Safe Food Storage
Plastic and its components have taken over everything from the toys kids play with, the food packaging of our different beauty products and even some of the products themselves contain harmful substances known as phthalates.
More importantly, plastic food storage is extremely common and is often overlooked.
Toxic plastic components such as PEBDs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), Phthalates, and BPA (bisphenol-A) are all chemicals that surely do not belong anywhere near our food. For this reason, appropriate food storage using glass instead of plastic can protect us from these harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals which may break down especially with temperature difference and potentially leach into our food. They have the potential to mimic estrogen in the body, creating an estrogen overload which may lead to many hormone-related cancers.
FOOD STORAGE 101
Food storage in glass containers such as mason jars is quite easy and definitely worth the switch. Mason jars come in a variety of sizes and are excellent for storing, making pickled vegetables and sprouting beans. The good news is that you can always recycle glass jars from other food items and use them for something else! However, when it comes to freezing in mason jars one must be careful. Putting hot food directly into a mason jar will cause a dramatic temperature change that will create stress on the glass and make it crack. For this reason, it’s better to wait for the food to cool down first. Start out by putting what you are freezing in the refrigerator first. Be sure that you leave around 5 cm of room at the top of the jar for expansion. Pay attention not to tightly seal the jar when first placing it in the freezer. Let it freeze, then the next day you can tighten the lid!
Happy safe storing!
Christina Zakhem | @balancewithtina
Christina is a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach as well as a Culinary Wellness Professional in training. She completed Health Coach certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she was equipped with the latest cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching. Her approach to health embodies different aspects of life that impact ones health with an emphasis on bio-individual needs. She co-creates with her clients individualized programs to help them reach their health and wellness goals and create long lasting lifestyle changes. Christina also specializes in plant-based cooking and pastry work and is pursuing a culinary certification in that.