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#1 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 02:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am currently trying to find a free or cheap yogurt maker, but in the meantime am saving all my empty containers, as well as cottage cheese containers. I'd like to find uses for them so that I don't have to throw them out (we don't have plastic recycling yet in our area). I also really need containers to freeze food in so think they may be able to fill that need. Does anyone know if they are safe if used in that way (they are labelled 5 PP plastic)& if they work well (don't crack)?

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Storage for homemade play dough? We use the ones w/o lids for paint cups. HTH.

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Starting plants. Sandbox/water tub play. Paint cups. Counting/sorting cups (with beans or pea gravel).

They tend to shatter when frozen, IME.

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We have plastic recycling but our service wont accept any yogurt container regardless of the code on the package.

We use ours for painting too. I also use some for seedlings. I sometimes put one or two in the tub w/ the kids. I also use it for the little ones to have their own portions for feeding the chickens. They love to give the chickens their corn and its easier for them to handle the small cups.

I have never tried to freeze them.
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Use them as sand toys at playgrounds- if they get lost or smashed you won't be sad.

We do freeze things in them and haven't had any cracking issue.

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My kids use yogurt cups for drinking glasses - and if you are lucky enough to have ones with lids they are great for snack cups in the car/picnic basket. I have also successfully frozen in cottage cheese/large yogurt plastic containers.
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My kids use yogurt cups for drinking glasses - .
Same here. I use them for snacks too. Portion control.

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Thanks for all the excellent ideas! I love the idea of drinking cups as I don't like my 3 year old to drink from glass cups as he's broken them before.

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They are not safe to use for food/drink if you put them in the freezer or dishwasher. The plastic they are made from is pretty volatile and can't isn't meant to stand up to temperature extremes. You're going to get a lot of toxic leaching if you use them in that manner.

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They are not safe to use for food/drink if you put them in the freezer or dishwasher. The plastic they are made from is pretty volatile and can't isn't meant to stand up to temperature extremes. You're going to get a lot of toxic leaching if you use them in that manner.
We hand wash our dishes. I can't imagine the thin stuff holding up in the dishwasher anyway - wouldn't it melt?
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slightly off topic, but does anyone know how to make cottage cheese? I saw a recipe in Mother Earth News but then I forgot to write it down and returned it to the library! Dh and I eat quite a bit of it, but I'd like to cut out the plastic consumption. I too live in an area with little to no recycling options, and I'm really trying to cut down on my plastic usage.
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