Bisphenol-A is a chemical that is used in the manufacture of plastic products and canned foods, among other things. You know it as BPA, and you probably only know of it because you have seen so many products advertised as BPA-free.
BPA can leak into your food and cause high blood pressure in adults, and interfere with the brain development of infants and children. Other potential negative health effects include hormone disruption, heart problems, and even a risk of cancer.
With Thanksgiving approaching, you need a lot of containers to store your leftovers. Using BPA-free plastic containers is a smart choice for your health, and for other reasons as well. Here are some other reasons to consider using BPA-free containers, like those made by Kangovou, for your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Keep Food For Longer
BPA-free containers can be made of all sorts of materials. Some are made with BPA-free plastic, others use glass, stainless steel, or ceramic. Kangovou’s unique products use both BPA-free plastic and stainless steel inserts. These materials are all durable and will outlast a standard plastic container. In addition, because they do not contain BPA, you can store your food in them for much longer with no fear of dangerous chemicals being absorbed by your food.
With a typical plastic container, the risk of consuming BPA grows with each day you store your food in it. The longer you keep the food, the more BPA can leak into it. BPA-free containers pose no such risk, and you can leave your food in them for a long time without worrying.
No Harsh Chemicals
This is especially true for non-plastic containers. Stainless steel may be the best option of them all, because it is easy to keep clean and it is completely non-reactive. Ceramic containers can sometimes include lead or other dangerous compounds in the glaze. Even many BPA-free plastics can include other chemicals with potentially hazardous health effects.
Melamine is a common compound found in many plastics that can cause kidney stones and even kidney failure. It is especially dangerous when heated; that is a serious problem in food containers, which are often heated in microwaves. Not all BPA-free plastics are melamine-free, but Kangovou’s are.
PVC (poly-vinyl chloride) and phthalates are also present in most plastics, and can cause asthma, hormone disruptions, and stunt the development of children. These can leak into your food even if you do not heat the container. Quality BPA-free containers are made without these harsh chemicals and are much safer to use for food storage than standard plastic containers.
Refrigerator and Freezer Safe
Storing food in the refrigerator requires an air-tight lid to keep your food fresh. That almost always requires some kind of plastic, even in a container made from other materials. Stainless steel or ceramic on their own cannot form an air-tight seal, you need some kind of plastic or rubber. That means that even some stainless steel containers can present a BPA risk.
BPA-free plastics allow you to safely store your leftovers in the refrigerator without exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals.
Storing food in the freezer is even more demanding. A freezer container has to be resistant to cracking at low temperatures while remaining just as air-tight as the containers you would use for your refrigerator. Kangovou’s products are a great example of containers that are suitable for both refrigerator and freezer use. They are durable with air-tight lids to guarantee freshness and minimize freezer burn. The high quality plastic shells and stainless steel inserts have no trouble with the cold temperatures, either.
Lids with Ventilation
Containers with ventilated lids are an excellent choice for a couple of reasons. For one, the vent allows you to put hot food in the container, seal it up, and put it in the fridge without waiting for it to cool down first. Whereas normally this would end up leaving you with a lot of condensation on the inside–leaving your food soggy–the vent allows condensation to escape. Just remember to close the vent afterwards, though, to keep your food fresh.
A lid vent also makes reheating your food simple. Since you are using a BPA free container, you can safely reheat your Thanksgiving leftovers in the microwave, and a ventilated lid makes that even easier. Instead of removing the lid and then having to find some other way of covering the food, you can simply open the lid vent and heat your food. Normally, leaving the airtight lid on in the microwave is a problem, as steam builds inside the container and can easily destroy the container and ruin your meal. A ventilated lid, in contrast, solves that problem by allowing hot air to escape and your meal to stay fresh.
Contact Kangovou For More Information
For many, Thanksgiving leftovers are as good, if not better, than the feast itself. Of course, you want to ensure that you and your family are as safe as possible when you reheat it, and BPA-free containers can help you do it. Whether you opt for a BPA-free container for health-reasons, or to simply make your leftovers taste better, Kangovou has an enormous selection of BPA-free products to help you in the process. Browse their inventory or contact them today to learn more about their BPA-free containers.