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Old 09-13-2006, 08:17 PM   #1
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Safety of Plastic Wrap in the Microwave

I believe it was yesterday.....I was watch the cooking show on foodnetwork (Sandra Lee) .....anyway when she was using the microwave she said, "'Plastic Wrap is a no no in the microwave" ????? I always use plastic wrap.....why not??

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Old 09-13-2006, 08:33 PM   #2
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I've heard that when it heats up it releases some "bad" chemicals.

I use it all the time too.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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i dont pay attention to that sandra lee...
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:35 PM   #4
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a damp paper towel is best...keeps heat in, doesn't let food dry out, doesn't stick melt or burn during a couple minute reheat etc. May not be good for long microwave cooking.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:40 PM   #5
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I think there are microwave safe plastic wraps available. Personally I buy the cheap stuff and it does tend to melt and even make holes if it gets too hot. I only use plastic wrap for reheating things, and use a damp papertowel for others things as Robo mentioned.
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I always just use a piece of paper towel on top of something that may splat.

I never wanted to try leaving the plastic wrap on.
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:07 PM   #7
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I use a paper towel over stuff too.
Here's an interesting article on the subject:

Click here: Urban Legends Reference Pages: Plastic-Tac-Toe
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I use wax paper.
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:33 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone! I'll switch to strictly paper towels. I only used the plasitc wrap for short intervels but I'll eliminate it all together now.
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:38 PM   #10
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If you wrap food in plastic wrap so it is in contact with the food surface, the application of heat will release chemicals from the plastic that will leach into the food. These chemicals are known or suspected carcinogens (I can't remember which).

You can buy plastic wrap that is of a different composition and safe in this situation.

If you read the fine print on the box, it should tell you whether or not to use it in heating food.

Of course, if you don't use plastic wrap this way, you don't have to worry.
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