Downshiftology
subscribe to new posts: via email via rss

Meal Prep Containers (That Aren’t Plastic)

Meal prep containers should be durable and reusable, versatile for both cold storage and heat and non-toxic. That means no plastic. So my favorite meal prep containers are all made from glass and silicone. These are exact meal prep containers I personally use for meal prep every week.

The best meal prep containers are durable and reusable, can be used in both cold storage and warmed up and are non-toxic. That means no plastic. So my favorite meal prep containers are all made from glass and silicone.

Meal Prep Containers That Last

To say that my recent Meal Prep video was popular would be an understatement. I received hundreds and hundreds of comments within hours of posting that video. It was craziness. And the number one comment? “Please do more!”

So needless to say, I will be doing more meal prep videos in the future, but today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite meal prep containers.

If you plan on doing weekly meal prep it would be wise to invest in some good containers for all your food storage needs. So what makes a good container? Well, I think three things: 1) it’s durable and reusable 2) it can be used in both cold storage and warmed up, and 3) it’s non-toxic.

That last one is a biggie for me. I’ve mentioned this before on my Pantry Organization video, but I’ve been moving away from plastic as much as possible, wherever possible.

When you’re storing food and more importantly, when you’re reheating food, it’s even more important to stay away from plastic as plastic can leech harmful chemicals into your food. And no one wants a side of bisphenol-A, B or whatever letter is next, along with their roasted veggies. Am I right?

WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE MY MEAL PREP CONTAINERS IN ACTION:

And subscribe to my YouTube Channel for weekly cooking videos!

So today I’m sharing my four favorite meal prep containers (and really, general food storage containers) that aren’t plastic. Instead, these options are all either glass or silicone. Let’s dive in.

The Best Meal Prep Containers

The best meal prep containers are durable and reusable, can be used in both cold storage and warmed up and are non-toxic. That means no plastic. So my favorite meal prep containers are all made from glass and silicone.

#1 Weck Jars

Weck Jars come in a variety of sizes and shapes and I use them for everything from storing homemade cashew milk to storing homemade nutella.

All Weck Jars are glass and come with a glass top and a silicone gasket and metal clips. Now, I love them because they’re 100% airtight, but if you’re storing dry goods and want an easy to remove lid, then I’d recommend getting these acacia wood lids that are absolutely beautiful.

The best meal prep containers are durable and reusable, can be used in both cold storage and warmed up and are non-toxic. That means no plastic. So my favorite meal prep containers are all made from glass and silicone.

#2 Le Parfait Jars

Similar to Weck Jars are these Le Parfait Jars, which are also glass and air-tight. You can get them with an attached lid, which means you’ll never lose the lid or you can get screw top lids on many of the jars as well.

Both Weck Jars and Le Parfait Jars are great if you plan to do any type of canning or preserving and you’ve seen me use Le Parfait Jars for serving up my chia seed pudding and storing my homemade almond butter.

The best meal prep containers are durable and reusable, can be used in both cold storage and warmed up and are non-toxic. That means no plastic. So my favorite meal prep containers are all made from glass and silicone.

#3 Glasslock Containers

When it comes to your more typical meal prep container and storing larger food items, I always use my Glasslock Containers. You saw me use these on my recent meal prep video and I use them for storing pretty much anything and everything – from sliced chicken, to roasted vegetables and hard boiled eggs.

I particularly love the Glasslock brand as the tempered glass is extremely durable and can be used in the fridge, freezer, microwave and oven. They’re also dishwasher safe.

The lids that come with the Glasslock Containers are BPA-free and they latch easily and securely. You’ll hear the lid click when you place it on the container and that lets you know that whatever you have in your container is now air-tight and leak-proof.

I also love these containers because they come in a variety of sizes and shapes and I have sets of both the round and rectangular ones. But most importantly, these containers nest inside each other, which means they take up less space in your cabinets when you’re not using them.

The best meal prep containers are durable and reusable, can be used in both cold storage and warmed up and are non-toxic. That means no plastic. So my favorite meal prep containers are all made from glass and silicone.

#4 Stasher Bags

Last on our list is a food storage container that isn’t glass, which is these Stasher Bags. Stasher Bags may look similar to a plastic ziploc bag, but there’s no plastic involved.

Instead, they’re made from food grade silicone and are 100% reusable, which also makes them better for the environment.

Stasher Bags are great for meal prep because they can usually fit in those nook and cranny spaces in your fridge and freezer. And I’ll frequently use them for meal prepping smoothie ingredients for the week. So all I do is place some fruit and veggies in the bag and pop it in the freezer. Then, in the morning when I want a quick smoothie before work, it’s as easy as emptying the bag into my Vitamix and blending away.

Now, as you might imagine, Stasher Bags are also great for travel and I’ll use them to take my homemade granola bars or lemon ginger bliss balls (recipe found in my healthy travel e-book Roaming Free) when I’m on the go. They’re TSA-compliant because you can see what’s inside and they’re lightweight, which makes them easy to pack in your carry on luggage.

So those are my four favorite (and non-toxic) meal prep containers and what I use on a regular basis. For more meal prep inspiration, make sure to subscribe to my website and YouTube channel as I’ll have more healthy meal prep recipes and videos coming your way soon!

Leave a Comment

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you for sharing your feedback!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

69 comments on “Meal Prep Containers (That Aren’t Plastic)”

  1. Hi Lisa! Love all of your videos and your positivity! I have been slowly trying to convert my kitchen/pantry plastic free for a while, but it definitely takes a financial investment. It also takes trying to break habits we grew-up with, like having an “endless” supply of single-use plastic containers! My comment is in regard to the Stasher bags. Due to the price tag on them, when I first started my journey I went with bags (that are no longer available) that are silicone but have plastic seal that’s a separate piece. They stand fairly easily, and although closing can sometimes be difficult I’ve been fairly happy with them. They are easy to maintain. After watching your videos, I decided to invest in some Stasher bags as well. I purchased 4 of the non-standing ones. I’ve been happy with them so far, but oh my goodness they are expensive! One complaint with the non-standing stasher bags is that I do find them harder to get food into.

    I have two questions for you: (1) what quantity of Stasher bags do you try to keep in your pantry? Obviously this would vary from person to person, but as I’m following your recipes and getting organization tips I was curious to see what quantity has worked well for you. And (2) I have not seen Stasher bags come in a larger like a gallon size yet. Do you have any recommendations for this? It would be useful to have larger sizes for summer season for picking our own fruit. :)

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Denise – I’m happy you’re loving all my recipes and videos! I have about a dozen Stasher bags because I do use them often. I also agree that larger sizes would be awesome, and I’m hopeful that Stasher will come out with those in the future as I know many people have requested them. As more competition in this silicone storage space heats up, I’m also hopeful that we’ll see reduced pricing and more options over time. :)

  2. Hi Lisa, watching your videos has become a family affair so thank you. I watched your Summer Meal Prep video this morning and wonder about immersing strawberries in water before storing. I’ve always found they go off quite quickly afterwards but perhaps because I store in the fridge with a lid on??? 

    • Hi Claudia – Thanks so much! And yes, after you’ve washed the strawberries don’t put the lid on tight. I just set the lid on top to prevent anything falling on top of them. :)

  3. Hi Lisa! I just wanted to say that I absolutely love all of your meal prep videos and other how to recipes (perfect boiled eggs and hummus, etc). So helpful and so well done. I am so grateful for all of these resources and am really enjoying binge watching them during this time. Getting inspired and all geared up for Spring. Thank you so very much! Keep up the great work:)

    • Hi Manon – I’m so thrilled that you’re loving all my content so far, and that I can be of some inspiration and entertainment while you’re at home! Can’t wait to see what recipes you try :)

  4. I just love your YouTube Channel and your recipes…

  5. Did you mean to say “lose ” instead of “use” in following sentence under Le Parfait jars section? “You can get them with an attached lid, which means you’ll never use the lid or you can get screw top lids on many of the jars as well.” Easy edit.

  6. Can you freeze meats in these glass containers?

  7. Hi Lisa,

    I love your use of the Le Parfait jars for carrots and celery. Could you please tell me the size of Me Parfait jar you use for that and for your homemade almond butter?

    Thanks!

  8. It is the first time I saw your vidio, and was very happy about the containers. Where is the best place to find all of them? Also I’m going to do some of your receipies. Thank You.

  9. I purchased all of your suggestions and love them all. Thanks for suggesting!!!

  10. Would you say that the stasher bags are easy to clean? I’m very interested, but with silicon, grease is hard to remove. Can they be flipped inside-out to clean in a dishwasher?

    Also curious why you prefer Weck over Mason Jars. Perhaps the more reusable lid?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Amy – Yes! Stasher bags are very easy to clean and can be thrown into the dishwasher. And yes, I personally like the lids on Weck Jars.

  11. Greetings! I’m new to your site and love your food prep videos with storage ideas. I’d like to make salads and dressings and wondered with your salad dressing recipes, which Weck jar do you use?

    • Hi Robin – I’m happy you’re loving all my recipes and food prep ideas! I use a variety of storage containers, depending on the quantity. But for dressings I most often use the small tulip weck jars or 1/4 liter weck jars.

  12. Where can I purchase this jars, e
    And other containers.

  13. Looked up this recipe today. Simple easy. Making this for dinner with the grandsons. Thank you. 

  14. Dear Lisa – just wanted to let you know that the amazon.com page for the Glasslock containers has a lot of comments from people who have either had their containers shatter in microwaves, or have regularly discovered glass shards in food from brittle edges resulting from stacking/unstacking the containers.  What has your experience been?  On another note, thanks for a fabulous site and thoroughly well-put-together videos and recipes!  

  15. Thank you for showing us your meal prep containers. I just started switching over to glass and I love the weck containers. The different containers are nice for the various items you made.
     I would also like to thank you for showing how to meal prep various items at once without the monotony of eating the same thing over and over. 
     I will definitely be watching your videos again.

  16. Could you please tell me which size stasher bag is in the picture on your website? Thanks!

  17. Thank you for these recommendations! How many of each size and shape of the Glasslock containers do you own? When do you use the different shapes?

  18. Can you tell us if the Glasslock Food Storage containers are LEAD FREE GLASS?
    If possible, please send me a return email. I am not super computer literate. Thanks, Valorie

  19. Hi Lisa,

    Thank you so much for all your work – very inspiring!!

    Quick question regarding the weck jars: which size would you recommend to invest in and for what?

    Xxx

  20. Thanks so much for all of your great ideas. This is just what I needed!

  21. HI Lisa! Great channel!!

    How do OXO Good Grips Smart Seal Leakproof Glass Foodstorage containers  compare to the glass containers you are using? America’s Test Kitchen rated this OXO brand as #1 for leakproof glass containers. I don’t know if they tested your brand or not?  Your thoughts? Thanks so much! 

  22. Hi Lisa
    Thank You for sharing this blog. I have never heard of stasher bags before and its great to know.
    I wonder what you use for covering food while reheating in microwave.
    I use a plastic lid, and that’s the only option I have seen.

  23. Hi Lisa, thank you for sharing your pantry organization methods! Question about Weck jars-I love how they look and that they are glass, but I wonder if they would be too much maintenance for me. When I saw some at the store, I tried opening and closing them, and honestly struggled to keep the rubber seal and clips in place! Would you say these come easier/quicker with time and practice?

  24. All of the advertising on this page was for single use plastics and food storage. It look away from reading the article, because you are obviously promoting the opposite it was very unfortunate 

  25. Thank you for the comment Amechi.

  26. We always use glass containers for meal prep and left over storage.  Everything stacks so well in the ref/freezer this way too.  These stash bags are interesting!

  27. I always use glass containers too, yours look so much nicer than mine though! I wish I had a few more too. I haven’t even seen the silicone bags before?!! Maybe we don’t have them in Australia yet?
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie 

    • Yeah, it seems you can never have too many of those glass containers, right? (says the girl who’s overflowing in them – ha!). And the Stasher Bags are fairly new, so it may take a little while longer to hit Australia. :)

  28. I’m trying to store our food in as little plastic as possible, so these products are just what I need. Those silicone bags look awesome – I’m checking them out for sure!

  29. These glasslock bowls are a gamechanger. Prep, freeze and oven bake without having to mess about wrapping the bowl when it’s in the freezer. Genius.

  30. I so agree with you. Another great thing is that by warming the food in the same container it was stored in, you save on dishwashing! Congrats on the video!

  31. Not a fan of plastic containers myself but I love this beautiful collection…the stasher bags are great too! Love that they are reusable and eco-friendly. Thanks for sharing and introducing us to this line!

  32. How do you dry the stashed bags and make certain there isn’t any water left in them to mildew?

  33. is the recipe for those ginger snack balls on your website? I couldn’t find them in the search.

    Thanks!

  34. I see that the silicone bags have mixed reviews on amazon since they get mold in the seal. Do you have problems with this and how do you clean it?