Alternatives To Freezing Food In Plastic

The feedback to the article about Graze Organic ~ a company trying to eliminate our need for plastic baggies ~ really got people commenting. The next question has been ‘how do I eliminate using plastic freezer bags for food storage?’  I’ve touched upon some alternatives in the past, but recently tried using a stainless steel solution from The Tickle Trunk and would love to share.  Here are my recommendations for eliminating freezing with plastic wrap or bags from your food storage.

Stainless Steel:

The Tickle Trunk is now carrying top of the line, stainless steel grade 18/10 food containers that seal air tight because of the awesome design of the silicone lid that latches closed so the food inside is free from air entering the container. The design is great and the quality is wonderful, with a great price-tag for stainless steel.  Look for the containers on The Tickle Trunk site that are made in Korea and are 18/10 steel grade as a new freezing alternative. This will solve the problem of people trying to store frozen food in glass jars in their freezer, because you quickly run into a space problem. These stainless steel containers are stack-able and can be purchased in a full range of sizes ~ small enough to freeze baby food, pesto, etc. to a large enough container for full size lasagna! The body of this container is dishwasher safe, but because of the silicone around the lid, this part should be hand-washed.

    stainless steel food storage containers stacked

Glass:

These products are timeless and still very popular and effective for freezing food – Pyrex, CorningWare, and Anchor Hocking.  All of these glass food storage solutions have stood the test of time and are wonderful for baking, fridge storage, and effective with freezing food or sauce. If you are looking to completely eliminate plastic, it’s tough to find an airtight lid for these products that isn’t plastic. Most come with plastic lids, but rest assured that the plastic is made from food safe #5 plastic, but the exercise here is to eliminate plastic from touching your food while it’s stored in the freezer. If you are concerned about the plastic lid, but like these products, I would say just don’t pack it full enough so that the food is touching the lid. These products always seem to be on sale at Walmart, Target, Save-On-Foods, etc. so you can’t beat their price-point.

pyrex

Other options:

Tin Foil can be used for short term freezing of chicken, etc.  I almost typed parchment paper but then started wondering what that slippery coating on the surface contained. I researched it and the material that makes it such a great help for baking because of the non-stick factor is a plastic coating. I guess I won’t be recommending that one for these purposes!

 

Home-made Baby Food:

A great alternative to freezing your home-made baby food in traditional plastic ice-cube trays are stainless steel.  Here are a few places that sell stainless steel ice-cube trays and don’t forget to pop the baby food cubes into a glass or stainless steel container to store after they’ve frozen. Groan, when I proudly made my baby’s baby food years ago, I froze it in an ice-cube tray (that was made from #7 polycarbonate plastic) and then popped them into freezer bags. Information has moved at light-speed in the last few years with parents realizing what actually leaches out of plastic when exposed to different temperatures. I hope these options help you to discover some new ideas with reducing plastic with food storage.

stainless steel ice cube tray (479 x 320)

 

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10 Responses to Alternatives To Freezing Food In Plastic

  1. Julia October 6, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    Thanks, once again, for the great information. I love the stainless containers!

  2. Karen October 6, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks Suzanne! Coming through for us again :)

  3. Thea October 7, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    thank you as always for the great info I really appreciate you sharing your research.

    I’m not sure if it is my monitor but the first paragraph is blocked by the google ad – which happens to be for tupperware. Maybe formatting can fix this.

  4. lilacblue October 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    thanks for sharing your information. I am having a really hard time figuring out how to store/freeze homemade babyfood! Doing some research I read that many of the babyfood glass jars have bpa in the lids….Also, they are not recommended for freezing because they can have microscopic breaks in the glass, I like your idea about the steel ice cube tray and I have been researching Ball canning glass jars. But I am still confused…seems like danger everywhere!!

  5. chipseloy November 11, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Another much more affordable option to freezing baby food,that I just discovered, are stainless steel ramekins that you can find @ restaurant supply stores. The smallest I have been able to find are 1.5 oz not as small as ice cube size but you may get better final results compared to the ice cube tray becuase I’ve heard they tend to crush the cubes when you pull the lever. I’ve found them for a $1 a piece & figure you can fill them individually & then put them in a baking pan before you put them the freezer so you don’t have them tipping & falling all over the place.

  6. Suzanne May 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Update from Suzanne:

    I’ve had lots of people ask about using glass jars to store or freeze food but don’t want to use the metal lids. I asked my friend Carolyn, owner of the Tickle Trunk for some ideas to get around this (she specializes in stainless steel products to store or freeze food) and mentioned using wax, parchment paper, or cheesecloth with a rubber band. This would eliminate your concerns with any toxins leeching from lids. Give it a try and please post back. Thanks! Suzanne

  7. ben July 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    thank you for the commenter who mentioned the stainless ramakins. i will keep an eye out for those. because $30 for a stainless ice cube tray is ridiculous. hopefully once a larger market develops for non-toxic-stew products, prices for these kinds of simple products made from simple materials will plummet…

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