Microwaving plastic wrap.
I brought some risotto for lunch today and microwaved it in a plastic baggie. (It actually came out much better than just microwaving it w/a plate covering it.) The baggie developed holes in it (it cooked for 1 min.) which means the plastic melted into the food. Does anybody know of a type of plastic wrap/baggies that don't melt into the food (either visibly or invisibly)?
From a Web site on food safety issues:
" . . . food safety experts agree that consumers should take the following precautions when using plastic wrap or plastic containers in a microwave oven:
Only plastic containers or packaging labeled "Microwave Safe" should be used in microwave ovens.
If plastic wrap is used when microwaving, it should not be allowed to come into direct contact with food.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, chemical components can indeed "migrate" from plastics into food at microwaving temperatures. However, there is scant evidence to date, says the agency, that such contaminants pose a serious threat to human health."
That said, I too use Stretch-tite, which says "Great for microwave ovens" but does not specifically say "microwave safe" and I too cook my artichokes in them.
Whether or not the plastic actually "melted" into the food, the use of plastic wrap in the mv should be avoided. chemical tranferrence probably occured as the plastic heated, softened and came in contact with your meal and will occur again. it's not worth the risk. paper towels and wax paper are your easiest fix for such a purpose. i have never seen a mv safe plastic wrap but if others have, i would love to know the make.