Just say no to microwaving in plastic.
Here are the facts: According to Harvard Medical School, it’s true that substances in plastic containers called “plasticizers” may leak into food. The allowable amount is regulated by the FDA: their testing includes how long the container will be in the microwave, how many times you might use it and which chemicals migrate into your food. If a container meets certain guidelines, it will receive a “microwave-safe” icon or sticker.
But — and this is a big but — does it mean it’s really safe? It all boils down to your philosophy on what’s an “allowable” amount of potentially toxic materials in your family’s food, especially when there are so many good alternatives like glass.
A few more tips:
- Instead of covering food with plastic wrap in the microwave, use a paper towel as an alternative
- Some glass containers have plastic lids. Be sure to remove the lid before microwaving
- Go microwave-free for a week. We’ve met quite a few families who’ve been ditching their microwaves in favor of toaster ovens and the good old stove-top method of heating. It may seem like a daunting task at first if you’re used to nuking your tea every morning, but try it for a week! You may find that the alternatives aren’t so difficult after all.
Have you ditched your microwave for good? Tell us in the comments below! How did you do it? Do you miss it?