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Are These Containers Safe In The Microwave? How To Tell If Something Is Safe For The Microwave.

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We have all been there. The moment you go to reheat your leftovers and you’re not sure they can go in as is. Below are some instructions to ensure your container can handle the microwave.

  • Check the bottom of the container for a symbol. Microwave safe is usually a microwave with some wavy lines on it. If they container has a #5 on it, it is made from polypropylene, PP, so it is generally considered microwave safe. Smart Set Pro and ProView are perfect for microwave applications.microwave safe iconsSmart Set Pro food containers
  • CPET, #1 is safe for the microwave. These containers are usually used for oven ready applications like our meal solutions and bakery trays. Not to be confused the APET, CPET has been crystallized meaning it can withstand much higher temperatures.  CPET products are NEVER clear.
  • APET(E), #1 is not safe for the microwave. These are deli containers, supermarket containers, water bottles, and most containers used for cold foods and display packaging. They are recyclable but not safe to reheat in.
  • PS, polystyrene, Styrofoam, #7 is not safe for the microwave. Most take out containers and clamshells are made of foam for its insulation properties. They keep food warm during transport so you don’t have to reheat them. Be sure to put your food on a plate or other safe container before zapping them in the microwave.
  • Harvest Fiber containers are not recommended for microwave use. They are all natural and compostable.Harvest Fiber food containers
  • Paper products should not go in the microwave since many of them are coated, sealed, or glued to stay together. These additives could leak into your food.

Microwave Containers on the Rise With Increase in Smart Phone Usage

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Do you have a smart phone? I have a smart phone. My husband has a smart phone. My co-workers have smart phones. Everyone I know has a smart phone. Actually more than 56% of the US population has a smart phone. Eighty percent of young people, ages 18-34, own a smart phone. No wonder every website has a mobile version.

But that’s not what I’m getting at. With our population becoming more and more attached to their phone, restaurants need to get to consumers in different ways. Enter online ordering from your favorite fast casual restaurant. You can now get take-out food without even talking to someone. Catering decisions can be made quickly. Placing an order for your favorite dish right before you leave from work and picking it up on the way home just became more convenient. No one trying to up sell you on an appetizer or dessert. With the ease of ordering take-out food we have seen the increase in usage of our microwave safe containers.

Smart Set Pro FP035Our Smart Set Pro and Harvest Pro product lines fit right in. Take away soups, appetizers and full meals can all be accommodated in these products. Smart Set Pro comes in two pieces black and clear bottoms with clear lids. You can still show off your products while keeping them hot. Don’t forget you can put your brand on the lids! Smart Set Pro containers are reusable.Harvest Pro

Why not cement that idea of take-out from your restaurant even further when they are using it to store left-overs from home. Our Harvest Pro products are hinged containers made of polypropylene and natural minerals. Both of these options are leak resistant, recyclable, and microwave safe.
And don’t forget there’s an app for that. With the boom of the iPhone and Android, many restaurants now have loyalty apps that reward you with points, or coupons right in the palm of your hand, encouraging you to take-out, dine in, eat more, and bring friends.

Beyond the Soup and Salad Bar

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Have you ever noticed the increasing gourmet options now located in the deli section of your local grocer? How about the fact there are now more and more options in the deli take-out section, beyond meats and cheeses? Your local grocery store is now a gourmet food court. Take-out options have matured.

As we all live busy lives, our nutrition or urge to clear hinged deli containerscook may start to dwindle. And to top it off, it’s SUMMER! You’d rather be doing anything else besides cooking. So why not stop at your local grocer for take-out. Pizza, rotisserie chicken, containers of salads, pasta and meatballs, fresh fish, or some lasagna. More and more deli sections are expanding to include new concepts such as cook to order stations. Mexican bars featuring tacos, enchiladas, chili rellenos and other Mexican specialties, or Asian woks featuring your favorite kung pao scallops. Your options are becoming increasingly upscale, offering you a better food experience.

With all that being said, the gourmet options you are purchasing for your family needs to go in a take-out container that’s going to support the weight, heat or cold, and have a secure closure to avoid messes in the car. At Genpak, we produce the best deli containers, hinged containers, microwave safe containers as well as compostable food packaging options.

Our hinged deli containers display cold foods wonderfully. They feature a full 360° leak resistant seal and a convenient hinged lid that can be opened and closed multiple times. They are also produced using 30% post consumer recycled content and are #1 curb-side recyclable.

Compostable food containersWe have the absolute widest selection of take out, foam hinged containers available today. Whether the application is for the salad bar or those gourmet cook to order stations, a foam hinged container is the most economical choice that can be made.

microwave safe containersFor food products than require a heat lamp or must be warmed up at home, go with our excellent selection of microwave safe food packaging. We have rounds and rectangles with one, two or three compartment options.

At Genpak we also offer a complete line of biodegradable and compostable food packaging with our Harvest Fiber line. All Harvest Fiber products are compostable and 100% all natural. Choose from plates, bowls, platters and a full range of hinged take-out containers too.

Enjoying your meal at home as it was intended is the job of the food container. Choosing the right container can make or break that intention. Let your friends at Genpak be Your Food Packaging Company, and help guide you through that process. Drop us a line today and let us know how we can help.