Since functional films are so important in day-to-day living, it’s no surprise that they’re also part of the most important meal of the year: Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few ways functional films are vital to a few turkey day favorites.
You can’t just pop a turkey in the oven and expect it to come out juicy and delicious. It takes work, and that’s where the first functional film comes into play: the oven bag. The oven bag traps moisture and essentially bastes the bird for you. And let’s not forget, it makes cleanup a breeze. A critical challenge in this application is heat. To address this, the turkey bags are made of heat treated nylon or polyester film to withstand the temperature during the cooking process. While this requires some engineering, the larger concern when handling anything that comes in contact with food is safety. The FDA approved materials used for oven bag applications are free from toxins like BPA and plasticizers.
Green Bean Casserole
You may be wondering how functional films go into making green bean casserole. In fact, it starts with how the beans are actually grown. Green beans are often grown in greenhouses, especially in more metropolitan areas where the farm-to-table movement has gained ground. Greenhouses often use films and laminates to create the optimum control needed over light and radiation transmission. These films protect the vegetables grown inside — including the green beans you’ll enjoy at Thanksgiving — from contaminates. These materials also allow farmers to increase the length of the growing season for their crops, as well as locally grow vegetables that might not otherwise survive certain climates.
Delicious Pecan Pie
The ingredient in this dessert that uses films is the pecans. You like yours crunchy, right? Since they are typically delicate and often sensitive to the amount of humidity in the room, they need to be stored in a way that protects them. That is where the functional films come into play. They are used to create the vacuum-sealed bags that are used to store the pecans. These bags have been created to control the moisture, the oxygen, and the light allowed in the bag. This keeps your pecans fresh and ready to be made into your delicious pie.
Now that you see how engineered films are incorporated into common items found on your Thanksgiving table, where else do you see them used?