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5 Safe Cookware Options-Best Pots and Pans

Updated on September 17, 2012

Safe pots and pans

Cookware is an essential part of every kitchen, without it, there would be no kitchen! There are some good, and some bad, or very bad choices we can make when purchasing cookware. Some very reactive pots, pans and bakeware can leach toxic metals and other dangerous substances into our food, causing serious health problems.

Which pots and pans to avoid:

  • Aluminum. Aluminum is soft and highly reactive metal that can leach into food, it is toxic, causes genetic mutations and may disrupt hormones.
  • Teflon-coated and other nonstick pots and pans. Chemicals which are used to make pots and pans with nonstick coating are toxic and hazardous. Number of studies shown that chemicals used to produce nonstick coated cookware, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), can cause developmental problems, like birth defects and cancer.


Here are 5 safer cookware options:

1. Cast Iron

This is great, healthy, old-school choice and it is naturally nonstick. I absolutely love my cast iron pans, they are my favorite! Cast iron is very durable, once seasoned, it can last a lifetime. You can buy pre-seasoned pans, Lodge is one of the manufacturers. Cast iron is heavy and is great at retaining heat, so you can use lower temperatures than if you were using another cookware, it is an energy saver!

2. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is durable, it does not react to acidic or alkaline foods. Pick pots and pans with heavy bottom, for optimal heat conductivity.

3. Enameled Cast Iron

Enameled cast iron is one of the most durable, versatile and long-lasting materials for cookware. It is very versatile, just like non-enameled cast iron, you can use it on the stove top, under the broiler, on the grill, in the oven and even on an open fire.

4. Glass and Ceramic Cookware

Both glass and ceramic cookware are nonreactive materials.

5. Silicone

Silicone is my first choice for bakeware. It seems strange, but this rubbery-looking bakeware is actually nonreactive and safe for baking. Silicone bakeware is nonstick, distributes heat evenly and it is also dishwasher safe. Silicone withstands extreme thermal changes, it can go from freezer to oven.

In order to pick which cookware you would like the best, you would need to try and experience working with it. I have all 5 kinds of above listed cookware, I use them for different purposes, each different kind of materials have different qualities.


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    • MargaritaEden profile image

      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      vespawolf, cast iron is my absolute favorite too, I love the added benefit of iron in my food, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Although I own for of the 5 types you mention, cast iron is my favorite. I've always wanted to try enameled cast iron. Maybe one day I'll have the chance! I also like my silicone muffin "tins". Thanks so much!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Yes it is scary, you are right, thank you forv your comment!

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      Its quite scary really to think we are ingesting metals which isnt normal for us to ingest

    • MargaritaEden profile image

      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Francesca and Brett!

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      Brett Osteen 5 years ago

      Nice and easy to read. No long blocks of solid text :)

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Lol absolutely true!

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      To me there is nothing better than a properly cured cast iron pan. Not only are they a joy to cook in, but they are also an impressive home invasion deterrent.

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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      I agree with your hub. Very good information.