“ Manufacturer: Tupperware „
Tupperware has always been an innovative company and while we all know that their products aren't the cheapest on the market, they certainly seem to last a good long time, making them more economical than they would seem on the surface. One of my favourite newer Tupperware items is their UltraPlus round and oval.
What makes these so special is that it they are the only Tupperware items that can be used not only in the fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher, but also in the oven. This means you can use for both long and short-term storage, warming and even for cooking foods in. The oval holds a full two liters and that's big enough for a medium sized roast or a large whole chicken, the round is about 1.5 liters and is big enough for a smaller roast or a small chicken that's been cut up.
These are made of a very special type of plastic that can withstand both extreme heat and extreme cold. Unlike the new soft feeling silicone bake ware, these are very rigid and sturdy feeling, and they don't bend at all. This means that when you take them out of the oven or microwave, you won't feel like the contents are going to slip around, which I really like.
While these aren't the prettiest of containers that Tupperware makes, they aren't all that bad looking, either. My first UltraPlus was the round one and it came in a sea-green colour which frankly isn't the most appealing to me. However, the big oval UltraPlus is a dark gray colour which is very sleek looking and I think quite attractive. This means that these will even look good as serving pieces, and definitely don't have a storage container look to them.
I should mention that the tops of these pieces don't fit on hermitically, and this is probably why they're good for cooking, since they let excess steam out. The lids fit lightly onto the bowls, and there's no pushing, "burping" or difficulty in taking them off. That said, if the tops don't stick on tightly, then you're probably wondering how you could use these in the freezer. The truth is, the smaller round one comes with a tight fitting plastic lid that's specifically meant for putting that in the freezer or fridge. Unfortunately, my oval didn't come with a similar top and so you'll probably not be able to use this in your freezer - or if you do, only for a short period of a couple of days (since you don't want too much air to circulate around your food in the freezer which can cause the cold air to burn the foods). On the other hand, since the covers to these are deep, you can actually upend them and use them in the microwave or oven for warming or cooking smaller items to go with whatever is in the bigger bowl - so that's a good thing.
Like I said these are my favourite Tupperware pieces, and I use them all the time. I love to roast potatoes in them - both in the oven and the microwave. I especially find them convenient for warming up things like rice or leftovers, but you can use them for anything your imagination can come up with. These are also almost non-stick and clean up easily by hand or in the dishwasher. The only drawback is, as mentioned, the price of these. The bigger oval sells for about £40 and the round one for about £35. I'm sure you can find corning wear or other baking dishes for a whole lot less, but if they're breakable, you just know that you'll have to replace them someday. Since these, like all other Tupperware items are unbreakable, and come with a lifetime guarantee, while the initial outlay is a touch steep, you really do get what you pay for - especially if you use these often like I do. If these sound like something you can use, make sure you get to or give a Tupperware party soon and get one or two for yourself - I can assure you, you won't regret it. Highly recommended and a full five stars.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © November, 2007
(Please NOTE: Only the UltraPlus bowls can be used in a conventional oven! Do NOT put other Tupperware bowls in a conventional oven as you will damage them and/or your oven.)
For a good picture and description of this item see this webpage http://www.tupperware.co.uk/downloads/UltraPlus_award.pdf which describes the product which won a Red Dot award for design in 1999.
Of course, to buy these you'll have to contact a Tupperware distributor or attend a Tupperware party or give one yourself, but if what I've described here sounds like it would be useful to you, then its well worth it.