It's been a while since I've posted a "Simply Living" post!
Back in March, I started converting all my plastic storage containers to glass ones—right about the time I switched to milk in glass bottles ...
I've read for years about plastic containers leaching toxins into our foods (especially if the food is hot or if it is reheated in plastic in the microwave), but didn't take many steps towards making a change. I guess I figured that we had all survived for this long so we must be OK. I don't fully understand the long-term negative effects of plastic, but I decided to make small changes with the information that I currently have.
They have plastic lids that seal well, but the bulk of the food doesn't touch the lid. I've noticed that I no longer taste the 'plastic' and that is a welcome change for me. (Ok, so maybe I have a sensitive palate!) As a test, notice the smell the next time you open the ziplock on a plastic storage bag … a definite plastic smell that is then conveyed to the food stored in it.
I got a set of these pitchers, too, but I got them at Costco in a set with 2 (½-gallon) pitchers, 1 (1 ½ quart) pitcher, and the small jug for $19.99. I figure I saved $20+ bucks that way. ;)
I'm on the lookout for a cost-effective glass storage system for the pantry—for flour, sugar, rice, pasta, oats, cereals, etc … I'd like flat lids that can be stacked although I love the ones with the knobs on top.
Before you go thinking I've gone off the deep end, let it be clear that I do see the convenience benefit of using plastic on occasion. I have not yet dumped all my Tupperware and I still do have plastic baggies in my drawer of food wraps for the kids' lunches or other convenient usages. I did just find great waxed paper sandwich bags, though. My kids don't like them, but I find them quite darling—retro, if you will. Little by little, though, I'd like to use plastic less and less.
What do you think? Do you use glass storage? Or are you a die-hard plastic lover?