Nine out of ten weekdays, we lug our lunch to work. Leftovers, bento box assortments, you name it: we pack it in. And you can bet that we've sworn off BPA-ridden plastics. So what do we pack that lunchbox with? Albeit a little bulky, we've found a few stackable and reliable eco-friendly options when it comes to food storage. And a couple of tips, too.
First of all, if you're converting from plastic food storage containers to glass, be prepared to have two things: a little extra shelf space and a little extra room in your fridge or lunchbox. We wouldn't trade our favorite leftover containers for anything, but they are heftier than our old plastics were.
Secondly, here's our oft-shared tip: keep lids in a box, and containers on a shelf. With this system, we have never had an errant lid situation!
Without further ado, here are a few glass and BPA-free plastic solutions for packing up your leftovers.
• Glasslock Tempered Glass Storage: These are by far our failproof favorites. Sure, they make a lot of noise (and take some effort) to open and close, but they do not leak, the lids are color-coded, and they come in a variety of very useful sizes. Downside? The lunchbox gained a few pounds when we started toting them to work. Upsides? Better-looking biceps. They're also easy to clean and while they don't exactly "nest," they do stack easily on top of each other.
• Round Glass Food Storage: These are some serious nesting bowls. We don't have a set, but they look just as sturdy as our Glasslocks. According to the reviews on the site, they're a good buy.
• Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids: For days when we're wanting to pack a few smaller items (cubes of cheese, peanut sauce, etc.), we turn to our small collection of Rubbermaid's Easy Find Lid containers. Not only are they BPA free, but they also have an ingenious nesting system. The lids click to one another and then to the base of the container. Never one without the other!
(Image: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest)