Every time I pack away leftovers – scraping each excess dish into an appropriately sized container – I am forced to do some searching. While, in theory, saving meals for later should be a simple process, in practice, it’s a nightmare. The plastic containers are hard to clean, distort easily, and come in hundreds of shapes and colors. Unless they were molded in the same factory, likely within a few hours of one another, they refuse to fit.
My storing methods are of no help either. The Tupperware, either by brand or by association, is kept in a bottom cabinet, so that I must sit on the floor to retrieve semi-matching pieces. And because of the random sizing, any type of organization is impossible. The dishes are left scattered and balancing precariously, just waiting for a swift kitchen breeze to knock them off kilter. Like a more complicated game of Jenga, each time a piece is needed I must pull it from the stack, hoping the others don’t come tumbling down.
My biggest issue with the Tupperware though, is that this has been an ongoing problem. I have been stacking containers since childhood; the only thing that’s changed is my ability to get up off the floor. Cooking pots have gotten fancier, promising to leave even the most burned of foods unstuck. Spoons have gotten grippier. And refrigerators demoted freezers to the bottom. Meanwhile though, leftovers are still getting the shaft.
As for the rest of the world, it’s advancing even faster; technology is growing at faster rates than I can even comprehend. Smartphones and tablets have been invented, also touchscreens. There are even phones that do the talking, yet no one has done anything about Tupperware.
All it would take is one small bill, or maybe a tax cut incentive, and brands could be making standardized models. Small, medium, and large – each citizen could find the perfect fit through the Goldilocks of methods. Too small, too large, and just right; a container to fit every size of uneaten foods.
With this law, no more will people have to match this size with the other. Containers bought from all grocery stores will be compatible. Catalogs will offer more expensive models, but within the same sure-fit promise. And Tupperware cabinets everywhere can sit tidy and un-leaning.
This is one example where I’m betting the communists got it right.