Kitchen recycling tip: Deli containers
- Wash them and reuse them. I have a stack of containers like deli containers on a shelf in my basement. When I’m giving food away or divvying up Thanksgiving leftover, they come in handy. You want to make sure not to heat food in these containers. They are likely to melt. Even if they don’t melt, the heat may cause any toxins in the plastic to leach into your food.
- If you make your own stock, they are also useful for storing stock in small portions. Leave a little room at the top for expansion, but not too much room or you may end up with freezer burn.
- Use them as dry bulk storage for things like beans, rice, or grains that you buy from the bulk bins. If you’re anything like me, you may buy a grain from the bulk bin and put it in a container, then forgot exactly what grain you bought. You can write the name of the grain on the container without feeling bad about it.
- Use them as planters for seedlings. Keep them stacked up until the spring then punch drainage holes in the bottom, fill with good soil, and get your veggie garden started early.
- Small deli containers are great for when you're walking a dog and need a small bowl for water or food. (via OregonLive)
If you're looking for a way to recycle these containers, here are two options.
- Some Whole Foods accept #5 plastics at their store for recycling. They have bins where the plastics can be dropped off. You can find which locations take the plastics at the Preserve Gimme 5 site.
- Another great website that can help you find a place to recycle deli containers and other #5 plastics is Earth 911.
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