Don’t Like Plastic Bags? Food Storage Alternatives for Winter

I nerded out about food storage awhile ago. I didn’t want to use a ton of plastic bags, after realizing that plastic stays in landfills for a long time, and some of it gets carried out to sea (I suppose depending on where you live) to form plastic junk ‘bergs. If you, too, have had your qualms about using plastic storage bags, you can consider these alternatives, though none of them are perfect.

  1. Store in re-usable plastic containers such as Glad, which you can use over and over again. I have washed them many times over on the top rack of my dishwasher. They will eventually fall apart, though.
  2. Store in glass containers with rubber lids such as Anchor Hocking. These will last a whole lot longer, and you can even go on Amazon and buy new lids when the old ones wear out (recycle the old ones). But they are more of an up-front investment. However, these things are not too expensive, especially if you buy them a little bit at a time.
  3. Use waxed paper (you have to choose between paraffin which is petroleum based wax and soy bean wax, which is probably made with GMO soybeans) to wrap your meat or whatever, and then put the wrapped pieces in a storage container you can re-use or a gallon plastic bag you can re-use. I use this method for bacon and other items that are small and valuable.
  4. Use parchment paper, which as far as I know is like any other paper, compostable, and do the same thing as described in #4.

If you care about the environment, no matter whether global warming is real or not, you should want to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our soil and water. If so, you can still consider doing something different to store your food. Plastics have been connected with premature puberty, cancer, wildlife death, and are generally unsightly when they end up in the soil or compost you just ordered from your local landscaper (which I guarantee is going to happen). Consider your kids’ future and stop using and throwing out all those plastic bags.