Plastic food storage containers offer a convenient, affordable and eco-friendly solution for organizing your fridge, freezer, pantry or cabinets. They help to preserve food, are an alternative to plastic snack and sandwich bags.
Plus the ability of some types of plastic containers to be used in the microwave eliminates dishes, as you can eat right out of the container.
A variety of colors, sizes, shapes and manufacturers allows you to find exactly what you need at the price you want so you can de-clutter your kitchen in style.
The old adage, “you are what you eat,” does not just apply to the food you consume but the chemicals it picks up while stored in a plastic container. Many of the chemicals found in plastic containers are harmful and if the container is not re-usable, such as those that are disposable, then they can begin to leach chemicals into your food after just one round in the microwave.
For the most part, the well-known, reputable brands such as Tupperware, Hefty, Glad and Ziploc are safe, but they do make different product lines, each of which uses a different type of plastic.
Tests conducted and published by the National Geographic Society suggest the safest plastics are numbers two, four and five, also known as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP), as these do not leak hormones into the food products which they contain.
The other plastics, such as BPA, PVC, Stryofoam and PET/PETE are extremely harmful if used more than once and can lead to problems such as cancer, nervous system, skin, eye or respiratory conditions, as well as hormone disruption.
Now that you are aware of the different types of plastic, you can begin your search for the plastic food storage containers that best suit your needs. If you love fresh produce, you have the option of buying a yellow plastic lemon for your lemons, a red tomato container for your tomatoes, a purple onion for your onions and whatever else you can find to preserve your favorite fruits and vegetables.
If you want to color code your cabinets as well, you may opt to buy orange Tupperware for your rice, green for your dry beans, pink for your cereal and blue for snacks or pasta or whatever other items you may have filling your kitchen shelves. You may instead simply decide to choose one or two colors that match your kitchen and label them or you can opt for clear, stackable plastic food storage containers so you can see everything without having to move or open items.
Small containers allow you to store herbs, spices, condiments or dressings, a convenience that complements the salad containers or those with dividers so you can take a homemade, healthy lunch to work and still have the flavors you enjoy.
Such products in the Sterilite line, have a variety of safe, clear, stackable plastic food storage containers with locking lids, a vented top and a touch of color, so you can have everything you want from one manufacturer.
Among the other types of plastic food storage containers are those for beverages, baked goods, butter, crackers, ice cube trays, flour and sugar. You can find these and other items in the sizes, colors and shapes you want by shopping around online, at physical store locations or, if you are lucky enough, at a Tupperware party.
Just remember to do a little research because even the best brands have some lines made from the harmful plastics. However, if you do not have time, simply look at the number on the bottom of the container that is inside the recycling symbol; if it is two, four or five, then the container is safe for food storage.