Once upon a time, a young girl bought some nylon utensils. She had a nonstick frying pan and just bought an awesome set of stainless steel pans with a thin layer of copper on the bottom. The instructions said to use something other than metal utensils which would scratch the pans. Twenty years later, she still had those same nylon utensils. They were old friends but unfortunately over time, they became her silent enemies.
If you want to be scared and saddened about plastics, see this article. In my case, my nylon utensils became my enemies because I failed to replace my utensils when they started to show signs of wear and tear. I guess I was stupid, never really thought about it. Because of my carelessness, I exposed myself and my family to ingesting toxic, carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals.
To give you an example of the dangers of ingesting plastics, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study in the mid-1970s, on the carcinogenic (cancer causing) effects of diaminodiphenylmethane (DDM), sometimes used as an epoxy hardener. The agency found that in large doses in rats, DDM caused tumors and cirrhosis of the liver.
Even slight exposure to DDM is a cause for concern. In 2009, DDM was found in black cooking utensils made in China, causing a recall of those products in Great Britain. Since my utensils were black and most were made in China, it’s possible if not probable that my utensils contained DDM.
At this point, I could beat myself up, or I could do something about it. After I banged my head on a wall a few times, the first thing I did was check all of my other plastic utensils. Of course, I found the plastic coating on one of my rice paddles peeling off.
You can’t really see the peeling but I wanted to give it a dramatic goodbye. It went in the trash after this picture.
I had a decision to make. Of course, I would throw out my nylon utensils. Now I had to decide how I would replace the utensils. I could just buy another set of nylon utensils, but I decided I didn’t want to do that. Nylon utensils now have stated heat limits on them but they still wear out and melt. I don’t want to worry about that anymore. One alternative I could try is silicone. Until next time!