Reheat Ware for Microwave
Apologies if this is on the wrong board. I did do a search but only came up with ideas for people who want to bring their dishes home again to reuse for themselves.
I'm looking for individual serving, non-plastic, microwaveable dishes that I can leave where I give them. I take lunch to a friend once every six weeks, and so far I've been able to get away with cold salads, casseroles in tinfoil pans that she has to dish out a serving to a plate to reheat, quiche in a tinfoil pan, and soups that she reheats in a big coffee mug. I want to branch out to crepes and stuffed shells and maybe lasagna.
Are there any paper containers that are microwave safe? I can cook in a larger pan; just want to give her a serving in something I don't need back. I know that some paper bowls in the grocery store say "micro safe," but does that just mean they won't burn?
I've thought about coordinating with her to switch plates with me, but I don't think she'll remember.
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Thanks, everyone. This is her place of business with only a micro and dorm size fridge. She doesn't know when she can grab lunch between clients. I give her a generous amount of whatever, and she usually has enough to take home. So the returning-the-dish thing probably won't work.
I have a couple restaurant supply places locally, so I will definitely look there. The link Wyogal posted has several possibilities for a reasonable price.
I appreciate your input.
As wyogal pointed out, they are available and economical on a large scale. But is it economical to you? 300 containers is a lot if you are doing this every 6 weeks.
Some ideas to explore would be splitting the quantity with friends who may do the same thing, don't forget shipping cost as paper goods can be heavy. Visiting local restaurants that do a take out business and seeing if you can buy some from them.
Typically items labeled microwave safe are those that won't leach chemicals into the food when used as directed and won't cause problems for the microwave. We tend to notice problems with plastics degrading in a microwave when they are heated with too high of a power level. The problem is that power levels vary and have increased greatly over the years. Many things, food included will burn in a microwave given enough time.
Foil and plastic containers are probably the easiest and cheapest for small scale and will hold up if accidentally left in the car for a while, whereas paper will tend to breakdown over time.
When I was taking food to someone, I just picked up my dish when I returned. If you bought some single serve Pyrex pieces, you could leave a couple filled with food, and pick them up the next time you were there. Other than that, I think disposable foil pans would work, if they did not go into the microwave. Either your friend would have to empty the contents onto her serving plate, or she would have to heat up in the conventional oven.