I mentioned avoiding BPA-containing cans in the initial food chronicles post, and this is a bit of a tangent. Part of the whole healthy/sustainable living quest will eventually involve replacing plastic food storage – the Glad & Ziploc containers that usually hold my leftovers, or extra batches of soup or sauce, the ziploc freezer bags that hold various things, and other plastic containers in general. While this has been percolating in my mind, no solution presented itself until my brilliant friend D made me a treat she had cooked – in a small mason jar. Voila!
As it turns out, she’s begun using Mason jars for food storage. Apparently you can get small ones (125 mL) and large ones (4 L) and many sizes in between. D says they go in the fridge, the freezer, can be sterilized in the dishwasher, and are easily available and not too expensive. How, how, how did I miss such an obvious solution?? And how many “duh” moments will I have this month? But I am glad to benefit from D’s wisdom!
I haven’t yet made the trip to the basement to bring out Mason jars, or looked around for a greater variety of Mason jar sizes, but I am looking forward to replacing my plastic food containers. I don’t think I’m ready to let go of Ziplocs yet. (Every time I use them I remember a line from a radio show, about how every bit of non-degradable plastic manufactured is still with us today.)
Along the same lines, I’ve been really happy with the Laptop Lunchbox/Bento Box that I purchased a few months ago. I love bright coloured containers, and the fact that I don’t need plastic wrap or sandwich bags. It’s been so much fun to think of what to put in each container to enjoy the contrast of colours, and what will fit where. It also fits only a certain amount of food, so that’s automatic portion control; plus it encourages variety for the different containers, which has encouraged me to up the veggie intake. The one thing I would change is to have lids for the smaller containers too – if I want to pack a yogurt it must be in the bigger container.
According to the website “we manufacture our lunch containers here in California using plastics (polypropylene and polyethylene) that are FDA-approved for food use. We do not use any binding agents or plasticizers in the process. We do not use any materials that are suspected carcinogens or endocrine disrupters” Apparently it is also possible to recycle the plastic that it’s made of, although everything in the set seems very durable and I don’t anticipate needing to recycle anytime soon.
I’d really like to hear any brilliant ideas that have come your way (or come from your own brain) in a quest for healthier eating, or more environmentally friendly eating. I’m wondering how many more “duh” moments are in store for me!