Three 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.
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.
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.)
- Buying and storing meat
- 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.
Life Without Plastic has since added other sizes to their rectangular container offerings. Here are all the choices:
The winner of the give-away is Becky L. She and her kids found yet another use for this awesome container: MOVIE NIGHT!