In my ongoing quest to reduce and eliminate disposable and plastic items from my life, I sometimes find myself in conflict with another of my life's goals: not washing dishes. So when it comes to food storage, I'm torn. Sure, throwing leftovers into a glass container might be the most environmentally-friendly move, but it also means having to transfer all the food and dirtying another container. If that container isn't oven safe, I then have to dirty even more dishes when reheating the leftovers the next day. See my dilemma?
Obviously, while aluminum foil and plastic wrap are the far more convenient choices for food storage, they are also major contributors to our overflowing landfills. When I do need foil for something, I actually try to save it and use it several times before throwing it away, thus easing my guilty conscience at least marginally.
A couple of months ago I was shopping at an eclectic local store when I stumbled across a set of silicone bowl covers. In three sizes, heat proof, and for less than $20, I snapped them up. I've been using them constantly since I made the purchase and I have found them highly effective for keeping my food fresh in the fridge for a couple of days. The silicone suctions to the rim of the bowl/jar and seals out air. They're also easy to wash off and save me the hassle of doing more dishes.
|Mine are pretty much like these but they aren't some fancy chef brand. :)|
What I'm wondering though, is if I've just contributed more to the problem. Silicone is not exactly environmentally friendly, although they're definitely getting more use than their disposable counterparts. Were they a mistake? Should I have just gone glass?
Fellow eco-bloggers, I need either a hug or a slap on the wrist here. Is this a food-saving FAIL or a wonderful WIN?