Non-Toxic Cookware

If you are ready to upgrade your old non-stick pots and pans for safer options, here are some of my favorite non-toxic cookware products:

A Cast Iron Pan

Cast iron is a good option for pan frying meat, chicken, and vegetables.  Lodge is the most popular inexpensive brand, but can be heavy and prone to rusting. I like Cuisinart’s cast iron pan with an exterior enamel surface, because the outside will not rust if left on a wet surface. 

Stainless steel pots and pans

For everyday cooking, a basic set of stainless steel pots and pans in various sizes is the best way to prepare soups, sauces, grains, and vegetables. Good brands include cuisinart, T-fal, and. I like this good-value 7 piece set from Cusinart.

Non-toxic baking trays

For baking trays or sheet pans, look for stainless steel (such as those made by TeamFar)  or a ceramic-coating.  I like the non-stick ceramic bakeware from Caraway.  





Pyrex Glass Casserole/ Baking Dish

Glass bakeware is perfect for dishes such as casseroles, lasagne, or roasting a whole chicken. I like Pyrex brand, because it can withstand sudden temperature changes without breaking.

Optional: A Greener Non-Stick Pan

There is a great deal of controversy over whether newer forms of non-stick pans (made without traditional chemicals such as Teflon) are truly safe enough. Some people recommend avoiding these pans altogether and only using stainless steel or cast iron. My personal view of the available evidence is that ceramic non-stick cookware is safe, especially if it is not old and scratched, and is not used with extremely high heat.  My favorites are  GreenPan’s Ceramic Non-stick Valencia Pans and Caraway’s Ceramic Non-stick Pans 




Glass Food Storage Containers

If you haven’t already switched over from plastic food storage containers to glass, the sooner the better. I like Ikea’s glass containers, and those by Anchor Hocking. Both are made from strong and durable glass that can survive rapid temperature changes. Anchor Hocking containers have a slight edge because the lids that are easier to use and keep and clean.