This post is part of our 'This Is Fire' series, where our editors and writers tell you about the products they can't live without in the kitchen.
It’s late in the evening, you’ve finished eating dinner, and there’s a light rain tapping on the dining room window. You’re full and at peace, ready to kick back and relax for the night, maybe in front of the television, perhaps with a book or bubble bath—there’s just one task remaining: Put away the leftovers.
After a stroll to the kitchen in your favorite slippers, you make way to the cabinet where your storage containers live. Opening the door reveals an ugly sight—vessels galore with mismatched and missing lids. Glancing down at a drawer, you toy with the thought of using cling-wrap or foil instead, a single-use quick-fix that would have Mother Earth in shambles. Enter the storage solution we’ve all been waiting for: W&P Reusable Stretch Lids.
Made from premium, super-stretchy, see-through silicone, these lids fit tightly over containers and foods of all sizes. The $20 set of six includes 2.5-, 3.8-, 4.5-, 5.7-, 6.5- and 8-inch circular stretch lids. So far, I’ve used the smallest on a Mason jar for prepping overnight oats and a half-full can of corn that lived to see another day post-burrito bowls. (Cans are the perfect candidate for this size, because the metal lid can’t reattach and cling wrap doesn’t always cling so well to the metal or label.)
As for the mid-size lids, those are useful for storage containers of varying sizes and even regular cereal bowls. I had a blue bowl full of tortellini missing its original lid (popped on one of these guys instead) and even successfully used another on a square-shaped plastic mushroom container from the grocery store.
When I was making pizza and didn’t have a bowl to proof the homemade dough, I put it in a saucepan and secured one of the larger lids. Next, I will be making a batch of pasta salad so I can break out the biggest lid.
The interior is textured, so it grips onto the container of your choice and won’t slip, but the pull tabs make it super easy to pull both on and off. Plus, it clings so tight you can even use it to stack other items on top without it sagging in the middle, which is not necessarily something you can say about plastic wrap or foil. It’s microwave- and dishwasher-safe (though I’ve found a quick rinse in the sink with warm, soapy water is really all you need) and even totally leak-proof—just make sure the surface is dry and you put the lid on tight. You can even put these in the oven up to 400 degrees and the freezer if your dedicated freezer containers are missing their tops, too.
The only wish I have for these lids is that, eventually, they’re available individually. Right now, you can only get them as part of a set, but I think having multiple in one specific size would be really useful—especially the smallest size, which would allow me to save canned vegetables and prep jarred salad dressings, sauces, or dill pickles at the same time. W&P does also have a square-shaped baking set for brownie dishes, loaf pans, and casserole dishes (available in 5 x 9, 8 x 8, and 9 x 13 inches), and those you can purchase individually.
W&P Reusable Stretch Lids are the bees knees. They come in a ton of different sizes, fit all sorts of cans, containers, and even, like, a watermelon if you need to save half after a barbecue. You can prep a salad, set it in your bag, and stack your phone, car keys, and a birthday present on top or something. They’re convenient (especially for those of us whose Tupperware cabinets are not in an OK state) and way more eco-friendly than the cheap plastic tops that are already warped or look like they’ve been through a wood cutter.
Not to mention, this set is inexpensive. W&P lids? $20. Being able to throw a lid on your leftovers without searching day and night for a top that will fit virtually anything in your kitchen? Priceless.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Taylor Rock is an editor for The Spruce Eats. Now that she has more counter space to work with after moving out of Brooklyn, she’s done a lot more cooking and always makes enough for leftovers. That said, her food storage container cabinet can be a bit dizzying, so when W&P offered to send samples for the brand’s new stretch lids, it felt like a match made in heaven.