How do I Choose the Best Portion Cups?

Felicia Dye

Portion cups are containers that are commonly used to ration food items. They can be used by food service businesses or in domestic settings for convenience and to reduce waste. If you think that you can benefit from the use of portion cups, consider the best size, when and where you will use them, and what you will put in them before you make a purchase.

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There is a wide range of items that you can place in portion cups, such as salsa, gravy, or trail mix. Deciding what you will use the portion cups for will help you decide which ones you should buy. All of these containers are not suitable for hot items. If you plan to use them for hot and cool items, make sure such use is specified on the packaging. However, portion cups that facilitate hot and cool storage may be more expensive, so if you are sure you will use them only for cold items you may be able to save money.

Such containers are commonly used for portion control. You may be considering them for this purpose for dietary reasons or simply to reduce waste. In either case, to be effective you will need to make sure that the containers that you buy are not too big. Generally, these containers are available in a wide range of sizes and you should choose the one closest to your needs.

If you are having a cookout and you want to ration certain items, you may want to consider disposable portion cups. However, if these containers are for personal home use or if you will use them on multiple occasions, you may not want to purchase the disposable type. Although you may be focusing on the labor involved with cleaning them, you should also realize that the continual purchase of disposable containers could be costly. Another thing to consider when choosing portion cups for food service is image. If you want your meal to appear expensive, plain, disposable containers are not likely to be the best option.

Portion cups can be convenient and they can be very effective. However, they can also result in huge messes if items such as sauces are placed in them and then get spilled. When the containers will be stored for later use or when they will be transported, it is best to choose those that have lids.

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