Better Freezer Storage Ideas
Here is a list of non-toxic freezer containers:
1. Glass containers are an excellent choice. Glass is non-reactive (that is, it won’t leach into the food touching it), easy to clean, and will not wear out. Many well-known manufacturers, such as Pyrex and CorningWare, make glass containers that are freezer-safe. Even glass jars used for canning can work. If you’re fearful of dropping and breaking glass containers, though, you can use…
2. BPA-free plastics – yes, not all plastics are bad guys. Most safe plastics will say “BPA-free" on their packaging, but if you have a question, look for the resin identification code at the bottom – the number inside the triangle of arrows. Here are the numbers:
1: Polyethyelene terephthalate (PETE)
2: High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
3: Vinyl, polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
4: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
5: Polypropylene (PP)
6: Polystyrene (PS)
7: Other (includes polycarbonate, acrylic, polylactic acid, fiberglass)
1, 2, 4, and 5 are safe for food usage. Avoid products labeled 3, 6, and 7.
3. Stainless steel – like glass, stainless steel is also non-reactive. Life Without Plastic, NoPlastic, and Innate are just a few of the companies with good selections of stainless steel containers. For added freezer protection, look for either airtight stainless steel lids or silicone lids.
4. Silicone – Silicone is not only used for the lids of freezer containers, it can also be used for the whole container. As of now, silicone freezer containers are made for child-sized portions (like the offerings of Kinderville), but they would be good for keeping small leftovers (and may help in portion control).
5. Cellulose bags and wrapping paper. Cellulose is what plant cell walls are made of, so it doesn’t get more “natural" than that. Cellulose is biodegradable and non-reactive – the best of both worlds. Find cellulose products at Greenhome.