Zero-Waste Food Storage Solutions To Preserve Freshness And Prevent Food Waste
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Food waste is a major issue in just about every household. We don’t intentionally allow food to go to waste—it jut happens. And even if you compost, there are certain foods that just cannot be thrown into your compost bin. That’s why finding and investing in good food storage containers is an excellent solution to on-going food waste.
Zero-waste food storage containers are the opposite of single-use products. They can be reused countless times, are non-toxic, eco-friendly and in most cases, recyclable. But not all food storage containers are made this way. Some are made of durable and BPA-free plastic material, and that’s fine too. Because if it’s going to last you a very long time, then that’s zero-waste (because you don’t need to constantly replace it).
Reusable food storage containers have really become innovative. I mean, there are some really great ways to freeze and refrigerate left over food without taking up much space in your refrigerator and freezer, and non of it requires single use-plastic bags anymore—and that’s great! Because single-use plastic sandwich bags are no different from single-use plastic straws. Once they’re thrown out, they lay around the landfill for years.
Now, let’s fix your food waste problem, and inspire you to create a new zero-waste food storage system. Below are some really fantastic and top notch food storage containers that will help make your kitchen more eco-friendly. And these containers will last you a very long time.
Best Reusable Containers For Storing Food
Prepara Herb PODS
These innovative herb pods by Prepara store your herbs and keeps them fresher 3x longer. There have been times when I haven’t used cilantro or parsley right away because my meal plans have changed and my herbs would wither and not look or taste as fresh—and I think that has happened to a lot of us. This BPA free storage container prevents that from happening. The hard shell keeps them from getting crushed, while water within keeps them fresh (just snap open the cap to pour in water and change it out every 3 days or so). And if you’ve been searching for a gift for that cooking enthusiast or vegan in your life, these also make a great gift—especially because they come in a pack of 3.
VODESON FREEZER TRAYS
These stackable and flat food storage trays by Vodeson are an awesome solution to storing food in your freezer—although they can be used for so much more! There are times when I haven’t wanted to use all of the meat that I purchased and have had to store the remainder in resealable plastic freezer bags (because that’s what you normally do), and I really wanted a solution where I could store it in something reusable that resembles meat packaging trays. It keeps meat like chicken breasts flat and and saves a lot of space in your freezer. However, these fantastic trays aren’t just limited to the freezer—you can place leftovers in them (like pizza) and stick them in the fridge. You can also use these for meal prep, and in your pantry for dry foods. They even come with convenient little labels so the rest of your family knows what’s in them.
Collapsibles Silicone Containers
I love storing food in box shaped containers—especially if it’s something liquid like soup. I don’t, however, like the space that most storage containers can take up in my kitchen cabinets when they are not in use. These food-grade silicone food containers by Collapsibles fix that problem though—because they’re collapsible! These (5) containers come in different sizes and hold a good amount of food. They’re also microwaveable and dish washer safe—making them great for work as well, because they can be reheated. And when they’re not in use, just squish them down into a flat size and store them away. These awesome silicone storage containers are also available in red and blue for the men in your life.
Cuisinart Silicone Storage Bags
Ditch those single-use plastic sandwich bags and swap them for reusable silicone bags! The Cuisineart reusable silicone bags are great because they are made from food-grade silicone, and come in various sizes—so you can use them for items like small snacks and sandwiches. Reusable silicone bags are also extremely durable and can be placed in the dishwasher, as well as boiling water. New moms in particular love using these because they are great for sanitizing pacifiers, bottle nipples, teething toys and breast pump parts.
HONEYALLEY REUSABLE BEESWAX WRAPS
Another great alternative to cling wraps and single use plastic storage bags are reusable beeswax wraps. The HONEYALLEY beeswax wraps can be reused over and over again and can be washed and stored without taking up hardly any room in your kitchen drawers. They’re great for wrapping sandwiches and other snacks, and they come in three different sizes. And how cute are the designs? Because I am really loving these designs! These have really become popular in the last couple of years, and it’s a truly sustainable way to store food.
KOALAND LINEN BREAD BAGS
If you’re someone who enjoys fresh and crispy bread, baguettes or bagels from your local bakery or grocery store, then consider getting yourself a few linen bread bags. These reusable bags are great to take to the store with you and they are a fantastic and eco-friendly way to store your bread in your kitchen. The Koaland linen bags come in a set of 4 and you also get a wine bag with this set, which is really cool.
Ello Duraglass Storage Containers
I truly love glass containers for meal prep and storage. But I’ve broken some on several occasions. I even ordered a set from an online store once and it arrived shattered. It was incredibly inconvenient. So when it comes to glass containers, I recommend that people buy them with silicone sleeves. The Ello duraglass containers come in a pack of 5 with silicone sleeves, and they’re dish washer as well as microwave safe. The sleeves help protect against breakage and they’re great for on the go as well.
G.a. Homefavor Stainless Steel Containers
If you’re looking for a more durable food storage container, aim for stainless steel. The G.A. Homefavor stainless steel food containers come in a pack of 3 and double as food prep and bento boxes. So they’re great for on the go as well. As with all metal, these stainless steel food storage containers cannot be microwaved, but they are dish washer safe, won’t rust, and will last a very long time.
Stasher SILICONE Bags
Another way to store food in your fridge or freezer without taking up too much space is using a silicone Stasher Bag. The stasher bag has recently gained a ton of popularity for its ability to create an airtight seal—making them perfect for storing liquid foods in addition to solids. The Stasher bags also have a self seal feature, so no need for extra parts, such as clips, that most silicone bags require. You can lay them flat or propped up when you’re short on space—so convenient!
How do save or store your food at home to prevent food-waste? Have you tried any of these products? Let us know in the comments!