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    Is it safe to use crockpot liners?

    Halloweenfairy85
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:06 am
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    I ask this question because my dad always says its bad to reheat stuff in the microwave in plastic containers because of the chemicals in the plastic. I was just wondering how safe these liners are since they are placed in the hot crockpot?I love the idea of using them because it saves on clean up but just nervous about using them...Any opinions are greatly appreciated!
    Zeldaz
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:12 am
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    I try not to heat or reheat any food in plastic, although I do get lazy sometimes.
    See this article. http://news.discovery.com/human/health/bpa-plastic-food-hormones-chemicals-110715.htm
    duonyte
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:47 am
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    The liners are designed to be used in the crockpot environment. Similarly, with the microwave you want to use BPA-free plastic. I use hard plastic containers. Like Zeldaz, I try to minimize the amount of plastic I use, but sometimes it's not avoidable. I tend to coat my crockpot with oil to help with cleanup, but if making something really messy, I go for the liners, too.
    Zeldaz
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:54 am
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    Just found this.

    " According to the Food and Drug administration (FDA), a minute amount of chemicals from Crock-Pot liners may migrate to food during the cooking process, especially if exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. However, the FDA has determined, based on current data, the amount of chemical migration poses no health risk. The FDA sets forth acceptable tolerances for contamination from chemical migration. Recent concerns about the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) have prompted the FDA to reconsider its use. Many states like Minnesota have banned products that contain BPA; therefore, according to Good Housekeeping, there is little or no risk of exposure to BPA from plastic Crock-Pot liners. Companies that sell Crock-Pot liners will display the "FDA Approved" seal on the packaging to reassure consumers that the product has been thoroughly tested and approved as safe for use with food preparation.

    According to the American Burn Association, one of the most common injuries suffered by using Crock-Pot liners is a burn. Crock-Pot contents can reach temperatures of160 degrees Fahrenheit to 180 degrees Fahrenheit (71 to 82ÂșC). It takes less than one second of contact with skin at these temperatures to suffer a third-degree burn. The bag should never be lifted out of the Crock-Pot while the contents are hot. Lifting a Crock-Pot liner filled with food can cause it to tear, which can result in the spilling of extremely hot food. Food can be served directly from the pot with the liner intact or spooned into a serving bowl. Do not use a fork when removing food from a lined, hot Crock-Pot. The fork may cause a tear the liner and allow food to contact the crock, which could cause hot liquids to spatter."
    DrGaellon
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:22 pm
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    As mentioned, crockpot liners are special plastics designed for the hot environment of the slow cooker.

    NEVER EVER lift a full liner out of your crockpot! I will admit to lifting the liner to pour sauce out - but I unplug/turn off the cooker when I start removing the food, and I spoon/lift out all the meat and veggies (or for soups and sauces, I ladle out as much as I can) before lifting the liner. By the time I'm ready to lift, the contents have cooled just a bit, and since it's mostly empty, the risk of bursting is minimal. (I've even snipped off the corner of the liner to try and drain the sauce while leaving solids and fat behind - but it never works very well, as the hole inevitably gets stopped up with a chunk of something. Easier to tip the end of the bag into a bowl.)
    Halloweenfairy85
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:36 pm
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    Thanks for all the info!It has eased my mind a bit,and may try the liners next time I use my crockpot..
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