I wrote quite a bit about BPA just now, and decided to put it up as its own page rather than a post.
So, as I contemplate BPA items in my kitchen, it’s both depressing and uplifting, because now I can move stuff out of cabinets and shop with an excuse.
Here’s BPA stuff unfortunately stocked in my kitchen.
- Rubbermaid™ Premier
Sigh. I bought two 20-piece sets because I liked the “almost glass, less breakable” quality of polycarbonate.
Replacing with: Lock&Lock™. I’ve decided that “watertight” is much more important than “doesn’t stain with tomatoes.”
Will use for: around the house, putting non-food items in. Gods know that I can always find a use for containers.
- Polycarbonate “Glass” Ware
Two brands, and most of my tumblers are this.
Replacing with: actual glassware. This is actually a good step up even without BPA. I kind of bought them on clearance as an automatic reaction to living on the poverty line for a long, long time.
Will use for: I don’t know, what use are tumblers that won’t hold drinkable liquids when you aren’t a painter?
- Melamine Ware
Not really related to BPA, but it’s kind of hard to use dishes that can’t be heated in a microwave or oven, and most of them can’t be washed in a dishwasher. Also an automatic I-lived-in-poverty buy.
Replacing with: CorningWare™ and Pyrex™. Like moving to glass tumblers, also a really good step up in general.
Will use for: I really don’t know… probably the bowls can hold wrapped candy, but I don’t eat candy (not because of dieting, because it makes me ill).
It kind of gives me a lot of gas anyways, but ye gods, I am sad.
Replacing with: plastic bottles (they aren’t polycarbonate) and tea.
Will use for: um.
- Canned Food
All of mine have BPA in the lining.
Replacing with: the few brands that don’t have BPA, which means I won’t be easily making tomato-anything anytime soon, unless it’s from fresh tomatoes—an interesting challenge!
Will use for: I don’t really feel like donating these. So. Um.
- Oster™ 5712 Food Steamer
I’m going to use the steaming pans that come with my Zojirushi™ non-fuzzy-logic rice cookers. I still get the automatic capability with some warming, though I don’t get timing—unless I find a kitchen timer that will turn off an electrical appliance after a period of time.
Some Sanyo™ rice cookers come with double-tier steaming equipment, which is an interesting possibility if one of the Zojirushi™ guys die a painful death, which won’t be for another five years or so, at least.
Will use for: Um.
- Cuisinart™ Food Processor
Actually, I’ve always hated this one even before all the BPA stuff starting in 2008. I never use hot food in it, so don’t really care in that way.
This was kind of a rebound-from-poverty buy, in that I’d always heard that Cuisinart™ was awesome and I thought I’d of course fall in love with it, but mostly any food processing with it has been angry and not at all hot food processing.
I figure I got a crappy model, is all, really.
Replacing with: Hamilton Beach™ 70670 Chef Prep
Will use for: Um. A very dangerous doorstop, possibly.
- Braun™ Mutliquick Immersion Blender
Actually, I think I’ll just use the immersion blender (no BPA itself) and not the clear plastic container bits (BPA, baby). I haven’t used the choppers much.
The only other immersion blender without BPA in its clear plastic containers is the Bosch Mixxo, which uses styrene instead.
Styrene is a carcinogen.
Do not want.