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August 1998 Issue

Plastics and Microwaves Aren't Always a Good Combination

Q. Does it matter what I use for reheating leftovers in the microwave? A. Yes. Some plastic containers like margarine tubs and some plastic wraps may soften and melt. This isn't caused by the microwaves themselves, but by the heat of the food. Any contact between hot food and plastic can be a problem. And the hotter the food, the bigger the problem. Fatty foods like ground beef, gravies or cheese, and sugary

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