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I just finished reading Plastic Free, and I was inspired to download the Healthy Snacks to Go ebook and make granola bars. The bars turned out great! However, I ran into a snag when I was figuring out what to store them in. I am obviously quite new to trying to live more plastic free, so maybe there is an obvious solution to this problem, but I couldn't find anything in my kitchen that was large enough and plastic free to store 20 granola bars. I ended up using a plastic ziplock, telling myself that since I had already purchased the baggies, I should not feel guilty about using them. However, I do not want to run into this problem again, so I am looking for suggestions on food storage, especially suggestions that involve not having to buy a bunch of new storage containers if at all possible. Thank you for any help you can give to someone who is newly trying to reduce her plastic usage!
I had the same problem, and solved it at first by saving my largest glass jars (from pickles, spaghetti sauce, etc) and using those. Then, I visited my local thrift shops and picked up some inexpensive covered casseroles, canisters, or other glass or ceramic items. Mason jars are also good – a case of 12 of the quart size sells for around $10, (that's less than $1 apiece!) and you can always find them on sale this time of year. A glass or stainless steel mixing bowl with a plate on top also works well in a pinch, and it's what I use a lot for food storage in my fridge.
I agree with Eve. Mason jars are great. Also, there are airtight stainless and glass containers. Life Without Plastic (http://lifewithoutplastic.com) carries some of them. But repurposed jars are the least expensive way to go. Also, thrift stores often have old fashioned cookie jars -- ceramic or glass. Just look around. Good luck.
Thank you so much! Those are great suggestions. I already have some of those things, and I'm definitely willing to buy some mason jars since they sound fairly versatile for storage. The cookie jar is great too. I appreciate the help!
How about a glass rectangular pyrex dish? Rubbermaid also makes glass containers. Both have plastic lids. You can buy those at grocery stores, Walmart, etc.
Reuseit.com has stainless steel food containers that you can use for lunch or whatever. I am not sure what size you need, so it's hard to know for sure.
Lunchskins snack bag
You can find old small Pyrex containers at thrift stores and on Ebay that have glass lids so you can avoid the plastic lids too!
I don't know why the new ones don't seem to have the glass lid option for the small containers.
I re-use glass peanut butter containers to bring food, and tea to work, instead of plastic bags. I did get some funny looks the first time I brought in left over pizza, but I've learned to smile and be proud during moments like that ;^)
A few years ago, I realized that my employer was still spending hundreds of dollars a year buying stuff like plasticware and styrofoam plates. I realized that I could reduce that amount by simply bringing my own fork and/or spoon with me for my lunch. I have been doing it ever since. I also brought in my own stoneware plate. Between my spoon, plate, and gluten free and dairy free homemade food, I get lots of weird looks.
I still need to remind myself to use a regular, metal spoon when making my tea at work in the morning, though. I am frequently tempted to use a plastic one. It's faster, because I don't have to wash it, but that's not a good reason.
Are biscuit tins no longer available in America? I have noticed the increase of plastic "tins" here in Australia and some are sadly now plastic wrapped when new and imported. Christmas time brings many once a year treats packed in tins and many are still traditional. Sweets or biscuits sit inside simply on paper. The decorative tin has a company logo and ingredients info piece of cardboard wrapped around it. The only plastic being a strip of tape around the rim and a small bit on the cardboard.
I think Beth uses a tin for her bread.
If you don't want even that amount of plastic (which compared to a regular pack of biscuits is really small) or you are like me and don't really like the biscuits on offer, they are always to be found donated by a generous soul or two to thrift stores after Christmas.
Also I prefer them with little children about who like to help themselves to home-made nommies. No risk of broken glass for little fingers. They also travel well.
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