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December 21, 2013

My Favorite Airtight Stainless Steel Kitchen Container

Life-Without-Plastic-restangular-gallon-container-01Three years ago, when Jay and Chantal from the online store Life Without Plastic sent me a sample of their new HUGE rectangular airtight stainless steel freezer container to review on this blog, I couldn’t think of anything I would use it for.  They touted the container as useful for freezing large quantities of produce prior to canning because the silicone seal will keep veggies and fruits from getting freezer burn.

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The thing holds over a GALLON (over 4 litres), but since we have year-round farmers markets in the SF Bay Area (reducing the need to preserve large quantities of produce for the winter), I didn’t have (or didn’t think I had) a gallon of anything to put in it.

So the container sat in my never-ending “to do” pile for probably about a year… just staring at me… unused and unloved.  Until  I discovered one perfect use for it.

Storing Bread Without Plastic

Now, I wrote about how to buy and store bread without plastic around the same time as this container was sitting in the pile.  At that time, I suggested using a secondhand popcorn or cookie tin because I’m all about not buying new stuff if you don’t have to.

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What I didn’t realize at the time is that those tins are not rust-proof like stainless steel is.  If subjected to moisture, they will corrode, which is what happened after I forgot about the bread for a couple of weeks.  Mold and water condensation caused massive rust inside the tin and pretty much ruined it.  So I finally dug out my airtight stainless steel container and started using it instead.

Nowadays, when I buy bread (which is less and less because I’m trying to limit my wheat consumption), I put the bread in a cloth produce bag inside the container and store it in the refrigerator.  Kept this way, the bread can last weeks without drying out or growing mold.

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 Other Uses

After I added the container to my regular kitchenware, I started finding other uses for it:

  • Storing whole wheels of plastic-free cheese (I wrap the cheese in a towel and place it in the container in the refrigerator.  If condensation forms inside the container, I just wipe it out every few days.  Mold prefers a moist environment.  So far, I have kept the mold at bay using this method.)
  • Storing fresh produce
  • Storing frozen produce for my morning smoothie
  • Storing massive amounts of pretzels (to take to a party) and keeping them crisp for a very, very long time

Suddenly, I was in love with this container.

Other Sizes

Life Without Plastic has since added other sizes to their rectangular container offerings.  Here are all the choices:

The Giveaway

The winner of the give-away is Becky L.  She and her kids found yet another use for this awesome container:  MOVIE NIGHT!

(Disclosure: Life Without Plastic advertises on the sidebar of this blog, but they did not ask me to write this post or give me any compensation whatsoever for doing it.  I don’t get anything if you click on the links in this post.   As always, these are my honest opinions.)

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112 Comments on "My Favorite Airtight Stainless Steel Kitchen Container"


Guest
1 year 7 days ago

Are there glass options for airtight / watertight food storage? I really *really* need square containers and there just aren’t any to be found.  There are a lot of families in infertility groups looking to rid their homes / kitchens of plastic and have no resources whatsoever.  Glass products like this would be IDEAL

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JohannesM
7 months 3 days ago

Check out the “KORKEN” and “FÖRTROLIG” series at IKEA. FÖRTROLIG are glass containers with plastic “click on” lids.

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BethTerry
9 months 8 hours ago
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Assilem
1 year 7 months ago

The “bread” container is sold out. Any chance there will be more before the sale ends?

Guest
1 year 7 months ago

Hi, Unfortunately no, we will not have more of the 2L size before the sale ends (we won’t have more for a couple of months), but the three other sizes are available: 2L/0.5gal, 7L/1.85gal, 10L/2.6gal.  All of them can work perfectly fine for bread as well, depending on the size of the loaf – the 7L and 10L would likely have room for 2 loaves.
Thanks for your interest.
Jay from Life Without Plastic  
info@lifewithoutplastic.com

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linja
1 year 7 months ago

That would be a good mouse-proof container!

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Mae JB
1 year 7 months ago

I’ve been trying to contact someone on the Life Without Plastic Boutique but I can’t seem to get through.  It seems to get stuck.  I like to know which size container is good for storing a loaf of bread.

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1 year 7 months ago

Hi Mae, I don’t see any e-mail or phone messages from you and both systems are working fine on our end 24/7:  infolifewithoutplastic.com  or  1.888.898.0369.  If you call or send us an e-mail with your question, we’ll respond promptly or let us know your phone number and we can call you at a time that works for you.
Regarding the size for a loaf of bread, it really depends on the size of the loaf of bread you are considering as it can really vary.  The dimensions for each container are indicated in the description.  But for a standard sized loaf of bread, probably the 4L/1gallon container would be a safe choice.
Hope that’s helpful.
Jay from Life Without Plastic ( infolifewithoutplastic.com )

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Mae JB
1 year 7 months ago

I’ve been using the glass pyrex containers but the plastic lids have started breaking down.  I started making the beeswax food covering to replace them.

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Melody
1 year 7 months ago

I too was thinking of bicycle transport of food. I lost my largest Pyrex and some good soup when my front basket let go at a bump. It was broken glass and teacups and cucumbers all over the sidewalk. I gathered up as much broken stuff as I could.

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1 year 7 months ago

These look great, I might have to order different sizes! I’ve been using glass pyrex containers, but they always come with the plastic tops. Even though some of them are supposedly BPA free, I want to avoid the plastic anyways.
Our second baby’s greeting the world soon. I’m freezing large amounts of food so we have less cooking to do post-partum. The containers are probably great for storing garden seeds too, to keep the moisture out.
Vanessa R.

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MaryD1984
1 year 7 months ago

Just found your book, I’m sure NOT by chance, just days after watching a trailer for “Journey to Midway”.  Thank you for showing us where to start.    I would love to keep produce longer without it going weird!  Out of the kitchen, I bet it could keep photos dry.  Bulk pet food storage…I doubt my Katie couldn’t pop that open! ;-)

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Teresa
1 year 7 months ago

I really appreciate your blog! I would LOVE a large one to use for “freezer cooking” where you prepare all recipe ingredients in advance in a plastic bag (horrors, which is why I haven’t tried it yet!) and then before you go to work you dump it all in the crockpot! I plan to broadcast this solution to that blasted plastic bag idea on my own blog…thanks again!
teresa at weethreads dot com

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MelissaGraves
1 year 7 months ago

I think I would use them to store all the bulk organic items I buy at Whole Foods. My Whole Foods in Pasadena, CA doesn’t allow you to bring your own containers. I asked. So I do have to use the plastic film bags they provide. Not ideal, I know. Right now I have piles of flimsy bulk bags sitting on one another with thier wire code label functioning as storage. Haven’t had any blow-outs yet knock-on-wood. I did at the store, and it was absolutely embarassing-they were very polite about it. It wouldn’t have happened if they let me fill my boiled (read sterile) pickle jar.
-Melissa Graves
mommyy one three eight at g mail dot com (its mommyy with 2 y’s with the three numbers)

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jonnie
1 year 7 months ago

Transfer your bulk to ss/glass at home, reuse the plastic bags for purchasing new bulk at WF. They’ll never know the difference! I also reuse the twisty tags until no space left for bin numbers.

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y
1 year 7 months ago

Thanks for the post. I’d like to try your bread & cheese ideas in the fridge, but first I’d likely use it in our freezer. We also try not to eat too many breads & baked goods, but when we have them, we like to savor them. For us that means pre-slicing the rest of the bread while it’s fresh, and storing it in a paper bag inside a plastic bag, in the freezer. We take it out slice by slice & use the toaster oven to bring it back to life. (Same with cookies & muffins). A stainless airtight container with a cloth bag inside would be an improvement…and would help hide the goodies from those of who would rather not be reminded of their availability all the time :). y (underscore) again atYahoo.

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SLD
1 year 7 months ago

slduffy [at] optonline [dot] net
I would use them for dough in the fridge or storing steel cut oats.

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Lynxylew
1 year 7 months ago

Those would be great to store the bulk baking items that I use a lot of, like oats and flour. I currently use mason jars that are not nearly big enough!
Lyndsey lynxylew

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CoolPlanet1
1 year 7 months ago

I would use the container to store the glut of beautiful, sweet rosehips that are ripening at a rapid rate! You can only store/freeze/cook them in glass or stainless steel, no other metal, or the vitamin C content is destroyed. The stainless steel is much tougher than glass so it is tne obvious choice.

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Joden
1 year 8 months ago

Hi, Joden here, of jodentooyahoo.com.  For years I’ve been a mason jar gal, but there is always the worry of breakage!
I’m keen on the idea of stainless steal containers, let’s see, I could use it for my cut up veggies, cheese, mini muffins and breads or quiches…maybe storing up dried citris rinds that I love to throw in the fireplace during the winter time.
  a good freezer use would be for those ‘ice cubes’ of broth, water bound fresh spices, etc once they are out of their molds, they can get lost.

Happy New Year to all the Gia lovers reading!

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1 year 8 months ago

Erika
erika_wazhotmail.com 
These containers are fascinating!  I would love to see how they do at keeping lettuce fresh and crunchy.

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Michelle
1 year 8 months ago

1) Michelle Mahurin

2) michelle[dot]mahurin[at]gmail[dot]com

michelle.mahurin@gmail.com

3) I have had my eye on a stainless steel plastic free container for some time now. I am a college student presently and have a difficult time packing my lunch and snacks to eat on campus ( though my school is more considerate about waste, there are still tons of plastic products in their markest and plastic lined containers for salads and beverages). My lunch consists of a large fruit salad ( and I mean HUGE: 6 bananas, 6 kiwis and lots of grapes) and normally I have to pack two glass containers which are quite heavy!! If I were chosen for this give away I would use the larger container to pack my lunch completely plastic FREE everyday!! 

On a side note, I want to thank you for the blog you keep and for the resources you present on your site. You truly inspire me and I am always cutting back and completely eliminating plastic and unnecessary packaging from my consumption. Hope you have a happy New Year!

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Rachel in Ohio
1 year 8 months ago

Definitely fresh produce in the summer to save for winter smoothies!

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1 year 8 months ago

1)  Emily Kincke 
2) emily [at] kincke [dot] com or http://emily.kincke.com
3) I immediately thought about storing our homemade ice cream in big batches.  Then thought about my ever struggle with keeping greens fresh, like lettuce or spinach.  We keep most of our pantry goods in glass jars, maybe some of the more bulky items like pasta or rice would be good in these containers.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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LaurenEggers1
1 year 8 months ago

I have a cat, whom would use one of these to hold her kitty food so its fresh. neyabenz(at)gmail.com

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FerrisDuvall
1 year 8 months ago

If I have a second child I would definitely use one for dirty cloth diapers on the go too!

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FerrisDuvall
1 year 8 months ago

That is an awesome container! I would totally use it for bread! I would be great for storing lettuce and greens too.

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AshleySews
1 year 8 months ago

ashleyandpets at yahoo.com 

larger one please!

I would use it for large quantities of whole grains :)

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msnowberger
1 year 8 months ago

It would be great to store my bread in.  Helpful to keep bread fresh longer.  My email is michele.snowbergergmail.com. 
Have a safe and happy New Year.

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Ann in PA
1 year 8 months ago

I would use to store just about anything -Bread storage is perfect for home! There are just the two of us, so we don’t use things up as fast as when our children were young.  Sounds like a wonderful way to transport food when visiting our family.

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1 year 8 months ago

Hi, I’m Kaya and my mail is kaya [at] mundbjerg [dot] com.
If I can choose I would love the 2L one for over-night-refrigerator-dough so I no longer have crazy dough accidents (it’s not a fun clean-up).
The 7L coul function as an extra fridge in the wintertime. Just place it outside and fill it with food/drinks suitable for the given temperature in your area.

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milkmaid88
1 year 8 months ago

I recently shopped for a good bread bin because I’m beginning to try to think of ways to eliminate some plastic food packaging. They just don’t make them air tight the way they used to. Seems they are mostly for show nowadays. Too bad. So, honestly if I won this, I would love to use it as a bread bin for homemade bread. But since you asked for an orginal idea, I will add that I think it could be useful for storing soiled cloth diapers while traveling. Kinda gross, I know, but such a need is a real one. I wouldn’t want to use it for anything else after being used in such a way. :P
Shae
Milkmaid at gmail dot com

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ollingers
1 year 8 months ago

1) Sam
2) sollinger [at] gmail.com
3) I want a wait to carry food to potlucks on my bicycle. Often times I am limited on what I can take and wind up taking only drinks as it seems inelegant to carry things over in mason jars.

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MelissaGraves
1 year 7 months ago

Mason Jars rule! Here in Hipster Hell (L.A.) even the rich have Mason Jars-at catered events! I love my mason jars and I have used them to carry foods to family gatherings-potlucks. Sauces, gravy, pints make good single servings, and quarts for 2. If you have a basket, you can even get away with a half-gallon sized for a main pasta dish, salads with dressing, just shake real well.

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townelin
1 year 8 months ago

Lindsay
Townelin at yahoo
I think this would be fantastic for keeping extra bread dough between bakings.t

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whatliztweets
1 year 8 months ago

I have endless uses for this:
– Restaurant takeout container for those really big orders, even soup.
– Storing dry pet food.
– To-go food container for when you want to take an entree over to a friend’s house.
– Flour/Sugar storage.
– A container to take to the butcher’s counter for bigger meat orders: whole chickens (rotisserie or raw) or pork shoulder
Liz
whatliztweets

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BeckyL
1 year 8 months ago

Popcorn, already popped, that is! We buy bulk kernels at Whole Foods and pop up at least 2 cups of it every week (often more). My husband is a popcorn junkie and we never have a good place to store the leftovers to keep fresh. He’s been whining for me to get a new container for it, but I’ve been resisting, trying to make do with what we already have (the result being multiple containers taking over our counters). This would be a great birthday gift for him in January!
bclongardner (at) me (dot) com
Thanks for introducing this to us!

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altalemur
1 year 8 months ago

I would use it for bread, as you said. I tried finding holiday tins for bread before, and it was hard to find a big one, and it rusted very quickly. This would definitely be a better option!

Charlie clabbott [at] wesleyan [dot] edu

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Beth
1 year 8 months ago

Definitely in the freezer. We are looking to replace our freezer full of plastic. Maybe to store berries or bread!

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milkmaid88
1 year 8 months ago

What about the silicon on these containers. Do we know if they off gas as they degrade over time?

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CherylHeartnSoulmom
1 year 8 months ago

I would use it to store either rice, beans or baked goods. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter. 

Cheryl W.    dizzybloom (at) gmail (dot) com

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SinoEnvironMiek
1 year 8 months ago

Fantastic kitchen container. We have been looking for a plastic free
alternative to our plastic containers to store bread or broth. Here in
the Netherlands it is not easy to find stainless steel containers. We
are now storing chicken broth in glass jars and in order to avoid
plastic containers, plastic bags or mold we are making home made Swedish
knäckebröd which contains very little water. I really enjoy reading
your blog. Your ted video inspired to start my own plastic free project
at http://www.plasticminimalism.blogspot.nl. Greetings from the Netherlands! You’ll find me on Twitter @SinoEnvironMiek

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jean
1 year 8 months ago

I would use it for salads for lunch, when I am out in the field working.  It’s been difficult to find a large not-plastic, not-glass container that will hold a nice sized salad and keep it safe until eating time.
I am sure I would find other uses as well, such as food storage in the fridge, but I really want a nice salad bucket for lunches away from home.

gaiajeanyahoo.com
-Jean

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tonya
1 year 8 months ago

I think I would use it to store baked goods.

gtbernstein(at)comcast(d0t)net

Tonya

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1 year 8 months ago

I’m Gina and my website is http://www.feministstitch.com.  I would love a container like this to store baked goods.  I teach and I’m always bringing my student baked goodies, but I only have smaller glass containers, so I often have to carry multiple containers, which are annoying to juggle on my commute on the train.  A large container like this would make transporting cookies and such so much easier!  I also like to store cereal in airtight containers and I’m currently using some plastic ones that I’ve had for years.  I think this container would hold a lot more cereal and would have the added benefit of not being plastic.

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Sarah S
1 year 8 months ago

We buy cereal in bulk, so this would be great to store it in.

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natalie
1 year 8 months ago

I think something like this might be a good plastic free option for getting meat for my family – I don’t eat a lot of meat, but I try to do some of the shopping for them without plastic.  I also might use it for coffee, bread, greens storage in the fridge (we don’t have anything big enough really), grains, homemade treats…

I’m Natalie S nsicroff [at] gmail.com

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Apples4ever
1 year 8 months ago

Hi,
I like to go camping, so I would use the container to heat my meals. I could also use it for bulking, since I need a big container to could pasta, dried fruit, bread and kimichi.
1. Kristal C
2. kcaidoy [at] live [dot] com

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utsiesharma
1 year 8 months ago

I would use it to store frozen beans.  We usually buy our beans dry, in bulk, and then boil alot- some we use right away and the rest we store for later. 

uttama
utsiesharma at gmail dot com

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cocomama
1 year 8 months ago

I”m still figuring out a plastic free bread option for my hooked-on-wonder family. How do you get slices from a fresh baked loaf thin enough for sandwiches?
Would love a box like this to store bread and delicate berries.
unarucachula at yahoo dot com

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yuki1
1 year 8 months ago

If you slice it yourself it’s really hard but all the bakeries I know offer sliced loafs. Is it still too thick? You should ask for the thin setting, there is normally two settings.
Anyway, I agree with your family and I can’t eat sandwiches with sliced loafs. My solution is pita. It’s harder to find without plastic though. I hope I helped!

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cocomama
1 year 8 months ago

thank u! Yes that helped! I do have a pita source but will try having the loaf sliced at the bakery first.

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BethTerry
1 year 8 months ago

One thing — I haven’t used this storage method with sliced bread because I slice as I use it.  I don’t know if it will stay as fresh if it is sliced, but you could try it and see.  I haven’t had problems slicing bread for sandwiches because the bread I buy is pretty sturdy.  I guess if the bread is really soft, you might have a problem slicing with a knife.

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Blessed
1 year 8 months ago

Cookies!  I don’t bake often, but that size and shape would be ideal for storing the two dozen I would make at a time when I do  bake. And would be ideal for transporting to parties, as you mentioned!
lisa blesseday at gmail dot com

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Baked goods! I always need tins to store extra cookies, muffins and bread. I like to bake but I need to freeze half or I’ll eat it all at once!

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve been looking for a bread storing solution– that’s perfect! I’d also use it to freeze soup. I alway double or triple the recipe and freeze half for an easy dinner down the road. melynda at melyndacoble dot com

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Alison Jones
1 year 8 months ago

I’d use it to store chopped vegetables.  I like to cut up veggies ahead of time and store them in the fridge so that when it’s time for dinner, cooking is easy.  The airtight containers would keep the veggies from drying out.  (and as others have said, it would make a great way to store extra soup!).
Alison Jones
forsquared at yahoo dot com

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lemonslush
1 year 8 months ago

Smaller versions would work well for freezing spices, storing coffee, etc. I’d love to use them to store whole grains and dried beans.
-Emily R. (emily [at] fishbulb [dot] us)

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

I would love to have something like this for taking food to potlucks or picnics.
Cory

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ducky 2
1 year 8 months ago

Hi my name is Chris and I am in the UK email duckmad96[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]ukI would use this for bread storage or for bulk grain storage. I love your blog and I am slowly getting rid of the plastic

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Emma B
1 year 8 months ago

My name is Emma B and my email is heilbobtor[at]hotmail[dot]com 
This container would be a great place to keep kitchen scraps and other compostable materials in the kitchen before I take them out to the compost bin.

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SarahRae55
1 year 8 months ago

I’m Sarah, and my email is sarahlecus [at] gmail [dot] com. I would love to use this to store vegetable stock in the freezer! I started freezing homemade stock in my (stainless steel) ice cube tray to create single-serving amounts but my freezer is filled with canning jars containing these cubes. One large container would be great! Thanks for the bread idea too!

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MacKenzie H
1 year 8 months ago

I’m MacKenzie, and my email is running_fox_li[at]yahoo[dot]com. These seem like they’d also be really great for large batches of baked goods, like cookies or brownies.

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Annie
1 year 8 months ago

Another good that stores best with an airtight seal is coffee beans or looseleaf tea!

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jess
1 year 8 months ago

Jesse janshi83@hotmail.com id use it for bread too but mostly all the fluffy greens I eat lettuce kale and spinach thanks beth

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1 year 8 months ago

I currently don’t have anycontainers to hold bread and thus end up having to wrap my homemade bread in paper or just let it sit naked in the fridge, so this would definitely be a plus. I would use it mainly in the freezer to store excess soups, chilis, etc that I make. lifeoflippe.blogspot.com

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barbfink
1 year 8 months ago

This is awesome, I makes lots of homemade bread, so of course, bread storage would be great.  However, it would be nice to have a safe place in the fridge to store the multiple salads including fruit salad that should be kept airtight.  I also need something air tight to store my wedding cake top.  Barb Fink- barbfink at gmail dot com

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CouponDivaOne
1 year 8 months ago

WOW! I could use this for sure – it’s andreajesus10aol.com

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ChristineA
1 year 8 months ago

Wow! Great info as always. My name is Christine A. My email is riversongstudio@hotmail.com. There are countless ways I would use the large container: a lasagna to make Garfield the cat proud, cupcakes for my kids’ school, breads without plastic…I’m sure I can think of many others.

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elisabethy
1 year 8 months ago

yipee!

1)Elisabeth E
 2) emashman at umich dottt edu
3) Bread Storage! Hopeful this could solve my bread storage issues once and for all!

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knuj101
1 year 8 months ago

Hi Beth,
My name is Darla Waln and contact info. knuj101 at cinci dot rr dot com
Thank you for reviewing these. I’ve looked at them before, but thought them a little too expensive to gamble:-) 
1. Dehydrated crackers to keep them crisp.
2. Fresh grapes in a cotton produce bag.
Thanks for the discount code.
Merry Christmas!!!

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Theresa P
1 year 8 months ago

My first thought was how great to store all my freezer vegetables as I’m collecting enough to make homemade stock. Easy open, no freezer burn, large space–perfect! Thanks for doing the giveaway; if selected, I’d prefer the larger container. I assume since I signed in through livefyre that you have my email address rather than posting for all the world to see.

Happy Holidays,
Theresa Palmer

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poetangel
1 year 8 months ago

Helen poetangel AT gmail DOT com
I would totally store little bits and bobs in the freezer. Like bread heels in a bag for breadcrumbs, open baggies of shredded cheese, etc. Just somewhere to store little things without them getting lost!

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mark
1 year 8 months ago

mark peters
mcpeters at Hotmail dot com
1. would be great for my yearly holiday cookies bake-off

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ErinBeth
1 year 8 months ago

Erin Walser
erinwalser at gmail dot com
I would most likely use it to store veggies in the fridge – chop em up when I get home from the store and then use them throughout the week to crunch on or in cooking :)

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Annie Wong
1 year 8 months ago

Annie Wong

Items to store in a large container include food and gardening supplies

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momof5kinder
1 year 8 months ago

1.  Sandra Gooch
2.  momof5kinder at gmail dot com
3. I would use it to replace my lunchbox that I take to work!

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mhburchard
1 year 8 months ago

1) Madeline Burchard
2) madeline.burchard [at] gmail [dot] com 
3) I currently have a a large collection of tupperware, so it’s first use would be to start my collection of non-plastic containers. My first thought it soup, since it is a favorite work meal of mine.

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1 year 8 months ago

Kala Snyder – info(at)mybabyfirst(dot)com – I’d definitely replace our Pyrex with these as I hate the idea of plastic lids. We’d use them in place of lunch boxes as well. THANK YOU for an alternative to the tin can for bread – our bread became hard quickly with that method so I went to reusing old bread bags or cereal bags I’ve saved. Thank you for the discount code as well!

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Connie Curtis
1 year 8 months ago

my name is connie curtis. sea.note.connie(at)gmail(dot)com. I would use these for putting fresh produce in like berries, apples , or any kind of fresh greens. I would use these for traveling no plastic and dont have to worry about them breaking and will hold a good amount of food. we take alot so we dont stop and eat at restaurants since I have food allergies and my husband is eating healthy whole food now. I think he would use these on his boat to carry food with him or even bring the fresh fish back home in till we freeze it. I know so many other ways but wont list all of them. I would love to have these. Life without plastic is awesome company and I use some of their stuff already. We dont like using any plastic and try to avoid it as much as possible. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.. 

Connie Curtis

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super_su
1 year 8 months ago

wow-this is a beauty all right!
i buy all my veg and fruits and bread plastic free because of YOU and i can see myself replacing the ‘crisper’ drawers in my old fridge with 2-3 of these units.
not only would it keep my food fresh as the day i carried it home it it’s beautiful cloth bag, but i would have the cool-est looking fridge in town!
thanks for the opportunity to win such a great prize
cheers
su 

supersu: email – supersu at shaw dot com

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My journey with Plastic
1 year 8 months ago

Alannah Atley  email:quercusalanus@hotmail.com
I would use this container for freezing.  I live in Iowa so there are not year round farmers markets.  As well, last year I gleaned about twenty pounds of tomatoes from my CSA and froze them in Ball jars which seemed to work really well until I used one of those jars for leftover chili.  I just noticed that it cracked tonight, so I am definitely in need of good non-plastic freeware.

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Ann S
1 year 8 months ago

This would be great for freezing the berries or fruit that I use in my daily breakfast smoothies all year long. I’m always struggling to find things to freeze these in without resorting to plastic. These look great!

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Carol C
1 year 8 months ago

meat in my freezer, instead of those seal a meal bags (yes, i know they are plastic but at least i have been able to restock rolls from thrift store. !unused! amazing how often i see them there) could wrap pieces in wax paper for the portion i would use. i imagine i could look in my freezer and see a bunch of items that i bulk or discount buy. bread in fridge is great idea. cottergarage at the Gmail

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Leah McIntosh
1 year 8 months ago

I can see storing homemade ice cream in either container (although it would have be be a massive churning session for the gallon size!).
leahjean4 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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SaraWhistler
1 year 8 months ago

I have wanted one of these for a long time, but don’t have the funds
at the moment to buy one. I would use it for a lot of things, but
mostly to transport food items to potlucks, to freeze large quantities
of berries, to freeze muffins and larger baked goods, and to store
bread. In other words, the container would always be full so would be
hard to have just one – but one will do to start :-) 
sarajennings (at) hotmail (dot) com

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janettran80
1 year 8 months ago

I would love to try these containers for the frozen cookie dough that I have on hand.  sammylily[at]hotmail[dot]com

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Carol
1 year 8 months ago

I would love to try this container for the various fruit leathers I have been making. Somehow they get stuck in their jars … maybe the square shape would help ! Dried fruit in general could be good, too.
c_manahan [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

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debrudnick
1 year 8 months ago

Hi Beth- as always, I love your blog and am always inspired by something new from my visit. I think Veda stole my idea :-). I am a huge fan of bulk grains and legumes and would definitely use something like this to store any number of items in that category. I also am constantly searching for non-plastic alternatives to freezing large amounts of berries that we harvest in the summer months and use in pancakes and muffins all winter long- this would be perfect!!
You can reach me at debrudnick[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Veda
1 year 8 months ago

Hi Beth ,
Thank you so much for inspiring all of us to go plastic free. Born and grown up in India in the 90s, stainless steel is what my mom and others used from storing to serving. But everything changed in 20 years completely. Now residing in USA, it is easier to go plastic free than India..when I visited my mom last time , all her storage became plastic containers.
I don’t want to have so many containers. so I prefer buying grains ,lentils and legumes in bulk using cloth bag and store in a big container..This stainless steel container is a great option for that..
My name is Veda and you can contact me at masterved11 (at) gmail (dot) com.
Merry Christmas and happy New year to All! Cheers!!

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yuki1
1 year 8 months ago

I would use it to freeze muffins. Right not I use an old plastic tupperware because I was sure there were no containers big enough on the market! You can also use it to freeze cookies or berries.
Geneviève
yuki [at] michelf [dot] com

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Nichole
1 year 8 months ago

I would absolutely love this! I would definitely use it for muffins we make for our daughter to help keep them fresh. She is just 2 years old and we make special snacks for her without added sugar – this would be a great way to keep more on hand with less worry about them going bad! -Nichole nlynn.hunter () gmail (.) com

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jonnie
1 year 8 months ago

These are absolutely fabulous! I have a slightly smaller one I use in the freezer all the time. It’s perfect. Couldn’t recommend more highly. Well made, easy to open/close, no freezer burn, etc., etc.
I’d love to be able to give one to my adult daughter!
tightwadlady[at]gmail….you know :-))

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laurawk1
1 year 8 months ago

Sounds like a useful product!  These would be great for storing dry goods, like flour, oats, or rice.  Or perfect for keeping cookies, brownies, and other baked goods fresh (the old plastic container I use for cookies really needs to be replaced…)

Laura Kelm
laura.w.kelm [at] gmail [dot] com

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sherip
1 year 8 months ago

the stainless container looks handy for storing lg quantities of blueberries in the freezer- which I do- could just open the top, scoop out enough for a recipe and close it back up. Or the small size may work well for storing carrots in the fridge- my biggest veggie storing challenge.
Sheri Puckette
sheripuckette.com

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1 year 8 months ago

Thanks Beth – as with all your posts, I’ve learned something new… pretzels is one we have not tried with these containers.  Great idea!  Nachos work well too.
A couple of little clarifications:  We did not actually design and develop these containers. The manufacturer we work with designed them. 
And…
The discount is valid until January 15, 2014 as you mentioned, or as long as our current supplies of these containers last.
Happy Solstice to all!
Jay from Life Without Plastic

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1 year 8 months ago

My name is Elizabeth, 

eascello [at] gmail [dot] com

This would great for storing chicken!

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AmandaMWirch
1 year 8 months ago

My name is Amanda
You can contact me at awirch89 gmail.com

I can think of a ton of uses!  As you said, bread would be a great one…large hunks of plastic free meat would be good too.  I store sliced apples for applesauce in plastic gallon baggies still cuz nothing else I have is big enough.  (I peel a ton at a time!) Also, I store dough/balls of pizza crust and such in plastic wrap still cuz of the massive size of them…a couple could probably fit in one of these :)  Wrapped separately in the beeswax wraps or a towel…

Finally, ice cream from a shop to store in the freezer, or a batch of cookies :)

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1 year 8 months ago

I would freeze stuff in it.  Yes, we have year-round produce here, but that doesn’t mean everything grows year round.  When I grow my own, I like to freeze extras.  Kale is a great one.  I could probably fit 2 bunches worth in that gallon container (wash, dry, trim if needed, pack tightly).  Put the frozen hunk on a roasting pan with some oil and salt and stir as it defrosts.  Comes out great.
It would also be a great container to keep moths out of.  I have lots of little baggies and paper bags of bulk food items and it would be nice to put them into something like this vs yet another plastic bag (once you have moths, everything has to be sealed).  
Cyndi

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1 year 8 months ago

I buy whole wheat flour from a local grower in HUGE bag a couple of times a year. I’d love to have a big container to store it in.

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Jazz
1 year 8 months ago

For a picnic!

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Jenevra
1 year 8 months ago

Flour! I hate that any of the large containers I usually find for storing baking supplies are plastic. I love the Life Without Plastic items and have ordered many items from them. 
Cheers for the giveaway!
Jenevrasniggling [at] hotmail [dot] com

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eclawson
1 year 8 months ago

Lizzie Clawson, elizabeth [dot] clawson [at] gmail [dot] com
I’d use the containers for baked goods I don’t want to mold so fast- I’m dealing with this constantly in damp Seattle. And they would help hide things from my husband- he has the fastest metabolism and tends to eat everything in sight. Here’s to opaque containers. ;)

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Tracy Stone
1 year 8 months ago

Tracy Stone
tlsjnj[at]msn[dot]com
Bread, dog food (okay, I’m stealing ideas, but I like them).   I think it would be good for cereal, although it comes in the bags to begin with.  I need to learn to make my own.

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youasamachine
1 year 8 months ago

Hi Beth, 
Finding the right healthy ingredients for my particular needs is one thing but then trying to find them packaged without plastic is another entirely. Having access to these containers is a complete game changer!
Up to this point I’ve been storing my sliced bread in the freezer in the plastic bag that it comes in. For a while I accepted that I would have to give them up because I didn’t want the plastic bags. With a little research, I found out that I can get the same bread without plastic but that I will have to go directly to the local artisan bakery! I would use this container for these loaves of bread and for the special bread that only my son can eat. Though I will have to drive further to get the loaves without plastic, I will coordinate it with another stop where I can refill my liquid soap containers (at The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver) and do my bulk food refill at Whole Foods on that same excursion.
The breads I get are fantastic: All organic – 100% Rye, 100% Barley and Quinoa/ Barley, among other choices with nothing added. 
The second option is to store meat from the butcher. I would take the container with me and have them pre-weigh 1 and 2 pound servings of stewing meat or ground so that when I put them in the large container they will be easier to take out and defrost the exact amount I will need.
Since reading your blog and book I have placed two orders with Life Without Plastic and have been completely satisfied with their products. Only wish I had had your discount code earlier! :)
It’s a lot easier to do the right thing when we’ve go the right tools to do it with!

Kathryn, youasamachine (at) gmail (dot) com

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Missismurphy
1 year 8 months ago

Carlie murphy
Carliem@live.ca
I would use it for what you do- storing bread! It’s a battle for me for sure having to keep bread fresh for lunches otherwise my leafy greens need something too…. I would LOVE LOVE this !! Thanks

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JillP
1 year 8 months ago

Jill Potratz
jillpotratzgmail.com 
I was thinking that it would be a good size to store cat or dog food to keep it fresh.
I make a lot of salads for potlucks and that might be a nice container.  Then I wouldn’t have to use plastic wrap to cover the bowl…
thanks!!!

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liberatedspaces
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve been searching for the perfect container to freeze English muffins that we purchase by the half dozen at the local co-op down the street. I bring their fresh-baked goodness home wrapped in a tea towel and that little bundle is tucked into an African basket that has become my “bakery basket.”

Other than that, when not in use for muffin storage, such a container would be employed for transporting a batch of soup to a dinner party.

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Heather
1 year 8 months ago

I would use this container to store homemade granola and baked goods! 

Heather, mlleway [at] yahoo [dot] fr

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1 year 8 months ago

Grateful for this giveaway! I would use it for fresh veggies. Even when I buy from the farmers market they want to give me plastic bags. This would keep my kale and rapini crisp without touching toxins.

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KristaStrand
1 year 8 months ago

I would love to win! I think I would use the tin for storing raw meat from the butcher. :)
Krista(dot)strand(at)gmail(dot)com

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Kristy
1 year 8 months ago

Kristy T – qsgiveaways at gmail. 
I would use it to transport food to my weekly potluck. I’m currently using giant glass dishes, and those suckers are HEAVY.