Uses for Plastic Lids
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Absolutely, don't put any plastic in the microwave that isn't labeled microwave-safe. I don't even microwave Gladware-type containers anymore; I turn the food out into glass or Corelle to microwave it. I cover plates with a microwavable plate cover, and I cover bowls with a plate or a paper towel.
I've tried using plastic lids for small plant saucers, but when I water them it always seems to overflow. I do use the lids, though, as saucers under oil bottles or anything that might drip in my cupboards. I'm always careful to wipe the lip before I put bottles away...but I'm not always the one who puts them away!
I recycle most of the empty containers because it just too much clutter to keep. I do keep a few and I use some of my small lids to put under my plant pots on my window sill. They are the perfect size for the small pots. If I make a dip I use a large margine container and the lids always fit perfect so thats no spill when taking to a house party. I put it in their bowl and throw the container away. No muss no fuss for me.
I freeze in margarine containers, then thaw on defrost, approx. 1/2 defrosted then put in micro. container, of course who knows what is safe any more, but I have done this for 20 yrs. Also the unsafe plastic has a no. on the bottom, will look that up for you.
I only use paper plates or regular dish plate to cover microwave food as plastic in microwaves is dangerous!
I also keep empty containers to reuse. I use the top of a container that a cake comes in from the grocery store. It is domed and can easily be poked for vent holes, and it doesn't touch the food. I save all these type of containers to store food in. You can see through them to tell what's in there. Also good for taking food places in, and if you don't get it back. Oh well!
I save lids and caps for various purposes. I think tho it would be safer to use a piece of plain white paper towels or some waxed paper in the microwave. I'm trying to get away from using plastics in the microwave. Those lids were never meant to be microwaved and you just don't know if any harmful chemicals are going into the food. You definitely want to be sure the lid isn't touching the food. Maybe you could just use a paper plate for this purpose instead and you could get quite a few uses out of it before you'd have to pitch. Also you don't have to worry about whether it can be recycled. Paper in the landfill is better than plastic.
It is my understanding that if plastic isn't labelled for the microwave that it sheds plastic particles. Altho invisible, we would still be ingesting it.
I also like to use lids underneath stuff. Like my honey container! It keeps my cabinets nice and clean!
By Robyn F. from Tri-Cities, TN
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