Thursday, October 7, 2010
Concerns about BPA are not new - but a recent article in The Atlantic explains that BPA "may be even worse than anyone imagined." [Thanks to Emily Berk for pointing me to this article.]
So if you'd like to avoid plastic food storage - especially containers you use in the microwave - what are your options? I've written about this before - see the related posts at the end - but I keep finding more options. Almost all of them come with plastic lids for tight-sealing storage; you can choose to as I do, and use a cloth napkin as a lid when I put such containers in the microwave.
Cooks Illustrated has evaluated three products, and the top-ranked one was Kinetic Go Green Glasslock - available from Chefs and many other places.
Besides the Anchor Hocking and Pyrex options - also mentioned in Cooks - there's the Italian-made Frigoverre line, from Bormioli Rocco Glass Co. Frigoverre has standard clear containers - and has recently added the Frigoverre Fun line, available at The Container Store and many other places. An interesting feature: "You can use a pencil to label what and when you have stored so there's no confusion. The label easily wipes clean for the next use.
Update on March 17, 2014: The Container Store no longer carries the Frigoverre products, although it does carry the Glasslock products mentioned above. You can find the Frigoverre products (although not the Fun line) at Bloomingdale's and Chefscatalog.com.
Another option would be the stoneware products from CorningWare; the Corningware Pop-Ins were "designed for use in oven, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer."
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