How to Store Food Without Plastic
Taking reusable bags shopping is a great way to reduce unnecessary plastic. Bringing reusable produce bags and selecting products without packaging is another way to reduce waste. Choosing to shop at bulk stores is a fantastic option, if we have the choice.
But what about when we get all of our food shopping home? What then? Is it possible to store food without plastic?
YES...here are some helpful tips:
1. Pyrex Glass Containers with Lids
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.
2. Glass Jars
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.
3. Stainless Steel Containers with Lids
Stainless steel containers are another great plastic-free storage option. These containers work beautifully for freezer storage, but are not microwave-safe.
4. Natural Parchment Paper
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.
A great way to store onions and potatoes is in wicker baskets in a cool dark place such as a pantry.
6. Beeswax wraps
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. If making your own isn't your bag there's plenty of new businesses offering this new initiative some of which you can find in your local supermarket.