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I am still declutting in my goal to go natural. I got rid of the plastic wrap and that was easy enough as I didn't use it very often. For the things I did use it for I can just use wax paper with a rubber band. But aluminum foil I use to cover lasagna when baking, etc. What can I use in place of that?

And what do you use for freezing foods in place of freezer bags?

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I store almost everything in mason or recycled(food) glass jars. I freeze portions of soups, casseroles in mason jars as well. As for cooking, most of my glass pans(pyrex) have a glass baking lid that i use to cover the dish with. Instead of using a long rectangular i use the square glass container with a glass lid. So you get more of a small, thick lasanga. lol I don't use any plastic baggies, wrap or anything like that anymore. It used to seem impossible but really it isn't hard at all. When packing sandwiches for the park i do wrap them in wax paper.
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You might also consider investing in a ziploc bag washer. I can't remember what it's called, but someone invented a "baggy wash" thingy that allows you to easily put your ziploc's through the dishwasher cycle. Basically, you can buy one box of ziploc's and never need another box again. I think it was called "Bag-E-Wash" or something like that.

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You might also consider investing in a ziploc bag washer. I can't remember what it's called, but someone invented a "baggy wash" thingy that allows you to easily put your ziploc's through the dishwasher cycle. Basically, you can buy one box of ziploc's and never need another box again. I think it was called "Bag-E-Wash" or something like that.
Now, I heard that there was a problem with doing this as the heat cycle in the dishwasher would begin to affect the plastic and it would leach. I dunno though. Anyone else?

I have never seen glass tops. Where'd you find them? They all seem to come with plastic lids now. Or am I not looking in the right place?
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Yes where DO you find the glass covered pans?

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Meat and fish you can go the old route and use newspaper. Pat the meat dry and wrap in a few sheets of news paper; tie with string or use a rubberband. Then pop it in the freezer. Take the paper off and thaw the frozen meat in a ceramic/glass dish. I do this all the time and have never had a problem.

If you don't get a newspaper, use wax/freezing paper the same way.
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Yes where DO you find the glass covered pans?
I have some from Corelle/Corningware. There is an outlet store near my house that has them, but I've seen them at discount stores like Target/WM. Also I see them at garages sales a lot too - usually for cheap!
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Aluminum foil can be washed and recycled. I have reduce how much I use it by having lids (pyrex) but I also wash it off and put it in our can collections.
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I also wouldn't use newspaper. Ink is supposably non-toxic but at one time it was toxic and it also can be very dirty. I purchase freezer paper. We get the non-wax kind bulk 'cuase the kids can draw/paint on it also.
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But aluminum foil I use to cover lasagna when baking, etc. What can I use in place of that?

I use a cookie sheet.
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What about baking potatoes. I've always pierced them, then wrapped them in foil. How do you make them?
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I always just pierce the potato and put it straight on the oven rack. With sweet potatoes I put them in a dish since they sometimes ooze but with white potatoes I just toss them in on their own.

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What about baking potatoes. I've always pierced them, then wrapped them in foil. How do you make them?
I don't wrap mine in anything--just slather in a little safflower oil and a little salt and pepper on the skin.

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Our natural grocery store sells 100% recycled aluminum foil. I use that ... and then recycle it again.
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I use the corningware with glass lids for casseroles ect. If I need to use my big glass pyrex with no lid, I do the baking sheet (non-aluminum - stainless steel) on top as a lid. I use the Pyrex glass (with plastic lids) for leftover storage or carrying food to work. Recycling plastic bags or aluminum foil is great for the planet but not exactly non-toxic - so we are gradually moving away from those options and trying to find the replacements.

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That's an awesome idea about putting a cookie sheet over a baking dish! I don't have any cookie sheets, I use my Pampered Chef round stone for everything cookie/pizza wise...do you think that would work?

What do you use for those odd sized items that would usually be wrapped up? Every Friday night is homemade pizza night. I usually put the leftovers in a baggie or wrapped in aluminum foil as I don't have a bowl big enough for them.

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Every Friday night is homemade pizza night. I usually put the leftovers in a baggie or wrapped in aluminum foil as I don't have a bowl big enough for them.

Try putting leftovers on a plate and then put another plate on upside down.

I always do stuff like this because I'm so poor: Nescessity is the mother of invention.
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