Last night, as we spooned cold stew out of one of those semi-disposable plastic food storage containers, we felt like we had reached the height of hypocrisy. ZipWare, GladLoc, whatever it was — it didn't seal correctly any more, so we'd improvised a solution involving plastic wrap, rubber bands, and tape: hardly elegant, and on a small scale, wasteful...We don't microwave in plastic any more, especially because the very containers in question can leach BPA, and the leaching is said to get worse each time they're heated—and that means no more trips to the microwave or through the dishwasher. So, we take the leftovers out of the plastic and put them into another dish to heat in the microwave, and that means more dishes to wash.
As the saying goes, sometimes the solution is worse than the problem, and this is definitely the case. So we're going back to glass refrigerator dishes; we'll save the few plastic containers that still function for bag lunches.
The easy thing to do would be to drop a $24 on the set of four (shown above) that we spotted at Crate & Barrel.
But we're liking the retro cheer of Pyrex refrigerator dishes. We've found more than a few on eBay. If you're on a budget like us, this is an ideal excuse to frequent a thrift store or flea market.
Originally published 5.12.08