Plastic-Free Food Storage Solutions
Committing to reducing your use of plastic in the kitchen means saying goodbye to plastic wrap and plastic containers and hello to new ways to store leftovers, prepped ingredients, and bulk pantry items. Go ahead and use the glass jars and bowls you already have, and add some of these picks for plastic-free ways to store food to help you cut plastics from your kitchen.
Swap Plastic Wrap for...
Saran wrap is an all too easy go-to when storing food, whether it's dinner leftovers or a plate of brownies you need to take to your daughter's school but there are numerous alternatives (some of which you already have in your kitchen). But there are plenty of alternatives that are just as simple to work with. The simplest option? Using your everyday plates and bowls. When storing leftovers in the refrigerator, simply use a plate to cover a bowl or a bowl to cover a plate.
If you're really looking to wrap something up, there are plastic-free alternatives. Made of organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, you can use Bee's Wrap Reusable Food Wraps ($18, amazon.com) for sandwiches and to cover jars or Tupperware containers that have lost their lids (just note these don't have an airtight seal). You can wash the wraps in cold water, let them air dry, and reuse for up to a year—after they're done for good, you can compost them.
And when you need to create an airtight seal, there's nothing better than a reusable silicone lid ($40, food52.com). Most come in an array of colors and sizes and form airtight seals over any round container. They're also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and reuse.
Swap Plastic Storage Bags for...
From storing cookie dough in the freezer to packing lunch snacks, saying goodbye to plastic bags is tough. Here's how to start reducing your reliance on them. If you think you'll never be able to give up single-use plastic bags, start by giving compostable food storage bags a try. We like BioBag Resealable Food Storage Bags ($12.99, grove.com); they're made from vegetable starches meaning that once you've finished using them, they'll break down naturally in your compost bin. When you're ready to say goodbye to single-use food storage bags entirely, try MyChoiceFY reusable bags ($12.99, amazon.com), which come in a variety of different prints such as doughnuts and pineapples. While we wouldn't use them for freezing leftovers, they help keep food fresh in lunch boxes, in the pantry, and in the fridge. You can pop them in the dishwasher to clean. If you want something that's a little more versatile, try Stasher's reusable silicone food bags ($41.91, amazon.com). They can be heated up and frozen, you can wash them and reuse time and time again.
In the event that all you need to store is half a cut onion, tomato, citrus fruit, or avocado, try Food Huggers reusable silicone food savers ($12.95, amazon.com), which keep produce fresh after you've cut into it.
Swap Plastic Containers for...
Whether you use them to store bulk goods in your pantry or to freeze homemade soup and stock, chances are there are lot of plastic containers in your kitchen. When you're ready to upgrade, consider some alternatives. First, we think you can never have too many canning jars ($18.99, amazon.com); large and small, wide mouth or regular. Use them for overnight oats or to pack a salad for lunch, to store pasta sauce or soups—and of course you could always use them for canning. Inexpensive and dishwasher safe, they freeze well if you leave space for food to expand as it freezes.
Stainless steel containers are an excellent alternative for storing bulk goods like pasta, dried beans, flour, and sugar—Martha Stewart's set of two ($20, macys.com) is a good place to start. We also like Martha's glass and wood canister set ($42, macys.com) for storing bulk goods. For leftovers we like a classic Pyrex ($38.50, amazon.com). These glass containers comes with a silicone lid.