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Feast with Frego

Frego Admin - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

If we’re a fortunate family that has plentiful amounts of food over this feast of a holiday, we’ll find ourselves seeking ways to store food, freeze food, and send food home with loved ones. For these reasons, there may be no other time during the year that stresses our food storage containers quite like Thanksgiving. 

Fret not on feast day, Frego has some tips for you:

  1. Free up Containers –- A few weeks out from Thanksgiving, free up your containers from the freezer, etc to maximize your starting container capacity.
  2. Make less variety – Thanksgiving is a plethora of potluck love and that’s awesome! If people are bringing food items to your home or you’re bringing them elsewhere, the host can share the list with everyone in advance. That way people feel okay bringing one thing and not worrying about missing any traditional items like pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce.
  3. Make less quantity – “Tis the season to be bountiful, but consider just how long you want to be eating leftovers for, especially the ones that don’t store/freeze well. Cut the recipes for certain dishes in half if you recall having way too much in previous years and be selective. Perhaps one type of dinner roll versus white, wheat, rye and sourdough options will suffice (don’t forget to consider the gluten-free folks).
  4. Go Glass, Go frego – Great leftovers deserve love. Place food leftovers in two or four cup frego containers. Frego is made of borosilicate glass, which means it’s shatter-resistant and can withstand going to temperature extremes – freezer to oven – no problem! Your second best bet is a glass container and the least food flavor and safety friendly option is a plastic container.
  5. BYOFSC: Bring Your Own Food Storage Containers – If you’re the one entertaining, remind guest to bring their own glass containers so they can easily take home leftovers.
  6. Avoid leftover leaching – Store food in frego with its silicone lid and your food will be free of toxins. If you do have items that you’ve stored in plastic, please remember to transfer them to a plate or other glassware to heat before you eat.

These are just a few of our tips for a food storage friendly Thanksgiving. We’d love to hear from you – what are your food storage frustrations? How are you using frego?

Scary Good Casseroles & Cheesecake

Frego Admin - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

We love Halloween and all of the scary good fun it brings! We even have an orange frego container to complement the season. This month, we’re checking in with foodie bloggers and frego fans to see what they’re cooking and baking up that we simply have to test.

Our fall recipe search yielded some healthier alternatives and spicy options to add to our menu. We started with Fit Foodie Finds’ Sweet Potato Spinach Lasagne, moved on to their Southwestern Chicken Casserole and finally Katherine In Brooklyn’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars in honor of Oct 21st National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

The Sweet Potato Spinach Lasagne is meatless and lovely. The sweet potato puree is magical and using fresh spinach is so velvety. Even the meat-lovers in my family, who’ve been consuming my sausage lasagna with four cheeses for years were so impressed. Another bonus: the Fit Foodie Finds recipe has half the calories (820 vs 393 cal).

The Southwestern Chicken Casserole is fit for Minnesota’s spice level with cumin, garlic powder, chili powder in just the right mix. It was optional to add the cheese, and of course we did! We love the no-fuss of this recipe – only onion and cilantro to chop and we used a container of 90 sec microwave organic brown rice. Bonus – because the dish was set to 350 degrees for an hour, the chicken went in raw and cooked up perfectly!

Finally, we love a national day and since October 21 was National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, we searched Instagram for a recipe that had an innovative crust (I found several with crushed Oreo’s as a base) and happened upon Katherine in Brooklyn. The win for cinnamon graham cracker crust, which caramelizes in the oven, and use of Greek yogurt for a touch of healthy among two 8oz blocks of cream cheese.

We’ve been sending the adults and kids in the house about their day with these dishes in their frego, in orange as available. All good reviews! What are you making and baking up that fits in your frego this fall?

Fun Functional and Fresh

Frego Admin - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Get Fun, Functional and Fresh with Frego

Fun, Functional, Fresh… that fits frego to a t. These are concepts that parents and kids can come together around when it comes to packing school lunches, even when the lunch choices are debatable.


With four brightly colored containers that keep their shade and do not fade, you’ll keep lunch fun and interesting. Break away from the every day ham sandwich whose reappearance made my son want to cry by the end of fifth grade (prior to our discovery of frego!). When it was one too many and was on the verge of returning to the unpredictable school lunch, he confessed, Mom, you ruined ham sandwiches for me for life.

As a mom, this is not something you want hanging over your head. He’s got a lot of graduation parties in his future. When we discovered Frego it gave me the confidence to send leftover casseroles and soups in the winter, cold salad with protein for spring and fall months. It was an eye-opener for my son too. I can have something other than a sandwich for lunch?

We had to work at it. And sometimes I’d find myself boiling water in the morning rush while my coffee brewed, just to make a quick pasta fix dish to keep the variety alive. My daughter, two years older than him, caved years ago for the convenience of school lunch. That works for her…. but this one…. he’s particular.  

Sometimes we even color-coordinate our silicone with our eats – spicy Mexican in orange (see Six Sisters’ Black Bean and Turkey Enchiladas), subdued mac-n-cheese in green  (see Martha’s Stewart’s Mac and Cheese) and watermelon in the blue hue (my very own handiwork on a Black Diamond variety – the juiciest in my opinion!). A side and important benefit is that it teaches a life-long skill of food prep and thoughtful ways to eat. Granted, a lot of the side notes in his lunchbox are pre-packaged. But that’s okay!


Keeping the site lines open in a fridge full of condiments, containers and questionable items is key. I love that you can store food in frego’s glass container with its clear silicone lid. They stack great (none of the sliding you’d have stacking purely glass containers), lay flat and you can clearly see what’s in them.

When it comes to school lunches, my son always takes the two-cup frego. For family-style leftovers, I use the four-cup frego. This is a quick visual cue as to what’s grab and go for lunch and what works as a dish best reheated and served at home. Many times the four-cup goes in the freezer and for a quick dinner, straight to the microwave. Bonus if you used plastic prior, with frego there’s none of the worry that defrosting your dish will cause toxins to leach into your food so painstakingly prepared.


Fresh ideas are needed to get (and keep if they’re already there and interested) kids in the kitchen. See our post here about kids in the kitchen for some inspo. Frego does its part visually and functionally to make meal and snack time a fresh experience. Every parent and child can appreciate that.

In addition to fresh ideas, fresh also means prepping and enjoying real food. The experience of food prep is a learned skill at a young age that will serve them well for life. In this day and age when everything imaginable comes pre-packaged, I believe we need to work harder at this.  It still happens daily – my kids open the cupboard, completely overlooking the bowl of fruit on the counter, and shout What’s to eat? I think what they really mean is I’m so dang hangry that if I can’t rip open a package of sugary goodness right now I’m going to explode!

Have patience, dear children. Your parents and frego have your back. We wish all of you a fun, functional and fresh school year and can’t wait to share in the conversation with you – hop on over to frego on Instagram and Facebook and get your kids involved in the quest too!

 -- Jen Gilhoi, parenting by the vowel and blogging at edamomie 

Purge the Plastic

Frego Admin - Monday, August 27, 2018

Back to school time is the perfect time to purge the plastic in your kitchen. As the maker of high-quality, toxin-free food storage containers, we’d love to help you organize what moms have historically called their “Tupperware cupboard.” This dreaded cabinet is jam-packed with unorganized containers. It’s a cabinet where you spend way too much time finding a matching container and lid set for your leftovers. 

It’s also a place where you might find way too much plastic. To inspire the overhaul of the food storage container area in your kitchen, read up on the harmful chemicals found in plastics 2011 NPR article – it will make them much easier to purge!

At frego, we get excited to see more bloggers and DIY YouTuber’s like Old World Home and Lisa Bryan of Downshiftology, moving away from plastic publically and going all glass (and in frego’s case, borosilicate, non-breakable glass). (See: link).  If you’re ready to organize your food storage area and put healthy consumption into action, we’ve assembled a few tips for you.

1. ASSESS Take inventory of your current containers -- match up lids and spread your containers out on the counter, smallest to largest.

2. PURGE If you have plastic containers (even glass containers with plastic lids), consider replacing or transitioning out of them.

3. ORGANIZE Stack or nest your two and four cup frego glass containers, outer shells and silicone lids (i.e. if you only have the two-cup containers, keeping each three-set together and stacking works well).

4. LABEL After you’ve secured food in any container, indicate when it should be consumed by for food safety reasons. Frego’s outer shell is perfect for jotting a date and brief description of its contents.

5. LOOP Keep your containers in a usable loop. This includes moving your freezer-stored items into the rotation for consumption on a regular basis.  A bonus with frego: your meals can go right from the freezer to the oven or microwave no worries.

Going plastic-free is an investment in the environment and our health that will pay off in the in long run. You’ll use Frego containers for decades (lifetime replacement warranty) and the absence of plastic leaching into your food will directly contribute positively to your health.

We’d also recommend getting the family involved and engaged in the process so the daily and long-term upkeep of the system works.  Snap a picture of your organization and how you’re going plastic-free with frego, tag with #freofplastic – we’d love to see your solutions!

The Frego Snack Better Challenge

Frego Admin - Monday, May 21, 2018

Is snacking attacking our ability to eat a decent meal and maintain a proper, healthy weight?  Not if we rein it in when it comes to the frequency, portions, timing and food types our snacking includes. It’s not easy, but we pulled together some guidelines from the experts and frego challenges to inspire the snack artist within you!


For toddlers and kids, eating smaller meals and up to three snacks daily is in line with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics guidelines.  For adults there’s a two-snack max or guideline in place. Obviously these are guidelines that should be weighed along with each individual body type, need and intuitive eating, but it helps us start a conversation about how much we’re really snacking.

For kids, consider the birthday party and holiday treats, snack-as-reward based programs at school and sports pursuits. These snacks are in addition to what parents are already giving kids. It can be frustrating to see the snacks stack up. This Parents Magazine article, The Snack Epidemic, hits on so many important considerations and insights. Here’s a favorite: “An 8-year-old burns about 150 calories in an average soccer game -- yet the typical postgame snack has between 300 and 500 calories. ‘It's so strange that sports have become associated with sweets.’”

For adults, consider the stress-based or mindless munching we’re doing in the car, at our desk or while binging on Netflix.  According to Mintel, America is a snacking nation with 94% of us snacking at least once daily, while 50% fall in the two to three snack a day range. In both kids and adults cases it might be okay even beneficial if the snacks were healthy, but on the whole they’re not. 

Be realistic about kids’ snacking and adult snacking patterns and habits. Track them, have conversations with kids or other parents if sugary snacking is happening post-sporting events, for example. Then reduce frequency if numbers are outside of the guidelines and use snack times as a way to increase fruit and vegetable intake.


On average, kids’ snacks should be 100 calories per snack and adult snack sessions shouldn’t exceed 200 calories. For adults, for example, this would mean that the suggested daily percentage of snack calories comes in around 15-18%, based on a 2,200 calorie diet. In contrast to that range, a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that snacks provide on average 25-30% of an adult’s daily caloric intake. 


Have a portion size discussion with your kids. Get out the measuring cups and use a one-cup measuring cup full of water to fill the two-cup frego to illustrate what two cups looks like. Have your kids prep a healthy snack for them that is 100-125 calories or a healthy snack for you that is 200-225 calories. An ideal snack could be one-quarter cup of nuts or seeds (200 calories), one-and-a-half ounces of cheddar cheese (170 calories), or one-quarter of an avocado with a slice of whole grain bread (150 calories).


If the frequency of snacking is over the limit, snacking will start to feel like a round-the-clock occurrence.  With a one to three snack daily limit, the timing should be mid-morning between breakfast and lunch and mid-afternoon between lunch and dinner. The food type matters greatly so staying away from sugary and carb-loaded snacks is best. By not eating too close to mealtime, it sets your body up to be hungry when mealtime comes around. It’s a tricky balance because you don’t want to leave the gap too large as feeling like you’re in starvation mode will make you more likely to overeat.


A few days in advance of a weekend at home, plan exciting snacks that have a few elements of texture (crunchiness and smoothness, for example) and ingredients. Decide in advance on the timing of meals and snacks throughout the weekend and note everyone’s hunger and satisfaction levels with both meals and snacks.


In citing from the Snack Epidemic article, we note that “it’s possible that childhood obesity is driven by as little as 165 extra calories a day for kids ages 2 to 7….that's roughly the amount in a handful of potato chips.” That’s an alarmingly small amount, which indicates how imperative it is for us to be diligent in monitoring our children and our own snacking habits.


Do a caloric and nutritional level assessment of your family’s top 10 go-to snacks. What qualities do you like about them? What emotional attachments do you have to them? Consider how you might swap some out for healthier choices to create a top 10 list everyone can feel good about.

We’d love to hear how your snacking challenges go. Please email, post or share using #fregosnackbetter. And remember, it’s important to learn and model good snacking for us and our kids. If we do it right, it’s a blessing in our health and truly an art form!

Finding Nemo Is Nearing Impossible

Frego Admin - Saturday, April 14, 2018

It’s sad to imagine the underwater world of beauty in the coral reef that Nemo of Disney’s Finding Nemo calls home, cluttered with plastic. But without significant action, there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, by 2050. This attention-grabbing statement in the January 2016 Ellen MacArthur Foundation report: The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, points to 150 million metric tons of plastics residing in the world’s oceans.

The report was the product of input from environmental groups like Ocean Conservancy as well as companies important to packaging such as Dow, the consumer products company Unilever, and the packaging firm Amcor. It attempts to reconcile industry and activists on the packaging issue.

Over two years after the report has come out, are we any nearer to reconciliation or plastic production reduction?  An emphatic NO is the answer. In CNN’s March 21, 2018 report, they sight that without an intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world’s oceans is expected to triple within a decade. (Ocean plastic predicted to triple within decade)

At frego we’re even more fired up to build awareness and share better ways to live that don’t harm our environment.  At the global level, we continue to watch the World Economic Forum to see if the United Nations resolution to ban microbeads by 190+ countries and counting will have an impact. We look to businesses to take responsibility and think creatively as possible to avert the use of plastics.

At the consumer and individual level, we know people have made the commitment to compost, bring paper bags back to groceries stores for reuse (not just recycling) or use canvas or mesh bags, bring their ceramic mug to their barista and omit plastic use. All of these actions are intentional on the part of the consumer, driven by awareness and care for their environment.

However, habits and the way our society functions even in 2018, does not always make it easy to make the best choice. And practices in food and product consumption are demonstrating that they take generations to shift, despite frightening evidence of global harm. At frego, we’re plastic free and we offer a lifetime warranty on our glass and silicone containers. We’re trying to do our part and we applaud those who are doing their best for the environment and serving as creative role models for others.

We want to hear stories from you. Where are there opportunities to do better, no matter how small? Maybe you’ve stashed an empty frego in your purse to take leftovers or a food item purchased at a café to-go. We have! Maybe you’ve prepped plastic-free lunches and snacks even when disposable would have been easier? What other practices and tips do you have?

Please share and help the world continue to fight plastic production and consumption and find Nemo.

Find a link to another great article here:

Thank Goodness For Companies That Care

Frego Admin - Sunday, February 25, 2018

This February we’re thankful for companies that care. We celebrate companies that choose to do the right thing for their employees and their customers, even and especially when it’s not mandated or the path to doing so is complex or costly. We support companies that are paving the way and educating consumers to make better, conscious choices when it comes to their purchases of goods and services.

Last March, People Magazine published it’s first ever Companies That Care list. See it here (  The global impact these companies and organizations are making around causes from education for all to ending hunger and homelessness is impressive. When you read the stories surrounding their efforts, it is not solely about applying a financial band-aid. Their efforts are rooted in employee engagement around their causes, which then translates directly into employee self-care and real, consistent and sustainable benefits for the external communities they serve.

While most of these companies are global in scale, they offer even the small business owner some inspiration. We love seeing The Container Store at #13 on the list! The Container Store, notes People, “…creates high paying, satisfying, supportive, life-long careers for retail workers. Each Valentine’s Day, The Container Store celebrates National We Love Our Employees Day! Employees are given gifts, love notes and hugs from the company to thank them for their hard work. The Employee First Fund provides grants to employees experiencing unforeseen emergencies.”

At frego, we’re taking a page out of People’s coverage of companies that care and applying it to our business. Since 2012, Safe. Healthy. Responsible. has been more than just a tag line; it's how we approach everything we do. Our products combine the best of science, ergonomics and aesthetics, consistently infused with dedication to creating a better world. Our process is guided by the desire to provide innovative products that give us all the chance to make smarter everyday choices. 

Through our exhaustive testing for safety and quality, recycling of scrap materials, and developing fregogiving – a program designed to give back to our communities and donate to children's charities like the The Lunchbox Fund (frego donates 1% of our proceeds to their charitable causes. See more at Through these efforts we not only say we believe in creating a safer and healthier world, we're making it happen. One responsible step at a time.

Assuming People makes their Companies That Care an annual feature, what companies do you think should be on the list and why?

It's a New Year: Portion Your Day Accordingly

Frego Admin - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In the spirit of January and all of the potential that the new year holds for recommitting to health and wellness goals, we thought it would be a fun exercise to think more broadly about portion control, meal and snack types and share some of our favorite recipes.  

Let’s start with portion control. 2018 has many Americans way out of whack with an understanding of it. Did you know that 96% of meals served at restaurants exceed recommendations for fat, salt and overall calories (see: As highly visual people, over the years we’ve become accustomed to seeing and being served larger portions (studies cite significant increases in portions from 1980 to modern day). It’s easy to experience portion distortion, as it’s commonly referred to, and become out of sync with what constitutes an appropriate amount of food.

If you’re tackling more healthy eating habits, understanding portion control is key. Now that we’ve established the abundance of restaurant portion size, let’s compare portion size versus serving size (see: It defines a portion as how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package or in your own kitchen. A portion is 100 percent under our control. A serving size is the amount of food listed on a product’s nutrition facts label, according to a serving size the manufacturer suggests.

You can retrain your eye to easily assess food and come up with reasonable portion and serving sizes for your healthy diet. An easy suggested way to learn proper portions and keep portions in check is to choose food serving dishes (glasses, plates, bowls) and storage containers that are clearly marked with their size. For example, frego is designed in two and four cup container sizes. As you make, store, container and serve food, measure it and be diligent about visually noting how it appears. Focus on some common items that are typically served way over portion like pasta. 

Once you get the hang of reasonable portion and serving sizes, think about ways to cleverly measure them without officially having to measure them. Remember that an eight-ounce juice glass perfectly holds an adequate serving of orange juice (as opposed to a 16-ounce glass). Never eat directly from the bag or bulk item when it comes to snacks – choose a one-cup bowl and portion it out (we love these from Magnolia and Vine at Target as they hold just over one cup). 

If you’re taking your meals and snacks to go, your frego offers consistency in serving sizes. Your snacks and breakfast might be more one serving size (or one cup) portions. Your lunch and dinner, depending on its density and your diet, might be a two or four cup portion. Here are a few good frego-friendly recommendations and recipes that will keep your portion control in check!

Breakfast: Steel-Cut Oats with Cinnamon and Apples

Lunch: White Bean and Tuna Salad

Snack: Winter Fruit Salad

Dinner: Brown Rice and Vegetables

At frego, we love fueling your mind with healthy options from meals to snacks to power you through your day. That’s why you’ll see that our social media shares are all about the real, wholesome food you prepare at home and take with you on your busy day. 

We enjoy that frego-users love to share how they use their containers. We especially like to see your recipes and hand-scribed messages on the silicone outer sleeves! If you’d like to share, please email us! 

Gift Thoughtfully This Holiday Season

Frego Admin - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

During the season of gift giving we run through an entire checklist of high standards that our gift must meet. Whether it’s whimsical, practical, thoughtful or indulgent, you can be sure that we all put thought into our gifts, especially if we don’t have the gift-recipient’s list with clickable links at our fingertips.  Where’s the fun in that method anyway?

At frego, we love the creative process of gift giving.  We’ve been making our list, checking it twice and we’re offering up our tips to you for a holiday season of stress-free present selection. It starts with a mantra to help focus your mindset. This year, we’re drawing our inspiration from Vivienne Westwood: Buy less, Choose well, Make it last.  

Tip #1: Buy Less

Buying less when everything in American marketing is enticing us to BOGO (buy one, get one… some percentage off or free) is challenging. Often, bulk pricing of quality items can be a good gift giving strategy, but it typically means buy one for me and one for the person on my list because it was a deal that could not be passed up. This leads to unwanted, discarded items that contribute to clutter and are destined for a joyless life.

Another way to buy less stems from the concept of buying quality, sustainable items. I adopted this buying mindset early on as a mother, from shoes and clothing to school items and more. This mindset translated into the creation of frego’s eco-friendly food storage container system and it’s at the heart of why we designed frego to meet high standards. We live by the idea that if we are resourceful we can buy quality items and use them longer, which equates to buying less of poor quality, disposable items.

A third way to buy less is to not even buy at all! Give the gift of time and talent. It’s always meaningful and it also creates lasting memories.

Our suggestion here: create a healthy buying mindset, avoid adding extra gifts to the list, don’t buy for yourself, hold yourself to quality purchases only and consider giving of your time and talent.

Tip #2:  Choose Well

When selecting a gift for someone on our list it’s tempting to get them more of what they already have and we know they will love. By putting a bit of additional thought into it you can choose something that is tied to their interests, but unique enough that even they may not have thought of it.

Write down the names of everyone on your list. Add a column to note up to three of their interests I.e. cooking, reading, cross-country skiing; and a column to note the feeling you’d like to evoke like practical, sentimental, inspirational, motivational or whimsical. In a fourth column, add the type of gift i.e book, coffee mug, dinner at a favorite restaurant or a time or talent related gift. Lastly add the cost and where to buy, jotting down your options from bricks and mortar to online. Carry this with you during the holiday season. When you find the perfect gift, you’ll confidently be able to select it.

Our suggestion here: create your list when you’re in the right and thoughtful mindset, get out of your own head to consider a valuable gift from the recipient’s perspective and continue to refine and reference your list.

Tip #3: Make It Last

Making things last is all rooted in making sustainable buying and giving choices in the first place. Because of the nature of a gift, the experience of it is always tied to the gift-giver. It’s important to get it right. Consider how your gift can be something that the recipient can use and continue to bring them joy.

Our suggestion here: think about gifts in holistic ways and how the recipient will experience them. Most likely there are time and talent related ideas that further your gift, whether it’s a shared experience or a new experience that carries over into an interest in their life.

There you have it! Take our tips and put them to great gift giving this season. We’d love to hear your ideas – please share them in the comments below.

Happy holidays to you from frego!

The Four-Cup Frego Serves Up Sustenance and Snacks

Frego Admin - Thursday, September 21, 2017

When we talk about portion control, frego has two easy ways to help you manage your servings: the 2-cup container and the 4-cup container.  The 2-cups go off to work and school with mom and the kids, but for the more hearty eater, a 2-cups serving of your best lasagna might not be quite enough.

Enter in the 4-cup. For suitable lunch portions for an average American male, we’re finding that at least a 3-cup serving is need to fill the hunger void over the noon hour.  For many, the 4-cup is the ideal option. So pack those fall soups and hearty meals like lasagna without worry.  There won’t be any of the leaks typical of many other storage container options. And when it comes to clean up at the office, frego washes up well and the silicone lid won’t be wearing your lasagna sauce for years to come.

After a satisfying meal, if you chose to write something on frego’s side panel prior to packing it, it serves as a nice little reminder to complete a task of your choice – i.e. "Don’t’ forget to pick up the dry cleaning!"  So by packing lunches from home, not only does your family save by avoiding eating pricey lunch hours out, but bringing lunch from home becomes something to actually look forward to.

The 4-cup isn’t just for guys either. It can work well to bring snacks to parties, gatherings or on road trips. Go the cheese and cracker route or assorted fruit or veggies and you’re all set for sharing at it funnest… or finest!

How are you getting creative with the frego 4-cup version? We’d love to hear it!