I wrote about greening your dinnerware last week, so this week I am going to talk about greening your cookware. Like most of you, I prefer to cook with non-stick cookware. I have enough dishes to do–no need to spend extra time scrubbing pots and pans! Non-stick pans are traditionally coated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)—also known as C-8– a chemical that has raised concern over its safety.
PFOA has been labeled a carcinogen, and companies that make nonstick cookware have been asked to phase it out by 2015. A scary fact: PFOA can be found in the blood of 9 out of 10 Americans in low levels! In addition to its carcinogenic effects, it has resulted in low birth weight and suppressed immunity in laboratory animals (at high doses). In an effort to create a more safe nonstick coating, companies have created safer alternatives to Teflon. One of these coatings is Thermolon™ (a ceramic coating).
I am in the process of replacing all of my cookware with stainless steel or cookware that uses Thermolon™. One brand I have used and really enjoyed is the Cookware Company. I recently got to try out one of their pans: the Barcelona 8-inch nonstick fry pan. I love it, and it has been getting a lot of use (along with my Henckels Thermolon™ skillet).
In addition to being PFOA free, the Cookware Company pans are lead and cadmium free. They are heat-resistant up to 850 degrees clean up quickly and easily. You can find the Original GreenPan™ and other Cookware company products at Macy’s, Target, West Elm, Amazon, and a number of other retailers. Check them out at www.-greenpa.us and www.cookware-co.com and on Facebook: GreenPanUSA and Twitter: @GreenPan_intl.
30 Something Mother Runner received a Barcelona 8-inch Open Nonstick Frypan – Coated for review ($59.99 suggested retail). All opinions are 100% my own–I LOVE this pan.