Anything new I see advertised like Silicone wraps I don’t just go out and buy especially when it has to do with what I use in my kitchen …I think about what the product is and do some research before I buy.
Those people who know me just know I am going to speak to my friend Mr Google and do some investigating for myself on the safety of those Silicone wraps.
Firstly we had cling film or plastic food wrap as we Brits call it. If you hail from the other side of the pond then it’s Saran wrap, cling wrap or food wrap. It is all the same and was hailed as the best thing since sliced bread and we all known that ain’t true.
Typically used to seal food containers and keep the food inside fresh for a longer period. Sold in rolls with a serrated edge it clung to many smooth surfaces.
One of its uses was to cover food while it was microwaved…Proclaimed as something new innovative and wonderful. This was way back in the 1970’s
Fast forward nearly 50 years and we are hearing different stories.
That heat can increase the risk of chemicals leaching into food.
If you are cooking with plastics or using plastic utensils, the best thing to do is to follow the directions and only use plastics that are specifically meant for cooking. Inert containers are best, e.g heat-resistant glass, ceramics and good old stainless steel.
Plastic wrap is commonly made of PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride). In recent years other PVC alternatives have become more popular. The most popular alternative in recent years is LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) because it is considered by many experts to be safer for the human body.
I love all these words like Considered...Although considered implies serious thought has been given to a decision to me I would prefer a definite affirmative to the safety of a product which I am using in my home or kitchen.
That is not going to happen though…Is it?
We now have something new…Silicone Food Storage Wrap/Covers…
What is Silicone?? Well, there is Silicon and Silicone.
Silicon is naturally occurring element.
Silicone is a synthetic polymer made with silicon, oxygen, hydrogen or carbon made this way it is safe to use and if heated at high temperatures does not leach into foods. However, some Silicone contains fillers what fillers I do not know …Does this then make them unsafe? I have seen adverts claiming BPA free so I am working on the assumption that one of the fillers is BPA…
I am too old to believe everything that I am told or I see advertised as so many times I have questioned products and been told I am silly and don’t know what I am talking about…
Some of those same products are now known to be unsafe and contain hormone disruptors and the ilk so I believe I am right to question a new product before I buy and use it.
During my research, I came across another product…New to me for Beeswax wraps
Which are washable, reusable, safe, compostable and all the words that I love to hear…
It is music to my ears.
Yes, they are not as pliable so use something else a glass container, you have to wash them well… I do washing anyway so will one more thing to wash make a difference to me? No!
They are expensive!
My question? What price do you put on yours and your family’s health???
Another option if you have the time is to make them yourself …..I have found a link to a woman who does and I must say the instructions are clear with lots of photos, concise and it looks quite easy for even a beginner… If you do have a go please let me know how you get on.
That’s all for this post I do hope you have enjoyed it and found it useful and I am looking forward to your comments and if you also hit the share buttons I would love that ….Thanks, Carol xxxx
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