I get a lot of questions about all sorts of foodie/health related topics. I’ve had the exact same questions as you all at one point in time, so I do my best to give a thorough answer as best as I can, as quickly as my inbox allows.
Although waking up to 275+ emails on a Monday morning doesn’t exactly make me “speedy.”
I’ve collected both your questions and my answers over the years. Some of them I’ve addressed in various posts, like this one when we talk about the dilemma of eating organic strawberries, eating local berries or just simply not eating them at all.
Some of them I’ve just been quietly collecting and saving for a rainy day…
Back in my teaching days, I encouraged students to ask questions whenever they had one, because they’re always a chance that someone else has that same question too.
Guess what folks – it’s raining.
Below are a couple questions I’ve addressed on the topic of food storage, plus another on microfiber. Here’s hoping one of you have been wondering the same thing but have been too shy to raise your hand.
I am new to your site and trying to make baby-step changes. Here are just a few (of my many) questions that I would like to know that I couldn’t find on the site:
What do you store your flour and sugars in? I had used OXO but just checked and they are labeled as number 7…
Also, what do you think of Norwex? Have you researched or received any information on them? Being new to the green crew, I was using them but just wanted another opinion.
Finally, are plastic bags ok?
Background Info: Some, but not all, plastics labeled with #7 are made using BPA. If you’re in the market for plastics labeled with #7, look for “BPA free” on a label.
I store my whole grain flour in glass jars or plastic bags in the freezer, and I use stainless steel tins for my sugars.
Plastic zipper bags are number 4, which does not contain BPA, the major factor in avoiding plastic. If you don’t put hot food into them, don’t microwave them, and avoid fatty or tomato-based foods, they’re really not a big deal.
Plus, sometimes you just need a bag for space reasons or otherwise.
Another reader had a similar question regarding too, but she was asking for an entirely different reason:
I was wondering what you store your bulk grains in. I just recently found some bugs (tiny, tiny creatures!) at the bottom of some of my storage containers. I’m really grossed out! I am not sure if they were in the grain when I got them or if they got in. Help me store my grains, please!
One thing I do that is cheap is to reuse containers like these in the picture…
I posed this dilemma to the KS Facebook community for their input and got a couple more storage ideas for grains:
One reader uses vittles – designed for dog food storage but many people use them for food instead. Before these, we used gallon-sized Ziploc bags.
Another reader suggested 5 gallon buckets with the gamma lids.
I am a bad grains storage person… some are in glass jars like they should be and some are in metal tins. I also store some in their packages in a Rubbermaid tub, but I’m betting that’s not so great…
Finally, this reader was wondering about storage AND microfiber cloths. A perfect fit with the first two questions!
How do you store the microfiber cloths? I can’t bear to have lots of cloths everywhere!
My microfiber cloths are in drawers or closets closest to where I’ll need them when they’re clean. Once they’re used and yet still able to be used again for the same purpose, they can be found in different places:
- in the bathroom, they hang on the back of the bathroom door for cleaning counters/mirrors
- over the shower rod for wiping the shower
- in the kitchen, one hangs on my squirt bottle under the sink. It doesn’t get too wet and is only for floor spot-cleaning.
But I probably have a pretty high tolerance for cloths all over, as long as they have “a place.”
If you’re not already a microfiber cloth user, heavens, get on the train! I know they’re made of plastic, but they’re really handy…here’s how I use microfiber cloths for cleaning all throughout the house, plus a few cleaning books if you need inspiration or instructions: A Slob Comes Clean (get the system down), 31 Days to Clean (train your inner Mary to be slightly more like Martha without losing sight of what’s important), and Clean Start (natural cleaning recipes).
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