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what do you guys use to store your lunches in?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Im getting sick and tired of using the standard plastic air tight containers to store my lunches in, mostly because they smell horrible and make my food smell horrible to but also because of the possible carcigens that can be found in the plastics.

I would wondering what everyone used in replacement of these containers.

My lunches usually consist of fried meat and veg or some sort of stew so i need to be sure its not going to leak everywhere in my bag on the way to work

cheers

Paul

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on November 26, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Very true. It was upsetting when I first purchased them only to find out that I fell victim to the marketing. Thank god it wasn't a super expensive learning experience. It seems they are fairly safe as long as food isn't reheated and I've stored food in and eaten a lot worse. I don't reheat anything in them anymore though. There is some glass food storage ware on the Christmas list . . .

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on November 25, 2012
at 12:13 PM

BPA free, is sadly not plasticizer free. Some of the replacements are even more toxic/estrogenic than BPA, but because it's not BPA, and is a variant, they can get away with saying "BPA Free" I'd avoid all plastic food containers. Perfectly fine for storing non-food items, like screws, bolts, drill bits, etc., but I wouldn't put food in any of them.

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on November 25, 2012
at 12:10 PM

I also use pyrex, I prevent leaks in the ones whose lids got less effective by wrapping the lid and a bit of the glass under it in plastic wrap, then using a rubber band immediately under the plastic cover rim, and a few across from top to bottom, them place the whole thing in a sealed ziplock bag.

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on November 25, 2012
at 05:27 AM

It's valuable to know what doesn't work -- thanks for the heads up! I was looking into these.

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on November 25, 2012
at 05:27 AM

Bpa may be linked to breast cancer.

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on November 24, 2012
at 10:10 PM

My pyrex with lids are water-tight, I haul soup all the time and never have leak problems.

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on November 24, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Plastic - is that potentially toxic? They have glass ones too.

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on November 24, 2012
at 05:31 PM

What are they made of?

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on November 24, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Glass jars

Stainless steel containers specifically for packing food. They're even at WalMart now.

Wrap in foil or parchment and put in a paper bag.

Use a wide mouth thermos.

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on November 24, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I use glass Pyrex containers with plastic lids, like these. They are not spill-proof, but otherwise work great. If I have soup or something on the sloppy side, I use wide-mouth mason jars. I have never used the metal containers because they can't go in the microwave.

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on November 24, 2012
at 10:10 PM

My pyrex with lids are water-tight, I haul soup all the time and never have leak problems.

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on November 25, 2012
at 12:10 PM

I also use pyrex, I prevent leaks in the ones whose lids got less effective by wrapping the lid and a bit of the glass under it in plastic wrap, then using a rubber band immediately under the plastic cover rim, and a few across from top to bottom, them place the whole thing in a sealed ziplock bag.

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on November 24, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Anchor Hocking 4 Cup glass containers. They can get really hot after microwaving (more than plastic), so be prepared with a paper towel/napkin or something protective for hands. I replace the lid with a paper towel while microwaving.

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on November 25, 2012
at 12:30 PM

I am a Mason jar fetishist, I put everything in those babies. I drink my tea in the evenings out of them, I rewarm things in them, I ferment things in them, I use them to tote hard boiled eggs, soups, even dog kibble in them. I luv my Masons.

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on November 24, 2012
at 09:21 PM

I use Lunchbots but I'm hunting for something new because with the ones I got, the lids don't actually work (they keep popping off in my bag, raising the potential for terrible spills/mess all over my computer and papers and other things that need to remain free from mustard). Bummer; they were expensive too. It's hard to find something non-plastic that stands up to my bike commuting!

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on November 25, 2012
at 05:27 AM

It's valuable to know what doesn't work -- thanks for the heads up! I was looking into these.

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on November 25, 2012
at 03:04 PM

My favorite lunch storage container is what MarkES mentioned- the Anchor glass containers. The lids really seal well.

When I don't have one of those free, I'll put soups and stews in a old glass Bubbie's sauerkraut jar and wrap it tightly in a used plastic grocery bag or something comparable to prevent leaking.

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on November 25, 2012
at 04:38 AM

I switched to a rubbermaid BPA free set (only to later find out that plastic on the whole wasn't the best option). The reason I chose it was due to a HUGE pet peeve of mine which is being able to find a container but never a matching lid when going through the cabinets. I purchased this set mainly because it used only two different lids for the multiple sizes of containers I was using and everything would stack and connect together, thus making it easy to always find a lid. I am now in the gradual process of switching to the glass version of this set.

Matt
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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 25, 2012
at 12:13 PM

BPA free, is sadly not plasticizer free. Some of the replacements are even more toxic/estrogenic than BPA, but because it's not BPA, and is a variant, they can get away with saying "BPA Free" I'd avoid all plastic food containers. Perfectly fine for storing non-food items, like screws, bolts, drill bits, etc., but I wouldn't put food in any of them.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on November 26, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Very true. It was upsetting when I first purchased them only to find out that I fell victim to the marketing. Thank god it wasn't a super expensive learning experience. It seems they are fairly safe as long as food isn't reheated and I've stored food in and eaten a lot worse. I don't reheat anything in them anymore though. There is some glass food storage ware on the Christmas list . . .

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on November 24, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Haven't heard of carcinogens in plastics, but I got rid of plastic containers due to BPA and other similar compounds. I use glass (various) and unlined metal (Lunchbots) containers.

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on November 25, 2012
at 05:27 AM

Bpa may be linked to breast cancer.

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on November 24, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Cost Plus has tiffins. These are stacked metal containers. There's a small rectangular one in bright enameled colors and a round one that is common in India, each is less than $10. You can't trust liquids like soups in these, but if kept upright they're fine for everything else. I further subdivide them, bento box style with silicone cupcake molds (also inexpensive at Cost Plus). They also have great BPA-free bento boxes at CP for $4.99 but I find them too big and I don't really like plastic.

For liquids I use glass canning jars. I've knit "sleeves" for the jars so the don't Klink together in my lunch bag (hand knit and felted, of course!)

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on November 24, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Bento boxes from Daiso. They are microwaveable, have compartments, are super secure and even come with elastic bands to secure the lid further.

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on November 24, 2012
at 05:31 PM

What are they made of?

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(146)

on November 24, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Plastic - is that potentially toxic? They have glass ones too.

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