Glass vs. Plastic Food Storage Containers

Storing your food properly is one of the best ways to protect yourselves and your family from food poisoning. If food is not properly stored and chilled, the harmful bacteria in it can grow rapidly leading to food spoilage and possible illness.
To help stop bacteria from growing, refrigerate or freeze leftovers as quickly as possible (ideally within two hours after they’ve been prepared). Leftovers must be put in containers with tight-fitting lids or covered tightly with plastic wrap to minimize potential contamination and to keep the food from drying out.
Food containers will extend the life of food and keep it from drying out, developing freezer burn, and absorbing odors. Make sure that your food storage containers are clean and only use them for storing food and leftovers.

Benefits of Using Food Storage Containers

Food storage containers are designed to preserve foods, help organize our kitchen space, and make our life easier.

  1. Food containers help keep food clean, fresh, tasty and nutritious for longer times.
  2. By storing extra quantities of food we can save money. Storing leftovers in proper food containers helps avoid food waste.
  3. Food storage containers are portable and easy to put in handbags, which makes carrying food to different places easy.
  4. Storing food in reusable containers is one of the best ways to reduce our environmental impact associated with throwing away single-use containers.
  5. They can also be used for preserving pantry food such as spices, tea, rice, flour, grains, and a range of kitchen ingredients that require storage.

The Advantages of Glass Storage Containers

Glass food storage containers have more benefits than plastic containers, making them a better choice for your needs.

1. The glass is Safer than Plastic

The glass is overall safer for food storage than plastic. Chemicals from plastic containers may migrate from the plastic into your food. This commonly occurs when hot food is put into a plastic or during microwave heating.

Glass food storage containers don’t leach unwanted, poisonous chemicals when in contact with food. Glass is an inert and non-porous natural material. Glass containers are free from any leakage and safe for using over and over again.

2. The glass is Better for the Earth

There are many environmental concerns associated with the production and disposal of plastics. Plastic trash is the most obvious form of pollution associated with plastic, that affects the environment. Plastics production also releases toxic chemicals into the air. Going plastic-free reduces the amount of plastic ending up in the waste stream. Once you buy a glass storage container you can use it almost indefinitely. Broken glass containers can be recycled. Recycling glass is cost-efficient and the process doesn’t compromise glass’ quality.

3. Glass Holds Heat Better than Plastic

Plastic containers can get warped in contact with hot food. Reheating food in plastic containers may cause them to melt, which increases the likelihood of chemical leaching.
When you are finished with dinner you don’t have to wait for the food to fully cool before transferring leftovers to a glass container. There is no need to worry about the transfer of toxic chemicals when the food is heated like with the plastic food containers.

4. Multifunctionality

The glass performs safely at different temperatures, so you can store food and heat it up in the same container. Glass containers effortlessly go from freezer to oven to table without any trouble. You can serve food in the same container that’s been stored and heated.

5. Glass Looks Prettier than Plastic

Plastic containers look dried out and feel brittle after repeated use and dishwashing.
Glass containers are attractive and look nice on the counter, in your fridge, and on your dining table. Food also looks more appealing when placed in a glass container over a plastic one. The glass is non-porous, scratch-proof and after decades of use, it still looks brand new.

6. Transparency

Storing food in clear glass makes it easy to see the content inside without removing lids. This makes it easy to manage the food in your fridge. This also helps lessen food waste, because you can check up and use leftovers before they go bad.

7. The glass is Cleaner Than Plastic

Washing plastic containers in a dishwasher is not recommended, because hot water and steam can cause the plastic to release harmful chemicals.
Glass containers are very easy to clean because the non-porous surface doesn’t absorb stains, food, and germs. They can be safely washed in the dishwasher with no worries of scratching or warping the surface. Washing in the dishwasher, at high temperatures makes easy to sanitize them.

8. Glass doesn’t Absorb Smells

Plastic containers often get stained by the foods that are stored in them. Plastic also absorbs the flavors and smells of the food that can linger once the food’s gone.
Glass containers are nonporous and won’t absorb stains and the smell of the foods you keep in them. This feature makes glass containers perfect for storing all foods, including acidic food. Glass food containers have a glossy surface which helps keep food clean, fresh and tasty for a longer period.

9. Durability

After a year of using plastic containers have scratches and discoloration, and can lose their shape.
Glass food storage containers are designed to last long. The glass is more durable and won’t break down over time, like plastic. They can be reused repeatedly and washed over and over again in the dishwasher without sacrificing their shape and durability. Unless dropped they will last a lifetime and still hold up well.

10. Microwave Heating

Plastic food containers are not safe to put in the microwave because toxic chemicals can migrate into food during microwave heating.
Glass food containers are microwave safe, unlike plastic ones. Stored in a freeze in glass bowls the food is ready to be quickly microwaved for launch. We can microwave and eat food from the same glass container.

The Arguments against Glass Food Containers

1. Weight

The glass is heavier than plastic. Plastic containers are lightweight and can be ideal for transporting food. Plastic takes less space and is easier to carry in a backpack. Plastic is a material of choice if you want something lighter to carry around.

2. Fragility

Glass containers require more careful handling compared to the tougher plastic food packaging. Glass is essentially melted sand and it is fragile and easily breakable when knocked accidentally or dropped.on the floor. Broken glass can injure a person or leave a mess behind. That may be a concern if you have kids in your family.

3. Price

Glass containers are usually more expensive than plastic. However, glass containers last longer and don’t need to be replaced as often as plastic ones. Opting for glass food containers actually saves you money in the long run

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6 thoughts on “Glass vs. Plastic Food Storage Containers”

  1. I try and make sure my containers are really sturdy when I buy them. Honestly, I’m pretty hard on my belongings and they tend to break quick. The more heavy duty item I get, the longer it will last before I need to replace it. Thanks for this great info!

  2. Recyclable

    Glass packaging can be recycled for reuse numerous times. The recycling process doesn’t alter the purity or quality of the material.
    Rapid Recycling

    The journey of a glass container from a recycling bin to the shelf takes as little as 30 days. Around 80% of the containers are recycled to create glass bottles.
    Zero Permeability

    The foremost purpose of packaging is to protect products against environmental impacts and chemicals. These chemicals can seep through the container lid and alter the texture and taste of products. Glass containers offer zero permeability to chemicals and vapors. It’s impermeable and nonporous. The glass packaging doesn’t react with the products inside. This eliminates the risk of damaged taste and aroma.
    Preserve Flavor

    Glass containers preserve the contents within and their taste for a much longer period than other materials. This is due to the impermeable nature of glass. It doesn’t allow air or moisture to mix with the product. Especially when it comes to edibles, this quality of glass containers keeps it protected against mold and mildew growth.
    Natural Packaging Solution

  3. Can you give some opinions about: standard clear glass or low iron glass which is healthier for food storage?


  4. I would recommend glass due to the fact that they are more sustainable as compared to plastic. Along, with that glass is more durable and can last for years, thereby making it an ideal choice for consumer searching for a reusable container for their liquids. Moreover, glass also does not contain any form of potential harmful chemical like plastic bottles. Lastly, glass itself well to recycling, which in turn further boosts the environmental credentials of the material. If you are looking for glass bottles, glass vials and other wide range of premium quality glass material visit Premium Vials, we offer wide range of packaging solutions.

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