Friday, September 23, 2011

The Non Toxic Home - the pots and pans of it all

   At some point a few years ago, I realized the dangers present in non-stick pans. Teflon, when heated on high heat (smoking) gives off toxic fumes. Well, being the natural mama I try to be, I wanted that out of my house. Sure I enjoyed the convenience of having the food just slide off - and clean up was a breeze... but at what price? I don't want to toxic fumes in my house or around my growing boys.

     So my quest began - going back to the basics of cooking. I thought about my grandmother's house and how she swore by cast iron. It was even supposed to be good for you, giving you a an extra boost of iron (you can also pay for that in a vitamin jar!) So I started with ONE cast iron bought at Whole Foods. That set me back about $50. Wow. This may take some time because I am pretty frugal, and not the type to spend money frivolously even when it is for a good cause. I thought I'd just replace one at a time.  In the meantime I stooped using the Teflon.

Fast forward a few weeks and I was at the thrift store. There, I found another cast iron pan... this time only $3! Apparently, someone thinks they're outdated. Boy I wish I could have returned my $50 pan to Whole Foods. No matter.. you live and learn. At this time, I decided that I really only needed two pans. Honestly, who am I.. Rachel Ray? I use my crockpot for so many things.. pans are like an accessory! 

So out went all my Teflon that my husband and I had so carefully chosen. And it felt great. One less toxicity in my household. 
I think back back now to the way my grandmother did things, to the things of old. I have watched a lot of youtube videos on how they did things in the Great Depression. 

I enjoy learning and most of the things that were done at that time were extremely frugal and ecological. So why not live simply and enjoy things we have?

My husband keeps reminding me that this 'economic crisis' can actually be a very good thing. It's helping everyone get back to what really matters, go back to simpler times and understand that needs and wants are two completely different animals.

I have acquired one last cast iron pan, another thrift store find. It's more than enough. My pots are all enamel covered which I have had forever (and apparently are non toxic so I am sticking with that!)

So take a few moments and think about your pots and pans... any Teflon that needs throwing out?


  1. Lol...we're recently into cast iron skillet cooking too! too funny.

  2. Hi Mellisa -- I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there's so much misinformation out there about the Teflon® brand, I'm not surprised that you are concerned. I'm a representative of DuPont though, and hope you'll let me share some information with you and your readers so that everyone can make truly informed decisions.

    Regulatory agencies, consumer groups and health associations all have taken a close look at the Teflon® brand. This article highlights what they found -- the bottom line is that you can use Teflon® non-stick without worry.

    I'd truly be glad to share additional information about it if you are interested, and appreciate your consideration of this comment. Cheers, Sara.