How to Store Food Without Plastic

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I’ve shared before the non-toxic and non-scratch cookware I use, and how we avoid chemicals in our water, but I get quite a few questions about how to store food without plastic in the fridge of freezer.

Plastic containers and plastic bags are the normal fare for this, and it can be a difficult switch. It has taken me years, but I’ve finally phased out all of our plastic food storage containers in favor of glass, metal or silicon options. The bonus here is that most things can be put directly in an oven or convection oven to re-heat, which minimizes dishes in the long run.

Refrigerator Food Storage

Instead of plastic bags and plastic containers, I now use these to store foods in the fridge:

  • Glass Mason Jars– Quart and half-gallon size jars work great for storing things like soups, sauces, broth, and even leftover casseroles and sides.
  • Silicon Food Storage– I love my collapsible fridge storage containers from Xtrema since they don’t take up much room in the cabinets when not in use and are easy to stack in the fridge.
  • Glass and Silicone Storage– Lifeactory makes some great all-glass food storage containers that have a silicon cover to help avoid breakage
  • Zip Top silicone containers are a great alternative and they come in fun colors to use in the kitchen or use in kids lunch boxes.
  • Pyrex Glass Containers with Lids– These do have plastic lids but they are pretty inexpensive and some of the first containers I got when I made the switch.

  • Glasslock Oven Safe Food Storage– I also have this set and use it all the time to store almost everything
  • I also recently discovered these silicon suction lids that turn bowls you already have into fridge storage

I also ditched the plastic wrap (plastic and BPA), wax paper and foil (aluminum) when we made the switch and instead I use this homemade reusable food wrap from Mommypotamus to cover bowls and dishes instead.

Freezer Storage

Finding safe freezer storage options is a little more difficult because liquids need room to expand when they freeze and glass can be tricky.

I use a few of the same things in the freezer:

Non-Toxic Plates, Cups and Bowls

Once we had children, I wanted to make sure our plates, bowls and cups were non-toxic and not plastic. We originally used Corelle plain white dishes, but have slowly been switching to metal dishes (which have the added benefit of being non-breakable). We use:

The bonus to all of these options is that they are all dishwasher safe and most are oven safe. We don’t use a microwave, but most are microwave safe too.

How do you store food without plastic?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


111 responses to “How to Store Food Without Plastic”

  1. Kasey Avatar

    We are in the process of switching everything from plastic too. I was super excited to find some silicon food storage bags that were affordable, but after doing some research I learned that silicon is better for the environment but there are concerns as to its safety for food storage. Thoughts on this?

  2. Maria G Avatar

    Does anyone have some good ideas for storing bread without plastic bags and freezing fruit and vegetables from the garden without plastic bags?

  3. Alisa Avatar

    I need help–my son’s daycare doesn’t allow glass, and I’m not comfortable with plastic. I’ve got silicone bottles, but now that he’s eating more food, I need better options. Any suggestions for baby and toddler food without glass?

  4. Rowena Avatar

    Please can anyone explain to me why it’s considered safe to use glass containers even though the lids are still plastic. I can’t seem to find many glass containers that don’t still have plastic lids, but I was hoping to go completely plastic free and remove it from our storage altogether, I thought that was the point?

    1. Amy Avatar

      I agree, its frustrating. I hope someone knows where to fine silicone lids as they would be ok for cold storage. Until then, there is always buying the very expensive all stainless steal containers (not airtight), the glassware that has stainless lids that say they are airtight (very pricey) or beeswax wrap (homemade or amazon).

  5. Amy Avatar

    Do you know if Kraft Rice Paper bags are non toxic? They say food grade but contain PET & CPP. I don’t know what those are. And when I try to research them it brings up pet food. I’d like to store my flours in a reclosable bag and store in the fridge because the humidity in Florida is causing my flours retain moisture in glass containers in my pantry. I don’t have room in my fridge for that many glass containers.
    Thank you!

  6. Brittany Avatar

    Are there any safe microwave options for kids plates, cups and bowls? I know you prefer stainless steel, but we do still use a microwave, so was wondering if there are other safe options? Maybe silicone? If so, any brands you recommend? Thanks!

  7. Lucy Avatar

    Are there any stainless steel square or rectangle containers (Lid material is not really important) for food to store in the refridgerator? (Stackable is important!) I am looking everwhere but so far i only found bento boxes which are not cheap when you want to buy multiple. (10 – 20 or more). They don’t need to be beautiful or well made just cheap and preferably the same size.

  8. Samantha Teague Avatar
    Samantha Teague

    I am a huge fan of glass Snapware (hello, Costco multi-pack!) I intend on purchasing some steel and silicone bento types soon to replace the BPA-free plastic bentos that my daughter takes to school. I’m just tired of worrying about plastic and hormone disruption! We have enough environmental stressors to deal with as-is.

  9. Amber Lynn Munger Avatar
    Amber Lynn Munger

    Hi Katie

    Thanks for this helpful post. Our household chronically loses or damages lids. Of your non-glass storage options, are there any that have the option of purchasing replacement lids or containers? I just hate having to recycle perfectly good containers because the lids disappear – and they always do!

    Mil merci!


  10. Conchetta Avatar

    Thank you so much for all your valuable knowledge and insight to how we can keep our families and selves healthy.
    I was wondering if you use a colander, and is it stainless steel?
    Thank you in advance:)

  11. Alisha Daniels Avatar
    Alisha Daniels


    I just tried to use your discount code (wmx10) at Xtrema to purchase their silicone storage containers and received an error message that it was invalid…I tried several times to make sure I had it correct. I was able to get a discount by signing up for their email but thought you would want to know.

    Thank you for the great info!


  12. Dana Avatar

    Hi wellness mama! Wondering what kind of silver wear , bowls etc you use for babies when there just starting on baby food..?

  13. Melinda Avatar

    Great post — many great ideas, thanks!

    I called the canning jar company. The sealing compound on the lids is made of “modified epoxy,” “modified vinyl,” and plastisol. I question the safety of it. Do you have any information?


  14. Rachel Avatar

    Hi, Katie. Thank you so much for all the information you share on your website. I have greatly benefited from it all. I am in the process of getting rid of all plastic (or as much as possible). I was wondering if you line your kitchen cabinet shelves and drawers? If so, what do you line them with? Thank you.

  15. Kathy Crawford Avatar
    Kathy Crawford

    If the plastic around the lids on the Mason jars has BPA in it, what do you use intead??? I use these jars for so many things.

  16. Kathy Crawford Avatar
    Kathy Crawford

    What about the use of snap ware, that doesn’t have any BPA in them? Is there still other stuff in them that can leach into our food. I use mason jars for storing all of my flours, nuts, beans etc. But I ‘m using the snap ware for storing food after it’s cooked.

  17. Gary West Avatar
    Gary West

    The mason jars are good but the lids still have a liner on them that has BPAs that can leech into anything inside the mason jar from the lid
    I have gone away from all plastics as BPA free really means nothing more importantly is EA Estrogenic Activity a faux version of estrogen and it blocks other hormones as well this NOT good for women and even worse for Men

  18. Dragana Avatar

    So, is the regular baking paper ok to use? If not what do you suggest instead?

  19. Nina Avatar

    Hi Juli,

    Here are some ideas that I use myself to avoid plastic as much as possible:
    Use a small stainless steel bowl and a paper plate on top of it then stick this inside of a lunch box.
    Use two paper plates sandwiched together inside of a Ziplock.

    Another idea that I have heard of but haven’t true is getting wax paper parchment from Williams Sonoma (they do not have toxic pollutants in them.)

    Hope this helps.

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