I love to cook – cooking makes my soul and my tummy happy! I’ve however never been able to cook in moderation, so the meals that I make for me and my partner (only 2 people), easily feed anything between 4 people and an army. But I am not complaining, because that means leftovers and I love leftovers!
Storing food is, therefore, a necessity for me, especially since I don’t like to waste food. So it’s safe to say I make use of a lot of food-storage containers, whether it be to freeze some leftover stew, to keep my chicken breasts fresh for a salad the next day, to soak my overnight oats or just to safely store my half-used pasta and rice. I need storage containers that are safe and convenient to use and because of the ever-changing world we live in, it’s important to me that my containers are reusable and create as little waste as possible.
We’re fortunate to live in a time where there’s so much innovation in the Reusable Food Storage industry, allowing consumers to enjoy safe and versatile products in their homes. These containers are usually eco-friendly, durable, non-toxic, BPA-free and/or recyclable.
With all these options, there really is no need to make use of single-use plastics — they aren’t environmentally friendly and often end up laying around in landfills for years, or worse, polluting and damaging our oceans and landscapes. Here are a few starter kits that can get you on the way to a more waste-free lifestyle.
So if you’d like to know more about your options for Reusable Food Storage Container, keep reading, because we list some pretty great options!
Koaland Linen Bread Bags
These natural & reusable linen bags are not only perfect for your bread, but are great storage for other baked goods and pastries and unlike plastic bags, natural linen bags keep your baked goodies fresher for longer. You can even take them along to the bakery to pick up some bread or use them as a vehicle for delicious picnic baguettes and sandwiches – yum! One set consists of 2 longer bags and 2 bread loaf bags and because bread, cheese and wine just go so well together, Koaland have added a wine bag to the set too. These environmentally friendly and waste-free bags are washable and durable, which means longer use.
Stasher Silicone Bags
In my opinion, these silicone bags are revolutionary – they are the world’s first fully functional, self-sealing, non-plastic bag and they’re BPA, latex and PVC free! Not only are Stasher Bags safe and reusable, they really bring convenience into your kitchen with their easy to use airtight seal (pinch-loc seal). This makes them a great option for storing liquids in addition to solids, specifically in small spaces (think overcrowded freezers and fridges). And because they are made of platinum food-grade silicone, these wonderful containers are also dishwasher and microwave safe – even more convenient!
Vodeson Freezer Trays
Vodeson have taken the old overused “cling film” and created a really unique way to preserve your leftovers. Their stackable Freezer Trays use reusable and use environmentally friendly elastic film to tightly wrap your food products, therefore taking up less storage space in your freezer or fridge. Although these trays resemble the meat packaging at the grocery store (and they are great to create individual packs of meat after purchasing in bulk), they are far more versatile. I like that after I finish cooking I can use these trays to keep my half-used onions, carrots and other vegetables and fruit fresh for the next time I need them. Pantry items like nuts will also maintain their freshness for longer in this airtight packaging. And for more long term freezer storage there are cute little labels included for you to use!
Airtight Storage Containers
If kitchen aesthetics are as equally important to you as maintaining a waste-free kitchen, well, then these clear Oggi canisters are the perfect storage solution for you! They will not only help you to create a satisfying pantry to look, but will also keep your produce safe, fresh and dry for longer. These airtight containers are lined with durable silicone seal technology in the lid to help preserve food items. One set includes 5 BPA-free, lightweight & shatterproof canisters, each different in size. I also love that the lid design allows you to easily stack these containers, so I can really maximise storage space in my pantry and cupboards.
Collapsibles Silicone Containers
Storing food storage containers can be quite a headache for me! What I mean is that it’s frustrating how storage containers can take up so much space in cupboards and drawers when they’re not in use. Collapsibles Silicone Containers are however the perfect solution to this problem. You ask why? Because they are collapsible, saving 50% more space compared to conventional plastic containers. Just take them out of the cupboard, pop them up and you have a ready to use container for your lunch. Collapsibles are also dishwasher safe and microwaveable (with air vents), so you can even take your leftovers to work and easily reheat, for example. And you don’t have to worry about nasty spills while travelling, as their lid is airtight technology. These efficient silicon containers come in a set of 5, with 3 different sizes.
Cuisinart Silicone Storage Bags
Are you ready to take on the go snacking to a new level with these reusable storage bags? The Cuisinart Silicone storage bags are the perfect replacement for single-use sandwich bags. They come in 3 convenient sizes and the double closure zipper design keeps your produce fresher. Also safe and suitable to be used in the fridge, freezer and dishwasher because of the food-grade BPA free silicone plastics they’re made of. And because these reusable storage bags can handle high temperatures they’re a great option for sanitizing baby items, such as teething toys, pacifiers and bottle teats. Containers for the whole family!
Prepa Herb Saver Pods
Now these containers look like something out of a sci-fi movie, I know. And perhaps the Prepa Herb Saver Pods are the biggest revolution in maximising the shelflife of herbs? Before these bad boys were created, cooks all over the world were using wet cloths to try extend the life of their picked herbs or just throwing away wilted greens a few days after buying them. These pods not only keep your herbs hydrated but the hard shell also protects them from being squashed by other foods in the refrigerator. The design of these containers is the thing that does it for me – they are slick, modern and I just love that the see-through shell allows me to see which herbs are which. And great news, Prepa Pods come in a pack of three – one for me, another one for me and maybe one for my mom.
HONEYALLEY Beeswax Wraps
Honeyalley Beeswax Wraps are a great all-natural alternative to cling film, tin foil and other single-use plastics. They are made of 100% cotton and infused with organic food-grade beeswax, organic jojoba oil and natural tree resin, which makes them not only biodegradable and waste-free, but also completely safe for storing food products. Your greens, herbs and baked goods will also get an extra-long chance at life, as these wraps allow your produce to breathe. Honeyalley has created a washable and reusable wrap and once you’ve got maximum use out of them, just throw them in your compost heap! And how cute is the print – something pleasant and whimsical to look at when unwrapping your sandwich at lunchtime.
G.A. Homefavor Stainless Steel Containers
Historically, stainless steel has been believed to be a much safer and more durable material for food storage and food utensils. Which explains why G.A. Homefavour have created this eye-catching set of stainless steel food containers. The thing I love most about these containers is that they are super easy to clean and don’t absorb any of the smell or stains of the foods contained in them, making them a great option for storing marinated meats, curries, smelly fruits (like durian and papaya) and pretty much any meal with turmeric in it. And the added convenience of the clear lids is great! This is definitely a lifetime purchase as the G.A. Homefavour stainless steel containers are corrosion-resistant and non-rusting.
Ello Duraglass Storage Containers
Let’s face it, glass containers are the gold standard when it comes to aesthetically pleasing fridge or pantry storage, but they’re also the quickest to break, shatter and chip. One small knock and you can say bye-bye to your favourite glass container. Ello Duraglass Storage Containers are however the answer to those glass-shattering nightmares, because each storage unit comes with its very own silicone sleeve and they’re pretty too – hooray! Each set consists of 5 uniquely sized glass food storage containers with 5 leak-proof lids and 5 silicone protection sleeves, which are all freezer, fridge and dishwasher safe! Just pop the lid off for use in the microwave though.
CorningWare French Ceramic Bakeware
The CorningWare French Ceramics are the top Bake & Serve Sets on Amazon and with reviews such as “This cookware is THE BEST. Super sturdy and I love the tupperware lids. They make it extra easy to save leftovers without dirtying a new dish. My whole family had a great time cooking together in these beautiful dishes” I can see why. This 10-piece set of ceramic food containers is extremely durable and can be used in the freezer, fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher and probably on the moon too. This means your meal can go from the freezer to the oven/microwave and on to the table for serving all inside one CorningWare French Ceramic dish. And when you’re done feasting the dish goes back into the fridge with any leftovers. The ramekins can also be used inside an air fryer to make baked eggs or even souffle. Overall an extremely versatile and durable container for the kitchen!
So as you can see the options are limitless! From silicone pouches and ceramic bakeware to wappers made from beeswax and linen bread bags, there is something for each individual need. We hope this article has helped you to achieve your environment and sustainability goals and if you want to know about more Eco-friendly kitchen essentials check out this link.
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