This post is a request and I am quite excited about sharing my tips with you. Plastic containers can quickly become a nightmare for some people. It is very tempting to save yogurt boxes, hummus or sour cream containers. Stop it immediately!!! I know, I sound very harsh when I say this, but believe me, my life has changed since I stopped this madness.
Packaging is part of the product and once the product is consumed, the packaging needs to go into your recycling container. Do not allow others or yourself to persuade you into keeping excess amount of plastic containers as they will accumulate very fast in your house. You will go nuts trying to store them, finding covers or stacking them.
My suggestion is to start fresh by emptying out the entire drawer or shelf where you are currently storing your plastic containers. Wipe out the storage place and make it clean as that’s how it’s going to stay from this day forward. Keep only those containers that have lids that actually fit properly on them. No broken boxes or cracked lids please! If you cannot find a lid or a container that matches, chuck it immediately. Do not go through any what if I find it later in your mind. Act now and get rid of stuff; don’t worry you will only buy what you need from now on.
You have to make a promise to yourself to always buy the kind of plastic containers that can stack and have the same lids. In Canada, we have brands such as Tupperware, Glad, Ziploc and Rubbermaid selling containers that are in different sizes as well as those that can stack. You could buy the size that suits your needs the most or you could have two sizes.
Plastic containers are only meant for food storage. They are not meant for warming food in the microwave. If you have been warming food in the microwave in these containers, you should stop immediately even if they are BPA free.
I buy Pyrex or Corningware glass containers for storing food. The lids are plastic and are sold separately but so worth the price. I always store leftovers in the refrigerator in these containers as I can warm and serve in the same container. Do you really want to be storing in one container, warming in another and washing two containers for one dish? Not me!!!
When people come to my house, they can’t believe that I house my plastic containers on one tiny shelf in my kitchen. I must admit I wasn’t always like this and I had an entire shelf unit filled with plastic containers in the basement of my previous house. When we moved to this house I decided that I wasn’t going to follow that route any longer. Even though I have lots more storage in this kitchen, I am using it wisely.
Stop the plastic container madness today and pare down. Trust me, less is more! A.K.
The above picture is not by KC
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