One of the tips in your guide, “Detox Your Home” talks about replacing plastic food storage containers that contain potentially harmful, hormone-disrupting chemicals like BPA.
Good storage containers are so important with meal prepping. Unless you’re chopping single ingredients to throw together later, you’ll want to make sure you pick a container that will take you from storage to the table.
You’ll only know what containers you need when you’ve got really clear on the meals you are likely to be prepping and the approach you’ll take.
Here is a video to help you with your “food containers”.
For lunches and breakfasts, you might want airtight containers with divisions, so the food you store is kept separate.
If you’re shopping for plastic containers, choose those marked BPA-free. BPA is a synthetic oestrogen and, when washed or when the food you put into it is a little warm, those synthetic chemicals can leach out into the food – and no one needs fake hormones in their body!
Stainless steel containers can work for breakfasts and lunches, but you’ll probably not find them helpful for re-heating food. On the upside, they’re unbreakable.
My favourite containers are glass. Why do I love these? Well, glass doesn’t have toxins leaking into your food to start with. But the main reason I love glass is that I’m not always 100% on the labelling front. Glass containers, therefore, enable you to see exactly what’s inside if you need to! This, in itself, will become invaluable the more prep you do and the more meals you have in your freezer. The best are heat-proof glass storage containers with leak-proof lids. That way, your meals can move from the freezer to the fridge for defrosting, then to the oven, then to the table.
Re-sealable, BPA-free storage bags are also well-used in my kitchen.
If your containers are all pretty much the same size (for freezable family dinners, for example), it makes stacking in the freezer (but also in the cupboard, come to think of it) significantly easier. This can make the most efficient use of space in the freezer.
It goes without saying, your containers will want to be dishwasher-safe if you have a dishwasher, and microwavable if you regularly use a microwave to reheat your food.