safety of margarine bowl with boiling water?
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Chris Jackson
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safety of margarine bowl with boiling water? on 05/24/2007 16:39:32 MDT Print View

Is it safe to put boiling water in a margarine container? One concern is whether the plastic could soften, and another is whether the plastic coloring could leach into the water. (I presently use a ziploc bowl, but margarine bowls are lighter.)

Sarah Kirkconnell
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Re: safety of margarine bowl with boiling water? on 05/24/2007 17:45:36 MDT Print View

Chris, I'd look on the bottom to see what number plastic it is, then go look it up online. You can see what the plastic made of, etc :-)

Chris Jackson
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Re: Re: safety of margarine bowl with boiling water? on 05/24/2007 20:20:45 MDT Print View

I'm not sure whether the number on the bottom tells the whole story. Both the ziploc container and a small yogurt container are number 5, but the ziploc is clear whereas the yogurt container is white. So is the white stuff an additive?

Sarah Kirkconnell
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Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: safety of margarine bowl with boiling water? on 05/24/2007 21:35:02 MDT Print View

Maybe more to be concerned with is that the Ziploc container is rated for microwaves (so hence can take hot water) but the margarine container isn't rated for microwave use.
Somewhere I remember reading an article on what can be used...let me go find it!

Sarah Kirkconnell
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Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Links! on 05/24/2007 21:37:56 MDT Print View

Ok, here is one:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cookplastic.asp
That should help some. I wouldn't worry about chemicals, but more that since it isn't rated for microwaving, your butter tub is more likely to get "soft" when heated with water. This in turn could cause it to dump food on you.
The Ziploc ones don't get soft though, so very well may be worth the tiny extra weight.

Chris Jackson
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Re: Links! on 05/25/2007 11:44:12 MDT Print View

Sarah, thanks for the link! Chris