I used to focus on cookware that wast easy to clean, but when I was struggling with Lyme Disease and trying to detox everything in our lives…cookware came up. And it’s astonishing how toxic current day cookware is, so first lets look at the most toxic offenders. That way you can throw them out if they are living in your cabinets right now! And then I’ll show you my personal picks!
Teflon makes cookware non-stick, but I say, not so fast! Ha ha! Pun totally intended there. What IS non-stick? It’s a chemical coating called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon for the consumer. Teflon has a sordid past, before 2013, Teflon was made with a chemical called PFOA. This chemical has been linked to health conditions such as kidney and liver disease. Throw out any OLD non-stick cookware that you have owned for more than 6 years. But that’s not the end of the Teflon non-stick story. Here’s why I still say it’s chemically too dangerous. Today’s Teflon non-stick has been linked to cancers in some studies and it has be under investigation for over 10 years. People are suspicious of it and rightly so, if you heat the cookware above 570 degrees, the Teflon coatings begin to break down, releasing toxic fumes into the air. These fumes can cause flu-like symptoms known as polymer fume fever, or Teflon flu. There is also a concern for usage, when you scrape or scrub non-stick Teflon you are furthering the breakdown of the coatings, possibly releasing more PTFE into your foods and therefore body. The risk is just to high, you are too precious and your health too valuable.
Now for the fun part, shopping for new cookware! Ha ha ha! Before you get sticker shock, remember that your cookware is a workhorse, cooking all of your meals a million times over for you and your family. Good cookware is a very wise investment if you ask me. Here are my top picks, and there are some great options on the market today. And your keywords here is STAINLESS STEEL, CAST IRON and STONEWARE. All all excellent. And SAFE.
All-Clad: I chose their STAINLESS STEEL 10 piece set for my family and I used it DAILY: check it out here.
The only additional pieces I purchased was the Steamer: check it out here.
If you are anemic as I am, cooking in cast iron is a great way to up your iron intake! Lodge is a no frills workhorse, but it has more chic cousins like Staub and Le Creuset. Le Creuset is pronounced Lay Cru-zay just in case it’s been a minute since high school French class) Ha ha! And Le Creuset and Staub also offer beautiful stoneware that is safe as well! My personal fave is Staub’s Indigo, it’s a pretty little skillet in a rich color. And I also have two Le Creuset baking dishes with lids that do all of my heavy lifting when it comes to Thanksgiving, you bake right in the dish then as you assemble your Thanksgiving feast, you can put the cover on it and it sits pretty while you do the finishing touches…like wrangle children to the table for the prayer. Ha ha ha! I got those in white to match the rest of my dishware, but they come in all sorts of vivid colors, making it difficult to choose! Here are my must haves:
This is the classic cast iron skillet of all time, made by Lodge: Get yours here
Here is the chic version of a cast iron skillet by Staub, they also make stoneware: Get yours here
Le Creuset makes it all, they have stoneware, cast iron and even make a stainless steel skillet too: This is a cute set
What about baking sheets and pans? Those need stainless steel replacements too, if you ask me. I LOVE to bake, so this was a MUST find for me. The thought of my gluten free cookies baking at 350 for 12 minutes on a toxic baking sheet was enough to send me searching!
I had a hard time finding replacements for these, but they are readily available in the commercial kitchen supply world and on Amazon.com. You can find stainless steel muffin tins, roasting pans, and cake pans there as well.
PS: If you are buying a Cast Iron skillet, don’t forget the silicon handle cover. This will save your from burning your paw like I did! PAIN-FUL.
Here’s what I bought for cookies I love these! Easy to grab out of the oven as well:
Happy Healthy Cooking!