Feb 15, 2019
by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Updated February 27, 2019
Cooking your favorite foods can be a fun activity when using recommended non toxic non stick pans whether you are by yourself or with loved ones. Having safe pots and pans in the kitchen is a benefit to your entire family.
When cooking, have you wondered what the safest cooking pans and pots are? Few people have. But we do! It is important to use top rated non toxic pans in order to keep your family safe.
And parents can teach children an important life skill and habit: how to cook. Cooking with children (or others) also offers a unique opportunity to nurture curiosity and wonder about the ingredients we use, how different cooking approaches affects the science of cooking, and which materials we cook with and how they may contaminate our diet. Children and adults should be educated on the safest pans for cooking healthy meals. We know...a bummer topic, but non toxic pots and pans are definitely something worth knowing about.
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What is the safest cookware to use in your home? Some cookware may leach heavy metals and chemicals into food cooked in them. These exposures may contribute to health issues. Another reason why using quality non toxic saucepans is an intelligent and conscious decision that we should all consider.
The safest pots and pans to cook with are those that leach the least amount of chemicals and heavy metals.
While there may be no perfect cookware, when choosing the safest pans to cook with, it's worth wondering about some of the cookware details, like if there are nonstick coatings. Or, if under certain circumstances, its material(s) reacts differently.
For example, some cookware surfaces (including those that are nonstick, stainless steel, and cast iron) are easily scratched by metal cooking utensils, which may facilitate leaching of heavy metals or toxic chemicals. Instead, use wood cooking tools to minimize scratching stainless steel, ceramic and other types of cookware surfaces.
I cook with stainless steel and cast iron; two of the safest frying pans available for sale currently. For over a decade, I have been using the combo set below by Lodge. I love the flexible use of the "lid that doubles as a shallow skillet or griddle." I also love that I can sear chicken on the stovetop, then put it in the oven, then serve everything in the cast iron.
Cast iron requires a different care and maintenance, but I find it worthwhile given my practical nontoxic values. It is heavy so please consider that.
After 11 years of living with just black cast iron and stainless steel, I started to crave more color in my kitchen. In addition, for years I knew that acidic foods were not safe to use on cast iron and stainless steel (they can cause a chemical reaction that can contaminate food). It took me a long to find another option for acidic foods, and I settled on the Le Creuset option below, which is one of the safest pans to cook in and what I use when I know I'll be cooking with tomatoes, tomato sauce, or any other acidic foods. It's enamel-coated cast iron.
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Peek at Sophia's list of household staples, including her cleaning supplies and most cherished kitchen appliances (including pots and pans). To access this (it's free), register for her free Welcome introduction to the D-Tox Academy. Click here to get started.
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Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.