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People who purchased Trader Joe’s salad in certain states are being advised to throw away or return the packaged product this week. The Crunchy Slaw with Chicken, Crispy Noodles & Peanut Dressing maybe came out a little to crunchy in versions sent to Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah: it may contain hard plastics, the company announced on its website on Thursday. While salad is a common product in the food safety recall world, that generally tends to be due to the high rates of foodborne pathogens with the potential to make customers sick. But any packaged food can fall victim to manufacturing line mishaps, as seems to be the case in this incident.
When you have leftovers from a night out, to-go containers are the norm for transporting food. But when you look to reheat the next day, you may ask yourself, "Are restaurant to-go containers microwavable?" Figuring out if you're in the clear to reheat the next day can be a tough call. So, we found out what can be nuked without incident and what may cause a mini-fire in the microwave.
What's Safe for the Microwave
It's safe to heat up foods in glass, ceramic and containers with a waxy finish. This includes Chinese takeout containers—but remember to remove the metal handles prior to microwaving. You're also good to use paper goods (such as paper plates and paper towels) as well as parchment paper.
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This is how to microwave leftovers—without destroying them!
What's Not Safe for the Microwave
Unfortunately, single-use plastic containers are typically not microwave-safe. This tends to be the majority of restaurant to-go containers, so check for a microwave-safe label before putting that container in the microwave. You can also repackage your leftovers in microwave-safe containers. Psst! Here's the best way to store every type of leftover food.
The other containers not safe for the microwave include:
- aluminum goods
- styrofoam products (Read more about whether you can microwave styrofoam.)
- anything that is meant to be used in the cold, like butter tubs or yogurt containers
Plus, anything with a metallic or metal rim is bad news for heating in the microwave. Transfer these leftover foods to a plate instead. Find clever ways to repurpose your leftovers, too.
Martha Stewart’s Sheet Pan Pizza Is Almost as Fast as Delivery & Doesn’t Require Any Fancy Cookware
For those of us with a pizza delivery number saved to our phone’s Favorites, making homemade pizza can seem daunting. But with just two steps and no fancy cookware required — not to mention tons of mouth-watering toppings! — Martha Stewart’s sheet pan pizza recipe will be your new go-to for movie nights or get-togethers with the girls. Stewart posted her Sausage, Mushroom, and Pickled-Pepper Pizza recipe to Instagram March 27, with a picture of pizza that looks so delicious we can almost smell it from our screens.
The Great Plastic Debate
The question of reheating food in plastic to-go containers is a hot topic. Melissa Bailey, a registered dietitian and founder of The Nourished Fork, explains that even if the container may not look damaged after microwaving, single-use plastic may not be the best choice for reheating food. In some cases, chemicals may leach into the food if the food reacts to the container itself.
"I would recommend reheating all food on a plate or switching to a glass container to heat, rather than keeping food in the plastic container," Bailey says. "While the jury is still out on this topic, I would try to limit the use of plastic containers as much as possible, and definitely avoid heating foods in them. It is better to be safe than sorry."
However, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), plastics that are deemed "microwave-safe," are, in fact, safe for the microwave.
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Lavender + Lemon
Hints of lavender and lemon zest in the crust make these treats a favorite. —Judith Hilinski, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Strawberry + Rhubarb
A friend gave me this recipe a long time ago. It’s rich and creamy yet refreshing. I make this often in early summer when rhubarb is readily available. —Norma DesRoches, Warwick, Rhode Island
Spinach + Strawberry
This strawberry-spinach salad makes a wonderful light summer meal. All of the flavors and colors complement one another very nicely. Farmers here in Washington grow a lot of strawberries, and they're the sweetest ones I've ever tasted. I'm always looking for new and different ways to use them. —Perlene Hoekema, Lynden, Washington
Lemon + Blueberry
Lemon and blueberries make such a fresh and flavorful combination in all kinds of baked goods, especially these biscuits. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Mint + Peas
Fresh mint adds a lively touch to cooked sugar snap peas. It's also nice on green beans or carrots. —Alice Kaldahl, Ray, North Dakota
Garlic + Chives
Yes, you do want fries with that—especially these crispy, golden fries, full of garlic flavor and just a little bit of heat. —Steve Westphal, Wind Lake, Wisconsin
Blueberries + Cream
This sweet and creamy no-churn ice cream features a fresh blueberry jam swirl and graham cracker pieces. You can use raspberries in place of the blueberries for a different berry flavor. —Heather King, Frostburg, Maryland
Radish + Fennel
This salad tastes even more impressive than it looks. It has an incredible crunch thanks to the cucumbers, radishes and apples. And the finish of fennel fronds adds just the faintest hint of licorice flavor. —William Milton III, Clemson, South Carolina
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Blueberry + Rhubarb
When the rhubarb comes in, mix it with blueberries for a rustic and bubbly tart. Offer it to a friend with a warm cup of tea. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Strawberries + Cream
This festive strawberry summer treat is one of my mom's favorites. It wows guests every time yet is simple to make. —Cathy Branciaroli, Wilmington, Delaware
Lemon + Asparagus
When it comes to fixing asparagus, I think it's hard to go wrong. The springy flavors in this easy recipe burst with every bite. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
Lavender + Honey
I love the scent of lavender, and the edible flowers make this cheesecake one of the most spectacular I've tasted. You can use lavender honey in this recipe for extra flavor, but even without it, the lavender is very distinct. —Julie Palmer, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Strawberry + Arugula
The combination of peppery arugula, sweet strawberries and robust feta cheese may sound unusual, but one bite wins over taste buds.—Carala Horne, Meridian, Mississippi
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Apricot + Almond
These delicate, buttery tarts melt in your mouth. With their jeweled apricot tops, they make a pretty presentation on a holiday cookie tray. —Julie Dunsworth, Oviedo, Florida
Asparagus + Tarragon
I grow purple asparagus, so I'm always looking for new ways to prepare it. Recently, my husband and I discovered how wonderful any color of asparagus tastes when it's grilled. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Dill + Lemon
I love the classic combination of lemon and fish, and this dish is delicious and easy to throw together at the end of a long day. —Amanda Reed, Nashville, Tennessee
Chive + Sour Cream
This savory loaf mildly flavored with chives is delicious when served warm with a meal, soup, salad or stew. It also tastes wonderful toasted the next day for breakfast. —Deborah Plank, West Salem, Ohio
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