October 28, 2007
Like all good, neurotic mothers, I worry about my children's exposure to plastic. Years of worry, actually, but a good alternative to plastic food storage containers never presented itself to me. I have antique refrigerator containers from my grandmothers, but they're the ranch-house of the fridge - sprawl, sprawl and more sprawl.
Then, this fall, as I was making pickles, it dawned on me... Mason jars! They're the high-density, high-rise answer to the problem of sprawl! (at least in the fridge... I'll keep my opinons on urban infill to myself) And they hold anything. Crudite, left-over meat, grains, lentils, nuts, flour, rice, cut-up fruit, and my favorite, make-ahead pancake batter.
I have two sizes and I recommend wide-mouth for easy packing and removal.
They're $9.99 a dozen at my local Ace Hardware store, thereby making them cheaper than similarly sized-plastic containers. Yes, I know they could break, and yes, I have small children in my house, but the risk seems minimal compared to buying, using and then discarding more and more plastic.
If I can't convince you, read-up on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.