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how are people dealing with freezing without using plastic bags/cling?

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KatyMac Fri 07-Dec-18 11:41:59

I often buy big portions then freeze in smaller portions

I use bags and cling occasionally greaseproof between items

What else can I use to minimise plastic waste

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WhatHaveIFound Fri 07-Dec-18 13:09:18

I have just bought some of these Pyrex dishes. I know they still have plastic lids but i figured they are better long term.

Ricekrispie22 Fri 07-Dec-18 13:11:18

I use these which are handy because they can go in the oven too. www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/gb/groceries/sainsburys-foil-containers---lids-x10?langId=44&storeId=10151&krypto=b5tmLmxz97AJyo%2BCUF41ES%2BLSKL4Obduho%2FqeMRZDYZ31BBlKkKRlsiHMtiowW%2FcIFR4C%2FtY7dhAmZXSpFMB5pfIuslAhkyvYrMnbeLV5DO7m2JVkIt5TUqpulztG%2Bg1&ddkey=https%3Agb%2Fgroceries%2Fsainsburys-foil-containers---lids-x10

dippledorus Fri 07-Dec-18 13:13:32

i use washable tubs (often recycled from the take away) and sometimes freeze in greased tinfoil. Also have pyrex dishes that have plastic lids which are handy.

Sexnotgender Fri 07-Dec-18 13:15:07

I freeze in Tupperware so it gets used multiple times. Most of my containers are glass though they have plastic lids.

TakeAWalkOverHere Fri 07-Dec-18 13:16:03

www.theartofdoingstuff.com/beeswax-fabric-food-wrap/

KatyMac Fri 07-Dec-18 18:28:49

I guess pyrex is the way to go as I don't have enough tupperware and I don't want to buy more

I haven't found foil very successful but maybe it's suitable for somethings

I'm surprised waxed cloths can be used in the freezer!

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niknac1 Mon 10-Dec-18 17:08:23

The Pyrex is excellent, you can use it to cook something then freeze the leftovers and once thawed reheat in it.

Tiredteacherlass Mon 10-Dec-18 17:10:13

I've seen silicone bags that are reusable...stashers I think they're called... but they are ruinously expensive

FlukeSkyeRunner Mon 10-Dec-18 21:50:37

I use Tupperware type boxes mostly, but I still use freezer bags for bread - I'd love to find a more ecologically friendly alternative though.

foodiefil Mon 10-Dec-18 22:44:08

You can cook some things from frozen in the glass Pyrex ones - groupon have them. It's why I bought them.

Look up Gem McWade on insta - 'you say tomato' is her blog. She uses them and has some tips etc

KatyMac Tue 11-Dec-18 10:14:00

But more expensive so I'll have to buy pyrex over time

Looking for a miracle solution too!

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niknac1 Tue 11-Dec-18 10:46:25

I got my Pyrex dishes in 2016 they were £4.66 from Amazon, this will help you to find them in a search engine

Pyrex Rectangular Dish with Plastic Lid, 2.6L

I can get 4-6 portions in each dish and a soak and they are easy to clean. I put them in the microwave, fridge, freezer and oven so versatile. I think they are regularly on offer at £5. Worth every penny and they stack inside each other so easy to store in cupboards, I just put the lids at the side next to the side of the cupboard to save space.

KatyMac Tue 11-Dec-18 11:16:21

Yes I probably need 18-24 single portion ones

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chewingpencils Tue 11-Dec-18 11:22:10

Pyrex - they last for ages so worth the outlay. Easy to use for leftovers in the fridge too as they stack well.

doodleygirl Tue 11-Dec-18 11:25:00

How do you freeze raw chicken breasts, steak etc. I am looking for an alternative to bags but I need to be able to freeze individual pieces.

llangennith Tue 11-Dec-18 11:28:04

Important to remember that you can't put a frozen Pyrex dish into a hot oven. The sudden change in temperature will make the glass explode.

Bloomcounty Tue 11-Dec-18 11:46:48

I hoard all our takeaway boxes for freezer uses. They're the perfect size for single portions (obviously) and single chicken breasts, divided packs of sausages, etc. I have some plastic cube shaped boxes from Lakeland that I've had for over 20 years and they're still going strong. I can't cook in them obviously, but it's not hard to transfer the food over once defrosted.

BorisAndDoris Tue 11-Dec-18 11:56:13

I wash and reuse ziplock bags for my vegetables or mash etc. Takeaway tubs for stews and lasagnes and suchlike andbaby food weaning pots for leftover sauces.
I'm stuck with my meats though. I don't have the space to freeze the 750g mince packs because it's mainly gas and a huge waste of space. WHY oh WHY can't we have vacuum sealed goods like they do steaks? It would mean only half the plastic use instead of the added bags I have to repackage them in.

TheFairyAstronaut Wed 12-Dec-18 00:34:53

Another vote for Pyrex. They last ages and are so useful.

Ouch44 Tue 18-Dec-18 11:05:54

I've bought a few of these from Ikea. I can't see whether they are recommended for freezer. Mine have been in oven and freezer but not straight from one to the other. I can check what symbols are on the bottom if anyone wants.

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/cookware/food-storage-organising/ikea-365-food-container-with-lid-rectangular-glass-bamboo-spr-49269068/

ArcheryAnnie Tue 18-Dec-18 11:13:01

We use plastic tubs that takeaways came in - they get reused many, many times.

I also tend to use plastic bags that other food has come in, like bread. You shake out the crumbs, and what you have is a clean, foodsafe bag you can reuse!

SoundofSilence Tue 18-Dec-18 11:23:45

A mixture of tupperware, re-used ice cream tubs and takeaway boxes, and a set of re-useable silicone bags.

megletthesecond Tue 18-Dec-18 11:29:22

The Ikea food storage tubs. Green lids. Big multi pack of different sizes for a few quid.

KatyMac Tue 18-Dec-18 12:20:56

I'm trying very hard not to buy 'new' plastic - I can see vintage tupperware exchanging hands for vast sums of money in the future, well either that of you are ostrasised for using/owning them!

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