Safe Food Storage Options That Are Not Plastic

By Kristie Turck •  Published 09/19/16 •  5 min read

Last updated on May 4th, 2022 at 07:35 pm

safe food storageI’ve been thinking more and more about safe food storage. Mainly because over the past few years, I have become somewhat of an aspiring chef.  A whole foods nutritional healing chef to be precise.  I am currently embarking on a program that will help me hone those skills and be able to apply the knowledge I gain towards my career in health and fitness.  I see so many clients with dietary needs and restrictions so my cooking (while for me it’s a relaxing pastime) will hopefully lend itself to something bigger someday.

In the meantime, I’m diving into the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.   Which in turn has me making more of an effort to reduce the waste from my kitchen.

Making sure my cooking tools and food storage don’t wreck all my hard efforts cooking up organic, healing, body fueling, “glow from the inside out” food.

What you store your food in does make a difference.

Best Safer Food Storage Options

If you make healthy food, you don’t want to stick it in plastic that could leach chemicals and toxins into your food.  You certainly don’t want to reheat anything in it either.  So what is the best to use?

The best food storage options are made from:

  1. Glass
  2. Stainless Steel
  3. Silicone
  4. Alternatives to Plastic Wraps and Bags

We will explore each category below.

1. Glass Food Storage

Mason Jars or Weck Canning Jars

Good old trusty mason and canning jars.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  I use these to store nuts, seeds, flour, flax and almond meal, oatmeal, sauces and dips, spreads, pesto, salads… They take up less room in the fridge and shelf and make access to the stuff you need easy to find.

Glass Food Storage Containers

Rubbermaid Glass Food Storage – Nothing is leaking out of these suckers.  They are great for smaller food items and snacks on the go.  They stack and steal super tightly so even onions will not stink up the fridge!

Glasslock Oven Safe Containers – There is nothing too crazy fancy about these but they are BPA free and recyclable, oven and microwave safe and come with an assortment of sizes.  I can never seem to have enough of these in my house.  I store EVERYTHING in glass for the most part.

Wean Green – I have been using these for years and years and love them so much.  They have never broken on me or my kids and I even feel safe sending these in my kids’ lunch boxes. They come in a variety of small to medium sizes and seal really tightly with a BPA free plastic snap on lid. My Wean Greens are some of my trusty old’ favorites.

2. Stainless Steel Food Storage

If you are sensitive to nickel you might want to stick with glass but in general, stainless steel is a good option for use with food.

Stainless Steel Canisters – I really love these stainless canisters by Anchor Hocking with the clamp lids.  These are great for bulk items and dry food that may be light and heat sensitive such as flaxseed meal or some flours. Also, Anchor Hocking is Made in the USA.

LunchBots – Another time-tested product line that I adore.  Lunchbots and I go way back.  Like back to the years when my kids were in preschool and no one stared at their cell phone in the carpool line.  Or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve used the same set over and over again and they still are in perfect condition and work great for not only lunch boxes but for toting along my own lunch to work. They later came out with the leak-proof plastic lid versions which are fantastic too. Read our review of Lunchbots Here.

3. Silicone Food Storage

SiliPint Silicone Food Storage Containers– I don’t actually own any of these but they look like a cool idea if you are cabinet space-challenged. Silicone is safe for food storage and microwave and dishwasher safe, although something about heating silicone disturbs me.  Silicone is BPA, Phthalate, latex, PVC, and lead-free and if you can’t deal with glass or stainless this is a viable option.

A Hybrid solution – Ello Glass and Silicone Food Storage – THIS I do own and it’s one of the best pieces in my food storage collection.  Very sturdy, leakproof, and the perfect size for storing batch cooked meals.

 

4. Alternatives to Plastic Wrap & Plastic Bags

Honny Bee Wrap – This stuff is quite amazing.  Totally natural and reusable over and over again.  It seals with the heat of your hands and can be molded to fit just about anything and seals to itself (think wrapping a sandwich).  They are made with beeswax, GOTS certified cotton, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil, ethically harvest beeswax, and tree resin. These reusable bee wraps will last for up to a year if you take care of them.  You can wrap anything and you can seal the top of a bowl.  

Simple Ecology Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags – I like these the best mainly because you can see what is inside of the bag! This is good for home when you want to find something AND at the store at the checkout counter.  Cashiers don’t want to dig to see what you’re buying. Organic cotton mesh keeps air flowing so you can keep your produce in them after washing for the fridge or counter if you like.  They have a variety of sizes and wad up pretty tightly in a purse.  I am making it a point to bring these every time I shop.

Happy cooking!