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.
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.
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.
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.