posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 03:51 AM
reply to post by soulpowertothendegree
Like all the previous posters, I will warn against plasticizers. But, I also know that most name-brand plastic wraps and baggies no longer use
plasticizers but rather rely on pvc which appears to be safe. And, it is/has been studied in recent years especially with the growing popularity of
sous vide cooking. But, some of the less expensive plastic wraps still use plasticizers in their production. Never, ever use the packaging that food
is wrapped in from the market (unless the item comes in a boiling/microwavable steaming pouch). I doubt the stores invest in the safe plastic to wrap
their meats. Rewrap that sort of food in products that state that they are microwave safe.
Keeping it simple though, contamination is easily avoidable. I, myself, keep about half a dozen dishwasher safe plastic cutting mats on hand. They
store in a drawer and only cost about $2 each. I use one and then it goes into the dishwasher for a washing and a heat dry.
Thawing outside of the fridge is questionable, I suppose. Years ago, I needed to thaw a frozen turkey quickly. I found the cold water thawing
directions on the
I use that method frequently to this day. Not just for turkeys. Food stays in a water-proof package and is
submerged in cold tap water. Replace the water every 30 mins. (Actually I've moved on to a quicker method - food in a waterproof package in a large
dish in the sink. Fill dish with cold tap water and leave a cold stream running into the dish. Convection speeds the thawing process).