This is why you shouldn't microwave takeaway in tupperware containers

24 October 2017, 12:34 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

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Tupperware seems like a good idea at first. Using handy containers to reheat last night's lasagne. But where's that ruddy lid gone? And where's the best place to store them?

Well, it turns out you should definitely check the labels of your containers before microwaving that cold pizza in the fridge.

According to a recent Harvard Medical School article, we should definitely start taking more care about what we use to reheat our favourite meals.

The main issue is that not all tupperware is microwave safe, and we should be checking the labels more carefully.

Some plastic containers can leak toxins into the food when reheated, so you should only purchase those with a 'microwave safe' label first.

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"Most takeout containers, water bottles, and plastic tubs or jars made to hold margarine, yogurt, whipped topping, and foods such as cream cheese, mayonnaise, and mustard are not microwave-safe", the findings state.

As for reusing takeaway containers more than once? 

"Old, scratched, or cracked containers, or those that have been microwaved many times, may leach out more plasticizers".


So, it's probably safer to just chuck the meal into a microwave-safe bowl and eat out of that, even if it makes the bowl impossible to hold without burning your fingers off.