Why Safe Cookware is the Healthier Way to Cook
When it comes to reducing our exposures to toxins, every little bit counts. This is especially true in terms of how we cook our foods. Heat has the ability to set of chemical reactions in foods and in the substances in our cookware. Instead of overwhelming you with all the things you shouldn’t do, we’ve created a list to help you focus on what you can do. Reducing toxins in the kitchen is really just a matter of getting back to the basics.
Know Your Options:
Keep it simple. Stick with materials that are basic and familiar. Plastics and coatings contain chemicals that can leach into foods and release harmful gases into the air when heated. So stick with durable cookware that will last and has stood the test of time.
Cast iron is a safe material that has been used for thousands of years. It is relatively inexpensive and may actually out last you. It can be used in the oven and stove top. Cast iron needs to be periodically re-seasoned by coating it in olive oil and baking in the oven for an hour.
Glass makes great cookware. It’s very safe and good for both cooking and storage. It is also easy to clean and can last for years when properly cared for.
Stainless steel cookware is made with alloy steel and is corrosion-resistant. It is long-lasting and durable. It can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. Some items come with a cooper core for conducting heat but completely stainless steel products work just as well.
Any ceramic product you use for baking or cooking should be lead-free. Ceramic is a safe option for not only cooking but for plates and serving dishes as well.
- You don’t need to use heavy abrasives or toxic cleaners to keep them clean. Here are some quick tips for cleaning your cookware with the basics
- To remove calcium build-up add 1/4 cup of vinegar to water in the pot and bring to boil for 10-15 minutes. Works great with tea kettles too
- Use baking soda or table salt to help remove cooked greased and baked on sauces. Add lemon juice to caked on mess; the acid will help to break it down
- For tough build-up, add water to dirty pot and bring it to boil. The food will scour with ease
- Rub cutting boards with a baking soda paste to get rid of odors
- Wipe down appliances with rubbing alcohol; this will help to kill germs and won’t leave stress