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Unnecessary uses of plastic wrap

Karen_Schaffer | Jul 27, 200811:19 AM

So many recipes call for using plastic wrap as a temporary cover for bowls, and it's often so unnecessary! Does this bother anyone else? Why specify covering with plastic wrap? Why not a pan lid, a casserole cover, a cookie sheet, a kitchen towel, etc.? Why a piece of plastic wrap to be used for a few hours then thrown away?

I admit, this has become a pet peeve of mine. In the grand scheme of things, what's a few pieces of plastic wrap? A few pennies of cost, a few square centimeters of landfill, a tiny amount of resources used in the manufacturing. But it adds up, and the usage is often so totally unnecessary. Wrapping a cut onion in plastic wrap, sure, I'll do that. But covering a bowl? I've got plenty of alternatives.

It's always bothered me that so many microwave recipes use plastic wrap too. Despite manufacturers claims, I don't trust the wrap not to leach plasticizers into the food. Again, why not use a glass casserole cover? Or a reusable vented microwave cover (even if it is plastic)? It's not like they're that much work to wash.

This rant brought to you courtesy of a strawberry recipe that specified "Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring every so often." Honestly, it's far easier to lift up a lid of some sort and stir than it is to pull plastic wrap back then replace repeatedly, not mention being less wasteful.

(I'm posting this in Home Cooking because it's about recipes and cooking, but if the Chowhound team thinks it should be in General Chowhound Topics, I'd understand.)

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