When my mother-in-law had pulled a second box of Lock and Locks storage containers off a shelf in her garage to give to me, I knew she had an addiction. I mean who could ever need that many storage containers. That was before the pandemic.
Now, I think she's a genius.
More than a year later, I never seem to have enough of them. I've gone from opening the cabinets and all the plastic containers falling onto my head, to desperately searching for a container in which to put that night's dinner into. I regularly cook from home now, something I didn't always do before COVID. Instead of having one leftover night every two weeks, my family now has two or three a week.
It appears my family is not alone in having more leftovers. Since many of us were on lockdown most of the pandemic or have been staying at home more often, this has led to more cooking at home, which in turn has resulted in leftovers. More leftovers means there is a greater need for items to store them in.
Household spending on groceries increased by 36% in March, according to NC Solutions, a firm that tracks consumer spending goods. In fact, the numbers have continued to rise each month with another big increase in October.
It was reported that searches for food storage containers on Amazon spiked in spring then again in the fall.
It's because of this fact that makers of such storage containers have seen an increase in sales during the pandemic.
In fact, Tupperware was deemed on life support before the pandemic, but just like so many other things we really don't think about until we need it, it has been one of several products that have been saved by the virus.
The Associated Press reported that shares of Tupperware Brands jumped to a new high for the year. The company itself reported a 14% increase in sales.
But it's no surprise that the purchase of food storage containers is on the rise. The whole idea of nesting during the pandemic has caused increases in other areas, not just cooking more meals. All that working from home has people checking off items on their home improvement to-do lists.
That includes replacing old appliances. That seems to fall in line with the reports that more people are using their at-home time to try new recipes and learn how to cook. Why would you want to make that sourdough bread or even cloud bread in an old oven?
Of course, if you aren't a good cook, then you might not have a reason for all those storage containers.
With all this snowball effect of home items, the next thing we might see is a rise in cabinet installations. It certainly has been a struggle in the past to find space for mine, once they are all clean. But the leftovers have certainly taken care of that problem.
Now, if I only can keep track of the lids.
Terri Richardson writes about area residents and happenings that affect their lives in this column that publishes every other week. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 461-8304.