Is it dangerous if my spatula melt in my cooking?
The spatula may have released chemicals into the food, but since it's already been eaten, there's nothing you can do. You and your family will most likely be fine since it was just the one time, but in the future, you should be careful about what utensils you expose to heat.
I need a non-melting spatula?
I have three different spatulas - all are black and made of some sort of plastic. I bought these because my cookware can't take metal ones. The problem is, after a while they've all started melting at the end and the plastic peels off. I don't want this ending up in my food. Is there a brand that doesn't melt? I have Norpro, Calphalon, and Chefmate. Also, I DON'T leave them in the pan while the food's cooking. Thanks.
Was cooking and the tip of my spatula melted in the food.?
I agree with other posters that everyone should be fine. Consider replacing the spatula with one made of silicone, which can usually take the heat without melting (heat-safe spatulas usually have a red blade or handle, the package will say how hot it can get without melting).
Melted spatula on my food?
Consider replacing the spatula with one made of silicone, which can usually take the heat without melting (heat-safe spatulas usually have a red blade or handle, the package will say how hot it can get without melting). It happens mainly with cheap plastic ones you all will be okay it will pass. It has happened to me before several times So I would say that it's fine to cook food with that tool as long as the spatula is not broken. Good luck!
Melted spatula in oven, toxic?
What plastic the spatula is made of in irrelevant, though you would have to consult the manufacturer to know for sure what kind of plastic it is. The fumes from all plastics are dangerous. Plastics are derived from petroleum. So inhaling the fumes from melting/burning plastic is no difference than inhaling exhaust from your car, or the fumes of paint thinner or pesticides. I'm confident that you did open up a window or door immediately and minimized your exposure. I'm also confident that your chances of being harmed by your exposure are not serious.
That depends on a few factors. Notably the kind of plastic.In most cases, just heating the thing seriously should do to burn the stuff to ashes that can be wiped off. If that doesn't work: fill the skillet with coarse salt and vegrtable oil, covering the bottom well, then heat it up. Quite hot. Beyond the smoking point of the oil. Move the contents around a bit (swirling, or if you're not absolutely sure you can do that safely with a wooden spatula). Let it cool a little and dump the salt/oil mixture. Repeat if necessary. This treatment can even remove fairly serious rust stains most of the time. If that still leaves a mark, I'd declare that to be discolouration for a privately used skillet. If you want to go all the way, you can have the skillet sandblasted or ground (or do it yourself if you have acces to the equipment, which could be as little as a block of wood and some sandpaper...).
Where do I put my spatula whille cooking?
Ok, this might sound weird, but while i am cooking on the stove, i usually need to take a spatula and mix the food around randomly. Pretend i was making a stew. I would mix around the food , and when i am done mixing, is it ok to leave my spatula in the pot, or if i take it out, where do i put it? and Usually when i cook, i keep a lid on the pot, and whenever i need to mix it i take the lid off, mix it, and put the lid back on. but then i cant leave the spatula in there or else the lid won't fit! ahhh help me!
If was the regular, disposable tableware, it's made of Polystyrene. It can be heated up to 105 Celsius, and when melted, it doesn't leave any Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC). Burning a plastic spoon would release some VOC, as PS have a benzene ring (styrene).If was a cooking plastic spoon, it's made of Polyethylene. Being a really simple plastic, when melted it will still be inert and when burned it will not release any VOC, only carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and water.Plastics have a “flowing point”, also known as Glass Transition, that is between solid and liquid fase, where the molecular bonds are weakened and the monomers realign.In any case, just taste it, see if it gave any flavour to your food. If positive, make it again. But getting to glass transition isn't a big deal.Footnotes Polystyrene - Wikipedia Polyethylene - Wikipedia Glass transition - Wikipedia
Is melted plastic dangerous for my food?
When you melt plastic, molecules of the plastic come off onto the food. This is why your onion rings smell like plastic, because they are coated with it. You should never use plastic containers for heating in the oven. They are only safe for microwave use. Although a one time exposure to the chemicals in plastic may not do too much to you, different plastics have been linked to cancer. Personally, I would just throw it all out and eat something else. I don't think ketchup and salt would kill that nasty flavor either. Also, if you do reheat foods in the microwave, do not do it in styrofoam. Move your food to a microwave safe plate.
I had a tiny bit of polyethylene that was embedded in my frozen take home pizza and never knew it was in there. I cooked the pizza and noticed a slightly off smell. I ate the pizza and it tasted fine and normal. Only the immediate area around the polyethylene was unedable. I continued to eat the pizza after removing the offending peice. Some chemicals from the plastic may have leeched a bit into the pizza but even that part was removed. I was not worried for several reasons. The polyethylene never completely melted and burned as the pizza topping insulated it. It was still a descrete easy to remove peice not even half an inch in diameter. Should I accidently swallow that plastic my body would have harmlessly passed it through. Stomach acid does not touch polyethylene. It was more a nuisance than a hazard. A dead cockroach hidden in the pizza is a bigger hazard. Yes I have experience both from consuming prepared frozen foods imported from the US.