I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We had a lovely day, full of presents, a few fun surprises and good food. We did Christmas breakfast with my family (I made biscuits, cinnamon “rolls” using the biscuit dough, homecured bacon-still tweaking that recipe- and eggs). Then we had a turkey Christmas dinner with Joel’s family. The day after we jumped right into a filming project, so it’s been none stop work ever since Christmas! I’ll tell you more about that project soon.
But today I wanted to share a new purchase I made with some birthday money my parents had given me. I’ve had my eye on the Chantal Enamel on Steel cookware for a while. It’s beautiful, for one. But I have also grown concerned about my stainless steel cookware.
Here’s a little blurb from the Weston A Price Foundation on some concerns with certain cookware.
“COOKWARE: Glass, cast iron, carbon steel, titanium and lead-free crock pots (slow cookers) and enamels are best. Obtain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) data from the manufacturers for evaluation if possible, especially in the case of enamels and slow cookers.1 The FDA alleges that the risks from lead in slow cookers are acceptable, but consumers may want to find products that have been proven lead free and not just meeting “FDA standards.” Hamilton-Beach claims its crockpot is lead free. Aluminum and teflon are well known for their health dangers. Less known is the fact that stainless steel exposes people to accumulations of carcinogenic nickel, and often cobalt and chromium, as well. Although some high-grade stainless steels are supposed to be risk free, they may be so only in water at near-neutral pH. None of the 300 and 400 series stainless steels evaluated are stable in tomato acids and salt.2 Series 316 corrosion-resistant stainless steel is the best (used in Saladmaster brand cookware). It is resistant to tomato juice and vinegar, but corrodes with exposure to citric acid and salt (so add salt after cooking). Sadly, Corning glassware is no longer in production, but eBay is a good source. There are many high-end enamel cookware products, including Le Creuset” Read the full article about metal poisoning here.
While I can’t guarantee that the Chantal is perfect, it is enameled and they claim that there is no metal transfer to your food in their product information. It seems like a pretty safe choice! While I have gotten used to not using non-stick pans, I also thought it would be fun to have a pan that is naturally non-stick. It also helps that I love how it looks too! I got the ten inch skillet on sale for a good price, but then I found out that you can get it on Amazon for the same price. You can a 8-Inch Omelet Pan for thirty dollars and a 10-Inch Omelet Pan for fifty dollars.
I just got it yesterday, but I will update you on how I like it as I begin to experiment with it.
As a side note, if you haven’t heard about the dangers of nonstick pans, please research it! Do a quick search on EWG’s site for some good information.
How about you all? Get any new kitchen tools for Christmas? Or have you transferred over to “safe” cookware?
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