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Old 07-13-2020, 01:47 PM
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Question about Popcorn Poppers

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I just received a MicroPop microwave popcorn popper as a gift. I have a cockatiel and am wondering if it is safe for her. It appears to just be a glass pot with a silicone or plastic lid (it says BPA free). I cannot find any information about it online!

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Re: Question about Popcorn Poppers

I always wonder about those--- if it IS silicone, that is what concerns me a bit (depending on how hot it gets)..The glass SHOULD be safe... Hoping someone else replies...

Just as a side note, heating oil can also send particles into the air---oil at high-heats can be harmful. I wouldn't use this with your bird around---I highly doubt it contains any PTFE/PFOA/PFCs/Teflon, but you might want to check to see if the lid actually is silicone (and find out how hot it gets) and then still take precautions about the oil itself. I don't fry stuff with my bird anywhere even remotely close by.

I used to use a similar looking stove-top percolator with a plastic lid, but it wasn't silicone and I tried not to use it all the time.
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Re: Question about Popcorn Poppers

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I always wonder about those--- if it IS silicone, that is what concerns me a bit (depending on how hot it gets)..The glass SHOULD be safe... Hoping someone else replies...

Just as a side note, heating oil can also send particles into the air---oil at high-heats can be harmful. I wouldn't use this with your bird around---I highly doubt it contains any PTFE/PFOA/PFCs/Teflon, but you might want to check to see if the lid actually is silicone (and find out how hot it gets) and then still take precautions about the oil itself. I don't fry stuff with my bird anywhere even remotely close by.

I used to use a similar looking stove-top percolator with a plastic lid, but it wasn't silicone and I tried not to use it all the time.
The good and bad about popcorn popper is whether the manufacturer got the vents in the cover correct. The natural moisture (water) contain of the corn will release steam when the Corn Pops. Improper venting (not enough) will cause the cover to pop-off, which equals both higher temperature build-up in the lid and popcorn all over the inside of the microwave.

That cover ends-up being the point of approval for this device. Whether plastic or silicone, what type defines whether it is safe or a problem.

Regarding the glass bowl: Take great care in handling when 'hot' as unless you are using protective mitts (yes, two), you are likely to drop it!

Most of these are not designed to use a Popping Oil as the venting would need to be much larger. So, double check the instructions prior to using any oils.
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Re: Question about Popcorn Poppers

Thank you all! I did a bit more research and found that it is in fact a silicone lid. I haven't used any silicone products in the house with my bird. I also think this is designed to cook without oil! The pot is made out of borosilicate.

What is the deal with birds and silicone? I haven't used it just to be safe, lumping it in with PTFE, PFOA and Teflon, but don't know much about it!

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Re: Question about Popcorn Poppers

Silicone can be unsafe when heated-- it is a plastic and it gives off fumes, but a lot depends on the temperature etc...Baking mats, for instance, are dangerous in many instances.

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