For a long time my husband and I hoarded every plastic tupperware container we could get our hands on. We were young and in college and always stealing everyone’s left overs. As we had our first child the dangers of BPA and plastic and all the chemicals it containers started to freak me out. So we slowly started switching from plastic cups, tupperwares and plates to glass. Today I want to give you 5 reasons to switch from plastic storage containers to glass and a few tips on how to get them for a better price.
1. Glass is nonporous. Therefore it will not absorb the odors and coloring of whatever you chose to put into it. This is a patirculary important point when it comes to food storage. Admit it, you want to trash that tupperware container after you’ve stored spaghetti sauce in it. With glass you don’t have to worry about that.
2. Chemicals. At this point I’m sure you have all heard of BPA and know that you should not heat food in a plastic container because the plastic is porous and leaches the chemicals in it onto your food at a high rate when heated. But did you know that even when not heated the chemicals are leaching into your food?
3. Glass saves you money — in the long run. Truth be told yes glass storage containers cost more up front. It’s just like cloth diapers. The initial investment seems daunting but over time you end up saving money. Think of how many zip locks you use per week, how many Tupperware’s you throw away a year. A great tip I have for saving money on glass storage containers is to think outside the box. You don’t have to go buy a huge matching set all at once. Go to your local thrift store and see what you can snag up. If your mom or grandma will let you, go raid their cabinets (that’s where I got half of mine). Also, reuse things that you already buy that are glass i.e. kombucha bottles, spaghetti jars, etc.
4. Food Prep is now so much easier! Tempered glass goes from fridge to oven (once you let it sit out for about 10-20 min)! You can’t say that about plastic, which of course means… MORE DISHES! Also, clean up is now much easier. Glass can go straight in the dishwasher which plastic cannot.
5. It’s so pretty. Ok I know that doesn’t seem like a very valid reason to make the switch but hear me out. We eat with our eyes first. What looks more appealing? Left overs in a stained plastic container or neatly organized left overs in glass containers that stack far more easily and you can clearly see what is in them? I rest my case!
Have you made the switch yet? If not what is the biggest obstacle your facing? Tell us in the comments below!