You may have heard - plastic can be bad. Specifically for storing food (leftovers) in. In case you haven't heard, or in case you want a refresher, here is the run-down on why:
Plastics can leach chemicals into your food, including hormone disrupting chemicals. Certain plastics and old containers which tend to leach the most and worst chemicals. Also, don't cook or heat food in plastic as that increases leaching. This article talks about the exact plastics compounds that are harmful and why.
Well, I have to admit, although I knew plastics were not good, I have still be slow to transition away from using them. However, this past week, I finally and fully made the transition. I have chosen to use glass storage containers, but ceramic and stainless steel containers are safe too.
Here is why I choose as my food storage assortment which replaces any plastic containers or Tupperware I had:
- mason jars: Not only do I enjoy drinking out of mason jars and I like to make fridge pickles in them, they are also super handy for food storage. I find the 16 oz. (pint) size mason jars to be good for beverages and storage, and I prefer the wide-mouth as they are easier to get stuff in and out of. These wide-mouth, pint-sized Ball mason jars with lids are available everywhere including Walmart and on amazon.com.
- weck jars: For more stylish glass jars that come in a variety of sizes, look to Weck jars. I find them to be beautiful so I use them for storing stuff that may sit out on the counter.
- beverage jars: When I make a big batch of iced tea or iced coffee, I like to store it in Bormioli's Rocco Quattro Stagioni 33.75 ounce jar. If you put the liquid in while it is hot and tightly seal the cap, it actually creates that seal so that the first time you open the bottle later on you hear that "pop".
- other food storage: To replace my other plastics/Tupperwares that we larger and rectangular, I went to Crate & Barrel. They have a great selection of glass food storage containers and I found the prices to be very agreeable too. I like these Working bowls and lids for large food storage (5.5" and 9.5" diameter round bowls, 19 oz. and 84 oz. respectively). I also purchased this set of three glass storage bowls because they were a nice variety of sizes and are also attractive (i.e. they look pretty enough to serve out of). Lastly, these 16 oz. glass bowls and lids are a great size and price ($1.95 each) so I picked up a couple of them as well.
I purchased the Crate & Barrel glass food storage options mentioned above for $35 and they officially replaced all my plastic. I already had the mason jars, a weck jar, and the Bormioli beverage jar.
I am interested, what do you use for food storage? Are you still stuck in plastic? Or have you switched to a healthier option?