Summer produce season is here! Whether you’re a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member, grow your own food, and/or a weekly shopper at local Farmer Markets, you’ll have plenty of fresh produce to store.
Three reusable food storage products have changed my life by greatly reducing my use of plastic bags and wrap. I’ve written about these products before and it’s worth repeating. Here are my three favorite products and how I use them:
- Planet Wise Reusable Gallon Zipper Bags. I’ve done two posts on these durable, long-lasting bags that store produce much longer than traditional plastic bags, keeping food crisp & fresh. Planet Wise bags work great for lettuce, spring mix, swiss chard, kale, spinach, carrots, potatoes, fennel, celery, beets, peppers, herbs, zucchinis, etc. I store everything that needs refrigeration except cut onions, which I store in an onion keeper in the refrigerator. I wash my greens, spin dry most of them (except for kale — I like to shake the water off kale leaves so they are slightly damp when I put them in the Planet Wise bags). In this post, I explain how well these bags store fresh basil.
- Abeego Wrap. Another gem I stumbled upon! This plastic-free alternative is made of hemp, cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil. It’s not only reusable, but it’s also compostable (though I don’t need to compost it…my Abeego wrap is so long-lasting)! I use Abeego wraps to store cheese, unused cubes of butter, and leftover pieces of cut veggies, such as cucumbers and zucchinis. Amazing product!
- Charles Viancin Bowl Covers. I use these artistic covers to: 1) Store a pre-made salad in the refrigerator for a few hours; and 2) Cover and carry bowls of food to pot luck gatherings. As I said in my former post, “Goodbye Plastic Wrap, Hello Reusable Prettiness”! These beautiful and functional bowl covers work great and demonstrate to others that we don’t have to use plastic wrap!
These three products are durable, long-lasting and do a great job storing food. Small steps add up to big changes towards a more sustainable future for our planet.