How to Store Leftovers Without Plastic Packaging

When my husband and I eat at home, we almost always have leftovers. (It’s hard to cook for just two people!) However, while plastic bags and containers are the most common form of food storage, we do everything in our power to keep disposables like this out of our home.

We’ve finally phased out all of the plastic containers in our house in favor of those made from more sustainable materials like glass and metal. It’s been a long process, but so worth it! Here’s how we store our leftovers in the fridge and the freezer, without any plastic.

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Refrigerator Food Storage

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for three or four days. All leftovers should be covered and wrapped in airtight packaging to keep them fresh and free from bacteria.

Mason Jars – Wide mouth quart or half-gallon size jars work perfectly to store everything from soups and sauces to broths and casseroles. I even use them for ingredients that I’ve prepped ahead of time, such as sliced carrots and bell peppers.

Glass Pyrex Containers –While these do have plastic lids, I haven’t found glass containers I like better than those made by Pyrex. Plus, the sets are pretty inexpensive. Definitely a great place to start if you’re switching from plastic containers.

Collapsible Silicon Containers – Lacking storage space? Collapsible silicon containers take up very little space in the cupboard and are super easy to clean.

Bees Wrap – Bees Wrap is a wax-covered fabric wrap that can be used to cover and store cheeses, bread and just about anything else you can think of. It’s the perfect zero waste swap for plastic wrap.

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Freezer Food Storage

Leftovers can be stored in the freezer for three or four months. Just make sure they are kept in airtight containers to prevent loss of moisture and flavor.

Parchment Paper – Natural parchment paper can be used to wrap everything from fish to bread for freezer storage. Plus, it can be composted or recycled when you’re done using it.

Stainless Steel Tiffins – A tiffin is a type of multipurpose container that is both airtight and watertight when latched. They are non-breakable and can fit a lot of food, making them perfect for freezer meals!

Glass Containers – I used to think that freezer foods needed to be packed in plastic to avoid freezer burn. That’s not the case! Your food will hold up perfectly in everything from mason jars to Pyrex containers. Just make sure you leave liquids enough room to expand as they freeze.

Related:
15 Ways to Reduce Food Packaging
10 Ways to Get Plastic Out of Your Kitchen
12 Tips to Reduce Food Contamination From Packaging

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Maureen G
Maureen G3 months ago

I always used glass containers and bought products in glass jars rather than plastic before I started dropping and smashing them and being left with a mess to clean up. I will look into the various paper wraps suggested....this could be a good alternative to some storage issues.

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