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You Need Deli Cups (sockpuppet.org)
23 points by wglb on May 24, 2018 | hide | past | web | favorite | 25 comments

You don’t want, like, five of them. You want a box of hundreds.

I'll ring the landfill and let them know to expect them. Seriously though, Ive worked in food service before...deli cups? try resealing them after a week or two of use. Get ready for cracked lids and containers that cant be microwaved safely. they arent meant for repeat use. they stain frequently and cant be cleaned easily due to the grade of plastic used.

You want steam table pans with lids for refrigerator storage, and a decent set of microwaveable plasticware to decant the contents into for meal prep.

pro tip: if you want good bargains on grains or legumes, buy them 20+lbs at a time dry and pick up a few 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot. The buckets are automatically food-grade, and anything over 15lbs generally gets a managers override discount, especially at restaurant supply stores like cosco/smart and final.

You may have been using low-quality deli cups -- perhaps intended for single-use take-out orders. The high quality ones are reusuable for at least 6-12 months.

> The buckets are automatically food-grade

This is not true of orange Home Depot 5-gallon buckets.

You must get the white ones made from virgin (unrecycled) plastic. They will have a sticker on them advertising they are safe for potable water use.

> microwaveable plasticware

I was of the impression that plastics are generally not good to microwave. Is this untrue? I have been using Pyrex containers and have generally been happy with them.

http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-hea... says

"If a plastic product is determined safe for microwave use, then you will see either a microwave-safe symbol or written instructions indicating the product is microwave-safe. The numbering system found on plastics pertains to recycling and does not indicate whether or not the plastic is safe for heating.

However, Dr. Danoff warns that not all microwave-safe products are safe to use in the microwave in the same way."

No elaboration on this last point other than to say don't reuse tv dinner trays. Overall I prefer to microwave glass but I'd like to know for sure one way or the other.

I've never seen plastic that is actually okay in the microwave. It's "microwave-safe" in the sense that it doesn't melt or emit nasty chemicals, but it always blisters and discolors if you nuke any liquid in it. I dump stuff into ceramic bowls if I want to microwave it.

Needed to look up three terms while reading this:

- Deli cup - the clear plastic containers used at the market or deli counter to hold cole slaw, etc.

- Ramekin - a little ceramic bowl/dish to hold sauce, dressing, or food, etc.

- Sterno - Can of alcohol gel set aflame under banquet trays to keep them warm.

The more you know…

I'll save you the search: https://smile.amazon.com/Pactiv-YSD2516-Squat-Combo-Containe...

And yes, they're very useful and cheap (though we've always just reused ones from take out until they don't hold up anymore), my sons lunch often goes to school in them.

Screw yo' environment. I know that - at least where I live - plastic recycling is a "meh" proposition at best: some attempt will be made but chances are it's going to the landfill.

My local recycling program no longer accepts almost all plastic recycling due to China blocking shipments because what they were getting from plastic container loads were too contaminated. No thanks!

Just put it in the regular trash then.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that your comment shocked me.

If your municipal authority offers 'tours' of landfill facilities I'd urge you to sign-up for one. The scale is staggering.

In Northern Ireland, with fewer than 2 million inhabitants, we have one of the highest recycling rates in Europe ( about 40% ) yet still 400,000 tonnes of waste goes to landfill very year. 200kg per capita

The USA generates roughly twice as much waste per capita...

So that it disintegrates to microscopic fragments and contaminates the water over decades?

This is one case where an image would definitely be worth a thousand words! I had to Google what these were.

What do you use for tops of your deli cups?

And I honestly don't believe plastic recycling works. If I have plastic in the kitchen, it's plastic that can be used again and again for years, at least.

Huge +1 to this. Roommate worked in high-end restaurants and converted me. A $35, effectively unlimited supply of delicontainers is a life-changing addition to the kitchen.

why is this here what is happening

For one thing, it was written by a top 3 most up-voted user on HN. It's also an incredible life-hack.

It doesn't sound like an incredible life-hack. It sounds like more plastic crap that I don't have space for trying to take the place of more-durable things that I already possess, before failing and heading off to the landfill, thence eventually to the ocean.

What is "incredible" about using plastic containers to hold food?

Just wait until you hear my life hack about using plastic to prevent things from getting wet.

> incredible life-hack

Forgive me if you could hear me rolling my eyes from here.

I'm fond of plastic jars with screw-top lids (Rubbermaid brand?). They're sturdier and longer-lasting than these, and less likely to pop open and make a horrible mess if you happen to drop them.

And while you're at at: every coffee maker should be a Keurig and buy only disposable utensils to save time washing silverware.

You need deli cups if you like contributing to your local landfill.

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