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Tupperware Classics: Square Rounds

Posted by Andrew Humphrey on

 

So let's get this out of the way first -- can I still supply Square Rounds? 

No, and yes. 

A few years ago Tupperware's whole freezer range was upgraded to a new style called the Freezer Mates. They are an improvement on all the great features of the Square Rounds, but I know very well that folks are very attached to the Square Rounds.

With the launch of the Freezer Mates, the Square Rounds dropped out of the catalogue. But I can still supply spare parts of the seals (lids) in white only, and spare bases in 400ml size as above or the deeper 800ml style. So in effect, you can make your own sets of Square Rounds from spare parts. Go crazy. Order the parts you need here.

Of all Tupperware products, the Square Rounds are probably the most timeless and iconic. Whether it's the handy 400ml size shown here, or any of the other various taller sizes that have appeared over the years, it is a sorry kitchen that doesn't have some Square Rounds. Air-tight, water-tight, cool-looking -- perfect.

Once the Square Rounds were an all-purpose Tupperware container, but they really came into their own for freezer storage. The high-quality polymer material stays flexible at freezer temperatures, so a quick dip in warm water and a squeeze will loosen the solid contents with no need for a knife or a pounding on the counter. The stackable design, seal with its raised lip, and slight tapering towards the base allow for maximum air-flow and quick freezing.

Originally both the container and the seal came in a milky semi-clear white. The colours have chopped and changed over the years, and the font used on the seal has updated every few decades, from 50s diner-menu style through 70s bubble writing to today's Helvetica Bold. They went solid orange in the 70s (what didn't?), but then they settled back into a frosty white, with bold single-coloured seals. 

If you buy Square Rounds bases now, they have a subtle (and for Tupperware, very rare) surface design: an abstract snowflake pattern etched all around the sides, as you can see in the photo. But otherwise they are identical to their 50s ancestors. I can stack some of my grandma's original milky white ones with mine, seamlessly.

People sometimes say, "What is the big deal, Tupperware Man? I use plastic tubs from the Chinese takeaway, or old Flora pots. They are free." I am all for a bargain, but frankly I think Tupperware's Square Rounds, and now the Freezer Mates, are value for money. How many of the kitchens we grew up in still have Tupperware products that are 30, 40 even 50 years old, and still going strong, having paid for themselves hundreds of times over. I have to say I do also have plastic tubs from the Chinese takeaway: they are what I use when I send people home with leftovers. My Tupperware containers never leave the house.

Here's a Tupperware party tip: pour a layer of melted chocolate laced with a few drops of mint essence onto the seal, just enough to just reach the brim of the raised edges. Into the fridge it goes, and you soon have some classy thin mints.


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