#BPA Free Leftovers: Glass Food Containers are Safer

Thanksgiving is over, but you probably still have plenty of leftovers to store or giveaway. Don’t run to your cupboards too quickly to store leftovers in those whipped topping and yogurt containers. Commercial food containers, especially those that contain dairy products are not good for reuse. Look at the bottom of the container and you are more likely to find a number 5 in the center of the triangle. Remember resin code 5 is not the safest plastic for storing food.

Some Rubbermaid and Tupperware plastic food containers are BPA free, but older versions are not. What’s the best way to store leftover food?

Glass.


Glass food storage containers (with or without plastic lids) do not contain BPA (bisphenol-A), and are the safest way to store, freeze and reheat leftovers whether it’s from a big feast like Thanksgiving or today’s dinner. Opt for various sized containers from 1/2 cup to 3 cups or more. Rubbermaid and Anchor Hocking both have various sized glass containers with several lid color choices. One year for Christmas I received 3 sets of small to medium sized round glass storage containers, and they are still good today for freezing, reheating and stacking too. I use them in my lunches and when we travel – they are not much heavier than the old plastic ones either!

The safest way to clean plastic lids for glass food storage is hand-washing, however, some package sets do state it’s safe to wash plastic lids in your dishwasher. Ensure you read whether the lid is BPA free or not, so you know if you can use the lid in your microwave.

 

2 thoughts on “#BPA Free Leftovers: Glass Food Containers are Safer”

  1. Is it safe to use older plastic containers to store dry ingredients like oatmeal, flour, etc ?

    Thank you!
    Keep up the good work and keeping us informed on how we can make the earth a little greener.

    1. I don’t have an official answer for this; however, I do have flour stored in a plastic bag unknowingly if it contains BPA or not. I do know that BPA is more likely to contaminate food when it’s heated such as in the microwave or left in sunlight. If you can’t avoid storing in plastic containers, then I’d store the dry ingredients in the refrigerator.

      Do make a small investment in buying glass or ceramic containers for your dry goods – I find good deals at thrift stores and garage sales.

      Thanks for asking!

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