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5 Tips for Plastic-Free Cooking

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1. Eat More Whole Foods

Convenience foods so often come with a not-so-healthy dose of plastic packaging. From veggie burgers and bags of chips to TV dinners and cookies, it’s tricky to find processed foods that aren’t wrapped in plastic. The bad news is that means you’ll be making more food from scratch. The good news is that most of these pre-packaged foods aren’t so healthy, so getting them out of your kitchen is as good for you as it is for the planet.

>>Next: Check those utensils.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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3:43AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Eat smart to make a day

11:25AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Recently moved out of my parents home and I'm aiming to cook as healthy as possible. Thanks for the article!

3:59PM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Useful tips.

6:47AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

I'm sorry - but I think the article is misleading in a few ways. First of all, plastics are not bad for the environment. Improper disposal of plastics is bad for the environment. I think it would be better to focus on the actual problem. And plastics do so much good in our lives. The next time you're in the hospital you will greatly appreciate the plastic IV bag, and the sterilized tools that are protected in plastic, and the latex gloves used by staff to prevent the spread of disease. Glass, wood, steel...can't do that.

Several posters above have already admitted to using plastic lids with glass or metal containers. The fact is, you won't be able to protect your food from spoiling as well as you can with plastic.

Don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Plastics are not evil. We just need to do better about recycling them.

5:12PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Thanks for the tips!

1:37PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

All great tips. Thanks for the post!

4:27AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

These are great tips. I used to throw food away all the time, but feel too guilty when I realize someone out there would love to have my leftovers. I made a resolution to use what I buy and am working hard at doing that by taking leftovers to work for lunch. It also saves me $$$.

1:30AM PST on Feb 23, 2011

Thanks for this interesting article!

6:55PM PST on Feb 22, 2011

Thanks! I recently purchased a seventeen piece glass tupperware set during black friday from Pyrex. I really like it. But I do agree that I wish the lids were glass also. Hard to find, but I'm sure it's out there.

4:06PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

I've tried a lot, but the Pyrex with plastic lids work best because they actually seal where containers with glass tops don't

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