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Most storage containers that food can be squirrelled away
into are either oblong or round. This is ideal if theres
absolutely nothing else in the universe around it, but in some
cases theres a fridge it has to be put into, and other things in
I propose triangular shaped food
storage receptacles. The
question is, isosceles or right-angle (or even equilateral)? The
natural inclination is to say right-angle triangles are best
because they tesselate and stack and butt up against other
flat edges. Id say the problem with that is theyre difficult to
wash up with the fairly acute angles in each corner. One
solution to that is to round the corners with a huge radius,
another is to simply chop the corners off and create what is
actually a hexagon that resembles a triangle shape.
However, I suspect that counterintuitively, equilateral
triangles (again, with radiused or truncated corners to
prevent food traps in cleaning) are probably going to be the
better, in the long run. Different sized triangle storage dishes
are likely, rather than all the same size, and it may be found
that a fairly optimum arrangement of tucking in and sliding
around could be found to fit an assortment of them together
on one plane, as one edge fits against several other edges of
It could be that a smart fridge actually suggests where things
should go as you put in a new one, or it could be that the
tetris candy crush generation simply doesnt see it as a
My step mom has a set for us to bring her apple pie slices home [evilpenguin, Jan 20 2016]
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||I think hexagons would be a good compromise - they pack just as well as triangles (or better if you're rounding the corners), use less stuff to make, and are easier to clean.
If you're bothered about the half-hexagon spaces wasted at an edge, you could also make trapezium-shaped containers.
||//... or it could be that the tetris candy crush generation simply doesnt see it as a problem.//
||Reminds me of when I was in the pantry and switched a jar of raspberry jam with a three-fruit marmalade. Lost a whole year's supply of jam in the resulting chain reaction. Made a row of five, so I got a starfruit preserve out of it at least.
||But most fridges are three-dimensional so you need something which tessellates in 3D, like a tetrahedron.
||// One solution to that is to round the corners with a huge radius, another is to simply chop the corners off and create what is actually a hexagon that resembles a triangle shape. //
||... or best of all, just drive a steamroller over them.
||Latest discovery from the cutting edge of half-baked science: cuboids (and their two-dimensional reductions, rectangles) have been found to tesselate fairly well!
||Tune in next week for a special edition on the unique properties of water as a wetting agent. We'd tell you more, but we haven't finished with the experiments yet!
||Imperfect tessilation is a feature when using circulating
cold air to cool food. Round does this and also lacks stress
raisers which lead to cracks in hot/cold cycles. Round is
also pleasing to the eye and is always facing the right
direction. Long live round!