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Old 04-03-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Be wary of some plastic utensils

I have a few plastic spoons and spatulas I have bought over the last few months from the dollar store. I used one a few times to stir and serve hot food and there is this very strong chemical/plastic smell and flavor that comes from it. I just through all of them out. Nothing plastic anymore. Especially from China...

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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Amen to the no plastic rule. I try hard to keep plastic away from food, and especially hot food.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Hmmmm. Never would have considered that as I don't have any plastic utensils. Mostly wood or stainless steel. I suppose that if one doesn't have something they don't really know the potential ramifications.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:37 PM   #4
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We have several plastic utensils we use. Most of them are fairly long in the tooth, but they serve. The plastic pasta thingy did get too close to a burner and ended up smelling badly (it also went from a baby blue to black).
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:45 PM   #5
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I have a few plastic spoons and spatulas I have bought over the last few months from the dollar store. I used one a few times to stir and serve hot food and there is this very strong chemical/plastic smell and flavor that comes from it. I just through all of them out. Nothing plastic anymore. Especially from China...
Well there's your problem. . .as you also mention, especially from China.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:50 AM   #6
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Does silicone qualify as a plastic? I think it does, but I'm not completely sure.

I've been using these OXO silicone spatulas and stir spoons, and haven't had any problem at all with them in high heat situations. No chemical smell. No melting.

They're more than a buck. Maybe $6-7. Still a good value, I think.


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Old 04-04-2012, 12:58 AM   #7
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Does silicone qualify as a plastic? I think it does, but I'm not completely sure.

I've been using these OXO silicone spatulas and stir spoons, and haven't had any problem at all with them in high heat situations. No chemical smell. No melting.

They're more than a buck. Maybe $6-7. Still a good value, I think.


We buy some stuff like that at Dollarama. We have not had issues with silicone stuff.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:08 AM   #8
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Does silicone qualify as a plastic? I think it does, but I'm not completely sure.

everyone knows that silicone comes from a valley in california, and it's used to make boobies stand up unnaturally.

that's just a spatula.



lol, i've had a similar experience with dollar store plastic utensils. i remember one time leaving a long, plastic serving spoon in a pot of bubbling sunday gravy for a few minutes after stirring it, and when i pulled the spoon out it had warped. i don't recall any smell, but i chucked it and the other utensils that i bought with it straight away. warping comes just before melting. yuk.
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everyone knows that silicone comes from a valley in california, and it's used to make boobies stand up unnaturally.

that's just a spatula.



lol, i've had a similar experience with dollar store plastic utensils. i remember one time leaving a long, plastic serving spoon in a pot of bubbling sunday gravy for a few minutes after stirring it, and when i pulled the spoon out it had warped. i don't recall any smell, but i chucked it and the other utensils that i bought with it straight away. warping comes just before melting. yuk.
You just reminded me of something a roommate did. She took the plastic scraper for the Braun food processor and used it as a spatula for cooking. Then she said it wasn't very good quality, because it melted a bit.

It was no longer usable for its intended purpose.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:20 AM   #10
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The coating on our Chicago Metallic Aluminum Perforated French Bread pans (made in ¿Chicago?, China) is not holding up well; they're a pain to clean and were not exactly cheap.
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