If you’re like most of us and have Teflon, non-stick cookware, it’s best to start phasing it out. Tons of chemicals (like metals and lead) can leak into our foods from your pans. I know after I wash mine, the bottom of my pans looks terrible. Replacing them doesn’t have to be super expensive and can be done over time, but this is a number 1 area to swap out!

Here’s a few safer alternatives to non-toxic cookware:1. Cast Iron
Cast iron pans are generally safe, given you’re not simmering food in them for long periods of time. They can be high maintenance to take care of, but they last forever. But they can also leach small levels of iron into your food when cooking with acidic ingredients (like tomatoes). Too much iron is not good for your health, so always err on the side of caution with this cookware type.
 

2. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is another great option for cooking with. They typically don’t chip or scratch either!
3. 100% Ceramic Cookware
Make sure it says 100% ceramic cookware.This means that it is free of ANY metals and/or chemicals, and is made without PTFE and PFOA. Also, since there is no “coating” other than a natural ceramic glaze, so it won’t peel or flake.4. Non-Toxic Non-Stick Coatings
We use GreenLife pans and while they don’t last forever, they’re inexpensive and swapping them out every year doesn’t break the bank and they’re easy to take care of. 

 

Do you own safer cookware? Share it with me by hitting ‘reply’ and stay tuned for next month’s Simple Swap!