FAQ - Dalcini Stainless Food Containers

Is ‘stainless steel’ the same as ‘steel’?

No. While both are alloys known for their strength, stainless steel is considerably more expensive because of its many added benefits. Stainless steel was discovered more than 200 years ago and is most revered for its non-corroding, non-staining, non-porous, antibacterial properties. There are different grades of stainless steel, for use in different applications. At DALCINI™, we use 201,304 and 316 grades. It is the type most commonly used in commercial kitchens and hospitals around the world.

What is the benefit of having 'seamless' containers? 
When there are seams, there are chemical adhesives used to join them. There is also an epoxy resin coating applied to protect food contents from coming in contact with it. Those chemicals often include lead, Bisphenol A and other chemicals toxic to human health and the environment. A seamless interior eliminates the introduction of toxic chemicals, and also eliminates the ridged surface where food bacteria loves to hide.  

Are DALCINI™ Stainless containers dishwasher safe? I have other stainless steel products and they are "hand wash only".

Yes.  All of our products are dishwasher safe. There are many reasons why some stainless steel products are hand wash only, or "not recommended" for the dishwasher.  It may be to protect the exterior paint finish, to protect the chemical resins that leach when heated, or it may be because of the interior seam that weakens with heat.  It could be because of the non-dishwasher safe parts such as the clasps, lids, seals, straws.  We wanted safe, but we also wanted simple, so go ahead and drop them in the dishwasher! 


Can they go in the refrigerator? microwave?

Refrigerator- Yes. The containers are excellent for storing all types of food, including the most fragrant or acidic foods. No more tomato stains or lingering food odors from traditional containers. 
Microwave- No. These are metal product and should never be used in a microwave. They can, however, go in an oven up to 450 degrees F. You'll likely want to reheat at about 350degrees. Unlike glass or ceramic, stainless steel heats up rapidly.


Are the containers leakproof?

The containers have a tight seal, however, they are not designed for liquids such as soup. They are ideal for dry contents such as cheese, crackers, fruit etc. When using thicker contents such as yogurt, we recommend using lunch bags that hold the contents upright to minimize any risk of a leak.  

Where are your products made?

DALCINI™ Stainless products are ethically made in India with the skilled craftsmanship that has been used for over 200 years. No child-labor has been used in making our products.

I hear the term 18/8 stainless steel, what does it mean? Are yours 18/8? 

Stainless steel is an alloy, meaning it is a mix of metals.  18/8 is a simple classification that indicates the amount of 2 ingredients; chromium and nickel. ie 18/8 is 18% chromium 8% nickel.  This very simplistic classification is not an indicator of quality as it does not indicate which other metals have been added. ie you can have high quality 18/8 and a very low quality 18/8.  Most stainless steel experts agree that knowing the series the raw material is from ie 200 or 300 series, is a indicator of how the material will hold up in its intended use.  Using this classification, we use food grade and medical grade stainless steel (201, 304 and 316).