Do Halo Dish Covers keep food fresh?
Freshness is actually related to time. A carrot is freshest the moment it is pulled from the soil and will become less fresh as days past. The reason why we think that plastic ‘locks in freshness’ is because it locks in condensation. When you seal room temperature food in plastic and put it in the fridge you are locking in the room temperature air which will result in ‘sweating’ thus producing droplets of condensation. In the case of plastic wrap, as those droplets fall into your food, they carry with it the toxins from the plastics.
The key to eating fresh food is in the shopping and preparation however it is possible to preserve the quality of food through good storage practices. Breathable covers allow for evaluation which means that your food cools down to about 4˚C or 40˚F quickly and without sweating.
Does your food dry out when covered by Halo Dish Covers in the fridge?
The answer to this question depends on what you are storing and for how long you would like to store it for. Halo Dish Covers are ideal for storing liquid based food such as stews, soups and batters for up to a week, and rinsed leafy greens such as spinach for 3-5 days. They work nicely for 1-3 days storage of leftovers and ongoing dishes with mayonnaise or oil dressings such as potato salad, tabbouleh, or bean salad. More delicate leaves are also good for a few days. Food such as cooked chicken breast can be kept overnight.
Can you use them in the microwave?
Halo Dish Covers have not been tested for safe microwave use by health and safety authorities as stated on our labels. We are aware, however that they are used in the microwave to avoid the leaching of chemicals from heating plastic.
Do they seal your food completely like plastic would?
Halo Dish Covers are breathable allowing evaporation to occur and promoting efficient cooling in the fridge. Out of the fridge your food is protected from contaminants without suffocating your crisp salad leaves or sweating the top layer of your casserole. They do not have a plastic layer or a wax coating.
How adjustable are they?
Halo Dish Covers have a sturdy elasticated edge that stretches over various sizes and shapes of jugs, extra smalls, smalls, mediums, large and extra-large dishes.
I don’t know what size my bowls are.
Our dish covers are super adjustable, so you simply need to consider the function. If you are looking for an everyday cling wrap alternative for unfinished kids snacks or a portion of food in the fridge then you will love our set of smalls and perhaps our medium size for an ongoing bean or grain dish in the fridge. For entertaining and for larger families our set of larges provide protection for medium and large salad bowls on the table or in the car and our extra-large is super versatile because although round it will cover an oval plater or rectangle casserole dish.
What is the most common size?
If you are considering buying one dish cover as a gift for someone who has a family, then we recommend our large size because it fits most common salad bowls. For people just starting out and for those at the downscaling time of life we recommend our set of smalls or our medium size. Halo Dish Covers are adjustable and all about function so you can’t go wrong.
How long do they last?
We make Halo Dish Covers to be used every day and washed often. Our dish covers have been made and sold in this construction using these materials since 2013. Our elastic is made to our specification which gives our dish covers the longevity that other dish covers don’t have. Obviously cold wash and hang dry will prolong their life but this is not necessary if it is not part of your normal routine. Enjoy them for years!
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Does the printing fade?
The print doesn’t fade, however with all textile printing, colder washes in mild detergents and hanging to dry will preserve the quality of the print and the environment over time. Do not bleach.
What are they made of?
Halo Dish Covers are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and elastic allowing for a breathable cover and easy wash and dry. Our quest to get organic cotton to South Africa is ongoing.
Can I get a set all in the same color?
Sorry but they are color coded for size! We make each cover a complimentary color, so you know which size each cover is at a glance. When our designers submit their final designs, they also send us a color pallet which guides us as we set out the color combinations for each range.
How do you wash them?
It is so easy to wash your Halo Dish Covers. Just throw them in the wash with your normal laundry. They don’t get as dirty as one might think because while protecting your food, they do not come into contact with your food very often. If your Halo happens to have a run in with some turmeric or beetroot, wash out as soon as possible if you are particular about marks.
Cold or warm machine wash. Can be hand washed. Hang or warm tumble dry. Do not bleach. Wash out potential stains soonest.