View Full Version : Plastic wraping alternative?
03-13-2007, 11:03 PM
I am just wondering,...
At dinner time I often like to prepare a double mixed veggie salad in big bowls while I am at it without any dressing and put a plastic wrap over it to store it until next day. I am a student and on my precious "study day" I like to focus completely on it. So when hungry I simply take the wrapper off the salad, drizzle the dressing and eat. :p
I know how bad plastic wraps are for heating food because of the chemical release and nobody should ever do it....
I am concern if there are any bad effect from "using it in the raw" the way I do and if anybody has any suggestion for a more eco-friendly way?
I preffer to eat from a ceramic bowl than a "tupperware" kinda container. What I am REALLY looking for and have not yet been able to find are big salad bowls with plastic lid.
I may just have to transfer my salad in a different bowl when ready to eat. I make such beautiful presentation that just defies the purpose when throwing it into another container....I guess we don't always get what we want in life! :rolleyes:
03-13-2007, 11:29 PM
hi little blueberry , welcome to the site :)
i use big 3 gallon steel pots with good fitting lids to store my salads in .
and i never add the tomatoes til eating each batch because they make the greens soggy . and once a day i wipe off the inside of lid and pot so the accumulated moisture doesnt get greens soggy either .
03-14-2007, 09:27 AM
Ceramic or glass bowls work great with wax paper or cheese cloth as a cover hels in place by a rubber band.
LArge bowls are available at Targets and Pampered Chef, both on line.
03-14-2007, 09:34 AM
I found some Pyrex brand glass food containers with tight-sealing plastic lids at the Target here. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.. I think you could find something appropriate for your salad at target or at a home store like Bed, Bath and Beyond..
03-14-2007, 11:44 AM
Thank you for your help and suggestions.
I always add the tomatoes and avocados at the last minute if I want some.
I did not know that steel pots would be ok for lettuce. I always thought any metals would make some vegetable rusts.
I will start using the cheese cloths from now on until I get a chance to look for those wonderful pyrex container. That is awesome! Thanks Elizabeth!
I guess if using cheese cloths you must leave a bit more moisture in it. I will try it and see how it works.
03-14-2007, 01:24 PM
I have been hearing so many bad things about plastic containers and wraps so i started using wax paper and an rubber band. Even if i dont wrap them tight the food last longer than in plastic. When i use only half an apple or only part of a lemon i losely wrap it in wax paper and it has not dried out by the next day or changed color. That is amazing for apples cause we all know that they get brown from the air if not closed tight. So since the use of wax paper i have been wondering why plastic wrap changes the color of food. Not always but i have seen it. There is no reason why anyone could not carry salads in a glass bowl with wax paper on top. The rubber band will keep it tight and if u r careful u will not dump it. The dressing u put on later so that is not a problem either.
This is just my opinion and observation on how food reacts to plastic and wax. It bothers me that a lot of so called healthy foods r kept in plastic bags. I do believe it is another "thing" that we use that is bad for us. A little here, a little there and soon we wonder why so many people have cancer and a lot of new illnesses r showing up. We r being poisoned and most people dont know it or dont care.
Kmart also has great glass bowl for storage which r a little expensive but has plastic lids. I left them on the shelf.
03-14-2007, 01:37 PM
I also have a variety of sizes of Pyrex brand glass food containers. They do have plastic lids but my food does not touch it, if in doubt I sure could use the idea of wax paper and a rubber band though.
If the food isn't touching the lid would there be issues I've not thought of? Any thoughts I'd love to hear them!
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