I often get the question, “Are glass containers healthier”? In short, yes. However not many people actually know the reasoning behind it. In this blog post we’ll outline some key factors of why glass containers are a better choice overall for meal prep. Scroll to the end of this blog post for our personal chefs’ top picks for glass containers when meal prepping! 

Materials

First of all it’s important to know what glass is made of to start understanding it in the simplest way. Glass is made from sand, limestone,  soda ash, cullet (crushed bottles  and various additives, including those used to color brown, green or blue bottles). Sand is one of the main materials in glass making and is important because of its purity and is toxin-free.  After raw materials and glass is collected it’s melted at very high temperatures. 

Environmentally 

By using recycled glass, it uses less energy in production compared to manufacturing new glass since it can be melted at a lower temperature. Glass is 100% recyclable, but not only that it can be infinitely recycled. Also the process is quite short, once glass is thrown in the recycling bin, it can be transformed into a new product within 30 days! 

Freshness & Quality of food

Glass acts as a natural barrier from high temperatures or bacteria. This makes it one of the safest materials used to package food in. Glass has an practically zero rate of chemical interactions, this makes certain that the products inside a glass container keep their strength, aroma, and flavor. Glass is also  non-porous and impermeable which also helps the food inside as far as flavors and taste. 

Ease – reheating 

Another added benefit of packaging food in glass is that a majority of glass containers are both heat resistant and dishwasher safe. This makes it super simple for families since they can quite literally “take and bake” to heat up dinner. There’s less clean up at the end as well since the glass container and be thrown in the dishwasher after dinner!

Now that you know a bit more about your meal prep food containers you can make the best decision for you and your family. Want help picking out containers or ordering a set for your meal prep sessions? Contact us and we’d love to help. 

Happy Eating! 

-Chef Julie & The Mint Team 

Our Top picks for Glass Containers! 

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Pyrex Meal Prep Simply Store Glass

Utopia Kitchen Glass Food Storage Containers

Elacra Glass Food Storage Containers

KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup

Epica Glass Beverage Bottles

ComSaf Airtight Canisters for Bulk Food Storage

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