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5 Tips for Plastic-Free Cooking

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5. Store Your Food in Glass

The really cool part about storing food in glass is that you can often serve and store in the same container, which means fewer dishes!

Since the advent of Tupperware, plastic containers have been the go to for storing food from chopped veggies to leftovers, but it’s not ideal. Glass jars are a great, cheap alternative to plastic for storing leftovers. You can buy mason jars or clean out sauce and soup jars as you use them.

To store larger dishes, you might want to look into some glass storage containers to replace that Tupperware. It gets a little bit tricky here, since all of the glass food storage containers I’ve found have plastic lids. This might be a place where you’ll want to go for the best choice — a plastic lid on a glass container beats a whole container made from plastic, right? Have you had any luck finding glass food storage containers with a metal or glass lid?

Are any of you taking the Plastic-Free February challenge? I’d love to hear how you’re giving plastic the boot in your kitchen!

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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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12:29AM PST on Dec 18, 2014


12:29AM PST on Dec 18, 2014


9:32PM PST on Dec 7, 2014

I have not seen a storage container with a glass lid in twenty years. If I found one, I would buy it.

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 $$$.

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