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Is fiberglass food-safe?

Asked by incendiary_dan (13310 points ) June 1st, 2011

I’ve been wanting to make drying racks for food for a while now, and I was wondering if it was safe to use the roll of fiberglass mesh I have. I know galvanized steel isn’t safe to put food on or in, but I haven’t figured out whether or not fiberglass is. Anyone have any experience with this?

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robmandu's avatar

Even with multiple layers of polyurethane, I should think not. If the fibers escape, they’d not be good to ingest. It’s just too risky, in my opinion.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Well a quick google suggests that there is such a thing as food grade fiberglass. So it probably depends on what type of fiber glass and which resin you use.

XOIIO's avatar

Tons of minuscule slivers of glas? Sure, why not?

@Lightlyseared has the right idea, but it’s probably hard to get.

cazzie's avatar

A mesh of fiberglass? Um… no. You want stainless steel or wood covered in cheesecloth.

Oh, look, I found a website: http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/html_pubs/DRYING/dryfood.html#methods

Wood slats or stainless steel screen mesh are the best materials to use for the racks. Cake racks or a wooden frame covered with cheesecloth or other loosely-woven cloth can also be used for drying racks.

bkcunningham's avatar

Stainless steel seems to be the modern way to go. You need the Foxfire books @incendiary_dan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVTcnCuX2Qc

incendiary_dan's avatar

Well, here I was hoping someone would tell me it was okay and the fibers don’t really come off often enough. Shucks.

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