As we’ve been working our way through Organizing in October, one area I have not tackled is the ubiquitous "plastics cupboard." It seems everyone has one, and they’re usually infamous for being a tumbling pile of mismatched lids and containers, hopeless in organization.
My excuse for not tackling the plastics cupboard is named John:
He’s very cute, but don’t let him fool you. He’s also very destructive.
Just as any proper one-year-old should, John takes great joy in emptying the one spot I give him free reign in the kitchen: the plastics pile. "Organizing" would be about as helpful as "underwater basket weaving" at this point.
There’s actually another reason to downplay the plastics cupboard, and that’s quite simply that I don’t want to rely on it very often – I’d rather see all of us focusing on keeping the glass cupboard orderly and functional.
We use round glass storage containers or glass jars for almost all our leftover storage. Here’s why:
- Non-reactive: We don’t even have to think about BPA or other as-of-yet-unknown junk leaching into our food.
- Durable: I don’t like having tor replace the plastics so often when they break and crack.
- Easy to wash: Glass goes through the dishwasher so much nicer and doesn’t have the lips to catch water.
We have a stack of one-cup glass rounds for lunchtime yogurt packing, tons of two-cuppers for single-serve leftovers – my husband takes one of that size for lunch nearly every day – and a handful of four and seven-cup sizes for family-size leftovers and things like pumpkin puree that’s waiting to be made into something delicious (pumpkin muffins, anyone?)
The Anchor Hocking Round TrueSeal 4-piece set ($29.95 value) contains a 1-cup, 2-cup, 4-cup and 7-cup size, and get a load of those lids! What an improvement over Anchor’s previous style, which are opaque and very tough for little hands to pry off.
I don’t think my son will have to ask the lunch ladies to open his yogurt at school with this new lid, which is great, and the TrueSeal lid means I won’t be cleaning spilled yogurt out of all the nooks and crannies of the lunchbox, either – even better.
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