Oddly, vegan cling film isn’t the easiest thing to find. I grew up with clingfilm on what seemed like everything, leftovers in the fridge or freezer, lunch-boxes, sandwiches, pre and post party food wrap…it was a do-everything kind of product, kitchen staple if you will. However on the ditch of single use plastic this went with it and due to (at the time) a lack of alternative I used these some what obvious ways to store my food in a more eco friendly way. I have also listed a few brands below that are worth checking out if you are looking for an alternative!
Idea one is as simple as it gets, probably what I like to think our ancestors did rather than using plastic! The good old stick a bowel over it method. If you have a bowl of food, put a plate over it, if you have a plate of food, put a bowel over it..simple, yet effective!
Left overs or lunch can be put in reusable containers, whether that be plastic boxes, glass containers, jars, or steel boxes, any of the above is better than single use plastic. Plus storing boxes and jars in a fridge is much easier than plates or oddly wrapped items!
Jars are also great for sauces, jams, chutneys, breakfast pots or any leftover foods.
If you have been paying attention to the plastic free world of late one item people are raving about is food wraps, in particular beeswax wraps. Although I believe food wraps are a great reusable alternative, I don’t personally agree with them on a vegan/cruelty free standpoint, due to the use of beeswax. However there are vegan alternatives which do essentially the same job. One brand I have come across that sells these is Vegan Food wraps. They contain no soy and are made of cotton.
One old fashioned method is to simply pop your food in a bowl, like the plate over bowl method, and wrap it in fabric, or a tea towel to stop any unwanted germs on the food and chuck it in the fridge. Oldy but a goody, for you modern folk theres another alternative; bowel overs (an updated version of the tea towel over the bowel trick) These are essentially fitted tea towels!
Whichever method you use will make a massive difference to the amount of single use plastic we have created. One small simple change like this will make all the difference if we all give it a go! Have you tried any of these alternatives? What’s your go to method to preserve food. Mine is generally containers in the fridge or freezer!