If you’ve already banned plastic wrap from your life, please review your food storage methods to see if there’s any room for improvement. For example, if you’re reusing plastic containers to store food consider glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers instead (old plastic containers may leach harmful toxins into your food). If you use aluminum foil to cover your food, consider covering food with an inverted plate, a lid from a casserole or pan, etc. And, please tell us about your efforts.
But replacing all the plastic storage items you have collected over the years could be daunting and expensive! It doesn’t have to be!
Before I made this step, I made sure to set myself up for success. I stocked up on plenty of other storage containers (with lids) so I wouldn’t be looking for the plastic wrap. At first I used my stand-by plastic containers. Then I slowly converted to glass. I watched for sales and bought 2 sets of Pyrex glass storage containers with lids (affiliate link). I still kept foil in the house for those rare occasions. Foil is expensive! So I reached for it sparingly.
Inexpensive Glass Options
Where Else To Find Them Yard sales and thrift stores are great places to look. I found these babies at our thrift store Savers for about $2 each. Don’t pass them up because the rubber ring is dried out or missing. You can buy replacement rubber rings at kitchen stores and hardware stores (during canning season) for about $3 for 4. I even saw them 4 for $1 at The Christmas Tree Shop this past spring.
I saw this HUGE beauty of a pickle jar at the grocery store. It stands about 14 inches tall. We like pickles, but not enough to eat almost 2 lbs of them. I keep thinking of when I would possibly use all those pickles JUST so I can have the jar! Anyone know any pickle recipes?
So Many Uses
I like to store as much of my food in glass as possible. So I use these glass options for both cold and pantry storage. They look so cute too!
In the freezer for stock, soup, homemade baked beans and cooked dried beans are just a few ideas. Make sure you leave plenty of head room – I usually leave at least an inch to be on the safe side. Just like the plastic storage, make sure you label them.
Now I certainly have not cast plastic out of my house for good. I still have plastic baggies for certain uses. We do have reusable cloth bags that we use a lot, but there are certain things I just can’t seem to get away from. So there’s my plastic confession.
What is your favorite non-plastic storage? Do you still have some plastic?