Food | Cookware
Miriams Earthen Cookware’s (MEC) hand-thrown, unglazed, 100% primary clay pots and pans can be used on the stove and/or in the oven. “Our cookware is made from 100% primary clay – a nutrient rich, naturally occurring, renewable form of earth. Tested for purity in the USA and harvested from 20 to 25 feet below the surface from secluded lands whose history is verified going back 200 years. MEC pots are also not glazed to avoid contamination from chemicals in the glaze, and off course because we think nature is beautiful just the way it is! MEC cooks with a gentle far-infrared heat (FIR). This type of heat is unique to pots made from primary clay and cooks by preserving the nutrients in food. It also helps carry spices and seasoning much deeper, making it more flavorful and delicious. An added advantage is that you can cook with less salt and seasoning… MEC’s Primary clay pots are excellent retainers of heat. Their immense heat-retaining capacity helps food stay hot longer, saving the need to re-heat multiple times. Food stays warm on an average up to 5 to 6 hours. Also, because they retain heat so well, all foods cook on medium or less than medium heat, no need to go to high settings. MEC pots are also designed to condense steam naturally so the water soluble nutrients stay inside the pot! This allows food to cook in its own oils and liquids not having the need to add too much. Miriams Earthen Cookware is Made in the USA with primary clay from within the USA.” Best to use in the oven or on a gas burner, but you can also use it on an induction cooktop with a diffiser (sold on their site).
My #1 choice for healthy cookware, these Xtrema pots and pans are 100% ceramic, through and through–made only from natural minerals, clay and water. No metals are in this ceramic cookware. This lead-free high-tech all ceramic glaze is easy to clean and does not leach lead or any other toxic metals (see lab tests on website). The extremely hard ceramic cooking surface cannot be scratched by metal utensils or steel wool but I recommend wood utensils when cooking with Xtrema. Because the ceramic material holds heat exceptionally well, you can save energy by cooking at lower temperatures. The attractive and versatile cookware lets you take the food from the stove to the table and then to the refrigerator for storing leftovers. This is the cookware I use every day for almost everything I cook. NOTE: This cookware is lightweight and extremely easy to clean, however, I wouldn’t call it “nonstick.” Eggs will stick unless you spray your cookware with olive oil after the pan is heated on a low temperature for 3 minutes (see the video on the web site on How to Cook Eggs).
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Culinary porcelain cookware made in France from 100% environmentally friendly, natural components. Contains no heavy metals (lead, cadmium) or toxins. Inherently non-porous and nonstick. “We have been passionately making our own clay and enamels for 247 years… We have passed down from generation to generation a unique set of skills that allows us to create extremely high-quality products.”
Cast iron cookware with high-quality “adhesion-free” porcelain enamel finish, made in France. Cadmium-free and lead-free. “The Staub journey begins in the Alsace region of France. Rich in history, food and craft, the area is renowned for hearty one-pot recipes and fine enameled ceramics. With as much attention as the Alsatians applied to perfecting the one-pot meal, Staub’s founder set himself to perfecting the pot itself. The grandson of a cookware merchant, Francis Staub designed his first enameled pot in an old artillery factory in 1974, merging cast iron’s utility with the latest technology available.”
A pink Himalayan salt cooking plate, manufactured to the safe for cooking, grilling, and baking. This plate enhances and seasons your food with before and during the cooking process. No need for cookware—you heat the slab of salt and cook food directly on it.
Vita Clay slow cookers are the only brand that I know for sure does not have lead in the glaze of their pots. Their pots have no glaze at all and they work very hard to ensure their products are made from chemical-free natural clay. I called Vita Clay and talked with them about the clay they use. Their pots are made from zisha clay, which is a famous Chinese clay, known for its purity. It has been used for centuries to make teapots because zisha teapots are treasured for their ability to enhance the flavor, aroma and texture of tea. Zisha clay is also structurally strong without glazing and does not crack when subjected to large and sudden temperature differences. Vita Clay pots are certified lead-free by SGS and are also tested by the FDA.
Formerly called “ManPans,” this unique cookware designed to be green, made in the USA. While designed to save energy in cooking and transportation, it also has a nontoxic “two layer sapphire/quartz-like natural mineral finish permanently bonded to our tough aluminum pans. It will not flake, chip or rub off and is metal utensil safe. In fact the finish is so tough that you can rub a coin on the surface and not only will you not scratch the finish, the coin will get worn down!” It’s “stick-resistant” which means it’s not nonstick so sometimes oil or butter will be needed, but it’s easy to clean. I had one of these pans when they first came out and I used it for about a year. I couldn’t cook eggs in it without butter, but I could cook almost anything else fat-free. The pan itself is made from anodized aluminum, but it has their special finish, so no aluminum gets in the food. My one consideration about the pan is that it is extremely lightweight, which might be a big benefit for you, but I like heavier cookware. For that reason, I no longer have it in my downsized kitchen.
Flameware cooking vessels made with a “flameproof” clay that is designed to withstand extreme temperatures. These pots can go directly from the refrigerator to a hot oven and back again without cracking. Can be used on the grill and stovetop. “We make flameware pots for slow food aficionados, lovers of fine food, appreciators of quality kitchen tools, cooks, chefs, and everyone who enjoys the pleasures of cooking and eating. We believe that beauty does not belong on a shelf, and that cooking and serving in handmade pottery brings connection and beauty to the simple act of sharing a meal with family and friends.” Flameware pottery stays hot longer requiring less energy and “does not leach metals or other chemicals into food or the environment.” Microwave and dishwasher safe. Baked-on foods can be removed by simple scrubbing with soap and water.
Chantal’s original line of enamel-on-steel cookware and new enamel-on-copper “provides a chemical free, energy efficient, naturally stick resistant way to cook on any stovetop, including magnetic induction. Its non-porous surface makes it the ideal choice for healthy cooking. All Chantal cookware is specifically designed to go from freezer to stove to table and then directly into the dishwasher.” Some pieces available at a discount at Toxic-Free A-Z .
“America’s favorite porcelain on steel cookware, for 125 years…” Complete selection of bakeware, roasters, pots and pans…even dishware. It’s very inexpensive and sold in many hardware stores. “The porcelain on steel cookware of Graniteware is superior to chemical non-stick surfaces. Inert and composed mainly of glass, the porcelain is odorless, tasteless, and will not interact with food. Created from sand [and natural clay], the porcelain coating is sustainable and, ultimately, renewable. The steel, encased in the porcelain, does not oxidize and will not interact with the cooking or taste of your food.” A majority of the pieces are made in the USA, check with the manufacturer for an exact list.
This cookware was created in 1925 when a casting specialist and an enameling expertrecognized an opportunity to improve the versatility of cast iron cookware by coating it in a porcelain enamel glaze. And it’s been a favorite of cooks worldwide ever since. The interior surface that touches the food is essentially made from glass, and does not leach anything into the food. No lead is used in the making of the interior surfaces. According to customer service, ” Colors such as dune, black, Caribbean blue and all non bold colors do not contain any lead outside.”
Visions has long been one of my favorite cookwares. It is made from a proprietary glass-ceramic material doesn’t leach into food. Because you can see right through it, you don’t have to remove the lid to monitor cooking, thus saving energy. Visions wasn’t available for a while, but it’s back. You can buy quite a few pieces new. Toxic-Free A-Z has the best prices I’ve found (in 2018).
Clay bean pots, casseroles, and roasters in many sizes (the largest roaster holds a 17-pound turkey) for easy, efficient, healthy cooking. Clay pot cooking seals in nutrients and cuts down on the need for added fats.
Pyrex glass cookware and bakeware in a wide variety of sizes and shapes–even a glass roasting pan. Silica (a compound found in quartz and sand) is the main ingredient in making the heat-resistant glass, then “eight ingredients are added and some broken glass”. So while it doesn’t contain recycled glass bottles, broken glass within the factory is recycled back into the pot. Pyrex is durable (so it can be reused for years without breaking or chipping) and it saves energy (Pyrex glass rather than reflecting oven heat waves, thereby reducing cooking time over earthenware, porcelain or enameled dishes).