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Glass vs. Plastic: Storage

So, I always use glass to store my stuff. This decision is largely based on mistrust of government, hearsay, and what my Mom did. Where better to find truth than on the Chowhound message boards?

- Do you generally store your stuff in glass or plastic?
- Do you fear that chemicals from plastic may leech into your food?
- Is it true that things heated and microwaved in plastic containers will get some chemicals?
- If drinks are left in the sun in plastic bottles, will they be contaminated?
- What is this "No BPA" business? It sounds like B.S. to me.
- Do chemicals from plastic cause cancer?

All things considered, and given the constant stream of lies that we're all fed about pretty much everything, I feel safer with glass.

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    Everything causes cancer. Depends on your genes.

    Glass is reusable. Plastic absorbs flavors. When going camping, do not refill cleaned and sanitized shampoo bottle with whiskey. Unbreakable and undrinkable.

    1. Personally, I have no problem storing food in plastic, in either the fridge or freezer. But for microwaving, I only use glass.

      1. My rules are simple. Things that will be re-heated go in glass. Likewise acidic things, like red sauces and vinaigrettes.

        I don't worry much about chemicals migrating from the container to my food because I only put cold non-acidic food in plastic. I also hand-wash my plastic.

        I've been treating my plastic this way for years just to extend it's life, and only recently did someone mention that it might, just might, be healthier.

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        1. re: DuffyH

          That's pretty much what I do. Today's plastic containers (or some of them) may be safe enough, and frankly I don't worry about the issue, but I have some glass containers so I use them.

        2. For pantry storage I use Ball glass jars in various sizes, and I buy separate plastic covers to use in place of the 2-piece lids that come with the jars. For freezer storage I use plastic containers or Ziploc freezer bags. I don't microwave or otherwise heat food in plastic.

          1. I recently switched all of my storage containers to glass. I also use only glass in the microwave. I try avoid anything that comes in a microwavable bag such as frozen veggies.

            I am with you in not trusting the government. How many things that they said were safe turned out not to be years later? Also my mom is big on not using plastic and more often than not she tends to be right :)