Although I’ve been aware of the health risks of combining plastics with food (especially when heated) for a long time, plastics have a nasty habit of creeping into our kitchen. It’s as if they have feet of their own and enter in the depths of darkness.
Op shops and today’s garage sale cleared our home of plastics, for perhaps the fourth time in 20 years. I’m determined not to let it happen again!
Particularly risky are teflon-coated cookers and plastic containers used to heat food in the microwave. There are alternatives. For cooking on gas and electric stoves you can’t go past stainless steel pots and pans. In microwaves, ceramic and china bowls are perfect, with a saucer or small plate as the lid.
As far as storing food is concerned, no plastics. Instead, use glass, china, ceramic, enamel or stainless steel bowls — and instead of using a plastic film covering, use an upturned saucer or plate.
In the freezer: no plastics. Cellophane bags (made from wood fibre) provide an excellent alternative to plastic freezer bags. They can be purchased in health food stores or in bulk on the Internet.
Today I feel a mixture of pleasure and guilt. Pleasure that I’ve eliminated these plastics from our home, but also a bit of guilt that I’ve passed them on to other people who may use them unwisely.