Friday, April 25, 2014

Choosing Glass in the Kitchen

It's been a several year process - but we have chosen to use glass in our kitchen over plastic as much as possible. We made this choice and transition for several reasons:

  1. There are many concerns about BPA and other chemicals in some plastics. I am concerned that even in BPA free plastics, there are other chemicals down the road that will be discovered to be dangerous. I would just rather not take that risk. 
  2. Plastic stains. In a house where gluten has to be safely avoided, I would rather all of my dishes "look clean" when they are clean. Glass is completely clear and it is obvious when it is clean. 
  3. Plastic warps. Over time and lids/bottoms may not always fit well anymore. I don't want the food I am storing to leak out in the diaper bag or lunchbox because it doesn't fit well. 
  4. Glass dishes, regardless of their size and shape, can be used to bake in the oven. This is very convenient for making a variety of food items in the oven. 
We spent several years switching from our plastic storage containers to glass storage containers and "stocking up" on glass storage containers. We have SEVERAL different glass dishes of each type - though, when we are packing lunches, storing leftovers, and making lots of homemade goods we often start running very low on these containers. 

We were also incredibly intentional about buying a few different types of glass containers that would stack and store easily. We purchased pyrex containers. They are designed to stack well together with other dishes in the same line. 
  1. We purchased two 9x13 baking dishes and one 8x8 baking dishes that have lids. These stack very well with each other. I use these frequently for making brownies and other desserts 
  2. We purchased several of the lidded  rectangle storage containers in 3 cup, 6 cup, and 11 cup. We use these often for baking small casseroles and storing produce.  
  3. We purchased many, many of the circular storage containers in 1 cup, 2 cup, 4 cup, and 7 cup. These are our favorites for storing leftovers to be packed in lunches. They are also what we chose to use, instead of purchasing travel size plastic baby bowls, to hold Meghan's foods when she eats solids. 
  4. We had a set of the sized mixing bowls. We purchased another set of the mixing bowls with lids. This is particularly nice for making dips and for storing recipe parts that may need to chill in the fridge. 

We also use ball jars a lot in the kitchen. I wrote about that here.

Like I said, we took a while adding all of these glass containers to our collection. Pyrex frequently goes on sale at Amazon, Kohls, Target, etc. By picking up a few sets here and there, it is easy to add to your collection as you determine which other pieces you would like to have in your kitchen. Canning jars are easy to snatch up during the late summer when they are stocked for canning - and can often be found at thrift stores or garage sales.  

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