Tupperware containers are made from perforated plastic that will absorb the food dyes – only if the instructions that come with each Tupperware storage boxes are not followed. There are many types of plastic containers but all are not created equally. Reading the label before putting your storage mates to use is crucial to keeping your plastic ware looking new years after years.
You are damaging your Tupperware if you are:
1.Not Concerned about Microwave
Microwave is undoubtedly a very handy machine that has made our busy lives easier. Food moves easily from fridge to dining table. However, it is very important to take a note of which containers you are using to reheat the food. Containers that are not microwave safe will warp and melt. They also leach harmful chemicals into your food that may lead to cancer and other diseases in later ages of life.
2.Be Careful about the Temperature & Duration
Even microwave safe containers become vulnerable to warping. Food containing heavy fat content or savory items with strong food dyes when reheated multiple times may destroy the container. Liquid and fatty food reach hot temperature more quickly than you expect and may lead to staining and permanent damage. Do not reheat greasy food for more than 8 minutes in the same container. Always keep the vent of the containers open when reheating food.
3. Using Dishwasher to Wash Tupperware Containers
Even though Tupperware containers can be stacked into a dishwasher, it is important you place them in the top rack. Arranging plastic containers in the bottom rack may expose them to heating elements of the dishwasher that will void the guarantee from the manufacturer.
4. Staining Your Tupperware with Food Dyes
Some food contain strong dyes such as of purees made from food concentrate and juices/powders made from intensely colored food items. It is important you coat your Tupperware containers with a light sheen of cooking spray. The oil film forms a thin barrier and will prevent direct food contact with your plastic containers.
5. Delaying to Rinse Tupperware Containers
Not washing your dishes as soon as you empty them will stain your containers. If you are more into collecting a pile of spoiled containers before you load them in the dishwasher, it is advised you give your dirty dishes a quick rinse. This will also prevent repugnant food smells that last.
Tupperware containers are designed to last you the longest. Perhaps this sets Tupperware containers apart from ordinary dollar store plastic storage boxes. Yet, it is important to understand that failing to follow the instructions and lack of awareness about Tupperware labels will void your limited life time guarantee. Remember, being warned is being armed. If you end-up cracking your containers or find them chipping off; please replace your crockery. Broken and damaged plastic ware is not safe to use regardless of how many excuses you present to keep using that favorite container!