Of course, it’s high time we dump plastic and replace it with a better option. It’s true that we use a lot of plastic to store our food items — plastic bags, covers, wrappers, containers, boxes, bottles, lids and so much more. If we could actually replace these plastic materials with eco-friendly choices, we could definitely move a step ahead towards a “greener earth” and a “healthier generation1”.
Let’s get straight to the topic. What are the alternatives to plastic when it comes to storing food?
- Glass and stainless steel jars make a healthier replacement. You can store cereals, nuts, seeds, pulses, legumes and cut vegetables/fruits in glass and stainless steel jars. Though they are a bit expensive, they are durable and hence you don’t have to keep buying new ones.
- You can wrap beans and peas in a damp cloth and refrigerate rather than storing them in plastic covers or boxes.
- Glass mason jars are ideal to store leftovers in the fridge.
- Use natural parchment paper to freeze fish and meat. Sandwiches can also be stored the same way.
- Wrap bread in cloth and store in a wooden bread tin. It will keep bread fresher for longer.
- Parsley, mint, celery and coriander will remain fresh if you cut the ends off the stems and store in glasses of water in the fridge. You can also leave the glasses on the counter.
- The best way to store lettuce and spinach is by wrapping it in a tea towel and refrigerating it.
- Fruits like apples, oranges, pears, pomegranates and plums can be stored as such in the fridge.
- Store avocados, figs, strawberries, and other berries in a paper bag.
- Store Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, beets, green beans, and radishes in an open glass container. Cover with a damp towel and store in the fridge.
- Store herbs, cauliflower, and cherries in well-sealed glass containers in the refrigerator.
- Store eggplant, cabbage, and spring onions in the fridge crisper.
- Store carrots by floating them in a glass jar. You can also cut the head of the carrots, put them in a stainless container and store in the refrigerator.
- Beeswax food wraps serve as excellent alternatives to plastic when it comes to food storage. Wrap half a lemon, cheese, crusty loaves of bread, and vegetables and fruits with the versatile beeswax wraps. You can also pack or snack or cover a bowl with this wrap.
Do you have a plastic-free storage secret? If so, we would love to hear!