Do you cook healthy? Is your cookware safe? I’m going to explain to you what is the healthiest cookware to own. There is such a vast selection of cookware to purchase, that is almost impossible to know what is the healthiest cookware to consider.
What is the safest cookware for you to purchase? For years many cooks have been using teflon coated skillets and pans without realizing the toxins that are chipping off and being served with our food.
Hopefully this healthiest cookware review will help to enlighten you about what is the best and safest cookware to use when preparing meals for our families.
Today the Choices Are Many
Thankfully, the choices are many. You have a large assortment to choose from, depending on your budget.
But, that also makes it harder to decide and make sure the cookware is safe for your family.
There are some cookware to definitely stay away from.
Aluminium is not a good metal to cook with. The metal will leach into the food causing many health symptoms. So you would be smart not to invest in this type of cookware.
Non-stick cookware falls into the same catagory. The first non-stick pans were coated with teflon, which chipped off and we soon found out was very toxic. The newer non-stick is suppose to be more durable, but it’s going to chip or scratch eventually so you might as well stay away from that product.
The Good News!!
A Vast Selection to Choose From.
Healthy cookware sets that have been given a stamp of approval are
- Stainless steel
- Enameled cast iron
- Cast iron
Stainless Steel A very popular cookware with many different styles to choose from. There are many reasons to like this type of cookware.
It’s attractive, sturdy, dishwasher safe and healthy to cook with.
Preferably the stainless should be layered with copper for better heat conduction. The more evenly your food will cook. And when you adjust the temperature on the stove the reaction will be quicker.
Stainless is durable and will keep it’s good looks and outlive other types of cookware.
Also look to see if it’s magnetic for the future. If you consider an induction store or range, your cookware will need to be magnetic.
Enameled cast iron
This cookware is so attractive you can cook and serve from the same piece, with colors to match your kitchen.
It’s on the pricy side but well worth the investment.
I love using my cast iron fry pan. It can go from the stove top to the oven which makes it very versatile. It’s one of my favorite go-to pans. It’s great for grilling meat and cooking eggs for breakfast. The one thing to remember with cast iron is not to scrub with soap and water and to keep it seasoned.
Seasoning Cast Iron
In order for cast iron cookware to have a non-stick finish it must be seasoned properly.
First, make sure the pan is clean.If the pan is new wipe completely with a damp cloth.
If it has been used, rinse with warm water and scrape any food deposits with a brush. Do not use soap or any abrasive scrubbers on the finish.
Dry thorougly with a clean cloth. Next, apply the seasoning oil, lightly. Use whatever oil you prefer, coconut, vegetable, crisco, flaxseed, any of those are great.
Do not apply the oil too heavy or the oil can become rancid. Definitely not what we want to happen.
Use a clean cloth to apply. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place the pan in the oven prior to oiling the pan. This will better help the oil adhere to a slightly warm pan.
Rub the oil all over the pan, inside and out. Using a clean cloth wipe any residue oil off the pan. Place oiled pan upside down on oven rack for 1-2 hours.
Place aluminum foil on bottom of oven to catch any drippings, if any.
Turn oven off and leave pan in oven until totaly cooled. If the pan is old, this procedure might need to be done 3-4 times to be effective.
After each use, wash pan right away and towel dry.
Wipe lightly with oil and store upside down on a cloth or paper towel.
Corningware and Glassware
I’m sure every one I know has at least 1 piece of this very classic cookware.
It’s mostly used for casseroles and oven cooking but can be used on top of the stove with one of those clamp-on handles. Very easy to clean, usually just soak in soapy warm water and the residue comes right off.
Also very healthy to cook with.
As I’m sure you know there are many different price lines to cookware. From the very expensive to the very budget-minded.
The question is where do you fall when it comes to purchasing a set of cookware or even a few piece. Here are some of the points to consider before you decide on what you want to purchase.
- How large is your family?
- Does the person using the cookware the most frequently enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen?
- How often do you cook?
- How often do you eat out or get take-out?
- Do you have any serious cooks in the family?
Those are just a few of the things to consider when you start looking for cookware.
Myself, I LOVE to cook and bake and experiment with different recipes. So I have a large arsenal of cookware (not all matching).Some I purchased myself and some were gifts and hand-me-downs. Also, many times I cook for a crowd and need larger size pans than a single person or a couple.
But my #1 choice for the very best cookware is Scanpan Cookware. It’s not well -heard of as it’s made in Denmark, although it’s starting to make a name for itself everywhere.
It’s very well crafted and will last forever.
Scanpan come in many different models depending on what type of cookware you enjoy cooking with.**
The ultimate in cookware. The outstanding design is crafted with the most durable materials. No chipping or peeling with this non-stick cookware.
The coating is made witth a combination of titanium and ceramic. Very durable and guaranteed not to peel or chip. Exclusive made by Scanpan for their non-stick scanpan line.
The base is made with 5 layers of aluminum and stainless steel from recycled metals.
The pans receive even heat throughout, making cooking a breeze.
- Ergonomic handles
- Finest workmanship
- Ovensafe at 500
- Dishwasher friendly
- Made from recycled metals
- Well designd
- Safe for induction stoves and ranges
- Very expensive
Hopefully this will enlighten you on what to look for in healthy cookware.
There is a vast number of cookware available if you look in any department store at the large selection. This article was written to help you look at the healthier types of cookware and make an informed decision on what to purchase for yours and your families needs.
If you have any question or comments, please leave them below.Thanks, Deanna