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Quick Tip #71~ Put a lid on it!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thought I'd share this "green"Food storage tip today, which may come in handy for the holidays, when there's a lot of cooking, food prep before the big day... and left overs after it.

I've got an assortment of dinner plates, one of them is a very smooth white ceramic called Corelle made by CorningWare. (UPdate! 11/21... CHRIS3874 sez: its a type of tempered glass..thx Chris)

My first introduction to Corelle was at a friends house for Holidays some 35 years ago.

I was curious about the plates on which our food was served.
They were a unique substance, I hadn't seen before, half way between glass and porcelain.

The patriarch of the family said they were virtually unbreakable despite their fragile appearance. When I expressed disbelief he threw one against the wall like a frisbee.

It didn't break.

I haven't tested the aerodymics of Corelle since then.

But I do use these Corelle plates as "lids" to the ceramic and glass bowls I use for my leftovers, with the bottomside of the plate serving as a lid.

You can use any type of plate, as long as it covers the top and extends over the edge of the bowl.

I like the Corelle because it doesn't have a "foot" on the bottom of the plate to catch food. I prefer putting the bottom side of the plate towards the food so that I can stack other things on top of it if need be.

You need the" hangover", ie a plate that is larger than the mouth of your bowl.... in the event that the bowl is knocked while you're trying to get past it to something else in the fridge.

The advantages:

* You can put your food into the fridge without waiting for it to cool down all the way... and not worry about steam condensing on the plastic or foil wrap, raining back down onto your left overs.

* You can stack other things on top of your covered bowl, without the wrap being pushed down into contact with your stored item and creating a mess.

* There's no need for aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap... all of which are going into a landfill when you're done using them and always seem to run out, right when you need a LOT of it.

*When it comes time to eat the leftovers, you can reheat them in the microwave or conventional oven and put it directly on the table in the same bowl

I've also used casserole dishes with covered lids (also made by CorningWare) for left over storage in the fridge. I don't like those as much, since they have a knob handle which means I can't stack another bowl on it.

But they do work in a pinch.

Happy Holidays
: )


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRATTECIELLA 12/11/2012 1:58AM

    I use corningware casseroles with lids, but when I need to stack things I turn the lid inside out!

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MSGRANNYMAE 11/27/2012 3:52PM


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CHRIS3874 11/21/2012 7:37PM

    Corelle is actually a type of tempered glass. They are great as they are lighter than regular stoneware.

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MZZCHIEF 11/21/2012 3:34PM

    Thx everyone for their comments!
I've left the answer to your question of" how did I stay warm" as an update in my blog.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
: )

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GOANNA2 11/21/2012 5:17AM

    What a good idea Mzz. Thanks for sharing. I love Corelle.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2012 7:59PM

    I have a complete set of both Corelle and Corningware and I love them.

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 11/20/2012 4:11PM

  Thanks for the tips! You are awesome.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/20/2012 7:40AM

    Cool idea. We don't have any CorningWare plates but it's a great idea.

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123ELAINE456 11/20/2012 4:28AM

  I have been doing this for years. But Thank You for Sharing the Tip with everyone. We Appreciate it very much. God bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care. Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone.

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NEW-CAZ 11/20/2012 2:44AM

    What a great tip! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/19/2012 10:51PM


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LIBBYL1 11/19/2012 10:38PM


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M77355 11/19/2012 10:17PM

    Thanks for the tip!

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MJ7DM33 11/19/2012 8:41PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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PATRICIAAK 11/19/2012 5:16PM

    We think alike - I've used plates for lids 'forever'!
Thanks for sharing - I wouldn't have thought to.

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