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November 1996 Issue

Plastic Containers and Wraps Do Not Always Mix Well With Microwaves

Q. I sometimes use my microwave to reheat leftovers in empty margarine tubs or containers from take-out Chinese food. Is there any problem with this? A. There could be, depending on the food you're reheating. Some plastic containers may begin to soften and melt, not from the microwaves themselves, but from the heat generated when those waves come in contact with certain foods. Sugary foods like blueberry cobbler and high-fat foods like

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