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8 Responses to 10 Easy Ways to Go Reusable at Home

  1. Olivia

    We primarily use plastic storage in the freezer for meals cooked in bulk and meat we purchase in bulk. Any suggestions for alternatives.

    • Lauren Wayne  

      Good question, Olivia! We’re still feeling our way forward on that one, too. There are flat, stackable stainless-steel and glass containers that are approved for freezer use, and they even make reusable silicone baggies now. Unfortunately, they’re all kind of pricey if you have to buy a bunch new. You can also freeze glass canning jars, though they might not fit tightly in a small space. We often end up reusing plastic containers (cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.) that would otherwise go into the recycling.

    • Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook

      I agree that plastic is easier for freezing. I reuse these containers and bags as long as possible. The clear #5 plastic buckets from take-out soup are excellent for freezing–less likely to crack than yogurt buckets, although those work too. (Those clear containers also are perfect for taking to restaurants in case you have leftovers, to avoid getting a foam or paper box that’s not reusable or recyclable.) Ziptop bags can be washed and reused although I wouldn’t risk it when they’ve been used for meat. The plastic bags that line boxes of cereal and crackers are excellent for freezing in–just roll up the slack at the top and maybe put a rubber band around it.

  2. Amy Phoenix  

    Thank you for these simple tips, Lauren! I enjoyed the bidet article too. 🙂

  3. Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook

    These are great ideas! My family does all of these things to some extent.

    About using glass for leftovers: We reuse the glass jars from nut butter, salsa, pickles, etc. The lids are not microwave-safe, so (at home and in my office) we keep some plastic lids on top of the microwave for containing splashes. The lids do seal very well; I rarely have leaks when I bring a jar of leftover soup in my lunch. It seems that leftovers stay fresher longer in glass than in plastic, and glass is easier to wash completely clean–especially of greasy food and tomato sauce–whether by hand or in the dishwasher.