Safe Dishes for Freezer Meals

Did I ever mention that I work from my home office full time, homeschool my teenagers and help my husband with his business marketing?  Oh yes I do.  And I love every minute of it.  But it definitely takes some planning to keep everything on track, so I’ve been making healthy freezer meals to help ease my crazy busy schedule.

During the process, I’ve been experimenting with different types of freezer-safe containers.   I’ve gathered a nice list of winners made from glass, stainless steel, silicone and freezer-grade, BPA-free plastic.   Not all of them are as big as I’d like, but they get the job done.

What are your favorite non-toxic containers for freezer meals?

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  • Eve Fox

    How do yogurt containers compare in terms of plastics/toxicity?

    • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

      Great question Eve! Yogurt containers are typically made from polypropylene plastic (recycling code #5) which is a good, safe option for food storage and even for reuse. You could try it in the freezer, but it may crack because it’s not specifically made to be freezer safe. ~Alicia

  • HeidiHollenbach

    I also like the Pyrex and Snapwear glass containers for both microwaving and freezing. I also use the Ball canning jars, especially when freezing chicken broth. I try not to use any plastic containers, but do use Ziplock bags, when needed (to freeze cheese, tortillas, bread).

  • dream83004

    Tupperware freezer mates are BPA FREE and come in several sizes, actually all Tupperware is BPA FREE and always has been :-)

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  • Green Woman

    Great resource you’ve put together here! We use our canning jars the most. However we make sure to mark the bottoms with a pen to be sure not to reuse them for actual canning. The freezing, boiling combo over time can weaken the jars and there is nothing more sad than a busted jar of home canned goodness in the canner.

    • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

      Thanks so much Green Woman! You make a very valid point about keeping track of the jars used for freezing and those used for canning. Thanks for the tip! ~Alicia

  • Beckybee

    You mentioned wishing there was such a thing as silicone ziploc style bags: Crate & Barrel is carrying them now.

  • Kami Armstrong

    I wanted to add two things:
    1. Someone has asked about silicone bags, I know it is supposed to be safe, but try putting anything silicone in your mouth for even a few seconds, and you will immediately taste a nasty factory type taste. If it takes only a few seconds for that to get on your tongue, I would not trust that it is non-toxic.
    2. we stay away from all plastics, but the glass containers can get pretty prices if that is all you use, so I started to save glass jars from the foods we buy. The tall slim shape takes up less space in the freezer, and I feel safe knowing that nothing is getting into our foods. It’s funny, I’ve become obsessed with glass jars, I even pick our foods, like salsa, based on the jar styles I like. It also helps with storing some specific foods, like guacamole for example. A tall thin jar is perfect, as it allows for a smaller area exposure to air – result – less browned guacamole.

  • TGH

    Thank you for all the great information, but I have a few questions. I always wondered if I should take frozen items out of their plastic bags when I get home from the store and put them in glass? How to you store meat? We get 1/4 grass fed cow and I (cringe) use freezer bags to store but the meat is prewrapped in freezer paper. Thanks!

    • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

      Ideally storing in freezer safe glass containers would be the best option, but not always practical. Read this post for additional options when looking for safe way to store your food: http://thesoftlanding.com/how-to-avoid-pvc-in-plastic-food-wrap/. Hope that helps~ Joanie

  • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

    Hi Beth – polypropylene (PP) is one of the safest plastics according to our years of research, so if the Tellfresh products are made with it, I’d definitely recommend them. You can read more about PP in our free ebook here: http://thesoftlanding.com/learn-how-to-do-your-own-safer-plastic-research-with-our-free-guide/ ~Alicia

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