I have a confession to make...
I am not green. I am the antithesis of green. I am a wasteful, resource gobbling demon.
What I'm referring to, specifically, is my use of Ziploc baggies. I love them. Last night's flank steak dinner leftovers were carefully measured into individual portions, baggied, and then placed within a larger freezer safe bag. They then joined the pre-measured and double-bagged chicken breast on the shelf in the refridgerator. This evening, whatever I don't think I'll consume within the next few days will be relegated to the freezer.
Ah, the baggie. They come in a myriad of sizes, even ones with a real zipper, in the shape of a cube! If you've got a storage need, food or otherwise, I bet you that there is a baggie for it. Seriously. I'll put money on it.
But when it comes to food - well, let's just say the baggie rules supreme. Don't get me wrong, I've got a tupperware (gladware, etc) cabinet that is so overfilled you need a hardhat to protect your noggin when you dare to open the door. But I can never reach the container I need (I'm a pipsqueak), and if I can find the one I want you'd better believe that the top is nowhere to be found. Probably hanging out with my missing socks behind the gym, sneaking a siggy and wasting their youth.
I've got bento boxes. Boxes with built in ice packs, sectioned off to hold a full meal.
But I always come back to my baggies.
I can see what is in them. I can fit 7 days worth of meals on one fridge drawer. My lunch bucket (cooler) actually closes without me breaking a sweat.
Of course, there is the occasional mishap. Sometimes the zip top doesn't entirely close and I wind up with oatmeal scattered across the bottom of my cooler like fertilizer. But generally, I can get to work without a hitch.
And, not to pat myself on the back - I do reuse any baggies that held dry goods (bread, oats, powders, etc). So, I'm not such a terrible person, right?
There you have it. I am not a perfect, green, organic, saver of nature. Whew. Feels good to get that off my chest!
How about you? If you're a brown-bagger, how do you transport your meals from home?