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Old 02-08-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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I had an e-mail stating that plastic bowls used in the microwave are known to use a cancerous cell or something - anyone else had this e-mail and know how true it is ?

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Old 02-08-2008, 12:37 PM   #2
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It's probably not true. I don't know if this is the email you received (it would help if you quote from it, so we can see what you're talking about), but here is a page that debunks something similar: Urban Legends Reference Pages: Microwaving Plastic Releases Cancer-Causing Agents

If that is not the one you received, you can search to see if the one you have is there. At google.com, search for this:

site:snopes.com microwave plastic
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:55 PM   #3
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I have an aunt who FREAKS out when I bring food in a plastic container/bowl because she has to transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl before reheating it in the nuker. I think she's nutty. She also says not to ever use Saran Wrap in the microwave either.

She probably knows something I don't know, but ignorance is bliss! Until I grow a second nose, it's plastic in the microwave for me.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:24 PM   #4
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I have an aunt who FREAKS out when I bring food in a plastic container/bowl because she has to transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl before reheating it in the nuker. I think she's nutty. She also says not to ever use Saran Wrap in the microwave either.
I don't like using plastic in the microwave but only because it stains so badly and then I feel like I can only put red sauced stuff in the stained bowls, but that's the only reason. No fears of anything.

I do not, however, use Saran Wrap because it caught on fire and melted all over my food one time with my old microwave. I just don't trust the stuff and there are too many other options to use something proven to melt when too hot.
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:21 AM   #5
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All thermoplastics release gas, this condition is augmented by heat. I am not suggesting anything here, but I prefer to use glass ilo plastic to store food.
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Old 02-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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All thermoplastics release gas, this condition is augmented by heat. I am not suggesting anything here, but I prefer to use glass ilo plastic to store food.
Do you not think food goes bad faster in glass? I know when I store casseroles in the glass I cook them in they go bad pretty quick.
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Callisto in NC,
I am not sure about your question, I rarely store food for more than one day (in glass and reheat in the pan, not the container).
As fas as I know glass is pretty inert, but it doesn't conduct heat as well as metals thus cooking with it requires some adjustments. Perhaps this results on the food being more prone to spoil faster?... good question!
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:09 PM   #8
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I gave up on plastic and just have glass now as well. They do, however, have plastic air-tight lids for storage. I have never had a problem with them going bad any faster than when I used to store them in plastic containers in the past.
I think I have three heavy duty plastic bowls still hanging around here with air-tight lids, we use them during the summer to hold our food while out working all day. I do not allow them to be used in the microwave at all, but not for health reasons either.
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Callisto in NC,
I am not sure about your question, I rarely store food for more than one day (in glass and reheat in the pan, not the container).
As fas as I know glass is pretty inert, but it doesn't conduct heat as well as metals thus cooking with it requires some adjustments. Perhaps this results on the food being more prone to spoil faster?... good question!
You answered in that you don't store food more than a day. In my house I store food up to a week and then freeze in plastic. I can't imagine all that I would toss if I didn't.
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I had an e-mail stating that plastic bowls used in the microwave are known to use a cancerous cell or something - anyone else had this e-mail and know how true it is ?
Here is the bottom line on it..
Plastics and Microwave Ovens - Food Safety Articles
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