STORAGE CONTAINERS | Conscious Cooking

A healthy, balanced diet has plenty of dried items so it’s always a good idea to store your bulk items in containers with airtight lids. This will keep them fresher longer, avoid bugs and keep them easily accessible.

Glass Jars           

Glass is a better choice than plastic to store food products, as it will not react with the food stored inside.  I personally love using Mason jars.

Pyrex Containers

Pyrex glass won’t stain, warp or absorb odors. It can be used in the oven, refrigerator or freezer for storing, reheating and serving. It is clear for easily identifying the contents within. Pyerex is made from tempered (heat-treated) glass, which is tougher than normal glass and will usually shatter into small fragments, rather than sharp shards if broken.

Stainless Steel or Ceramic Canisters

Stainless steel or ceramic canisters are perfect for storing dry goods like grains, flours, pastas and cereals. They are attractive enough to keep out on the countertop. Look for ones with airtight lids to maintain freshness.

Plastic Containers

Plastic, the most widely utilized material in the United States, can be found in everything from paper milk cartons to clothes. But not all plastics are created equal, particularly products made with plastic for food storage. Some types of plastic can leach chemicals into your food, especially if they are over-used or microwaved.

What to look for:

#1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)
Commonly used in 2 liter soda bottles, cooking oil bottles and peanut butter jars.  It is the the most common recycled plastic.

#2 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Commonly used in milk jugs, toys, liquid detergent bottles and shampoo bottles.

#3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Commonly used for meat wrap, salad dressing, liquid detergent containers, plastic pipes, outdoor furniture, shrink wrap and water bottles.

#4 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Commonly used for used for dry-cleaning bags, produce bags, trash can liners, food storage containers and sandwich bags. Stores such as Safeway, Alberton’s Food and Drug, Raley’s, Ralph Food Companies and G&G Supermarkets accept plastic bags for recycling.

#5 Polypropylene (PP)
Commonly used for bottle caps, drinking straws, syrup bottles, yogurt or margarine cups/tubs and baby diapers. *Recycling centers almost never take #5 plastic.

#6 Polystyrene (PS)
Commonly used for packaging pellets, disposable coffee cups, plastic tableware, meat trays and clam-shell take-out containers.

#7 Other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources)
Commonly used for baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers, Tupperware and medical storage containers. *Recycling centers cannot recycle

plastic #7 so look for other alternatives.

Plastics to avoid:

#3 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

This plastic is often used frequently in cling wraps for meat. PVC contains softeners called phthalates that interfere with hormonal development. Vinyl chloride, the primary building block of PVC, is a known human carcinogen. Manufacturing and incinerating PVC releases dioxin, a potent carcinogen and hormone disruptor.

#6 PS (Extruded Polystyrene aka Styrofoam)

This plastic is used in take-out containers and cups, and non-extruded PS is used in clear disposable takeout containers, disposable plastic cutlery and cups. Both forms of PS can leach styrene into food which is considered a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It may also disrupt hormones or affect reproduction.

#7 PC (Polycarbonate)

This plastic is found in baby bottles, water-cooler bottles and the epoxy linings of tin food cans. PC is composed of a hormone-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A, which has been linked to a wide variety of problems such as cancer and obesity.