2.04.2019

making the move from plastic to glass food storage

Pyrex!
I bought these! I love them!

For the longest time, I've had a very large collection of plastic food storage containers. Allan and I have always brought most of our meals to work -- for healthy eating, for convenience (I'd rather not spend any part of my meal break foraging), and to economize. I also tend to cook in batches, plus of course there are always leftovers.

Eons ago, when I bought all the plastic, I didn't know it was unhealthy -- that the polymers break down and enter your food. I knew plastics were bad for the environment, but I thought if I kept the same ones for a long time, it was not as disposable. Plus I commuted by subway to my day-job, with a lot of walking on both ends. Even if I had known that glass food storage existed (which I didn't), it would have been too heavy to carry.

More recently I learned that all this lovely plastic has been leaching into our food for all these years. Yuck. Plus the containers have gotten old and ugly. I was torn between the desire to switch to glass food storage and my attempt to not replace things that are still useable. So I held off for several more years.

Now, in our new small-town lifestyle, we are cooking more, so I'm using a lot of plastic containers, and they are squicking me out. I gave myself permission to replace them. After all, I bought them more than 15 years ago! And I'm not even throwing them away: they will have a new life storing supplies for library craft programs. (I am single-handedly de-cluttering and organizing the Port Hardy Library!)

The next question was: Rubbermaid or Pyrex? Both are known for good quality. Both are safe for dishwasher, microwave, and oven (although not in rapid succession). Both have lots of nice sizes and options. Reading reviews online, it seemed somewhat of a toss-up. This wrap-up at Wirecutter finally tipped the scale to Pyrex.

I bought two of the set pictured above -- one 7-cup, two 4-cups, two 2-cups, and 2 one-cups (times two). Each size has a different colour lid, which is good for organization. I purchased them from Wayfair.ca, my current go-to for online housewares.

I can't do anything about all the carcinogens we've already ingested, but at least we can slow down the overall load. Plus I'm an organization freak: I love containers! I've just received two big boxes of shiny new toys! I find that having nice kitchen tools makes cooking more enjoyable.

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Nice. You might also consider metal stackable containers.

laura k said...

Metal: can't see what's in them. Also not microwaveable.

Amy said...

I have been meaning to do this for years, but so far have only one glass container. Your post will push me to stop waiting and do it.

laura k said...

Yay! You can probably use the old plastic ones around the house or in the garage, or some other non-food use.

Kim_in_TO said...

I've been converting to glass as well. That's a nice looking set. Do they all nest?

laura k said...

Yes, they do. They are pretty solid and heavy. They seem like if you take care of them properly, they will last forever. How nice for a change!

Of course the lids are plastic. They are also sturdy and just flexible enough.

Jay Farquharson said...

Metal stackable containers are also known as “Chinese lunchboxes”.

They have their place if you are using an oven to heat/reheat or a campfire.

Like bamboo baskets their stackability allows for interesting cooking/reheating options, basically a layered meal.

But yup, good on the glass, we switched over a decade ago.

We generate 1 bag of garbage every 1 1/2 months. 99.9% of it is plastic we can’t avoid.