By Jennifer Parris
When you’re cooking, of course you want to whip up culinary masterpieces. But you also want to keep chemicals out of your kitchen. And that’s where having non-toxic cookware comes into play. Non-toxic cookware helps minimize the amount of heavy metals (like iron and nickel) that can make its way into your meal. You can look for cookware that has non-toxic materials, such as ceramic, carbon steel, porcelain enamel, or even lava rock.
Read The Home’s Non-Toxic Cookware Guide to learn about sets that are safe to use, and how they can improve the quality (and safety) of your meals.
When you can’t decide if you want to use your cast iron skillet or your stainless steel frying pan, you can break out your Blue Carbon pan. It has all the benefits of both: it retains heat and has the seasoning of a cast iron skillet, but it also is able to cook your food quickly like a traditional frying pan can. This set comes with a 10” carbon steel frying pan, a 12” carbon steel frying pan, a carbon steel wok, and one can of seasoning wax.
You’ll be simmering and sautéing in no time with this 10-piece set from GreenPan. The cookware set comes with both an 8” and 11” frying pan, along with a two quart saucepan, a three quart casserole, an 8 quart stockpot, and a 2 ½ quart skillet—all with lids. The best part: the ceramic nonstick coating is free from PFAs, PFOA, cadmium, and lead, so toxic fumes won’t be released by the pans, even if they overheat. They’re broiler and oven safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
This 5-piece cookware set can get you on the road to creating amazing meals for your family. Included with the set is a 1.5 quart Versa pot with a lid, a 7-inch traditional skillet, and a 2-piece red pot holder set for holding the pots, particularly when they’re hot. The set is non-toxic and because it’s made from ceramic, it can heat food evenly without burning.
Made from Thermolon ceramic non-stick, the 16-piece cookware set from GreenLife is guaranteed non-toxic. It’s free from PFOA, PFAS, cadmium, and lead. The set includes a 4” mini fry pan, 7” open fry pan, 9.5 “ fry pan, a 1QT saucepan with lid, a 2QT covered saucepan, a 5QT covered stockpot, a 2.5QT covered sauté pan, and a 7” stainless steel steamer. It even comes with four kitchen utensils, all with ergonomically designed handles to stay cool, soft—and most importantly, safe.
If you’re looking for something to cook a casserole, this dish from Le Creuset has you covered. It’s an all-in-one dish, so you can bake and serve without having to transfer your food to another platter. It boasts a durable porcelain enamel-glaze that is designed to not scratch, chip, or stain. And if you’re worried about smells, this dish is designed to be odor-resistant. Le Creuset has many sizes, colors and styles available. It’s heavy to pick up, but is a fabulous option.
The cookware set from Caraway has everything you want from a cookware set—and nothing that you don’t. It is non-toxic and free from Teflon, non-stick, and is oven-safe up to 550 degrees. To date, it has over 1,000 5-star reviews on the site, and comes in colors like gray, cream, perracotta (which is a hybrid of pink and terracotta), sage, and navy. It has a smooth surface, so you won’t have to worry about scratching the pans ( just be sure to use non-metal kitchen utensils).
Sometimes all you need to make a meal is a good frying pan. The Scanpan frying pan is made from commercial grade Stratanium+ with nonstick technology that is completely PFOA and PFOS free. It is compatible with any cooking surface, so it can easily go from the stove to the oven, and has a micro-textured surface so it can sear exceptionally well. The frying pan is handmade in Denmark, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.