Scrolling through any meal prep blog, you’ll find something about whether it’s better to use glass containers or plastic Tupperware to begin your meal prep journey. Like in any debate, both sides have their arguments — “glass is the best because it’s sturdier” or “plastic is less bulky and cheaper in price.” But when it comes down to it, neither side should win. For the most ideal and efficient meal prep experience, consider buying both types. They each clearly have their pros, but it’s best to have both for different situations.
When to Use Glass Containers:
- Being cost effective when it comes to the kitchen is a huge factor when it comes to meal prep. If making one long-term investment is important to you, consider looking into a nice glass set of containers. It’s a bit more expensive, but you get more months (even years) of use before replacing them compared to plastic. Having one sturdy set in your Tupperware mix will save you money in the long-run.
- Glass containers are much better for freezer storage than plastic, since they won’t shrink or expand in varying temperatures. The same goes for the microwave and stove, which won’t break down any toxins in the container unlike plastic.
- Though less of a necessary factor, glass tends to look more appealing than plastic. For your Instagram photoshoots of your meal prep journey, glass will look nicer and easily make you feel like an influencer.
When to Use Plastic Containers:
- Meal prepping on the go is much easier to do when your bag isn’t weighed down by heavy containers. This is one of the main reasons to use a plastic container, since they are lightweight and you don’t have to be as careful to prevent any breakages.
- For food prep on a budget plastic containers are perfect, so long as they’re BPA-free, microwave and dishwasher-safe, and have airtight lids. Look for the numbers 1, 2, 4, or 5 inside the recycle symbol on your plastic containers before buying — these are the safest plastics to use.
- Airtight plastic containers are great for storing big batches of cooked rice, cut vegetables, portioned snacks, etc. in the fridge or pantry without worrying about chips or cracks on the sides. You can easily transfer your meal prepped food from plastic containers into glass ones for reheating or freezing.
Everyone has their preference, but glass and plastic are desirable for their own reasons. And who’s to say you can’t take advantage of both?