Thanksgiving is over, but you probably still have plenty of leftovers to store or giveaway. Don’t run to your cupboards too quickly to store leftovers in those whipped topping and yogurt containers. Commercial food containers, especially those that contain dairy products are not good for reuse. Look at the bottom of the container and you are more likely to find a number 5 in the center of the triangle. Remember resin code 5 is not the safest plastic for storing food.
Glass food storage containers (with or without plastic lids) do not contain BPA (bisphenol-A), and are the safest way to store, freeze and reheat leftovers whether it’s from a big feast like Thanksgiving or today’s dinner. Opt for various sized containers from 1/2 cup to 3 cups or more. Rubbermaid and Anchor Hocking both have various sized glass containers with several lid color choices. One year for Christmas I received 3 sets of small to medium sized round glass storage containers, and they are still good today for freezing, reheating and stacking too. I use them in my lunches and when we travel – they are not much heavier than the old plastic ones either!
The safest way to clean plastic lids for glass food storage is hand-washing, however, some package sets do state it’s safe to wash plastic lids in your dishwasher. Ensure you read whether the lid is BPA free or not, so you know if you can use the lid in your microwave.
I’ve switched to aluminum and steel water bottles over the last few years. I even stopped buying bottled water 3 years ago to reduce our exposure to the harmful chemical, BPA. I only buy water or other drinks in plastic bottles while we are traveling and keep them in a cooler so that it lessens our exposure to BPA.
However, it seems that we still run the risk of exposure to BPA even with alternatives to plastic water bottles. This is an excerpt from Physorg, where you can read the article in its entirety.
Prompted by requests and concern from consumers, University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers wanted to see if these alternatives–including products made with stainless steel and coated aluminum–were truly giving the consumer an option free of BPA.
In a study reported in the July 8, 2011 advance online edition of the journal Chemosphere, Scott Belcher, PhD, associate professor in the pharmacology and cell biophysics department, and colleagues found that stainless steel- and/or co-polyester lined-aluminum bottles did not release BPA; however, aluminum bottles lined with epoxy-based resins still resulted in BPA contamination of liquids.
“BPA is an ever-present, high-volume industrial chemical that is an estrogen and an environmental endocrine disrupting chemical,” explains Belcher, adding that it has been shown in experimental models to negatively impact the heart and reproductive system and enhance the growth of certain tumors.
“It is used extensively in the production of consumer goods, polycarbonate plastics, in epoxy resins that are used to coat metallic food and beverage cans and in other products,” he continues. “There is great concern regarding the possible harmful effects from exposures that result from BPA leaching into foods and beverages from packaging or storage containers.
What do you make your daily java in? For years I owned a small 4 cup plastic base coffee maker, handed down from someone else in my family. My mom had a similar one as well, until the glass carafe broke. Do you have a traditional peculator? Love those too.
Awhile back I wrote a blog about the dangers of plastic coffee pots – the BPA type of dangers – the chemical that has been proven to cause Cancer. If you own one of these plastic coffee makers, it’s time you made the switch. There are excellent alternatives to BPA plastic coffee brews, a few manufacturers do use BPA free plastic (however, you’re still contributing to the production of plastic), but the best alternative is to buy a Bodum French Press.
If you relish the rich taste of fresh pressed coffee – just like those swanky coffee shops in San Fran & Seattle, you’re gonna love the French Press. It takes a little getting used to – you only need ground coffee and hot water – no filter! The entire French Press carafe is made from glass with only minimal plastic which IS BPA free. It’s completely washable, and you can make up to 8 cups (4 oz) at a time.
My mother received one for Christmas from Amazon, and she has adjusted to it after only a few uses. Bodum’s French Press is now on sale through my AmazonStore, so just click on the green Amazon box on the left column & you’ll be eligible not only for the sale price, but also for the super saver shipping with any purchase over $25 or click here too!
The Cuisinart Brew Central 12 cup programmable coffee pot is also on sale at 43% of retail price! This is a great addition to your eco friendly kitchen and appliances. Buy now and Save!
Study Shows (and Proves) Harmful Hormones Leach from Non BPA Free Plastics
Most plastic products, from sippy cups to food wraps, can release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives.
The study found these chemicals even in products that didn’t contain BPA, a compound in certain plastics that’s been widely criticized because it mimics estrogen.
Many plastic products are now marketed as BPA-free, and manufacturers have begun substituting other chemicals whose effects aren’t as well known.
But it’s still unclear whether people are being harmed by BPA or any other so-called estrogenic chemicals in plastics. Most studies of health effects have been done in mice and rats.
The new study doesn’t look at health risks. It simply asks whether common plastic products release estrogen-like chemicals other than BPA.
The researchers bought more than 450 plastic items from stores including Walmart and Whole Foods. They chose products designed to come in contact with food — things like baby bottles, deli packaging and flexible bags, says George Bittner, one of the study’s authors and a professor of biology at the University of Texas, Austin.
Learn more about which products are BPA free and ones that could be potentially harmful to your health. If you must use Rubbermaid plastic products, ensure they are BPA free.
Rubbermaid Comes Clean by Disclosing
Which Storage Containers are BPA Free
According toRubbermaid’swebsite, they are many products that are BPA free including the Flex Seal and Servin’ Saver series are 2 of many food containers that are BPA free. Other products that are BPA free include:
Premier (only the ones produced as of March 2010 are BPA free) check the bottom of the container for the BPA free symbol
Round & Square Jars
Durable butter and cake keeper
Other BPA free products are listed on their website, if you are not sure whether or not those Rubbermaid containers are leaching harmful toxins in your food.