October 14, 2008

Cheap & Healthy Food Storage

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:54 pm by bitsypieces

Seems like I can’t open a health magazine without reading an article about plastics. From BPA to phthalates, there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the abundance of plastic goods in our homes. For a quick overview, check out this article from the Westchester County Department of Health.

So I decided to make one small change to reduce the amount of plastic in my home.

Rather than storing food in zip-top bags or plastic food storage containers, I have switched to glass containers. I have a set of round glass storage containers by Pyrex that I use for storing food. And though they’re perfect for leftovers, they’re a bit too pricey for, say, freezing servings of soup. So, instead, I use regular pint-size mason jars. And since the metal lids tend to rust, I buy plastic lids (like these).

These jars are perfect for things like bulk bin purchases (such as nuts and seeds), homemade trail mix, freezing small portions of soup or spaghetti sauce, and storing some leftovers like gravies. (The Pyrex containers ares still a necessity, though, for anything that doesn’t fit easily into the mouth of a mason jar… or when you want to microwave the food.)

And you can get a dozen of these jars–plus a set of 8 lids–for about $10-$12. That’s a bargain for safer glass food storage.

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1 Comment »

  1. Julia said,

    There’s also stainless steel as an alternative: Stainless Steel Lunch Containers


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