If storing food in plastic is your norm, you may be unknowingly exposing your family to harmful chemicals. Plastics can release chemicals into foods and liquids, and even plastics that are BPA-free can release compounds that mimic estrogen.
So what’s you best defense against these potentially harmful chemicals in plastic? Ditch your plastic storage containers and plastic wrap and stock up on glass storage containers. The best part is most of these containers can be used for both storage and heating. Here are a few storage options to get you started:
Since these do have plastic lids, don’t fill the glass container all the way to the top. These containers are versatile and stack easily. Once the lid is removed, the glassware is oven, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
Source: Radiant Life Catalog
Plastic-free products have been flooding the market, and this beautifully designed kitchenware is a favorite. It’s oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe and comes with a non-slip silicone sleeve.
Hearty, reusable, and long-lasting, glass mason jars aren’t just for canning! They’re also a great way to store leftovers in your fridge. Use the quart and half-gallon sizes for soups, sauces, and broth.
4. FridgeX Silicone collapsible storage
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Made of non-toxic, non-reactive materials. These are collapsible for easy storage, and can withstand extreme temperatures. If you’re looking for a ready-to-go product that can be purchased online and shipped straight to your front door, this is a great way to go.
These lids fit many different sized bowls and containers that you already have. They create an airtight seal and are oven, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
6. Stainless steel food containers with snap lids
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Stainless steel containers are another great plastic-free storage option. These containers work beautifully for freezer storage, but are not microwave-safe.
7. DIY reusable food wrap
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Believe it or not, you can make your own reusable food wrap by melting grated beeswax on sheets of fabric. This is a surprisingly simple way to make earth-friendly, plastic-free, food-safe wrap. Find another step-by-step tutorial here.
8. Natural parchment paper
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If you freeze meat and fish, wrap them in natural parchment paper. Simply wrap and tie with a bit of poultry twine! This is also a great way to store sandwiches in the fridge.
Plastic-Free Produce Storage
What about all your fruits and vegetables that are usually stored in plastic bags? Here are some no-plastic storage tips:
- Store artichokes, carrots, and celery in bowls of cold water in the fridge.
- Store avocados, strawberries, figs, and any other berries in a paper bag.
- Store beets, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, green beans, and radishes in open glass containers covered with damp towel in the fridge.
- Store cauliflower, herbs, and cherries in closed glass containers in the fridge.
- Store broccoli rabe, corn, snap peas, spinach, and cut melon in open glass containers in the fridge.
- Store greens in closed glass containers covered with a damp cloth in the fridge.
- Store cabbage, eggplant, and spring onions right in the fridge crisper.
What is your favorite plastic-free storage secret? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear!