It must be good my favourite celebrity said so on the telly ???

 

I wonder how many people bought any of these my guess quite a few…..

Anything new I see advertised like Silicone wraps I don’t just go out and buy especially when it has to do with what I use in my kitchen …I think what the product is and do some research before I buy… Do You???

Those people who know me just know I am going to speak to my friend Mr Google and do some investigating for myself on the safety of those Silicone wraps.

Firstly we had cling film or plastic food wrap as we Brits call it. If you hail from the other side of the pond then it’s Saran wrap, cling wrap or food wrap.

It is all the same and was hailed as the best thing since sliced bread and we all known that ain’t true.

Typically used to seal food containers and keep the food inside fresh for a longer period. Sold in rolls with a serrated edge it clung to many smooth surfaces.

One of its uses was to cover food while it was microwaved…Proclaimed as something new innovative and wonderful. This was way back in the 1970’s

Fast forward nearly 50 years and we are hearing different stories.

That heat can increase the risk of chemicals leaching into food.

If you are cooking with plastics or using plastic utensils, the best thing to do is to follow the directions and only use plastics that are specifically meant for cooking.

Plastics explained:

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

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Inert containers are best, e.g heat-resistant glass, ceramics and good old stainless steel.

Plastic wrap is commonly made of PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride). In recent years other PVC alternatives have become more popular. The most popular alternative in recent years is LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) because it is considered by many experts to be safer for the human body.

I love all these words like Considered...Although considered implies serious thought has been given to a decision to me I would prefer a definite affirmative to the safety of a product which I am using in my home or kitchen.

That is not going to happen though…Is it?

We now have something new…Silicone Food Storage Wrap/Covers…

 

What is Silicone?? Well, there is Silicon and Silicone.

Silicon is naturally occurring element.

Silicone is a synthetic polymer made of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen or carbon anything made this way is safe to use and if heated at high temperatures does not leach into foods. However, some Silicone contains fillers what fillers I do not know …Does this then make them unsafe? I have seen adverts claiming BPA free so I am working on the assumption that one of the fillers is BPA…

Here is a good article with links if you want to learn more about BPA and its effect on the human body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-the-hormone-mimic-in-plastic-and-inside-food-cans/

I am too old to believe everything that I am told or I see advertised as so many times I have questioned products and been told I am silly and don’t know what I am talking about…

Some of those same products are now known to be unsafe and contain hormone disruptors and the ilk so I believe I am right to question a new product before I buy and use it.

During my research, I came across another product…New to me for Beeswax wraps.

Beeswax Wraps

Which are washable, reusable, safe, compostable and all the words that I love to hear…

It is music to my ears…. But I could hear the voices saying??

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They are not as pliable?  Use something else i.e a glass container.

You have to wash them? Well?… I do washing anyway so will one more thing to wash make a difference to me? No!

They are expensive!

My question?  What price do you put on yours and your family’s health???

Just saying!

Another option if you have the time is to make them yourself …..I have found a link to a woman who does and I must say the instructions are clear with lots of photos, concise and it looks quite easy for even a beginner… If you do have a go please let me know how you get on.

28 thoughts on “It must be good my favourite celebrity said so on the telly ???

  1. Lise

    I don’t use any wraps at all, just safe containers. There’s too much plastic in everything and there’s no reason to expose yourself or others to them ☺️

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    1. Carol Post author

      That’s good Lise it is what suits the individual I think it is just good to be aware ..definitely too much plastic about 🙂

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  3. dgkaye

    Great points Carol. I like those beeswax strips idea. C’mon who in this age is still microwaving with saran wrap? Scary to think. Of course I use glass containers and a microwave safe cover for splatters. 🙂 ❤

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  4. D. Wallace Peach

    Those commercials brought back memories, Carol, especially Fabio. Ha ha. I used plastics for years but now try to stick with glass, particularly for anything hot. Even if plastics were “safe,” they are hard on the environment. Those beeswax covers look interesting and since I make my own salves, I have plenty of beeswax on hand – I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the informative post!

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  5. willedare

    This blog post delights and reassures me, Carol. I feel less alone as I read it and the comments that follow it. THANK YOU for speaking out against the trillions of dollars of advertising which entices us to buy/use/consume stuff we don’t need AND which is often unhealthy for us and for all of the ecosystems we depend on for our human existence here on planet earth. Celebrity endorsements sadden and baffle me. How can these folks need the money? To pay alimony and child support after a divorce? To pay for the staff and upkeep on their numerous pieces of property? To pay for more plastic surgery? I did hear of one person, Alec Baldwin, who chose to do a series of ads in order to raise money so that he could give it all away… Maybe that makes it a bit better? Your other theme — that we humans are often encouraged to use new products and technologies (asbestos anyone? how about cigarettes which are good for your lungs?) simply so that someone can make a lot of money before the products have been appropriately tested (if in fact they ever ARE tested….) — is one of the saddest aspects of capitalism to me. The profit motive, which often seems to become distilled into a potent, oblivious hubris and/or a desperate need to meet quarterly targets, so often ignores or downplays the potential dangerous side effects of a new invention or discovery. I think there still are human cultures — often aboriginal — who weigh the possible consequences of a particular decision or action for many generations to come… But our currently dominant culture of greed and consumption pays little or no heed to any consequences… Even this powerful and important sentence from your blog post “What price do you put on yours and your family’s health???” leaves out the equally important idea that the health of our larger ecosystems IS JUST AS IMPORTANT as our own or our family’s health. In fact, it’s inextricably interwoven with our personal health and with the health of our family. For example, without healthy ecosystems — such as bats and bees and birds who pollinate a huge amount of our human food crops — we humans will have less and less to eat. Deep breath in. Deep breath out. Let us simplify our lives… and make decisions guided by a reverence and gratitude for the entire amazing web of life here on planet earth.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Will, when I made that statement about yours and your children’s health my intent was not in any way to downplay the importance of preserving and nurturing the beautiful world we live in ..It was an answer to questions I could imagine people asking or thinking as they read my post…Which I felt compelled to write as I care deeply about the health and well being of both people and the planet we live on…I absolutely really dislike manufacturers and anyone connected to food and packaging the amount of packaging which harms not just people but the environment is appalling and they should be made through taxes to be more responsible but it’s people I don’t understand ..I don’t understand their complacency as regards everything which is wrong with the world.. I am pleased that you understand my passion and thank you for your comments 🙂

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  6. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Do you use Cling film, saran wrap or other plastics during cooking… or reheating in the microwave… take a look at Carol’s informative post on the health implications and some of the alternatives that are available.. as Carol has, always do your research on the next wonderful invention… your family’s health is at stake.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you for the reblog , Sally much appreciated these celebrities really should think about the impact their sponsorships/ endorsements have but money is king ) Hugs xxx

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