As a woman who enjoys cooking, I always look for ways to store my leftovers. Since my husband works during the dinner hour, I like to pack him a good dinner to bring to work with him. I either use Tupperware, Hefty Serve ‘n Store or some other container. When I was offered the opportunity to test and review Hefty Serve ‘n Store Party Disposable Tableware, I jumped at the chance. Another food container for me to test? Sign me up!
The first thing that you notice about Hefty Serve ‘n Store Party Disposable Tableware is that they are bright red. Up close, they are very shiny, quite unlike the regular Hefty Serve ‘n Store. They come in the red and blue, and are perfect for holiday parties.
Something very different about these plates from the original Hefty Serve ‘n Store is that they have built-in handles for easier serving. The “handles” are only 1.5″ wide. They aren’t needed. The plates are too small to be used as serving platters. It’s a nice thought, but just not useful.
Hefty Serve ‘n Store Party Disposable Tableware isn’t very durable. It is absolutely NOT microwaveable– It melts after about a minute. It doesn’t stand up to excessive heat either– It just warps and then melts. The plastic gets into your food, and it’s just a bad scene. It doesn’t hold liquid as well as the original version. Granted, it isn’t designed to be air-tight. However, I gave my hubby some chili in the bowl, zipped it up, and it leaked all over the place. He didn’t shake it or anything; just drove to work with it in a bag on the floor of the passenger seat.
If you’re just using Hefty Serve ‘n Store Party Disposable Tableware to send food home with guests, then this is fine. However, you just can’t reheat the leftovers in the product. Food must be transferred to a microwave safe dish. I prefer the convenience of one plate being used for storage, heating and serving. The other Hefty Serve ‘n Store are just as attractive in white.
Hefty Serve ‘n Store Party Disposable Tableware comes in three different sizes: 9″ plates, 10″ plates and 18 oz. bowls. The variety of sizes is great. However, it would be even better if they could introduce a 6″ plate that could act as a lid for the bowls. Using a bowl for a lid on another bowl causes wasted space. The smaller dishes are terrific, especially to send home with guests.
Hefty Serve ‘n Store Party Disposable Tableware sells for $2.69 plus tax. Personally, I don’t think that the plates are worth it. Yes, they are cool and your guests will probably be impressed. If you want to impress your guests, then these are probably worth it. However, I find that a paper plate and tin foil work just find to send food home with guests. Each pack contains the following:
20 – 9″ plates
15 – 10″ plates
22 – 18oz. bowls
If Hefty Serve ‘n Store Party Disposable Tableware did something more than hold food, I’d be more prone to purchase and recommend them. Lose the handles, keep the colors and lower the price. Only then would I be able to overlook the fact that it melts in the microwave.