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Meal Prep Containers: 4 Awesome Containers that Aren’t Plastic

When it comes to meal prep containers, I look for containers that 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 – and I use these 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.

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.

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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?

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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 use 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!

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26 comments on “Meal Prep Containers: 4 Awesome Containers that Aren’t Plastic”

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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 

  4. Thank you for the comment Amechi.

  5. 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!

  6. 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. :)

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

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

    Thanks!

  13. 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?