Post # 1
Ok so im kinda a health freak. I worry about the chemicals in the non stick and tephlon type skillets, pots and pans, cookie sheets, etc..I need help picking cookware that is safe to cook with for my family.
Post # 3
I think some of the scares over non-stick might be overhyped. But I’ve heard good things about stainless steel. I’m looking into buying that for myself since nonstick isn’t nonstick for me.
Post # 4
I agree with MissAsB about both nonstick not being that bad, and stainless being a good option. If you want a fairly nonstick option without the coating, cast iron is wonderful. It’s incredibly durable, can go stovetop or oven, is pretty nonstick as long as you keep it well seasoned (and can deal with the fact that you’re not supposed to wash it with soap, just hot water) and instead of chemicals you get a very very slight iron supplement.
Post # 5
I second the cast iron! It’s supposed to last forever and conducts heat better than other cookware. I love that you can take it from stovetop to oven. There are cast iron muffin trays too.
Post # 6
I’ve phased out all of the nonstick cookwear from my kitchen. I now use a mix of cast iron, ceramic (aka greenpans), and copper-core stainless steel (copper b/c of better heat distribution). My stainless steel pans are Emeril, which is the chef’s personal line of All Clad; I’ve found that its the SAME as the copper-core All Clad, but at a fraction of the cost.
Post # 7
I’d go with stainless with some of those newer ceramic non sticks that the omelets apparently “slide” right off of if you need some non sticks.
Post # 9
cast iron and ceramic all the way.
Post # 10
A good cast iron skillet will make your life awesome 🙂 Extra iron in your diet, plus minimal cleaning – win, win!
I use a stone to bake in my toaster oven and regular oven. And use metal sheets with parchment for messy things.
We also used pyrex glass pots growing up and they worked fantastically. I can’t think of a reason why they would be unsafe, but I honestly don’t know if they sell them anymore!
Post # 11
I got a cast iron grill for the wedding and used it for the first time tonight. The food came out pretty well! Stick not entirely sure about this cleaning process though.
Post # 12
Stainless steal and ceramic are safe choices!
Post # 13
I use the Green Earth pans by Ozeri and I really like them.
Post # 14
Thanks all… I have no idea how or what to cookmin a cast iron skillet! What does ‘keep it seasoned ‘ mean? Thanks
Post # 15
Man, I really want a set of the ceramic pans, but they only make the one size of the frying pan. Boo.
ETA: I take that back, apparently there are tons of sets out there. Derp.
Post # 16
@Glow girl: What does ‘keep it seasoned ‘ mean?
This means oil it everytime you finish using it. Use veg oil and spread a thin layer of oil on the whole pan including the handle using a paper towel. This prevents rust!
Washing – make sure to use only water and if needed a scrubbie (not SOS pads) and do NOT use dish soap!