I Hate Tupperware

Posted by Danny

I’ve always been able to make my way around the kitchen – cooking about half of the meals we ate at home over our 16 year marriage.  I was the only one who could make a pound cake – a recipe passed on by my mother, her mother and my great-grandmother.  It’s all in the mixing.  I also made a killer bean dip that I could only eat when Lisa wasn’t home.  She said it looked like…well, she said it wasn’t appetizing to her.  It was clear that was a meal to be enjoyed without her.

What I had never encountered at our house was Tupperware.  One of many things my wife handled without my knowing or appreciating. 

We have a corner cabinet that glides in a circle and in it we keep our plastic booty.  We have 28 square bottoms and 23 square tops.  Few of the tops fit the bottoms.  It’s the same with the rectangles and circles. 

Plenty of Lids

One day my dad was in town and got frustrated with the Tupperware corner.  He mustered enough energy to sit his 73-year-old inflexible self on the floor and begin the process of mating the bottoms with the tops.  He restacked and found a large container to hold the tops.  My mother helped him off the floor.  When they returned in two weeks, havoc had reigned once more.  And, he tossed one of my favorite pieces, a soup bowl sized purple number that was perfect for a nice helping of leftover bean dip.  I’d had that piece since right after college.  Boy do I miss her.

The worst part of the corner Tupperware cabinet is that the parts fall off the rotating door as you open it.  Then the cabinet gets stuck mid way around.  It’s convenient if you’re emptying the dishwasher, but it just doesn’t look very nice to leave it that way. 

Nice kitchen, why's your cabinet open? Two quart Gladware with a mismatched lid stuck in the back for goin' on two weeks now.

About once a week, I belly up on the kitchen floor and begin digging under the cabinet door.  Invariably I lose the top layer of skin off of my hand in the process of dragging out the lid that fell and that doesn’t fit any damn bottom within a sixty mile radius of my kitchen.  One time this year I drew blood trying to rescue a Gladware throw away, one of 8,976 we received over Lisa’s illness when meals were being provided by our friends four days each week.

If it is a Gladware throw away, I wonder why I don’t throw it away?   I sort of have this bizarre attachment to these containers.  It’s not like they’re expensive, you can by a package of six from Target for $3. 

I’m going to go throw one away.  Seriously,  I can do this.

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  1. Still waiting on my pound cake!

  2. Ha! Same problem at our house! But I do the re-organizing. I think I threw out most of the un-mated lids…what use are they? But I kept a lot of bowls with out lids. You can always use bowls. Isn’t that what plastic wrap is for? In place of lids I mean. (Just in case someone thought I was going elsewhere.)
    I heard you should have a tupperware organizing get together with neighbors. That way someone might find their lid for your bowl, Etc.

  3. Sylvia Haynes

     /  February 8, 2011

    My sentiments exactly. Where do the lids run off to. I swear I don’t throw a one out. They have to be around somewhere. We both must be pack-rats.

  4. Aunt Susan

     /  February 8, 2011

    Kudos to your Dad, Danny, I have always been impressed by him.

  5. From a former Tupperware business owner, it seems to me that the multiplying lids with no matching containers must be what all of my missing socks from the dryer ‘turned into’. I am convinced I never had THAT many containers to account for all of those lids.

  6. Leslie Watts

     /  February 8, 2011

    Bruce, I just had the same Gladware fight in our spin cabinet – I think it is called a Lazy Susan. Maybe that makes us Gladiators?!?!. When you come up with a solution, please share it with all of us.

  7. Cherith

     /  February 9, 2011

    Tupperware haunts my nightmares. The only thing I’ve found that helps is a dish-drying wrack (those wire stands with vertical partitions to stack plates). I put it on an upper shelf and keep all tupperware lids stacked by size in there.

    Well, at least I do. I can’t speak for the other member of the household. 🙂

    • Cherith

       /  February 9, 2011

      PS: I meant “rack”, not “wrack.” Not enough coffee this morning.

  8. Susan R.

     /  February 9, 2011

    I feel a neighborhood party coming on! We have lots of mismatched tupperware parts. Maybe we should all get together and do some matching…

    Hmmmm, I wonder if our plastic containers sneak out at night and socialize with each other. Could make a good Disney movie – something like Toy Story, but with kitchen items instead of toys. 🙂


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