Are you concerned about the health implications associated with plastic food storage and looking for plastic free ways to store food in the pantry? Or perhaps you have been inspired to create a Pinterest worthy pantry that is neat and organised. Old fashioned solutions continue to stand the test of time. Continue reading as we share our top food storage ideas that are not plastic.
The problem with storing food in plastic
Plastic containers are everywhere. Plastic really started taking off in the 1960's as manufacturing was cheap and easy. While plastic is handy for storing food in the pantry, some health hazards have been identified, due to the myriad petrochemicals that make up the product. Certain chemicals that make up plastic containers and other plastic household products contaminate the food via the small molecules in the material. The chemicals have been linked to a range of human diseases and health conditions, and include BPA, PVC and Phthalates. So what could you use instead?
4 Food Storage Ideas for your Pantry that Aren't Plastic
Think old-fashioned solutions that have stood the test of time. Materials such as glass, stainless steel and natural fibres. Here is our choice of durable food storage containers that aren't plastic, or don't allow plastic to come in contact with food.
1. Glass jars and bottles
Use glass jars and bottles to store your pantry essentials, including things like chickpeas, lentils, popcorn, dried herbs, spices, nuts, flour, sugar and other dry products.
Ball mason jars are extremely versatile and come in a range of sizes to suit your needs. They are great for legumes, nuts, rice and pasta. They can also be used to store your own jams, preserves, chutneys and pickles. Shop all Ball mason jars here >
These small Weck jars are ideal for storing spices. There are several lid styles to choose from too. Shop all Weck jars here >
While these large Kilner jars are great for flour, sugar and oats, or any item that you buy or use a lot of.
You can even store honey or syrup in Kilner's honey pot (which comes with a little honey drizzler). Find bulk Bee One Third honey in our stores.
And if you enjoy making your own sauces or infusing oils, this Kilner bottle is a great option. Shop all Kilner here >
2. Glass food storage containers
For other items, like biscuits, bread sticks, pasta sheets, or storing baked goods or open packets of food, a large glass container comes in handy.
One of the best container brands around, Glasslock, provides a wide variety of container sets or singles in extra strong tempered glass. With an air tight and leak proof BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free plastic lid, your food is only next to pure glass - no food comes in contact with plastic. Glasslock's 9 piece oven safe container set (pictured) is designed for storing, freezing, heating and serving food. Glasslocks's versatile 3-piece canister set is another great pantry addition with two 2L glass canisters and one 1L glass canister. Shop all Glasslock here >
3. Stainless steel containers
Stainless steel containers are lightweight, durable and toxin free. With good care, stainless steel containers will remain in top shape for life.
Our Onyx stainless steel containers are made from the highest quality food grade stainless steel. The one pictured has a silicone seal in the lid, so it is airtight when closed correctly. The whole container is great for pantry food storage, and is also freezer safe and the bottom section is oven safe (without the lid). Shop the Onyx range here >
4. Hessian sacks
Old fashioned hessian sacks are the best way to store potatoes, onion and garlic. They help to keep produce fresh, and free from moisture and mould.
Our hessian produce sacks for potatoes, onions and garlic work to absorb moisture and allow air flow, ensuring produce stays fresher for longer. They come with a removable washable liner and a vintage motif printed on both sides. Shop hessian produce sacks here >
Some awesome storage solutions to get excited by. Plastic can be so easily phased out of your home life with such variety. Biome stocks many brands and styles in addition to the ones mentioned above. Food for thought!