A Definitive Ranking of All My Lids

I can’t be the only one with a billion lids…right?

YEOOOOW! It’s me with some LIDS.

I don’t know how it happened. I don’t have a predilection for pot lids or Pyrex lids or tupperware lids, but somehow I have accrued dozens of them over the past four years. I suppose one day I became an Adult and then the lids magically appeared in my cupboard, destined to be shoved to the back where they’ll never be seen again. Of course, that’s not the future I want for them, but that’s the life they have.

Typically, I don’t think too much about my lids. In my head, they exist to clutter. That’s it. But a few days ago, I was FaceTiming my friend Caroline, when I made the apparently controversial statement that most pot lids are unnecessary. She asked how I kept my food warm for guests, to which I replied: “I serve immediately after cooking.” Maybe that’s just me? Anyhow, I’m of the belief that you really only need like two or three pot lids and whatever lids go with your tupperware. Sue me.

Without further ado, here are my lids in all their glory and shame. If the Home Edit ladies are reading this, no you didn’t.

8. Random Baking Pan Lids Hidden Above the Stove

Maybe I should invest in some lid organizers…

These are perfectly fine lids. Arguably very useful! I just always forget they exist because they’re located in a spot that I cannot reach. I just end up using foil to cover my Pyrex baking pans or transferring leftovers to a tupperware for storage.

7. This Whole Foods Bag of Glass Lids

Sad :(

When I moved in March, I bubble wrapped about five of my glass lids that match the Cuisinart pots and pans set my mom gifted me the year before. I love them dearly, but they’re very fragile. I moved again in May and unpacked only one of them so far. It’s October. Now these live under my country sink, where they haunt me forever. Sometimes I think about unwrapping them, but then I remember that I literally have no space and also that I probably wouldn’t use them anyway. It’s best that they stay where they are: safe and forgotten.

6. These Takeout Container Lids

Don’t mind my frizzy hair. It was humid today!

What’s better than saving the environment and your money? I love keeping my takeout containers. They’re great for storing salsa and whipping up a batch of quick pickled onions in. The only downside is that they’re very flimsy. But that’s okay because I have like 20 of them!!

5. Amazon Meal Prep Container Lids

Look how crisp!

I don’t really buy from Amazon, but a purchase I am satisfied with are these meal prep containers. They’re great for giving leftovers to a friend and/or actually trying to meal prep. The lids come in fun colors too. How cute :~)

4. My Beloved Rubbermaid Tupperware Lids

God-tier tupperware

Usually these are a bit more organized, but cut me some slack, I’m in graduate school. I love this set with all my heart because they never stain (I regularly cook very pigmented foods) and never leak. Points off for having an annoying gap where food can get stuck while washing by hand.

3. Salad Spinner Lid

She’s a BEAST!!!

Okay, I know this technically doesn’t count, but let me tell you why it does. Sometimes I’ll make a salad but I’ll be too lazy to put it in a salad bowl or store it in a tupperware. Sometimes the salad spinner becomes its own tupperware. I’m smart like that. Also, come on, it has BUTTONS!

2. The Lid I Use For 95% of My Cooking

Reliable, iconic, versatile. What more could you want?

This is the only glass lid that I unpacked from that Whole Foods bag. And you know what? It’s the only one that will remain unpacked. Again, I don’t really use lids all that much in my cooking, other than for braising or reducing. But if I’m doing that, I’m using…

1. My Le Creuset

Yes, this was a quarantine purchase back in March. Yes, it was worth every penny. Yes, it’s as good as everyone says it is. I can talk about the lid alone for at least an hour. Look at that craftsmanship! The heft! The beauty! Naturally, the Le Creuset’s coming in at #1.

Writing about climate, culture & comida wherever I go. Work in: GEN, Bitch Media, VICE, Jezebel, and then some. Medium’s resident Gen Z kid.

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