When I learned to cook, microwaves had not been invented. So, the thought of cooking in plastic brings back smelly memories! Plastic plus heat generally did not end well. Now there are debates whether plastic chemicals with names like “bisphenol-A” (BPA) and “phthalates” are really safe to use with food. There’s an easy way to protect your food from harmful chemicals without having to study scientific journals.
Glass Food Containers
Just use stainless steel or glass containers and cookware. Voilá! Unpolluted food! Dishes and bakeware brands, such as Corelle®, CorningWare®, and Pyrex®, are great. They are non-reactive and handy for storing food in the refrigerator, and some allow for cooking and serving as well. See "Products" for low-and nonplastic ideas for food use.
Besides the questions over food safety, this keeps more plastic out of the environment. It never degrades, it just keeps circulating in the land or sea. The scientific information is interesting, so I’ll give you some references in case you like to consider the details on these issues.
What's In My Plastic? Inspecting Food Containers
NPR.org, April 1, 2009, by Kathleen Masterson
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical used primarily to make plastic durable and scratch-resistant. Some manufacturers voluntarily removed BPA from food and toy-related products after studies suggested an association between higher levels of exposure to the chemical and effects on the brain and behavior. There are no conclusive studies, however, that link it to human health problems. ...