harmful effects of plastics used to place the food
Asked by ayena on Thursday, March 04
is there any harmful effects or health concerns to look at with regards to the plastics used to place the food in a vacuum state, and then cook/submerge it in the sous vide machine? any possible chemical reactions in the plastics once it is heated?
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At the bottom of <a href="http://blog.ruhlman.com/ruhlmancom/2008/11/under-pressur-1.html">this article on sous vide</a> Michael Ruhlman shares an email exchange he had with Harold McGee about the safety of plastic with sous vide cooking. McGee thinks that there is no safety risk associated.
<br />Especially with the temperatures used to cook sous vide I don't think there's any more risk that drinking bottled water that has been in a hot warehouse, and there probably less risk than reheating food in a plastic tupperware container.
<br />It seems that we find out new things about plastics everyday though so I'd encourage you to read up on it and not just take my word. Hope that helps.
Answered by Jason Logsdon on Thursday, March 04
You can also find a lot of sous vide information, as well as over 100 recipes, in our book Beginning Sous Vide
which you can get at Amazon.com or as a pdf download