You want extra glass in your kitchen

As a result of when you may have glass, you do not want plastic.

Once I opened my stocking on Christmas morning this yr, there was a small glass liquid measuring cup inside. Another issues fell out too, however I had eyes just for that measuring cup. Clearly Santa is aware of what turns my crank. You see, I’m considerably obsessive about liquid measuring cups. I’ve a number of cups in numerous sizes and I exploit them day-after-day.

However there’s extra to it than that; it is really glass instruments that I like. There’s one thing concerning the materials that I like. It is sturdy and long-lasting. It is see-through, which makes it unbelievable for storage and measuring. It is moveable and sealable (in sure varieties), and also you at all times know when it is clear. And it might probably accomplish that a lot of what plastic used to do, earlier than I began eliminating it from my kitchen wherever attainable.

As I added the latest little cup to my assortment, it dawned on me that three of my most helpful kitchen instruments are, actually, all made from glass. These are workhorses of versatility, able to performing a number of duties and thus eliminating superfluous containers.

1. Liquid measuring cups

I do not assume anybody can have sufficient of those. At any time when I am mixing marinades, salad dressings, or liquid substances for baked items, I do it instantly within the liquid measuring cup so I haven’t got to soiled further cups and bowls. If a recipe requires melted butter or warmed milk, I pop the cup proper into the microwave, after which add the opposite substances on prime.

A few of my measuring cups have lids, which makes them good for storing meals within the fridge with out transferring to a different container. I depend on the spout to pour strained inventory into jars for freezing.

2. Glass jars

© Ok Martinko – Glass jars from my ever-growing stockpile

I’ve an entire cabinet full of those beauties in various sizes. I gather them wherever I discover them – the larger, the higher. I am notably happy with the large pickle jars (one is pictured above) that my good friend Sarah found on prime of a recycling bin final week. (See? Each Sarah and Santa get me…)

These are used for zero-waste grocery purchasing, storing pantry objects, and stashing leftovers within the fridge the place they will be seen and get eaten. With screw-top lids, I can transport espresso, smoothies, salad dressings, and soups wherever I am going. Once I cannot discover a big glass to pour my post-workout protein shake, I seize a 16-oz.mason jar as an alternative.

The wide-mouth ones get used for freezing liquids and all of them get conscripted for canning responsibility come summer time – jam, tomatoes, and pickles. They’re even used for dinosaur storage, which Sarah teased me about mercilessly, however hey, that is life with out Ziplocs.

dinosaurs in a jar© Ok Martinko – While you’re working out the door and you could take dinosaurs, a jar does the trick.

three. Small glass bowls

These have been a random buy in the future a decade in the past once I wanted ramekins to make crême brûlée, however they’ve turned out to be extremely helpful. I’ve a stack of eight, every with a tight-fitting plastic lid, and I exploit them always. Made by Anchor Hocking, they solely have a half-cup of quantity, however they’re so handy for holding small portions of meals – further chopped garlic or onion, grated ginger, half a lemon, a separated egg yolk or white, you identify it.

I exploit them to move snacks and ship meals in youngsters’ lunches. They function a dish to carry soiled spoons and small cup measures whereas cooking. Every so often I exploit them for his or her authentic objective, making single-portion desserts.

glass bowls© Ok Martinko – Two of my eight half-cup glass storage bowls

All that is to say, by no means underestimate the ability of glass. You do not have to fret about it off-gassing within the dishwasher. Its recyclability price is among the many finest. It would not break as usually as you could assume, and you may at all times see what you are doing and storing. Who wants plastic if you’ve received glass?

As a result of when you may have glass, you do not want plastic.

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