Use a Silicone Lid to Cover Leftover Food

Avoid environmentally harmful plastic wrap by using a suction-sealing silicone lid when reheating leftovers.

Broccoli Leftovers

Ditch the plastic when storing leftover food. Follow this reader-submitted tip for a more eco-friendly, affordable way to keep leftovers fresh.

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I wanted to save money and lessen the environmental impacts of my household decisions, so I decided to find ways of packaging leftover food without using plastic wrap. I thought about it for a while, and finally found a technique that works well for me.

I purchased a reusable silicone suction-sealing lid for $10 to place over dishes while reheating them in the microwave — this works especially well for liquids, such as soup, that I don’t want to spill over the sides. You can also use these lids on bowls or pots of leftovers. They seal tightly on most container surfaces and come in a variety of sizes. My silicone lid has been a great investment, and I haven’t bought plastic wrap for almost three years now.

Melissa Klein
Utica, New York

Readers: Try searching for “silicone lids” online to find a variety of different shapes and sizes. MOTHER