Yes, I’m recommending plastic. And here’s why.

Sasha Dimov

This is a sticky subject. But hear me out.

Cooking from scratch is a major step towards living a sustainable life. It comes with hundreds of benefits, but this post isn’t about that. This post is about tupperware: arguably the most frustrating part of cooking from scratch. And please, don’t get me started on trying to find a lid that actually fits.

Most of our tupperware closets look like this:

It’s a black hole of haphazardly shoved containers of all shapes and sizes and you often dread even opening its doors, let alone actually using the tupperware. Rarely do you make it out without lids hitting your face or having just about everything spill on your kitchen floor. Or maybe you actually organize your lids by colors and neatly stack your containers. We get it, you have your life together (we know it won’t last long).

So what’s the solution? Glass jars are great, but they’re heavy, are often missing that annoying metal ring, and they break. A dinner of quinoa and glass shards is hard to swallow. Glass tupperware is great too, if your grandmother bought you a set. They’re crazy expensive and are still impossible to organize. And please, just forget about those IKEA tupperware with flimsy green lids that guarantee your food ending up on the floor or at least in every crevice of your fridge. They started this entire mess in the first place.

Why does this problem seem to only target home cooks? Restaurants deal with hundreds of times the amount of food we do and yet don’t seem to have a problem with storing all of it.

What’s their secret? Restaurant containers.

Restaurant containers come in three sizes. No matter the size, the lids are all the same. You can stack them for miles whether or not they’re empty or full. You can freeze them, run them through the dishwasher, and even microwave them. Just make sure you are using a high quality set that is 100% BPA free and FDA approved. Better yet, you can use these to buy your ingredients in bulk: they weigh basically nothing, have a large opening, and once the lid is on, it’s not coming off. Just think of all the plastic packaging you’re avoiding. Oh and meal prep? These containers just made your life a whole lot easier. You can easily portion your meals for the week and toss them into your bag without worrying. And forget about plastic bags for snacks, just use the smallest size containers.

These containers are also a major solution to at home food waste because you can now store every last nub of ginger without worrying about using plastic wrap or not having a container that’s small enough. Every last piece of usable produce can have a place to go and you don’t have to worry about finding a single lid. Trust me, these containers are game changers. I just don’t know what took us home cooks so long to figure it out.

Now I want to address the plastic issue. These containers are recyclable *sigh of relief,* but that by no means makes plastic a renewable or sustainable resource. However, these containers are made to be used hundreds of times before they even come close to breaking down. Yes, some eventually crack. It happens, but considering the amount of food you can be saving and using, these containers come as a great solution for college students who just want to incorporate a bit of (stressless) cooking into their lives. They are durable, affordable, and incredibly effective—I’ve been using them for over a year now and I won’t be looking back. If you’re struggling with tupperware, food waste, or just need a better solution, give these containers a try. They’re $18 bucks, you get 44 of them, and hey, your life might just change.

I swear this isn’t sponsored. They’re just honestly really great.

    *Considering this has the potential to be a controversial subject, feel free to start a discussion in the comment section, I’d love to talk about it.

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