Anyone else feel like you spend half your time cooking some days?
I definitely feel that way at times with so many mouths to feed three times a day. I’m a big fan of the many benefits of preparing food at home with the family. Not only is the food typically much more nutritious, but we give the kids the chance to be involved with food prep and we have family time together at meals.
The only downside? The dishes. At least in my opinion.
Dishes have always been my nemesis and when we switched to a more natural lifestyle I was on the search for cookware that made that part of my life easier. Turns out that finding natural cookware that isn’t hard to clean isn’t so easy after all.
As I started searching, I found cookware problems with almost every option. Some were toxic but worked well. Others were relatively inert but didn’t cook well at all.
I quickly scratched teflon cookware off my list after reading reports of it creating toxic fumes and even killing birds. Cast iron is great but can be hard to clean, especially if children cook eggs in it. Stainless is also good but can leach some metals and can also be hard to clean.
My search finally led me to try fully ceramic cookware. I was skeptical at first but the part that convinced me to try it? It is non-scratch!
It isn’t fully non-stick but it can be cleaned with steel wool or an abrasive brush so it was a breeze to clean. I researched several companies and finally settled on Ceramcor for a few reasons:
- They test all of their products for lead, cadmium and heavy metals leaching they publish the results each month on their website.
- They use sanctioned scientific National and International testing Labs for all of their testing so the testing is third party verified by a reputable company.
- Their pans are dishwasher, stove, oven and even microwave safe! I hadn’t found any other cookware that checked all of those boxes.
Their cookware took a little getting used to because it is used at lower temperatures. Once I figured out the temperature difference, it was relatively non-stick and super easy to clean so I was a fan. That’s why I brought on the founder of Ceramcor, Rich Bergstorm, to talk about all of his research around cookware problems.
In This Episode, You’ll Learn
- How to find and choose safe cookware
- The surprising reason Corningware closed in the US and where they are now
- Why all cookware should be lab tested (and how to find out if it is)
- The real problems with teflon
- Unexpected problems with stainless steel cookware
- If Le Cruset is considered safe cookware
- How to actually cook with completely ceramic cookware
- The way different types of cookware are made and how some cause big problems
Resources We Mention
- Ceramcor Ceramic Cookware
- Article: Cookware Problems and The Safest Cookware Options
- Are Glazed Ceramic Pans Safe?
Thanks for listening!