Microwavesafe containers.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by IntuneJune, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    I am going to start making hot Quinoa cereal at work, it cooks for 2-2 1/2 minutes in the microwave.

    Don't want to bring a bowl that has to be washed afterwards as I only have a bathroom sink nearby and just don't want my dish in THAT sink.

    Also I carry all my breakfast including a thermos of coffee which is very heavy, so really don't want a heavy breakable bowl in my bag also.

    Is there any plastic-ware I could throw out afterwards that is safe to cook in the microwave? The microwave will be cooking the cereal, not just heating it up.

    Thanks, June
  2. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    ...have you looked into Gladware?

    Thanks,

    Karen
  3. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    not unless you want to be eating petrochemical by products. If you have a keen nose, as a general rule, if you can smell plastic and it's the softer/flexible kind, then it's too volotile and will leach into your food if you heat it. I find food or drink tastes plasticky after a few days in the fridge in softer plastics. I use only glass or the plexiglass types of hard plastic.

    Esp. at the high heat you need to cook cereal, you don't want to use a disposable plastic. Why not have a permanent container you just wash in the bathroom? If you don't like that idea, then take it home.


    Jeanne
  4. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    OK, maybe I will have to "take it home."

    As it is now, when I leave for work, I look as though I am running away from home with the size of the bag I carry my foods, coffee, etc in. That over one shoulder, pocketbook over the other.

    I just wanted to eliminate the bulk and weight, I cannot park near the door.

    :(

    I did think this was going to be the answer.............

    Thanks for your help!

    Thanks for replying Karen, I was hoping someone would say, that plastics being unsafe in the microwave was an urban legend.....not true....but

    June
    [This Message was Edited on 04/23/2006]
  5. LISALOO

    LISALOO New Member

    Definately use glassware, I use pyrex.

    Plastic is not an urban myth. My mother gave me an article from the Mayo Clinic. They even said don't use plastic for a water bottle if you freeze it, because it could leach. All the years I froze my water bottle, oops.
  6. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    ...like microwavable gladware...are perfectly safe. Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion. For myself I love my Gladware...LOL :)





    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    FDA Consumer magazine
    November-December 2002
    Table of Contents



    Plastics and the Microwave
    By Michelle Meadows

    Stories about the dangers of chemicals leaching from plastic into microwaved food have circulated on the Internet for years. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration continues to receive inquiries from concerned consumers.

    Consumers can be confident as they heat holiday meals or leftovers in the microwave that the FDA carefully reviews the substances used to make plastics designed for food use. These include microwave-safe plastic coverings that keep food from splattering and microwave-safe containers that hold frozen dinners. Even microwavable popcorn bags, which look like paper, actually contain a metalized plastic film that allows them to reach high temperatures so the corn can fully pop.

    Under the food additive provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, new substances used to make plastics for food use are classified as "food contact substances." They must be found safe for their intended use before they can be marketed.

    "It's true that substances used to make plastics can leach into food," says Edward Machuga, Ph.D., a consumer safety officer in the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "But as part of the approval process, the FDA considers the amount of a substance expected to migrate into food and the toxicological concerns about the particular chemical." The agency has assessed migration levels of substances added to regulated plastics and has found the levels to be well within the margin of safety based on information available to the agency. The FDA will revisit its safety evaluation if new scientific information raises concerns.

    One chemical called diethylhexyl adipate (DEHA) has received a lot of media attention. DEHA is a plasticizer, a substance added to some plastics to make them flexible. DEHA exposure may occur when eating certain foods wrapped in plastics, especially fatty foods such as meat and cheese. But the levels are very low. The levels of the plasticizer that might be consumed as a result of plastic film use are well below the levels showing no toxic effect in animal studies.

    Other claims have asserted that plastics contain dioxins, a group of contaminants labeled as a "likely human carcinogen" by the Environmental Protection Agency. "The FDA has seen no evidence that plastic containers or films contain dioxins and knows of no reason why they would," Machuga says.

    Machuga says that consumers should be sure to use any plastics for their intended purpose and in accordance with directions. If you don't find instructions for microwave use, you should use a different plate or container that you know is microwave-safe. Such containers are made to withstand high temperatures.

    For example, carryout containers from restaurants and margarine tubs should not be used in the microwave, according to the American Plastics Council. Inappropriate containers may melt or warp, which can increase the likelihood of spills and burns. Also, discard containers that hold prepared microwavable meals after you use them because they are meant for one-time use.

    Microwave-safe plastic wrap should be placed loosely over food so that steam can escape, and should not directly touch your food. "Some plastic wraps have labels indicating that there should be a one-inch or greater space between the plastic and the food during microwave heating," Machuga says.

    Always read directions, but generally, microwave-safe plastic wraps, wax paper, cooking bags, parchment paper, and white microwave-safe paper towels are safe to use. Covering food helps protect against contamination, keeps moisture in, and allows food to cook evenly. Never use plastic storage bags, grocery bags, newspapers, or aluminum foil in the microwave.


    FDA/Office of Public Affairs
    Web page created by clb 2002-OCT-19.

    Please also see

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN00873

    http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article.php?id=99
  7. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    She said that her husband and her puts their regular mothers oats in a bowl and pour hot, hot water over it (I imagine a saucer or something on top to hold the heat) and let it set for 5 minutes and said it was very good this way.

    She also said that the dish was really easy to clean also.

    I have not tried it. Sorry that I do not remember who posted this.....................Susan