(drawn by one of my Grade 7 students)
I'm so glad that you're on your way to a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle! Are you using reusable grocery bags? Have you found a great local bulk shop? What grocery stores around you don't wrap their veggies in plastic? Now that you're home with your tote full of amazing whole food options, how are you going to keep everything fresh?
Before you go reaching for your tupperware, take-out or old yogurt containers, it’s important to note that, while only #7 plastic may contain BPA, a recent study in Environmental Health Perspectives showed that actually all types of plastics used in food containers can release estrogenic activators if you keep reusing them or reheating them. So let’s explore some new healthy options:
1) BEESWAX WRAPS
Beeswax food wraps are, of course, my top choice for preserving the majority of foods. But seriously, fruits and veggies, crackers and snacks, prepared sandwiches, baked goods, covering leftovers, the list goes on and on. And while it may seem like you can pretty much store anything in a beeswax wrap, there are a few foods that are better off in a different container - yep, that's right soup & raw meat! Make sure to read my blog on How to Use Beeswax Wraps!
2) SILICONE FRESH FOOD WRAPS & COVERS
Hugely obessed with these... both the food wraps and the covers! Why? They're sooooo easy to use. Both of these products are BPA free and FDA approved, made from 100% silicone. Super stretchy, thick and leave an airtight seal! Easy to wash, reusable and expandable. Silicone is a perfect plastic-free alternative - it's safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly, non-allergenic, non-reactive and it repels germs and chemicals. Remember to wash in warm water and lay flat to dry. It couldn't get easier!
3) BENTO BOXES
Why do I love these Bento Boxes? They come in all different sizes and have 1,2,3, or 4 compartments to separate your foods. They're a great option for taking leftovers for lunch, as they’re lighter and less fragile than a glass lunchbox. They’re equally great in the home for storing chopped veggies, fruits and any other fresh food or leftovers. Portable, reusable and easy to clean - what could be better than that?!?!
4) SILICONE FRESH STORAGE BAGS
Silicone fresh storage bags are the best for storing just about anything and are also perfect for on-the-go snacks. Veggies and fruits stay fresh in your fridge. Another added bonus to these bags - you can use them for marinating. Totally reusable, totally non-toxic and totally obsessed! Plus, don't you just love the mason jar designs??!!
5) STAINLESS STEEL NESTING BOWLS
This one seems almost too obvious to mention. The next time you make chili or stew, just let it cool, put it in your nesting bowl, pop on a silicone cover or beeswax wrap and put it in the fridge. A no-brainer, right? I often eat out of these as well, especially my buddha bowls! These are also great for soup to leftovers and salads Nesting bowls are an incredible plastic-free way to store food.
These are just a few great plastic-free ways to store and preserve your food!