View Poll Results: How do you store your food?

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  • Plastic is verboten in our whole house.

    0 0%
  • I try storing food in glass or ceramic only.

    8 47.06%
  • I use both, depending on whats practical and handy.

    8 47.06%
  • I love my tupperware, we simply avoid chewing on it.

    1 5.88%
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  1. #1

    Default Plastic or glass for food storage?

    This week there were two plastic vs glass incidents that came up:
    1. Grandma sent me home with chicken salad, in a glass casserole dish, and commented that shes not using plastic anymore because its not safe for food.
    2. Mother of the 11yo birthday party boy asked which was safer for kids drink container - glass container made in china, or bpa free plastic made in usa.

    The moms at our charter tend to be a bit more on the crunchy side, so I can understand the question. Grandma thinks nothing of making instant Jell-O, and has a plethora of junk food items full of hfcs, artificial colors, and preservatives - which she assures me contributed to her boys being super hyper as kids. And chicken salad - not exactly gonna go in the microwave.

    Is the frenzy against plastic all hype? Am I really not supposed to put it in the dishwasher? Seriously, the only things I hand wash are my cast iron and my silicone baking mat.
    Even CNN is in on the anti-plastic bandwagon:
    "BPA-free" plastic alternatives may not be safe -

    I love my plastic cups for my boys. And my leftover containers. And I dont like being an alarmist, or jumping on the latest outrage of the day bandwagon.

    Am I poisoning my family?

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    I selected the "tupperware" option, though I use the glad bowls with the interlocking lids. They are sturdy enough to use long term but cheap enough to toss when they get a bit old or something is just too gross to scrape out. I don't like to microwave in them though. They are for storage and then reheating usually gets done in a regular bowl. But that's just my preference to eat out of a real bowl. We have a bunch of plastic bottles and cups. I haven't really paid attention to any of the anti-plastic hype. I don't know whether that is for better or worse.
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    I store in glass containers first and foremost, but if I run out of those or if I'm sending food to someone else I'll use plastic containers I've saved from food products I've bought. I do store my flours, grains, sugars, etc in plastic containers, but glass containers that are big enough for my purposes usually weight more than I can get down safely. I don't microwave plastic. I've read quite a bit about the chemicals in plastic and while BPA free is great....there are other chemicals that are just as bad that are still in our commonly used plastics. I'm not anti plastic, but I also recognize that glass and metal can be better choices for some purposes. I'll hand my youngest a plastic sippy cup (re play which is made from recycled plastic milk jugs), but my older two use hydroflasks and metal cups. I also feel that glass and metal gets cleaner and last a lot longer....and that saves money in the end. ha ha.

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    I'm *not* always good about this myself... but my understanding is that the only really solid science is that the plastic isn't great with temperature changes. Thus, store away, cover things in plastic wrap, etc, but don't heat it up with the food. Always transfer to a regular plate or bowl.

    Mostly, I feel like that's easy to follow. I use plastic for leftovers a good bit, but I don't heat in the plastic. The hardest thing for me is freezing soups and so forth. Like, if you can't stick them in cheapie tupperware, it's a PITA to freeze in plastic bags and then remove the bags and then nuke them in a bowl. Like, a huge PITA. And you have to be sure whatever it is has cooled enough to be safe going into the bag as well because of the heat.
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    I am not a fan of plastic. I dont even like drinking from the water bottles from the gas station. I bought one way back when , and I happened to look into the bottle as I was getting ready to take a drink and saw a filmy rainbow floating on the surface. I realized I had been ingesting oil! The nasty oil that is made to use the bottle is the same oil I use for my car! Nasty! So, I take a water with me from home. It may be a plastic or glass cup, but I dont see that filmy rainbow floating in my glass or cup from home.
    When storing food, I use glass. When food is stored in plastic, the acid from the food releases the oils from the plastic and then you ingest them. Yuck. And everyone wonders why cancer rates are up across the globe! Too many toxins being ingested from multiple sources. So hard to get away from too!
    Even when I make juice, it goes straight into a glass container. Same for my raw almond milk.
    Ive stopped using my plastic cooking utensils as well.
    Call me paranoid, but I feel better knowing I am not putting all of that crap into my body. Ive got enough health problems and dont want any additional ones.
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    I use both. I store leftovers or freeze meals in plastic, but I will transfer them to a cooking container to heat up. I even rarely use the microwave for mass heating. I generally put soups and stews in a pot to heat up over the stove when I am at home.

    I have glass containers with plastic lids too, that I use frequently. I use them mostly for items that I will know I want to heat on site and don't want to bring a second container for cooking. (When I go to work I will put leftovers in the glass, so I can microwave to cook.)
    Last edited by Mariam; 11-06-2016 at 11:27 AM.

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    I use glass. Not because it's super healthy, but because when I started to replace my storage containers, Anchor glass containers were on sale at Big Lots, and they stacked SO much better than my random plastic did. Now I use glass 90% of the time because I don't have to worry about what flavors might leech into the plastic and contaminate my next flavors. Plus, I like the ease of use. From freezer, to fridge, to microwave, to eat out of, into dishwasher. I HATE doing dishes so anything that cuts down on the number of dishes I have to wash is a good thing in my life.

    That said, I keep plastic around for when I sent leftovers to my sis. Anything that went to her place I was NEVER getting back. Mom and I had a method, she had red lid pyrex, I had blue lid anchor. Things never got mixed up. :-)

    Do I do it for health? Not really. I do it because spaghetti sauce does not stain glass. And containers with garlic heavy foods one day, can be used (after washing) the next for chocolate without worrying about garlicky chocolate. (which is blech!)

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    To help with the leach of flavors in the plastic, I do use baking soda and warm water. Let it soak and the scent is gone.

    I do wonder and sometimes have a mini panic about the plastic issues, but then I think we are using plastic for everything. I am handling plastic everyday. Is it leaching through my skin.

    I think to when I was younger and leaded-crystal was a thing. Even after what we knew, why were we still using it for high-end products like drinking glasses? Ugh.

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    I use both, but is glass really safer? Glass made in China, especially? I worked for a while for a Chinese import company - Ive seen the ethic first-hand, dont need to read news articles about toothpaste, baby food, or dogfood to know that product quality and integrity isnt a priority.

    Are the glazes in chinese ceramics safe? Do american companies who have their products made there actually test the glazed products for known carcinogens and lead?
    What sorts of things could they be putting in "glass"?

    How are manufacturing methods so much cheaper there that its worthwhile to have them made halfway around the world and shipped to us? What corners are being cut?

    I would feel much more confident in USA-made BPA-free labeled plastics than the cheap stuff of theoretically inert materials made overseas.
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    Agreed, AM! On all points I'd rather have US made plastic over Chinese mystery-glass any day!

    I have and use multiple size and shape Ball canning jars for food storage in the pantry and in the fridge. All USA made. However I do reuse (after a good wash) sour cream containers and such.

    I am guilty of adoring those Weck canning jars from Germany..... I have a few, but they are so expensive. SUPER Pretty though!!!
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