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What do you store your left over food in?

Asked by Dutchess_III (38313points) 3 weeks ago

Do you store it in plastic containers you buy at Walmart for just that purpose, or do you collect plastic containers that premade foods come in?

Rick’s dad gave us some brand new ones for Christmas several years ago but they’ve long since disappeared.
As for myself, I collect containers.. That way, if I send food home with folks, I don’t worry about getting the container back.

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filmfann's avatar

We have lots of suckerware Tupperware, but when we send home food with company, or if it’s long term freezing (like my spaghetti sauce, cause I make tons), we use containers from soups and bisque we bought from Costco.

ragingloli's avatar

In my stomach.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You must give me your spaghetti recipe @filmfan.

My husband’s best friend’s wife sent some soup home with Rick a few days ago. We didn’t even have a chance to eat it all before she started complaining she wanted her container back! So we’ll be making a special trip to day to return that to her.

chyna's avatar

I do not use old butter containers. Although it makes me smile now, it used to aggravate me when I would visit my mom and to find actual butter you would have to open about four other containers with leftovers.

zenvelo's avatar

I store mine in the refrigerator.

snowberry's avatar

I use the cheap plastic containers with lids such as you buy in a package from the grocery store, but I’d like to start using all glass widemouth jars such as Ball and Mason make. They have replaceable lids and it seems to me and all around much better plan.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOLL! I know what you mean @Chyna. Or the other way around—“Oh! We have strawberry cream cheese! Perfect!” But you open it and it’s really old, molding refried beans.

Why do you think glass would be better @snowberry?

snowberry's avatar

@Dutchess_III Plastic is made from petroleum. From what I’ve read and observed, plastic degrades over time and as it does, it leaches out toxins into the food. I even bought BPA free plastic food containers before, and it’s certainly better than the old kind, but it still made from petroleum and it still degrades.

Zaku's avatar

Both bought containers and re-used food product containers.

Inspired_2write's avatar

I now use ziplock freezer bags that hold a plate of leftover food in or other foods well.
I don’t use plastic containers anymore as chemicals found in them can be toxic ( especially made in China ).
I pretty well use up all leftovers quickly anyways, within the week it was made.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ziplock freezer bags are plastic.

I think that any “leeching” of chemicals from the plastic would be negligible.

Inspired_2write's avatar

@Dutchess_III
The ones I use are Glad Freezer Bags BPA free and microwavable.
I Don’t store for long periods as I use them up within a few days.

Inspired_2write's avatar

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Glass bowls with lids, plastic containers and plastic bags for some.

flutherother's avatar

I use Tupperware plastic containers bought at the supermarket.

janbb's avatar

I’ve been converting to Pyrex glass containers with plastic lids to reduce plastic usage. Saw that at my son’s house and like them better. I do have old Tupperware that I still use if I can find the top that goes with the bottom.

josie's avatar

Ziplock bags and containers.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@janbb I used to try and stack all of my plastic containers. It just seemed a much nicer, neater way to store them. But then I could never find the lids that fit them! So now I store them with the lids on. It feels like a big waste of space, but it’s better than taking up space and you can never use them.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I mean, I used to nestle them @janbb. Now I stack them.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

For the fridge I use glass. It’s inert and seems (seems, this is not science) more hygienic than plastic.

For the freezer I use Ziplocs. Squeeze out the air, reduce the space requirement. I usually have plenty of quart and gallon blocks of homemade soup and stock in the freezer.

For carrying lunch to work, I have clear (more on this later) plastic Oxo containers. Years ago Fluther citizen @Cruiser, who has a plastics company, said the rule of thumb is clear rigid plastic is less problematic than the softer cloudy stuff.

ucme's avatar

Homeless Harry, he begs for it so…y’know.

notsoblond's avatar

Glass bowls with foil on top.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay you prolly already know this, but if you dip your zip lock into water, holding it from the top, it forces the air out much better than just squeezing it. Kind of like a poor man’s vacuum seal.

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