How to store food without using plastic clingfilm
This week’s Change the World Wednesday challenge is a task close to my heart.
One of my long-standing bug bears is the use of clingfilm.
This disposable, plastic item tends to wrap itself around itself more than your food and it’s pretty much a once-use item, no matter how careful you are.
I haven’t bought any cling film for about five years now and I don’t miss it in the least.
Sure, it’s convenient (when it tears off the roll and doesn’t insist on wrapping up your fingers instead) but there are plenty of other convenient and more eco friendly alternatives…
These are some of the methods of food storage we use at Chez Green:
For sandwiches I use brown paper bags. These are reused until they fall apart or get greasy and then are composted. If I don’t have brown paper bags to hand I use recycled foil – again, reusing it before recycling and I’ll also use any bags that happen to come into the house such as bread bags and old vegetable bags etc before recycling them.
I’d had my eye on a laptop lunchbox for many years but felt the cost was a bit excessive. Then I saw a £5 version in a nearby shop so snapped it up. Yes, it’s plastic, but it’s reusable so reduces waste. It has different compartments so technically nothing needs wrapping at all. I’ve found it to be a bit small, limiting and annoying to clean out but we use it sometimes as Little Miss Green still likes the novelty factor of it.
I’ve been using plastic food storage containers for years and have been on the look out (unsuccessfully) for stainless steel replacements. Last week I came across glass containers in my local supermarket. They have hard plastic lids but to be honest I’m happy with that as it makes them simple to stack in the fridge. I’m absolutely delighted with them and feel much happier than storing things in yet more plastic. I use these to store the leftover contents of a tin such as tinned tomatoes, salmon or chick peas.
Saucepans and casseroles
I have to admit, if I’ve made too much food I usually just store it in the fridge in the saucepan or casserole I’ve made it in! My saucepans are stainless steel with glass lids, which makes for perfect storage. By using the same pan I’ll be reheating the food in, it saves on washing up too – what’s the point of moving food from the pan to a container, washing up the pan, putting the food back into the clean pan the following day to heat and then having to wash the container too?!
What about you? How do you avoid clingfilm in your home?