Originally Posted by Mitzi Agnew-Giles
Hi! from a former ultralite backpacker! We haven't done any real boondocking
yet, only camp Cracker Barrel and Camp Walmart. DH and I think your plastic wrap-over plate-deal is fantastic. We're on septic in our stick house, may do a few dry runs here with that. DH pointed out would probably do better with cold, not hot, food. Bob, what was your experience?
Mitzi, my meals were very simple: hamburgers, Boston baked beans, canned vegetables and deli sandwiches. When camping, by the time the food was served, it was not that hot.
Here is a direct quote from the GLAD Press'n Seal box. "Caution: Not for use in conventional or convection oven, stove tops, toaster ovens or browning units. To prevent wrap from melting, foods high in fat (like bacon) or sugar should not come in contact with the plastic wrap in the microwave
. When microwaving, turn back one corner of Press'n Seal wrap to vent excess steam. Best when used on clean, dry surfaces."
Based on that caution, I believe that with most foods, one is safe using the wrap on dinner plates. I say that, as all of the cautions deal with ovens and cooking surfaces/areas. I am not an expert here, so I am not making any recommendations one way or the other. I think that the bottom line is common sense. I doubt that food being served on the GLAD Press'n Seal will be too hot, but I could be wrong. It seems like there is always an exception to every rule. The GLAD Press'n Seal worked for me in my situation. It may not be a practice others will wish to utilize. Personally, I see it as a way to considerably reduce the use of water, paper plates, plastic dinner ware, etc.
A friend of mine says he beats the consumption of water by using paper plates. That is an option for sure, but now you have a lot of waste to carry out with you. It too, will end up in the land fill. Granted, the paper will decompose after a several months. However, you may not be totally home free. Many paper plates have a plastic film or coating on them. If there are no fire restrictions, burning those same plates will release toxins in the air from burning the plastic.
In the end, one has to make their own decision as to how their personal values dictate how to best conserve our resources and protect our environment.
With regard to plastics, Australian scientists have the best solution so far to deal with plastic. They have developed a process where ALL plastic is processed and returned to the original state of being oil. This oil can then be used to create new plastic of various kinds or as fuel. The bottom line with regard to plastic, is the technology is there to deal with the problem. Politics, personal agendas, money, and other factors are the road block to making it happen.