Plastic Food Storage Alternatives – Glass, Stainless Steel, or Bamboo anyone?

Okay, I’m taking another try at this. Last time I wrote an article about replacing my plastic freezer bags with Pyrex, I forgot the lids are plastic. I contacted Pyrex and they assured me that the lids are BPA free, but I understand moms wanting to get completely away from plastic touching their food…whether it be in the freezer, fridge, snack table, or packed in a lunch box.

Here are some awesome alternatives to storing your food in plastic. The new types of materials that parents are using are glass, stainless steel, and bamboo. I love these funky little bamboo bowls that are sold in most specialty stores. They are called Mini-Me’s Hand Coiled Bamboo Bowl and are completely food safe for hot and cold items. Since cleansing my house of all plastic plates and bowls coded with resin 7, I’ve had a tough time replacing them with something light (I get worried handing over my heavy Denby bowls to toddlers). They are expensive but would be a great gift or investment and look so cute. Very functional for daily cereral, fruit, snacks, etc. They are not suitable for dishwasher or microwave and in some family’s homes the no dishwasher rule is a tough one to follow.

Another ideal candidate for lunch box packaging of fruit or snacks are THERMOS – JAR, STAINLESS STEEL FOOD JAR, or an easier option – glass baby food jars. Obviously the stainless steel jars are more expensive, but you can also transport soup or hot liquids. The glass baby food jars are the perfect size for grapes, fish crackers, snackie items.

A glass solution for fridge food storage is Anchor Hocking 85694S Bake ‘N Keep Storage Container. There are so many great Anchor Hocking food storage sets and solutions and many of these sets or baking/storage containers have glass lids. Another ‘blast from the past’ product our mom’s used are CorningWare French White 8-Piece Bake and Serve Set and these sets include plastic and glass lids and are easy for microwave, oven, refridgerator, and freezer use.

I hope these products help with removing anxiety surrounding plastic in our kitchens and lunch boxes. I have been so pleased with my stainless steel solutions for drinks, now it’s time to tackle the lunch box packing before my big boy heads off to school all day in September! I’m also so pleased to learn I can use my Corningware in the fridge and freezer. Stay tuned if freezer burn is an issue…


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4 Responses to Plastic Food Storage Alternatives – Glass, Stainless Steel, or Bamboo anyone?

  1. Leigh Scatchard July 8, 2008 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi Suzanne,

    My friend ordered some cute stainless steel lunch box containers from this website. They seem to work well. Just thought you would like to know of the site.

    Take care,


  2. Leigh Scatchard July 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    Sorry – website didn’t show up – here it is:

  3. suzanne July 9, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Thanks Leigh! The products from that website are awesome!

  4. Laura July 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Thanks for this article! I am trying to reduce plastic as well. However, be careful when purchasing bamboo products; most bamboo products use formaldehyde to glue the pieces of bamboo together. Even if it is formaldehyde free, some sort of glue has to be used, so I’m afraid these products might be toxic as well. Does anyone know of an all natural rubber food storage option?

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