Tips for Choosing the Safest Cookware
Something a lot of restaurants just don’t talk about is the safety of their cookware. Sure, everyone talks about how they use the freshest ingredients, including us. But what good are using the best ingredients if the cookware you’re cooking with contaminates them and makes them unsafe for human consumption?
So I thought I’d do a write up on which types of cookware materials are actually safe. And what we use in our kitchens, and what you should be using at home too.
When selecting the best cookware and bakeware for your household there are a number of elements that need to be considered.
There are hundreds of brand name pots and pans out there and thousands of products available to consumers. The trick is to successfully select the products and brands that will best meet your family’s needs.
Safety is always the most important aspect of any purchase.
Factors to take into consideration in choosing cookware for your home will include product reviews, availability of sizes and styles to meet your needs and wants, versatility of the product, and its ability to fulfill your household’s cooking requirements.
Any health concerns surrounding a product that you might be considering purchasing must be taken into account before you take that item home with you.
There are still a number of cookware products selling on store shelves even today that have health hazards attached to them. You should be aware of these issues so that you are able to safeguard yourself and your family.
It is important to be informed by arming yourself with the information that is out there and available to you.
Having all the information at your fingertips allows you to make informed choices in the areas that matter most to you and your family. Knowledge is indeed power.
There are some new and used nonstick pans that should come with a health warning on them.
A type of cookware that currently comes with a some serious safety issues is Teflon nonstick or coated cookware. A chemical used in the manufacture of these products has been found to contain a toxic chemical that has the potential to seriously affect the health of those who use this type of cookware.
The chemical has been linked to birth defects and cancer in humans and it is regulated to be eliminated by the year 2015 in all products involved with the human consumption of food. Why the government allowed for such a lengthy transitional period is beyond my reasoning.
Perfluoroctanoic acid, or “C-8″ as it is referred to in the scientific world, is a chemical composition used to bind the nonstick coating to the pan. This nonstick surface is commonly found on bakeware and fry pans.
Up to fifteen toxic chemicals, two of which are carcinogenic, can be released into household air from one single use of a nonstick coated pan containing Perfluoroctanoic acid.
The death of household birds from the inhalation of C8 brought the toxicity of this chemical to light. Because birds have a much smaller lung capacity compared to humans they are therefore more susceptible to smaller degrees of toxins in the air household birds began to dye from the gases released from these pans when they were over heated. Studies into their deaths left no doubt as to the toxins source.
It is estimated that currently 95 percent of people have C8 present in their body. You can read more further on this subject at these links: Teflon and C-8 and information from The Environmental Working Group. This is why companies like Green Life Pans have tried to come up with safer alternatives to non-stick cookware.
This health related information concerning nonstick pots and pans is information that you should definitely take into consideration when you are making a choice in the type of cookware that you will be using in your home.
It is what we don’t know about aluminum pots and pans that is pretty scary.
Aluminum pots and pans are another product line that is found in abundance on store shelves and yet it is another product that comes with some very serious health concerns attached to it. For years researchers have been trying to discover the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). They know that health problems exist with exposure to aluminum but they are not sure yet as to what degree it affects human health.
The health risks associated with the different cookware are definitely something very important to take into account when you are shopping for pots and pans for your household.
Young children can be especially sensitive to toxins and pollutants. Keep in mind that whatever they are exposed to today will have an impact on them tomorrow. Where children are concerned always choose your safest option.
You can read more on safety concerns of the materials used in cookware at: Government of Canada: The safe use of cookware
Baking stones are a refreshing step back into the past.
A charming taste of yesterday in convenient sizes for the modern day kitchen.
Baking stones are a naturally refreshingly cookware option.
New glass cookware yes. Older glass cookware no.
Fortunately there are some of the highest standards in place for glass cookware but there are still a few issues that you should be aware of and especially if you have younger children in your home.
New glass pots and pans are generally considered safe for food consumption purposes. The only real danger involved with these is breakage, and hurt from burns, or shattering glass.
Older types of glass bake and cook ware should not be used as these may contain high concentrations of lead. Take care when using old glass dishes that you have inherited or have purchased at garage sales or thrift stores.
Glass dishes that come into the US and Canada with new immigrants from other countries may also not be of the same high standards that are set for products sold here.
Stainless steel cookware has issues when it is new but not so much as it ages.
Stainless steel is another form of cookware that is considered to be one of the safest forms of cookware to use.
However it is important to note that stainless steel pots and pans will leach chromium and nickel into the foods cooked within them.
Studies showed that the amount of nickel and chromium leached into the food was dependent upon how new the stainless steel cookware was and how long the food was cooked it.
New cookware showed significantly higher leaching within the first 6 uses and leveled off to an even plateau after the 10th use. The longer a food was cooked in the stainless steel than the higher the concentration of chromium and nickel was.
The amount of nickel and chromium released into food is considered to be a small amount and generally considered to be a safe amount for humans to digest.
The main health warning for stainless steel pots and pans is for individuals who are sensitive or allergic to nickel or other components of metal. It is recommended that these individuals use other products for their cooking and baking.
Is silicone a safe material for cookware?
Silicone cookware has recently begun to emerge onto store shelves and into the cupboards of homes around the globe. Is it safe? Thus far studies indicate that it is.
If this is the form of cookware that you decide on keep in mind a few simple precautions until all the evidence is in on this new cookware.
1. Do not cook at extremely high temperatures. If the cookware is exposed to high temperatures try to ventilate the room immediately with fresh air and avoid breathing any smoke produced.
2. Do not use the cookware if the surface is cracked or broken in any degree.
3. Remove foods immediately after cooking and never store food in the bake ware.
4. Be careful when removing cooked foods from silicone bake ware as the silicone is very flexible and foods can slip out quickly and cause burns.
Investigate your options thoroughly before you decide on the right type of cookware for you and your family. It is your body, your health, and any health consequences will be based on the choices you make today.
Always err of the side of caution. Keep in mind that your product choices are likely to remain a part of your home environment for many years into the future.
Cast iron cookware turns out to be one of our safest choices.
Cast Iron Cookware is generally considered safe and a healthier alternative to nonstick pans. A well seasoned cast iron pan will be virtually nonstick and this feature only tends to improve with age rather than lesson. That’s why our woks are made of cast iron.
Cast Iron cookware does release some degree of iron into the food that is cooked within it. It is estimated that cooking on a regular basis with cast iron pots and pans will supply an individual with twenty percent of their daily requirement for iron.
If you or one of your family members has allergies to iron or sensitivity to metals in general then you may want to take this into consideration when you are selecting the cookware to be used within your home.
I hope this article helps you make a decision on which materials to use in your own itchen. And also to understand the depths we go to in order to make sure our customer’s meals are not just the best tasting, but the safest too. So stop by Bangkok Cuisine today!