If you are a regular on my blog, then you know that one of my favorite pastimes is shaking my fist at the sky and ranting and railing against evils of BPA its inexplicable prevalence in food storage containers, utensils and cooking tools.
I have covered avoiding BPA lined cans, and BPA cooking tools (from coffee machines to food dehydrators) but now we are gonna talk about home food storage – specifically glass bottles for milk and juice storage! But just to get everyone up to speed on the horrors of BPA… ahem…
Why BPA Is Pretty Much The Devil
I first learned about Bisphenol-A (BPA) when I was pregnant for the first time and shopping around for the best bottles for my daughter.
What triggered my curiosity and concern was the huge, bold printed assertions slapped on every other baby product that there is “NO BPA!!!” in the bottle / binky / teething toy / whatever.
BPA is basically a chemical found in hard plastics. BPA can also be found in epoxy resins which are used as coatings inside food cans and water bottles. Studies have shown that BPA leaches into foods while they are in contact with BPA – especially foods that are acidic, salty and fatty, (like coconut milk, tomatoes, soup, and vegetables).
BPA is an endocrine disruptor – basically a substance that interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. When BPA imitates our body’s own hormones, it is hazardous for our health, with a laundry list of awful side effects. A recent CDC report found BPA in the urine of 93% of adults!! Yikes!
Why Glass Food Storage is Best
Glass Keeps Food Safe.
Think about this. Scientists no longer ask if toxic substances migrate from plastic to food during storage (especially during heating). They ask HOW MUCH toxins migrate.
In addition to not leaching chemical nasties into your nom noms, glass is also just all around cleaner than plastic. The non-porous surface of glass doesn’t absorb food and germs and it can be safely washed at high temperatures.
Glass Preserves Food Flavor.
Ever notice how milk and marinara from your grocer taste better packed in glass? The same is true of home stored food. Food simply tastes fresher, cleaner and fuller stored in glass.
The safe, glossy surface of glass repels food odors and residual flavors. You will not get any foreign scents or tastes in your liquids like you will get from metal, paper or plastic food storage.
Glass Is Smarter For Our Planet.
Using glass rather than plastic significantly reduces landfill. It also saves energy on plastic’s inefficient recycling process. With care, you’ll use your original glass containers almost indefinitely.
If you break a glass container, you can recycle it without guilt – up to 80% of all recycled glass can be reclaimed, recycled glass uses 40% less energy than manufacturing new glass, and recycling doesn’t compromise glass’ quality or structure and no toxins are produced in it’s recycling.
Glass food storage also reduces food waste – clear milk bottle and dressing containers lets you see exactly what is left, and helps you use up leftovers before they go bad!
Glass Just Looks Prettier.
Okay, being prettier is the least rational reason to switch from plastic to glass, but gosh darn it, these glass milk bottles are just so stinkin CUTE!
There is just something nostalgic and much more substantial about glass kitchenware. Glass containers retain their crystaline attractiveness forever. Unlike plastic, the non-porous surface of glass doesn’t absorb dyes or colors. And if you like old school retro designs like I do, selecting glass jars and bottles is like injecting your kitchen with your personal brand of culinary flair – a form of artistic expression in the kitchen.
Glass Bottles From Shenandoah Homestead Supply
Shenandoah Homestead Supply got started on the bottle business when they were looking for good bottles to use in bottling kombucha. Owner Josh and his wife were searching for the best products available that measure up their lifestyle standards. This means:
All the lids are BPA free and their products are BPA free.
All of the glass is made in America.
All of the glass is lead and toxin free.
Their bottles are made of a thick layer of densely composed glass. As Josh explained to me, without getting into chemistry, this basically means a glass that is tough, but as flexible and possible.
Each heirloom-quality glass container is perfect for homemade nut milks, fermented beverages, juices, milks and much more. The smaller containers are excellent for dressings, marinades and pestos.
Thinking outside the kitchen, these bottles can be used for personal care concoctions, homemade cleaning sprays, detergent, and from promotional items to candies. The nostalgic look is also top notch. I feel absolutely giddy putting my nut milks and freshly pressed juices in these beauties! They store great in the fridge, and look fantastic when serving guests.
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