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Old 30-05-2018, 08:51 AM   #1
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For all round safety in repeated use of plastic for foodstuffs and drinks, my personal preference is for polypropylene, as this is safe from well below freezing point to boiling point and also with edible acids, such as juice and vinegar, etc. Polypropylene may be identified by "PP" or the number "5" inside the recycle triangle found on the plastic, and does not become hazardous (nor deteriorate) under sunlight/UV. Polypropylene is also commonly used for international transportation of some food and drinkstuffs, including concentrated orange juice.

Polypropylene is also BPA and phthalates free.

MANY "FOOD SAFE" PLASTICS LISTED AS "BPA FREE" CONTAIN DANGEROUS PHTHALATES,

"In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues."

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...earch-analysis

A list of the various limitations of the different plastics regarded as "food safe" can be found here:
http://pipelinepackaging.com/resourc...stance-guides/

Chemical Compatibility information for "food safe" plastics may also be found here:
https://www.calpaclab.com/chemical-c...bility-charts/

Plastics For Food and Drink (Food Grade)
https://modernsurvivalblog.com/preps...ood-and-drink/

Which Plastics Are Safe?
https://www.care2.com/greenliving/wh...-are-safe.html

"Tins and cans are often lined with resins that contain BPA and ready meals are often packaged in plastics that contain BPA and other bisphenols. Some food and drinks, such as jams, pie fillings, beers and pickles, contain parabens. These chemicals act as preservatives, but are also believed to disrupt our hormones."
https://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/re...t-your-family/

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Old 31-05-2018, 09:01 AM   #2
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If you do not trust any of these, and for chemicals, acids, juices, vinegars, etc, then brand new one and half- pint (available in (just over) 1/2 or 1 litre size approx.) glass bottles with screw on airtight lids are available on ebay at a reasonable price. Glass preserving jars may also be used where a larger opening at the top is required.
(As an aside, I would never now use any other baking or roasting dishes that are not made of glass, as all others can be a problem with leaching / temperature levels used - particularly with non-stick - this also applies to pots and pans).
Important: If using aluminium ware with fluoridated water, the aluminium MUST be anodised to prevent chronic and potentially fatal kidney problems. ( This does not apply to non-fluoridated water).

Avoid heating plastics and wash them in warm water by hand - never in dishwasher. Avoid freezer except with those able to easily tolerate the temperatures required.

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Old 31-05-2018, 01:46 PM   #3
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i've gone back to a milkman and glass bottles. makes you realise just how far a pint of milk doesn't go lol
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i've gone back to a milkman and glass bottles. makes you realise just how far a pint of milk doesn't go lol
Very wise too!
For storing vinegar and juices, it is cheaper to buy brand new milk bottles (wash them first, naturally) than buying the PP or other bottles/jugs, and they are only around £2 - £2.50 per glass bottle on ebay.

Over time plastic does slowly degenerate making them less safe.
Keeping them at room temperature, and free of any juices, acids, etc., will help the longevity of the plastic.
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Milk bottles are quite hard to find on ebay - so here is a link to the (hard to find) beer and wine making section where new milk bottles (and crates) can be found. The screw-on lids are airtight.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_o...s&_sacat=38172
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Another safe plastic for food, water and drinks is polyethylene high or low density
This is marked ldpe or hdpe or PE. Recycle number 4.

As with all plastics - if you are going to abuse them with temperature, chemicals or acid, they will have a very limited lifespan for safety - I would suggest in that case glass or pyrex is more suitable.

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