When you want to take care of yourself and yours, you often start with cosmetics or food. We start reading the labels, and little by little our consumption habits change. We are happy to be less poisoned with chemical pesticides, additives, etc. Now, what is the point of eating healthy, if it is to cook our food in kitchen utensils that are anything but healthy and ecological? Yes, cooking is a critical step, where toxic substances (endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, etc.) can become infected. We will watch how to chase the unwanted.
Who are the fake friends of our closets and shelves?
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a non-stick coating, better known as Teflon. Beyond 260° C, a temperature that a heated stove reaches in less than 5 minutes, it breaks down and emits toxic fluorinated gases. Not crazy, you agree.
Very present in cooking, aluminum has yet nothing to do in contact with our food. Neurotoxic, it is often associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, in addition to being dangerous for the kidneys. However, under the effect of heat and acidity, aluminum particles could migrate from our kitchenware to the contents of our plates. Nothing of course, but in doubt, probably worth- he better do without it.
Why avoid plastic in the kitchen? First, because some contain bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor that is also carcinogenic and is often mentioned in the media. And there is BPA in polycarbonate, aka plastic water bottles, baby bottles and disposable cups. And then, because when the plastic is heated, particles migrate from your utensils and containers to your food.
Which Pan liner should I choose for cooking?
Uh, but then what remains as a solution to cook safely, and if possible respecting the environment, so much to do?
Natural cast iron stoves, frying pans, and grills
The natural cast is a mixture of iron and carbon, without varnish or coating of any kind. Unlike enamel, it does not wear and is not afraid of scratches: some manufacturers guarantee their stoves up to 25 years! Natural cast iron is a healthy and stable material: from a health and environmental point of view, it’s really the best.
Pans and saucepans in stainless steel or 18/10 stainless steel
The Stainless steel kitchenware is an alloy of iron and carbon, which comprises adding chromium and nickel. Thus, “18/10 stainless steel” means that there is 18% chromium and 10% nickel in your utensil. Stainless steel cookwares are a healthy and stable material, cheaper than cast iron.
The iron stoves existed for very long. If they have been a little neglected in homes, they are still used in the kitchens of professionals. Advantages: very affordable price, homogeneous heat diffusion and well-done cooking!
And ceramic stoves and pans?
Presented as ecological kitchen utensils, stoves, pans, saucepans, casseroles, etc. adorned with a ceramic coating are fragile, and therefore not durable. Very quickly, it cracks, putting food in contact with metals that sometimes cause problems, such as aluminum.