (the lid is not suitable for microwaves).
Using the Dial food storage containers.
So how do they work? The clever contra-rotating dial on the lid of the Dial™ food storage range lets you keep track of those all-important stored from and use by dates. It’s easy to use, simply turn the dial clockwise to set the month and anti-clockwise to set the day and voila! The dial feels sturdy and robust and there’s a satisfying click as it rotates through the different dates.
I’ve already put the Dial containers to good use in the Taylor household, using them to store the cooked meats and sandwich fillings I’ve opened whilst making packed lunches for Richard and the girls. This is a much nicer and more convenient system than I had before, which involved putting my opened meats into zip-loc sandwich bags. The girls also like having yoghurt in tubes and pouches so I’ve been recycling the cardboard packaging, popping the yoghurt tubes into Dial containers, setting the date, and stacking the container neatly in the fridge.
The Dial containers are also perfect for freezing my leftover meal portions because I can easily set the date I freeze them, which is useful.
And if I don’t need to enter an expiry date? The Dial storage containers are such lovely robust and versatile containers that I’ve been using them for general storage too.
Yes, it’s finally time to chuck out some of my broken, lidless plastic boxes and make room in my kitchen cupboards for my lovely Dial food storage containers.
Further product information.
The Dial food storage boxes come in a range of sizes as well as a 3-piece and 5-piece set. My 5 piece set includes 5 Rectangular containers, (2 x 0.7L (23.7 oz), 2 x 1L (33.8 oz), 1 x 2.4L (81.2 oz)). There is also a 3-piece set comprising 3 x 1L boxes.
My 5 piece set includes 5 rectangular containers, (2 x 0.7L (23.7 oz), 2 x 1L (33.8 oz), 1 x 2.4L (81.2 oz)). There’s also a 3-piece set comprising 3 x 1L boxes. For further information about the Dial range and all of the available sizes, click here:
For further information about the Dial range and all of the available sizes, click here: Dial datable food storage containers.
Prices start from £9.00 for the 0.7L Dial Container, to £45 for the 5-piece set.
For more information about the Dial food storage range, visit the Joseph Joseph website: HERE.
Win a set of 3 Joseph Joseph Dial Food containers worth £25.
The lovely folks at Joseph Joseph are offering one of my readers the chance to win a 3-piece set of Dial™ Food storage containers with datable lid. The set includes 3 x rectangular 1 L (33.8oz) containers (dimensions: 18.5cm L x 14cm W x 7cm H).
For your chance to win, simply enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below:
Competition terms and conditions:
1. There is one 3-pce set of Joseph Joseph Dial Food Storage Containers available for one winner.
2. This prize draw will be drawn at random, and is open to entrants aged 18 or over residing in the UK.
3. Up to 6 entries per person. All are compulsory methods of entry.
4. Maflingo.com retains the right to change the competition if necessary.
5. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
6. If the winners do not contact me within one week, I will redraw another winner at random.
7. Entries must be received by 11.59pm on 27th December 2016.
8. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 28th December 2016.
Joseph Joseph provided me with a set of Dial Food Storage containers for the purposes of this review. As always, the views and opinions expressed here are my own honest assessment.
This competition is listed on the loquax.com website.
My tip for reducing food waste is to meal plan so when food shopping you only buy what you need.
great prize.thank you for the opportunity
We plan our meals and try to only make as much as we will eat
Buy only fresh ingredients to be used when necessary.
We try to use dinner leftovers for work lunches
We always do a meal plan, any left overs that can be frozen are for a later day.x
I make a weekly meal plan and only buy what I need so we rarely have leftovers, and if we do, I store them and use them to cook something else.
Have a designated space in your fridge for foods that you think will be going bad within a few days , thanks.x
My tip is to always plan ahead. we have a weekly meal planner we stick too.
My tip for saving food waste is to meal plan, any vegetables making sure they are safe for the animals too, so we can use what is left without left overs. 🙂
We try use any left overs the next day so nothing goes in the bin.
Always plan meals in advance xx
We like to freeze bits and pieces of leftover veggies to make veggie broth when we have enough 🙂
Check what you have and make a list before shopping. Batch cook and freeze.
Batch cook and freeze – then just use as you need
don’t cook too much.
I usually eat left over food from the family’s tea for my dinner the next day! Also if you have too much veggies you can chop them up and store in bags in the freezer for soups and bulking up casseroles – already prepped so great when you not in the mood for chopping.
I always freezes any left overs, or we eat them the next day. Any left over food that is about to go out of date i will use ad make a meal out of
Plan ahead and freeze anything that’s left.
Make a shopping list & stick to it 🙂 x
We always freeze leftovers straight away if they are not needed the next day and then plan to use them at a later date.
recycle what you can
Freeze leftovers for another day
If you steam veg you end up with veg stock for free – which you can then make into soup.
very handy containers
i actually buy my food daily so rarely have wastage i use these containers when i cook more than one meal at once, sometimes i work night so i have to x
never cook to much to reduce waste or always freeze leftovers
Plan ahead – write lists, check the cupboards/ fridge/ freezer before embarking on any shopping trips. Chop up any chillies/ onions/ fresh herbs that aren’t going to get used and freeze them.
Plan the weekly meals ahead and only buy whats needed.
i like to make soups, especially chicken and sweetcorn when theres some left over chicken soup left 🙂
Freeze leftovers that you can’t use the next day that add them to other meals.
We freeze what we don’t use
Don’t cook too much
I tend to freeze a lot of foods to keep them fresher rather than leaving them in the fridge. when cooking I usually make more portions than I need so that I can freeze the rest for quick and easy meals in the week 🙂
I try not to shop when I’m hungry x
making a meal plan and utilizing the same thing for different dishes
I always freeze and use up with other meals
Only buy what you know you will use – avoid BOGOF offers
Plan your meals for the week!
Make meal plans and freeze all excess for brilliant new leftover meal
we never have any waste as we stick to a shopping list and pre-plan our meals
Batch cook and freeze, so you don’t buy more than you need
try not to buy too much fridge food and make sure you check dates to make sure you’re able to eat what you buy!!
Meal plan and buy ingredients from a list
Any veg that I have left in the fridge by the end of the week goes into a chicken & veg soup that I get from the left over carcass from Sunday lunch. Then I freeze it to eat for lunches during the week. My kids love it
When I have done a food shop, I make a list to put on the side of the fridge of everything for meals with use by dates at the side. Then I make a weekly meal planner, so everything is used by the right date
Create a weekly menu so you can use up ingredients and not waste them
I never win anything but thought I’d try anyway seeing as these are SO posh! A real step up from our Indian take away containers!
Buy only what you need and if you have leftovers turn them into something else to eat the next day
If I cook a beef joint and there is some left I make a beef and red wine sauce the next day I also cook in batches and freeze left overs
freeze any leftovers for another day xxx
Me and my partner plan the meals we’re going to eat for the week, so that we only buy what we need and don’t waste anything!
I plan a menu for the week and only buy the essentials that I need to go with the meals, therefore very rarely do we have any waste.
Planning batch cooking in quantities that only make for two meals as I find that after that we are sick of the meal and it gets thrown in the bin.
I usually batch cook where I can, especially for the children, and I have a weekly meal plan which does help a lot
My top tips are to plan – make a meal plan and then a shopping list, so that you only buy what you need. Freeze any leftovers once cold or aim to use the next day
I make a list and stick to it and I always check the fridge and cupboards before i go shopping so I know that I’m not buying what I don’t need.
I always liked the look of Joseph Joseph products. Would love to win some 🙂
I plan ahead and freeze things whenever possible
My top tip on saving food waste is freezing things! I freeze absolutely everything, from breadcrumbs to gravy to butter even!!! Lottie Wedmore
Weigh out your portion sizes
I reduce food waste by only ever buying exactly what I need, sometime the BOGOF offer are tempting but ultimately lead to food and money waste
Make full use of your freezer
Meal planning works well for me.
If we have any food left over from a meal we have it the next day for lunch.
Use leftovers i.e. Bubble & squeak
I use the leftovers or freeze and label clearly what it is. Otherwise I have two foxes that visit and they are always grateful for scraps Think I will start calling them Joseph and Joseph xx
food planning – I started doing this last year and it’s made such a great difference to how I eat (and how much I save!)
Leftovers?? Throw very little away, combination of soups, casseroles, pasta meals & freezer ensures little waste – as long as you do it immediately
Cook from scratch a lot and I freeze what we don’t use and serve it up another day. Apart from that having 2 dogs is a great way of reducing food waste lol
We try to plan meals in advance and shop little and often to minimise waste.
Plan your menu so that leftovers form one meal are incorporated in the next
Always check your cupboards/fridge before going to the supermarket to avoid duplicate buying of things which will go off before you get round to eating them
Leftovers get used for lunch.
buy less food
One of my tips for reducing food waste is not to be strict on best before dates – most things are fine long after their best before dates, so be guided by how it looks and smells (and common sense!) and not the date on the packaging 🙂
I just love those containers, they are fabulous!
Meal plan and do not cook too large portions.
Meal plan and do not cook too large portions.
Only cook what you know you are going to use. Don’t throw in an extra potato for example ‘just in case’.
measure portions to reduce extas
Batch cook and freeze!
I freeze as much as I can.
I buy frozen veg so that i can use it whenever I like rather than having to use it up within a few days. I also grate cheese that is almost at its sell by date and freeze it in portions . Lovely containers and just what I need. Thanks for the chance to win x
Meal plans so you can eat left-overs next day, to avoid waste / save money
we plan our meals and do not overcook; but also we do some batch cooking once a month for those days we dont really want to cook – saves on takeouts and tastes so much better.
Plan what you are going to eat for the week and write a shopping list!
I plan in advance and ensure I only buy what I need. If there are left overs the kids have bubble and squeak for breakfast.
Meal planning and freezing meals for the week.
I tend to buy lots of meat and vegetables in season and batch bake and freeze in individual portions -theres no extra oackaging and no waste either
Take time to store your food correctly.
Always rotate food to use oldest first.
Take advantage of multi-buys but freeze, cook and use
Use good recipes to cook left-overs, find on the internet
Meal plan and save left overs and freeze ready for another day.
Freeze leftovers immediatey rather than thinking you’ll use them up the next day
I try and use leftovers for sandwiches, stir-fry’s and stew’s, if Sunday roast I do bubble and sqeak, use potato skin and fry them, Mmmm
Meal plan is the best tip, but if we do have any left overs we always use them for a light lunch the next day
Freeze leftovers that you can’t use the next day that add them to other meals.
Only buy what you need, and write a list. Saves buying food that’ll go to waste
I always use up our leftovers for other meals, I turn leftover bolognaise into a chilli
I love these!! I try to meal plan as much as possible and batch cook some meals to freeze too! But I’m not always great at it…I tend to get a bit lazy sometimes!
I meal plan so buy exactly what I need. If there are leftovers these are eaten by my hubby or myself at work the following day.
We try to buy foods that we can preserve more to reduce food waste. For example, meatballs and pasta is a great meal because the tomatoes come in tins (long shelf life), the meatballs can be frozen before cooking, the cheese keeps for months and so does the pasta 🙂
Most vegetables can be used for soup so, as soon as any look a bit sad, use them to make and freeze a batch of soup to avoid waste.
we make meals out of the leftovers and freeze any excess meals for emergency or lazy days
Just what I need
I make up batches of tomato sauce, ratatouille and soup. Ratatouille can be used to make lasagne or eaten on it’s own.
Making smaller portions 🙂
Use leftovers for the next days meal, for example leftover meat & veg can be used in a pie
I like to use leftovers to make soups
Now empty nesters we deliberately cook more than we need then plate up and freeze for later use. So my tip would be to buy the biggest and most energy efficient freezer you have room for. A big chest freezer in our garage is always almost full with garden produce and cooked meals along with bargain reduced buys from the supermarket:)
I tend to cook meals in bulk so i can freeze them as either another family meals which will then just be reheated when time is short or i freeze them as individual portions for family members to help themselves
I shop every couple of days so I’m not buying loads of food once a week that I won’t use
Get a dog ?
Try not to cook more than you need. Most leftovers can make a tasty meal e.g. Leftover bread can make a lovely bread and butter pudding.
Never shop when you’re hungry. I always find that when I waste the most food is when it was part of a ‘binge buy’.
Try and meal plan as much as possible, and make soup from your left over bits and pieces
Mix the leftovers in with fresh ingredients for the next meal. Some dishes like shepherds pie are great for this.
Plan your meals and use any leftovers the next day
Plan your meals and make a shopping list before you go shopping, and always stick to it!
I plan meals to cut down on waste but also freeze portions if there are leftovers. I cooked a large turkey crown (6kg) and a ham for Christmas and froze about half the ham and a third of the turkey – will make a quick and easy roast dinner another time.
i try to plan our meals and only cook as much as we need
Plan what you’re making for the week before you go shopping, including what to do with the leftovers, so that everything gets used up.
I love to boil down off cuts of veggies and peelings by freezing a bag of leftovers and then making a good veg stock when needed.
I’m on the Slimming World healthy eating plan so I plan my weekly meals, make a shopping list and only buy what’s on my list
only make as much as you will eat
Meal plan all the way, and also don’t serve up huge portion sizes, especially for the children x