About a year ago, I got fed up with all the plastic storage containers. The mixmatched lids, the yucky stains. Not too mention the worry of the possible harmful chemicals leaching into our food.
So, I took the plunge and tossed the majority of them into the recycling bin. What did I replace them with? Certainly not any expensive speciality containers. Just simple canning jars, most of which I acquired for almost nothing via yard sales.
It's so simple, and as a bonus- my cabinets have never been neater!
The lids and rings are in that blue basket. I hand wash those, but the jars can just be tossed in the dishwasher.
You'll notice a lowly stack of plastic containers remaining. Those are for Thomas to take to work, as I still can't convince him to use a jar. He's worried that it'll break in transit, but I have yet to have one break during daily use at home (and I have 2 toddlers who help load/unload the dishwasher!). Oh well.
For larger items, such as cookies or bulk beans and rice, I've been saving gallon-sized pickle jars (we go through a lot of pickles around here, hehe). You can also save smaller glass jars from various pre-packaged foods, such as jelly, salsa, etc. (although, you won't have the convenience of having identical lids for all of them).
I would LOVE to hear if anyone else uses canning jars for storage, or if you have any other ideas for alternatives!