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The Differences Between Glass And Plastic Food Containers - And Knowing In Which One You Should Store Your Grub

By Edited Jan 29, 2016 0 1

Plastic and glass containers are both good options for storing away leftovers and food that you want to preserve for later. Both materials are commonly used and both these two types of storage devices can be found at your local supermarket to quite a small price. It goes without saying that there are differences between the two, but these differences are almost never highlighted.

You may wonder which of the two options is the better one? What are the pros and cons of the two? Which one is generally the more expensive one?

Let's start with the first and maybe the most noticeably difference between the two, the weight. It goes without saying that plastic food containers which usually comes in the shape of boxes weighs less than it's glass counterpart. This most likely will make plastic the better option if you're going somewhere where you'll have to carry around your food, such as on a hike or school trip. Glass jars and other types of glass containers can weigh an awful lot, which makes the glass ones much less suited for such events. If you are going backpacking somewhere, thermos containers can also be a great choice. Thermos containers can also keep the the grub or liquid inside the container warm for much longer than the other two.

Another noticeable difference between the two would be the looks. Glass containers are very likely to be transparent which will make it a lot easier for you to see what's on the inside. This can come in quite handy if you have a lot of containers with food and if you're likely to mix them up. Given that glass containers are often transparent, it will also make it look nicer when you have put something inside the container. This may not always be the case however if you choose to store foods such as stews and soup using a glass container.

Plastic food containers are usually not as transparent. Very often you will not be able to detect what's on the inside. However, sometimes the lid is created a bit different than from the rest of the container, making the lid a bit more transparent than the rest of the container.

Since glass containers are usually the more visually appealing ones, if you have guests over and you have some foods that will be put on the table, glass is the option to go for.

It's also understood that glass containers are easier to clean, possibly making them a bit more hygienic than plastic ones. There's also the safety part, where glass most likely takes the price as well. If you have food in a plastic container and you heat it in the microwave, toxins will most likely migrate from the container over to your food.

There's also the taste part. You may not think that your food will taste any different depending on what material you store it in. But if you think about it, you may realize that food that has been stored inside one type of material often tastes and smells different compared to how it tastes and smells if it's stored inside another material. One example of this would be Coca Cola. Coca Cola served in a glass bottle often tastes a bit more different compared to when it's served in an aluminum can.

You may have to spend more money upfront if you buy glass containers because they tend to be a bit more expensive then plastic ones, but they may last longer so it may save you some money in the long run to go for glass ones.

So there are a few differences between plastic and glass food containers. Ultimately both options works great so you may even want to get both.

If you want tips on which foods that you can put in your glass food containers and where to later place them, then please click right here.



Apr 14, 2012 5:36pm
I only use glass myself. I think plastic is very unsafe, even if it is labeled as "food grade." Putting hot food into a plastic container, like in a plastic bowl or dish is not safe as far as I am concerned. Another thing about glass is that if you use it for food storage in your refrigerator, it keeps the food colder. Plastic is not what everyone thinks.
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