5 Plastic-Free Ways to Preserve Food
1) Vegan & Beeswax Wraps
Vegan and beeswax wraps are an amazing eco friendly, plastic-free, reusable alternative to cling film and other single-use options. Convenient to use these food wraps help cut down on plastic waste and keep your food fresher for longer.
2) Glass Containers
Glass is a natural material, it’s impermeable and non-porous which makes it ideal for leftovers. You can pour warm food directly into a glass container and leave to cool before refigerating or freezing. Just make sure you let whatever’s inside completely cool down first and that you leave a nice amount of empty space at the top for it to expand before popping in the freezer. Glass containers can be popped into a microwave and be washed in the dishwasher.
3) Metal Containers
Metal containers are great options for taking leftovers for lunch, as they’re lighter and less fragile than a glass lunchbox.
Like glass, food-grade stainless steel is non-porous and it doesn’t absorb bacteria or leach toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates. Stainless steel can be used in a freezer, refrigerator, and oven. Like aluminum, stainless steel is infinitely recyclable, too.
4) Mason Jars
Mason jars are an excellent way to organise your kitchen or pantry. Because they are air-tight and heat-resistant, they’re great for storing dry goods like sugar, flour, and even your rice and pasta!
Please note that not all mason jars are safe for your freezer.
5) Cooking Pots
This one seems almost too obvious to mention. Next time you cook up your signature dish, just let it cool, pop on the lid, and put it in the fridge. There’s no need to add any other containers into this process. You can also use a pot and lid to store meats, pasta and any other leftovers.
It’s easy to reach for plastic wraps, zippy bags and tupperware containers. But as you can see, it’s really no harder to swap those out overtime for smarter, more sustainable and longer lasting options.