Sustainable Food Storage Tips
Sustainable Food Storage Tips
Storing food in plastic containers has become the norm for most modern kitchens. It’s almost impossible to completely avoid using plastics in our home and it’s a challenge to find more eco-friendly alternatives in stores. But it’s possible if you try. Making simple changes to how you store dry ingredients, stock freezer meals, and transfer leftovers will empower you to greatly reduce the amount of food waste your family generates.
Making changes to how you store food is very simple and does not have to cost anything. Here are some tips:
- Use whatever you’ve got in your home. Most of the time, the most sustainable storage option is the one you already have in your home. You can’t simply just get rid of all the plastic containers you have in your kitchen and that’s okay. You don’t need to throw them away and start from scratch because that will only mean that you’ll have to buy new storage items. If you opt on using your plastic containers, just make sure the ones you are using do not contain BPA, because it leaches to your food and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
- Try using stainless steel food containers. Stainless steel is such an amazing material to use in the kitchen because it is not made with BPA or polyvinyl chloride, which is found in most plastics. Also, stainless steel is durable, sanitary, easy to clean and perfect for keeping hot or cold foods if you use an insulated container. Stainless steel is good for storing leftovers. Be sure to use food-grade stainless steel containers and not the lined ones — lined stainless steel containers usually contain aluminum. Stainless steel works great as lunchboxes, but they can also be used to store food items for your cupboard or fridge.
- Use glass bowls and mason jars. Glass containers are non-toxic and food safe. With glass, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals seeping into your meal. Some even swear that everything tastes better when stored in glass — because it has a certain fresh and clean feel to it.
- Small to medium glass jars, such as Mason or Ball, are perhaps the handiest way to store any kind of food. These types of glass jars usually vary in size, ranging from 4 ounces to 2 quartz. Unsealed jars can be used for dried beans, nuts, cereals, cookies, and snacks. Properly sealed glass jars can be used for leftovers, soups, fruits, sauces, bulk meals and a lot more.
- Large jars with clamp lids refer to those that have a glass body and lid with a silicone gasket to help keep the container airtight. This type of jars is perfect for storing food in bulk, such as cereals and pasta. It can also be used to store milk, juice and leftovers in the fridge. It can also be used to store sauces and broths in the freezer.
- Avoid using disposable containers. One of the easiest ways to reduce kitchen waste is to stop using disposable food packaging such as plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and zip-top plastic bags. Choose reusable sandwich bags, as well as cloth alternatives to plastic wraps instead.
With a little creativity and open-mindedness, sustainable food storage can be an easy task. Reusable food storage options are not only pleasing to the eyes, they’re also environment-friendly.
How about you? How do you store the food in your home? Tell us your amazing ideas in the comments section below!