A few years ago, when I became concerned about the impact of single-use plastics on the environment, I decided to stop buying cling film to preserve food. When I found alternatives, it was not difficult to do without them. Here’s how I manage my leftovers without cling film.
Whenever I’m in a store where I know there are great deals, I go to the kitchen utensil section and have been able to build up a small collection of Pyrex glass containers with plastic lids. sturdy plastic.
Mason jars also work well for storing leftovers, and empty jars of pickles or pasta sauce that have been washed out.
Using a funnel, I transfer leftover tomato sauce and coconut milk if I haven’t used the whole can. If I need to freeze something, like half a can of tomato paste, I put some foil on top of the foil can, wrap a rubber band around it, and put it in the freezer.
When I need it, I thaw it quickly in a dish of hot water. I also freeze leftover food in clean old yogurt tubs, but I’m careful not to add hot or acidic foods or thaw them in hot water to avoid chemical leaching.
If you don’t feel like transferring the food to containers or there is too much, you can cover the dishes with upside-down plates and store them in the fridge. Sometimes I use a tea towel to cover a bowl if the food won’t dry out, or I combine a tea towel with a plate to provide extra protection.
Keep heavy-duty Ziploc bags handy. I have the same large bags that I have been reusing for almost two years. I wash them in warm soapy water and dry them between uses. They are a good substitute for cling film whenever I need to keep something tightly sealed that won’t fit in a container.
Sometimes I use a rubber band to hold a Ziplock bag or grocery bag over a bowl of slow-rising bread dough to prevent a dry crust from forming.
If I have to carry something like a quiche in a pie plate, I slip it into a clean grocery bag and tie it up to keep it sealed.
When I have bits of food lying around, like cheese or extra cloves of garlic, I put them in clear glass containers or ramekins with plastic lids so I can see what’s inside. on the inside.
When I have half a melon left, for example, I put it upside down on a plate in the fridge to remind myself to eat it quickly.
Granted, removing cling film is unlikely to solve plastic pollution, and there are much bigger sources of plastic waste like disposable wipes and plastic bottles, but it’s one of the simple things you can learn to deal with. pass quite easily.