Storing your food properly is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from food poisoning. If food is not properly stored and chilled, the harmful bacteria in it can grow rapidly leading to food spoilage and possible illness.
To help stop bacteria from growing, refrigerate or freeze leftovers as quickly as possible (ideally within two hours after they’ve been prepared). Leftovers must be put in containers with tight-fitting lids or covered tightly with plastic wrap to minimize potential contamination.
Food containers will extend the life of food and keep it from drying out, developing freezer burn, and absorbing odors. Make sure that your food storage containers are clean and that you only use them for storing food and leftovers.
Benefits of Food Storage Containers
Food storage containers are designed to preserve foods, help organize our kitchen space, and make cooking easier.
- Food containers help keep food clean, fresh, tasty, and nutritious for longer times.
- By storing extra quantities of food we can save money. Storing leftovers in proper food containers helps avoid food waste.
- Food storage containers are portable and easy to put in handbags, which makes carrying food to different places easy.
- Storing food in reusable containers is one of the best ways to reduce the environmental impact associated with throwing away single-use containers.
- Food containers can also be used for preserving pantry food such as spices, tea, rice, flour, grains, and a range of kitchen ingredients that require storage.
The Advantages of Glass Storage Containers
Glass food storage containers offer more benefits than plastic containers, which makes them a better choice for food storage purposes.
1. Glass is safer for storing food than plastic
Glass is overall safer for food storage than plastic. Chemicals from plastic containers may migrate from the plastic into your food. This commonly occurs when hot food is put into a plastic or during microwave heating.
Glass food storage containers don’t leach unwanted, poisonous chemicals in contact with food. Glass is an inert and non-porous natural material. Glass containers are free from any leakage and safe for use over and over again.
2. Glass is environmentally friendly material
There are many environmental concerns associated with the production and disposal of plastics. Plastic trash is the most obvious form of pollution that affects the environment. Plastic production also releases toxic chemicals into the air. Going plastic-free reduces the amount of plastic ending up in the waste stream. Once you buy a glass storage container you can use it almost indefinitely. Broken glass containers can be recycled. Recycling glass is cost-efficient and the process doesn’t compromise glass quality.
3. Glass holds heat better than plastic
Plastic containers can get warped in contact with hot food. Reheating food in plastic containers may cause them to melt, which increases the likelihood of chemical leaching.
Once you finish your dinner, you don’t have to wait for the food to fully cool before transferring the leftovers to a glass container. There is no need to worry about the transfer of toxic chemicals when the food is heated like with plastic food containers.
The glass performs safely at different temperatures, so you can store food and heat it up in the same container. Glass containers effortlessly go from freezer to oven to table without any trouble. You can serve food in the same container that’s been stored and heated.
5. Glass looks more attractive than plastic
Plastic containers look dried out and feel brittle after repeated use and dishwashing.
Glass containers are attractive and look nice on the counter, in your fridge, or at your dining table. Food also looks more appealing when placed in a glass container. The glass is non-porous and scratch-proof. After decades of use, it still looks brand new.
Storing food in clear glass makes it easy to see the content inside without removing the lids. This makes it easy to manage the food in your fridge. This also helps lessen food waste, because you can easily check up on leftovers before they go bad.
7. Glass is more hygienic than plastic
It is not recommended to put plastic containers in the dishwasher, because hot water and steam can cause the plastic to release harmful chemicals.
Glass containers are very easy to clean because the non-porous glass surface doesn’t absorb stains, food, and germs. They can be safely washed in the dishwasher with no worries of warping or scratching. Moreover, washing in the dishwasher, at high temperatures helps to sanitize them.
8. Glass doesn’t absorb smells
Plastic containers often get stained by the foods that are stored in them. Plastic also absorbs the smells of food that can linger for a while.
Glass containers are nonporous and won’t absorb stains and the smell of the food you keep in them. This feature makes glass containers perfect for storing all foods, including foods with intense colors or smells. The smooth surface of glass food containers helps keep food clean, fresh, and tasty for a longer period.
After a year of use, plastic containers have scratches and discoloration, and can also lose their shape.
Glass food storage containers are designed to last long. The glass is more durable and won’t break down over time, like plastic. They can be reused repeatedly and washed over and over again in the dishwasher without sacrificing their shape and durability. Unless dropped or hit against a hard object they will last a lifetime and look brand new.
Plastic food containers are not safe to put in the microwave because toxic chemicals can migrate into food during microwave heating.
Glass food containers are microwave safe. Stored in a freeze, glass bowls with the food are ready to be quickly microwaved for launch. We can even eat food from that glass container.
The Downsides of Glass Food Containers
Glass is heavier than plastic. Plastic containers are lightweight and can be ideal for transporting food. Plastic takes less space and is easier to carry in a backpack. Plastic is a material of choice if you want something light to carry food around.
Glass containers require more careful handling compared to the tougher plastic food packaging. Glass is essentially melted sand and it is fragile and easily breakable when accidentally knocked or dropped on the floor. Broken glass can leave a mess behind. That may be a concern if you have kids in your family.
Glass containers are usually more expensive than plastic. However, glass containers last longer and don’t need to be replaced as often as plastic ones. Buying glass food containers actually saves you money in the long run