Call me a tree hugger, but lately I've been looking for ways to reduce my trash output.
Maybe it's the shock of the amount of trash our family of four carts to the curb every week. Much of it is recyclables, but still ...
So I'm pretty jazzed about a new product on the market: Food Safe Silicone Stretch Covers.
The transparent covers come in a variety of sizes and can stretch to fit containers of any shape and material -- glass, metal, ceramic, plastic. They're safe in the microwave, dishwasher, oven (up to 428 degrees) and freezer (down to minus 40 degrees).
The smallest size would fit a teacup or pop can; the largest stretched to fit my 13-by-9 Pyrex dish. You could even make a pitcher of lemonade or sweet tea and cover it to make the pitcher spill-proof -- the lids are airtight and watertight.
I had just one caveat. I used the largest lid to cover a casserole that I had just baked, so it was still warm. The lid created a perfect seal. Condensation formed on the inside of the lid, which was no problem at all -- until I took the casserole dish out of the fridge, used part of the contents and then tried to re-cover the dish. The silicone cover, because it was wet inside, became slippery and wouldn't reseal. The lids do need to be dry in order to be used.
So you might not want to eliminate plastic wrap from your kitchen entirely. But you'll use a lot less of it if you keep these lids on hand.
Food Safe Silicone Stretch Covers sell for $25 for a set of eight in varying sizes. They're available only online at accidentalshopping.com.
Rebecca Sodergren: email@example.com or on Twitter: @pgfoodevents.