The Meaning of Microwave Safe Plastic
When it comes to microwavable dinnerware, most people immediately reach for dishes made of glass or ceramic. Plastic, on the other hand, is treated with caution. But despite the associated myths and misgivings, plastic can be just as safe as ceramic and glass, and is considerably more convenient.
So, which plastics can you put in the microwave? The key is on the label: look for the words “microwave safe,” sometimes represented by a microwave symbol. It means that the product won’t warp or melt under microwave heat. Perhaps more importantly, it also means that there is no danger from chemicals leaching into your food as it cooks. For a product to display the microwave safe label (or instructions implying anything of the sort), it needs to be approved by the FDA, which requires extensive testing and data review. You can trust that the plastic is safe under reasonable use conditions.
With that assurance in mind, other factors can make a huge difference in choosing your microwavable dishes. Low weight and high durability are two reasons that plastic is great for everyday use; it’s easy to carry and won’t easily break. Zakwave microwave safe dishes are perfect for heating and serving food without interrupting for a messy transfer, and they’re dishwasher safe for a clean-up bonus.
- Harvard Health Publications, Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?, 2015
- Plasticsinfo.com, Using Plastics in the Microwave