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Glass or Plastic Jars

sabergin Jun 7, 2011 12:05 PM

I know there is a big thing going on with the BPA scare that could be in plastic jars... I have always considered glass to be associated with a bit higher quality of product, and the fact you can reuse the glass jar for basically an eternity is excellent.

Do you guys prefer products in glass over plastic? Also for what reasons? I usually reuse my glass jars for granola, beans, brown rice, etc...

  1. EWSflash Jul 4, 2011 09:27 AM

    I go with either glass or Lock & Lock brand plastic containers.

    1. greygarious Jul 4, 2011 09:23 AM

      I much prefer glass with metal lids. Typical plastic is gas-permeable so long-stored foods pick up fridge and freezer odors. I do have some large Snap-Lock storage containers in a special plastic that is far less permeable than other plastics, including other containers they make. I keep whole wheat flour in those. Sadly, after many freezer re-uses, most of my large
      glass containers' bottoms crack off.

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        Val Jul 4, 2011 06:58 AM

        Glass wins, hands down, for many reasons already stated and they are almost always easier to empty out completely...those flippin' plastic squeeze bottles are impossible to scrape out.

        1. The Dairy Queen Jul 4, 2011 06:01 AM

          I read that the underside of the lids on the jars is lined with BPA.


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          1. re: The Dairy Queen
            Melanie Wong Jul 4, 2011 10:16 AM

            Yes, the common brands are lined with BPA. But Tattler lids are a bpa-free alternative. Here's a thread on the Cookware board that I hope will get more action.

            Pros and cons of glass vs plastic storage also discussed on Cookware board as well.

          2. d
            dismith Jun 9, 2011 08:39 AM

            Glass for sure. Especially with vacuum seal tops.

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              ediblover Jun 8, 2011 02:23 PM

              Both, but lean towards plastic for its versatility and durability. I only actively seek out glass if the content is more reactive than normal.

              1. Rmis32 Jun 7, 2011 09:37 PM

                My health guru sister told me that I shouldn't microwave food in plastic containers, so it's glass for me.

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                  wonderwoman Jun 7, 2011 04:55 PM

                  +1 for glass. it's non-reactive, and as choctasic noted, produce stays fresh much, much longer.

                  i just found some rosemary that's been in the back of the fridge for at least a month (i know, i know), and it's still green and fragrant.

                  1. Delucacheesemonger Jun 7, 2011 03:37 PM

                    Glass for everything.

                    1. choctastic Jun 7, 2011 02:33 PM

                      I love glass because things don't go bad as quickly in them. rworange on this site was mentioning this with berries so I tested storing berries in a plastic cup and berries in a glass cup. I was really shocked to find my glass cup berries good after a week. the strawberries even firmed up somehow. I save glass jars from spaghetti sauce.

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                      1. re: choctastic
                        LaureltQ Jun 7, 2011 10:53 PM

                        Good to know! I always save glass containers, big ones to store things like grains and pastas in, and condiment ones to store sauces in, but never thought to store produce of any kind in a jar. It's usually plastic takeout style quart containers that I buy in bulk.

                        1. re: choctastic
                          cayjohan Jun 8, 2011 02:18 PM

                          Your mention of storing berries in jars made the "Oh. Yeah." bell ring in my head: I remembered buying strawberries. Over three weeks ago. I usually use glass for berries, but the only large jar I had was a plastic mayo jar. I thought I'd try it, as we'd be eating up the berries quickly. Hah. (How could I forget berries for three freakin' weeks?) I had to run to the fridge to check.

                          But: they're still fine! And even though I've not noticed it before, you're right about the berries being firmer. I wonder how that works.

                          So: plastic with a lid works too. The berries-in-jars tip is one of my all-time favorites.

                          Now: eating my unexpected berries.

                        2. Monica Jun 7, 2011 01:54 PM

                          even my daughter's bottles are glass. =)

                          1. inaplasticcup Jun 7, 2011 01:41 PM

                            Glass for sure. BPA issues aside, it doesn't stain or retain odors like plastic does. (Not that I never use plastic...)

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