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12 Days Of Holiday Giveaways- Day 4 360 Cookware

12 Days Of Holiday Giveaways- Day 4 360 Cookware

Day #4 360 Cookware

Welcome to 12 Days Of Holiday Giveaways!  We do this every year and it just gets better and better!

I’ve teamed up with my friend and fellow natural blogger Lisa, from This Organic Girl.  To know her is to love her and whenever we start brainstorming about collaborating it always starts to get crazy- in the best possible way!  So in honor of the holidays upon us and the season of giving we’ve decided to extend our gratitude to our audiences and share some of our favorite natural beauty brands with you.  After all this is the season of giving!  

We are pulling out all the stops and giving away $12K in product!  It's about to get real good.  

For more information on the 12 days of holiday giveaways, check out my blog post here.

Nontoxic Cookware

The 360 waterless cookware is unlike anything else I've used!

 

Giveaway Day #4 – 360 Cookware! We are giving away a $500 Gift Card! 

 

360 Cookware is the best when it comes to a clean stainless steel cookware option AND it is made in the USA in West Bend, WI.  It’s become a family business that started with the owner’s father being turned on to waterless cookware after returning from the Vietnam War.  He then started to sell it for more than 30 years.  The operation got outsourced more and more to Asia.  The owner’s son realized he wanted to continue waterless cookware and keep bringing it to the American people, so he created 360 Cookware.  He had realized how unique it was, from the flavor it produced in food that had been cooked in it, to the nutrients it kept intact.  The cool part is that they kept many of the workers that had been laid off from the previous company and hired them to work at 360 Cookware.  These trained workers encompassed more than 450 years of experience in the manufacturing of waterless cookware!  Since 2004 360 Cookware has been making waterless cookware that stands the test of time and serves families everyday as they use them to feed their families.  And if you subscribe to 360 Cookware’s email (below) you will be entered into a giveaway for a $500 gift card to use towards their cookware or bakeware!!

*Read my full 360 Blog Post here.

Shop 360 Cookware here!

Read below for my experience using 360 Cookware’s products.  

 

  • 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker- I love how this pot can go from the slow cooker to an oven or on the stove.  It’s so versatile!  I can cook a whole chicken in this, a roast, a large batch of chili or bean soup and it all comes out wonderful.  The flavor of the meat is unlike any other.  It’s multi-use function really makes this one of my more loved pieces because it can do all the things. As fall and winter comes I can see myself cooking so many soups in this too!  It’s been a game changer for me.  It really has actually eliminated other pots that I used to use and created more of a minimalist effect to my cooking- because I only want to use this!  I have a family of 5(one being a baby) but this has been perfect for our family.  If you have a smaller family you may want to check out the 4 quart and if you have a larger family the 8 quart may be perfect for you!  I’ve seared meat in the pot, then added in my veggies and the rest of the ingredients and put it on the slow cooker- trust me when I say you’ll use this!
  • 3.5 Quart Saucepan- What doesn’t this saucepan do?!  But really.  I can cook veggies in here, meat of any kind, from ground beef, sausage, chicken legs, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and steaks.  This is a well loved pan.  I would say this is a quick way to make dinner fast and tasty!  I’ll have some meat that’s been dethawed and then I’ll add it to the pan and within 15 minutes or less I have the tastiest dinner!  The flavor of the meat is unreal.  Ask my hubs!  The chicken flavor is unlike anything I’ve made before and I literally don’t use any oil!  It’s just the waterless cookware technology at work.  The veggies don’t taste mushy or overdone but so much more fresh and vibrant.  I love knowing my food's nutrients aren’t being diluted by water I’ve added.  This pan is also great for stir fry’s too!  I keep trying new things all the time with it.
  • 8.5 in. Fry Pan- This little guy is perfect for frying eggs, reheating something quick, or if I’m just fixing something for myself or my husband.  It’s such a great size and easy to handle.  There is a learning curve with frying eggs or scrambled eggs when using it.  I learned to heat it on low, around 3, wait a few minutes until it’s well heated.  Add a little oil.  I prefer avocado oil or ghee, then add the eggs in the oil.  The trick really is to not overheat, which you will hear often when reading more about waterless cookware and cooking with it.  Slow and steady wins the race- especially when it comes to cooking eggs.  As with anything, be patient, you’ll get the hang of it!  

 

Waterless cookware

This 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot has been such an amazing multi-use product! I love the versatility.

 

360 Cookware has many more options than those listed above, but those are the ones I have experience with.  To see their full list of products, check out their website here!

 

*Remember to check back tomorrow for day #5 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! 

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How To Use Waterless Cookware | Our Tips & Tricks

How To Use Waterless Cookware | Our Tips & Tricks

My Nontoxic Cookware post has been one of my most read posts on the blog and I know many of you are making the switch to detox out your cookware!  Unfortunately, I think it's easy to feel a little intimidated when it comes to cooking with some of the nontoxic options that are out there as you do have to change how you cook.  Specifically, using waterless cookware can be so different than what you are currently using to cook with. No worries…I am going to share all the tips and tricks for cooking with waterless cookware – specifically one of my favorite non toxic cookware brands 360 Waterless Cookware – so you can feel confident in investing in this awesome brand for your family!

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

What is waterless cookware?

Waterless cookware uses a technology called Vapor Technology to cook your food at lower temperatures.  When you cook your food at lower temperatures you are not only increasing the flavors but protecting all the nutrients in the food.  Yielding higher nutrients in your cooked food once they're done. Not only does it heat your food at lower temperatures but it also does it quicker!  Yes, in this case you can have the best of both worlds.  You are cooking the food in it's own juices so you don't need the added oils, butters, etc like you would with other cookware.  

The lids of 360 Cookware are specially designed to create a Vapor Seal that encapsulates the heat and moves it around the food to cook it.  Instead of overcooked, low nutrient food, with bland taste, you are left with nutrient dense flavorful food!  I can attest to the magic of waterless cookware after using 360 cookware myself- more on this brand in my full review here.  If you prefer to cook as you always have you can still do that with 360 Cookware too.  You don't have to use the waterless cookware method but once you learn it you won't want to go back!

 

 

Benefits of Waterless Cookware

Waterless cookware has definite benefits to its use.  First, and most importantly to me, is that by cooking without adding water and at a lower heat, this cooking style is able to maintain and protect the nutrients in the food.  If we are going to do the work to invest in organic vegetables, grass fed and finished meat, etc we want all those amazing nutrients in the foods to be available to our bodies when we eat them.  And with waterless cookware, they are more readily available than traditional cooking methods! (1)  Secondly, it requires no added oil, butter, etc.  Some say this is healthier due to less calories or fat being added into your food.  If it’s the right kind of fat that doesn’t bother me, but for some this may matter!  Thirdly, cooking with waterless cookware is more energy efficient.  Only low heat is used and some brands even work by sealing in the heat and turning off the stovetop once a certain level is reached.  Lastly, and certainly not least, when it comes to 360 Cookware, this is a true nontoxic cookware option.  No worries about crazy chemicals leaching into your food!  And they are so serious about being green, sustainable and eco-friendly. (2)

 

Waterless Cookware Methods 

The directions for waterless cookware that I am going to share will be specific to the 360 Cookware, as it can vary slightly from brand to brand. Simply follow the directions below and you will know you will have nutrient dense, flavorful food made with nontoxic cookware!

  1. You will need to choose the right size pot or pan to use.  It will need to be at least ⅔ full of the food you are cooking.
  2. Use the correct size burner.  The burner should be approximately the same size as the diameter of the bottom of the pan you are using.
  3. Place the food in the correct size pan (that has been pre-heated) and place the cover on (the pre-heat is so important).
  4. After approximately 3-5 minutes you will note vapor coming out from beneath the cover.  At this point you will spin the cover and turn the burner to the low heat setting.  If the cover spins freely this is how you will know that the vapor seal has formed.  After a few minutes you will no longer note the vapor escaping beneath the lid and therefore the appropriate cooking temperature has been reached. 
  5. Only remove the cover at the end of the cooking time to check that what you are cooking is done.  If it isn't done you will need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water and return the heat setting to medium.  You will then repeat step #4.  

 

 

Seems simple enough!  But I will say that it will take a couple tries to figure out your settings on your stovetop.  I will also share some tips and tricks I have picked up along the way that will make your waterless cookware so much easier to use!

  1. Fresh fruits and veggies have enough moisture in them naturally that you won't need to add any further water.  This definitely seems so strange, but it's true!  What you will want to do is put the fruit/veggie in the appropriate sized pot.  Cover it in water, and then pour the water back off.  That small amount of moisture will be enough for most.  Meats will also typically only require their own juices to cook in.  Only add oils/fats if the recipe requires it.
  2. Once you have your pan set to low/medium for 3-5 minutes then you can test the pan to see if it's hot enough by dropping some water in the pan.  If it splatters it's not hot enough, but if the drops of water bead up and dance across the pan you know it's hot enough.
  3. When cooking using 360 Cookware if you note that vapor continues to escape the pot (in Step #2 from above), you have a heat setting too high and you will need to reduce the heat  
  4. Also, when cooking and checking for the vapor seal, if the cover doesn't spin freely and is locked in place that tells you the heat setting is too low and you will need to the raise the heat so the lid will loosen.
  5. Avoid lifting the cover when cooking as this will let the heat and moisture out.
  6. While these pans are very durable, you will still want to take great care of them so they will last you for years to come!
    • Do not clean with Chlorine Bleach, rather use water and a non abrasive stainless steel cleaner to make a paste (can be as simple as using baking soda as the cleaner).  
    • Avoid hitting the the rims of the cookware with metal kitchen utensils.
    • Do not cut or chop in the pan.
    • Don't allow undissolved salt to remain in the pan for longer periods.
    • Don't allow acidic or seasoned food to remain in the pan for long periods.

 

Trust me, once you get the hang of waterless cookware you will love it!  You can check out all of 360 Waterless Cookware here.  Share with me below, what do you think of cooking with waterless cookware?

If you liked this post, check out these past posts:

 

References:

  1. Mori, Mari;  Atsumi Hamada; Hideki Mori; Yukio Yamori & Kinsuke Tsuda. (2012). Effects of cooking using multi-ply cookware on absorption of potassium and vitamins: a randomized double-blind placebo control study.  International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition, 63 (5): 530-536.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3411121/
  2. Why 360 Cookware?  (n.d.) 360 Waterless Cookware.  Retrieved from: https://www.360cookware.com/pages/why-360-cookware

 

Best Ceramic Cookware Sets (2021 Ultimate Guide)

Best Ceramic Cookware Sets (2021 Ultimate Guide)

Ceramic cookware has been all the rage more recently, but there is so much to be known before making an investment like that for your kitchen.  I am going to break it all down for you here so you can make an informed decision and really start detoxing kitchen cookware.  I mean, if you are going to eat clean and nutritious food, you definitely don’t want to be cooking it in a pan that is going to release toxins into your food and the air.  Plus, ceramic cookware is so sleek and pretty.  An added bonus to this easy to use, and functional cookware.  Let’s dive in!

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

*Suzi (Gurl Gone Green) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

What is ceramic cookware?

Ceramic cookware can be made of either 100% ceramic (this includes the core and the glaze) OR can be ceramic coating over a metal pan. To know exactly what this means I need to share a couple definitions with you:

Ceramic: of or relating to the manufacture of any product (such as earthenware, porcelain, or brick) made essentially from a nonmetallic mineral (such as clay) by firing at a high temperature

Clay: is an earthy material that is capable of being molded when moist but hard when fired, that is composed mainly of fine particles of hydrous aluminum silicates and other minerals, and that is used for brick, tile, and pottery  (1)  

In my opinion, more people think of cookware that has the ceramic coating over a metal core when they think of ceramic cookware then.  This type of cookware has a metal pan (typically aluminum) with a ceramic-coated non-stick cooking surface.  This surface is made from natural sand-derived silicon using a process called sol-gel.  You can read all about sol-gel here.

Is ceramic cookware safe?

Simply put, ceramic cookware is safe!  But let’s look at it a little closer to be certain. 

If you purchase from a reputable company, pure ceramic cookware should be non-reactive and free of harmful substances.  The materials used to create the nonstick glaze are also mineral based, thus no harmful chemicals will be leached into your food!  This means it is safe and you won’t be eating or breathing in any toxic chemicals.  

A few things you should do though to ensure the safety (and longevity) of your cookware:

  1. Purchase your cookware set from a company that is reputable and can show you the safety of their product.
  2. Follow the directions for use by the company
    • More than likely you should hand wash your ceramic cookware and not put it in the dishwasher.
    • You should use wooden or silicone utensils to minimize chips.
    • Don’t let your pan go from hot to cold to quickly.
    • Cook using low to medium heat.  DO NOT cook on high heat!
    • Use high smoke point oils to cook with (not only for better function & care of the pan but added taste to your food).  I like to cook with avocado oil, coconut oil or ghee. 
  3. If the cookware set is ridiculously cheap, it is probably too good to be true and will degrade or chip easier. I truly believe you get what pay for.
  4. If you do have chips in the ceramic coating you will want to replace it.  Although some brands do say that scratches, dents, or pits in the coating won’t affect the safety or performance of your pan, I disagree.  Whatever is beneath the coating is now going to be contaminating your food if there are chips.  Check with the brand you choose to see what is recommended for your cookware but also use your best judgement.

What about nanoparticles in ceramic cookware?

This is where it gets a little grey.  The ceramic coating that is applied to pans can potentially also include micro- and nanosized titanium dioxide particles and quartz silicium dioxide.  Well, what does this mean and why do we even care?

Unfortunately, titanium dioxide nanoparticles have been found through chronic oral exposure to result in immune disruption and pre-cancer lesions in the gut in a study from 2017 on rats. (2) This has been a more recent finding, so there may be more to come out in the future regarding exposure to these nanosized particles as further studies are conducted. Something I am definitely going to keep my eyes on!   

On a better note, these particles don't get released when there is no damage to your pan or until you reach VERY high temperatures (500 degrees C).  So with good care of your ceramic cookware and appropriate cooking temperature you shouldn't have any exposure to these nanoparticles.  Also, pure ceramic cookware is safe from these nanoparticles!  As with anything that is new there is bound to be new research that is always coming out.  I think it's always good to be a little skeptical of new things in general.  Since ceramic coated cookware is relatively new no research has been done on the safety of pan for the long run.  We just don't know because it hasn't been around long enough.  If safety is your number one concern then I would stick with pure ceramic cookware like Xtrema or my favorite stainless steel cookware 360.  

What is PTFE or Teflon?

Now if you are wondering why you can’t just purchase a cheaper cookware set with conventional non-stick coating, allow me to share some facts with you. It might seem like one more thing to consider when it comes to living a natural lifestyle, but let me assure you, it's an important one!

Non-stick cookware (or even many stainless steel cookware) may seem great initially but when you dig a little deeper it's easy to uncover the toxins lurking in them.  The most common nonstick cookware out there is Teflon. It has been trademarked as Teflon and contains the chemical Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  It's a popular choice for most people when it comes to cookware because it's non-reactive, non-stick and stain resistant. It basically is a cook's dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it's releasing every time you cook with it!

95% of non-stick pots and pans are made with Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon). (3)

A deeper look into Teflon from the EWG back in 2003 and its claims that Teflon was safe under certain circumstances was debunked by research stating that in fact, Teflon did know that it releases harmful fumes for a very long time and can cause illness. (4)  

While Teflon was first made using the chemical Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) in the 1950's, they started adding Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) acid, or C8, to it to help alleviate some of the lumpiness from just using Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).  However, this produced an even greater toxic substance overall.  It has been linked to many diseases, from cancer, liver disease, thyroid issues and growth issues. Not only that, but it accumulates over time in the body.  It is present in the air and water.  Those who worked and lived in the area where it was made were exposed at high doses that created significant health issues, from birth defects in babies, to cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and high cholesterol. (5)

According to research from National Center For Biotechnology, (2003), Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) acid, 11.1.9. 

It has been suggested that there is a significant dose response relationship between PFOA levels and ADHD. 

This substance is not something you want to be cooking with!  Research shows that it takes only 5 minutes for a pan to heat up to 750 degrees.  Once heated it then releases toxic gases.  Not only that, but as soon as the pan is scratched it also releases toxins into your food.  Even birds are affected by the chemicals at the lowest temperatures, completely dying. (6)

As you probably know, most people aren't cooking with low temperatures but exceedingly high temperatures!  Creating a recipe for toxic chemicals to be released into the air.

The thing is Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) isn't just found in cookware but in SO many other products.  So the cumulative effect is great.  From irons, microwave popcorn bags, floss, baking cookware, curling irons, hair straighteners, carpets, sofas, waffle makers, rice cookers- just to name a few. There are so many safe alternatives to these products that will help keep you and your family safe from this ingredient.  One of them is making the switch to safe cookware!

How long does ceramic cookware last?

Unfortunately, ceramic cookware isn't known for their longevity of use.  But, I also have found this to vary greatly based on a few things.  Ultimately, ceramic cookware is going to need to be cared for properly to get the most use out of it.  If we are talking about ceramic coated nonstick pots and pans, they will lose their nonstick properties if you over heat them consistently.  I have read in multiple places that ceramic coated nonstick pots and pans have 1/6th the lifespan of their PTFE counterparts.  For some brands this could mean 1-2 year lifespan.  But I can say it totally depends on how you treat your cookware.

My experience with ceramic cookware longevity has shown that with regular use you'll need to replace it yearly if not sooner if you consistently are using it to cook with and have a larger family.  I know come people who can get away with longer because they might just be cooking for them and their spouse but for those who have larger families and they're using it multiples times a day you will need to change it out sooner.

On the other hand, 100% pure ceramic cookware if treated correctly can last much longer!  The brand I have used and will talk about below (Xtrema) has a warranty for 10 years!

What's better, stainless steel or ceramic cookware?

When many think of nontoxic cookware, stainless steel definitely comes to mind.  But, is stainless or ceramic better?  Let's take a look and see.

  • A big difference between stainless steel and ceramic nonstick cookware is that stainless is NOT nonstick.  Stainless steel is probably not the best choice for a beginner cook, but it is definitely doable. I always tell people their is a learning curve.  Which when you master it, isn't hard just isn't as easy as ceramic initially.
  • Ceramic is SO much easier to clean (and use) due to the nonstick coating.
  • BUT, stainless steel tends to be much more durable and scratch resistant.  A high quality brand can last you a lifetime whereas ceramic coated nonstick brands aren't going to last that long.  So in the long run you're going to spend more on ceramic than you would stainless steel.
  • Many also think stainless steel cookware can produce more flavorful foods than a nonstick pan can, which I've experienced with my 360 cookware myself.  The flavor is so much better!
  • We have discussed the safety of ceramic, but what about stainless steel? Stainless is also a MUCH BETTER option than traditional nonstick pans.  A concern with stainless steel cookware is the leaching of metals into your food.  The makeup of stainless steel can vary  from product to product and it's so important to know what yours is made of (some are made of scrap metal…from China!).  The bottom line is metals CAN leach into your food from stainless steel cookware.  High quality stainless steel cookware is safe however.  I love my cookware set from 360 Waterless Cookware.  A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel.  Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes in to contact with your food. So just like ceramic cookware, stainless steel's safety is dependent on the brand you buy.  That's why I choose 360!  American made and manufactured- it's the real deal! 

Ultimately, both ceramic and stainless steel are good options for nontoxic cookware.  Which is better depends on what you are looking for in your cookware. If it's ease of use, ceramic definitely wins.  If it is durability, longevity and more flavorful food, you will want to pick stainless steel.  Regardless, you will want to research the brand you decided on to ensure the safety of your cookware.  You can read my full review of my favorite stainless steel cookware 360 Waterless Cookware here!  

I love my 360 Waterless Cookware!

 

Ceramic Cookware Review: Factors to Consider

Just like most things, there are definitely pros and cons to cooking with ceramic cookware.  

Pros To Cooking With Ceramic Cookware:

  • Nontoxic & Safe to Cook With If Cared For Properly
  • Nonstick Coating Makes Them Easy to Use
  • Clean Up Is Also Easy
  • Range Of Price Points Making Them Affordable 
  • Sleek & Pretty – A Great Addition To Your Kitchen
  • Creation Of Ceramic Nonstick Is More Environmentally Friendly Than Traditional Nonstick

Cons To Cooking With Ceramic Cookware:

  • Definite Learning Curve With Pure Ceramic Cookware
  • Unknown Safety of Nanoparticles In Ceramic Nonstick Coating
  • Durability- Can Range Based On Brand and Your Care Of The Cookware
  • Cost more in the long run

 

Best Ceramic Cookware

 

1. Caraway Cookware

If I had to pick a favorite ceramic cookware, it would be Caraway and they have a big mission! 

They craft well designed home goods that thoughtfully raise the standards of what you cook with.  Simply put, their products are designed to make your life easier and healthier. (7)

Can you imagine if all brands cared to make the consumers lives easier and healthier?!?  There is so much I love about this brand. Not only do these ceramic pots look sleek, but they perform so well too.  They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food while cooking.  They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings.  They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating- the aluminum is completely covered and does not leach into the food.  The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon.  As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.

People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that.  It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time.  As I like to say- you get what you pay for!

When I reached out to Caraway Cookware regarding their use of nanoparticles in their nonstick ceramic coating, this is what they had to say:

Our coatings do contain a small composition of titanium dioxide and nanoparticles, but the concentration of them do not pose a significant risk to consumers, from current studies we've looked into and research we've conducted. They are at levels lower than in common products such as sunscreen or yogurt. We are constantly ensuring we stay ahead of the curve and aim to offer the safest cookware on the market, and adjust as science tells us more!

Review of Caraway Cookware 

Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality. Very durable and stain resistant.  I have had some chips in my pan I've used the most.  It was after several months.  I did tell Caraway and they were happy to exchange it for me.  I haven't had any issues with chips in my other larger pots.  It’s also very easy to clean.  All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well.  I think my biggest takeaway is to use low heat and really care for it well.  Makes such a difference in the overall longevity of the cookware.  I've had my Caraway set now for over a year and still use it often! They come in several colors.  Check out my full review here!

I love my Caraway Cookware!

2. Our Place

I have been testing out the Always Pan from Our Place since January.   This is the newest ceramic cookware pan to me. The Always pan is so unique compared to anything else I've used in the past. It does so much and only requires one pan!

Our Place is founded on the idea of making cooking simpler and less cluttered.  Their goal is to bring people together over home cooked meals.  With the use of their ceramic cookware, that is definitely a mission I can stand behind!

The Always Pan is coated in a non-toxic, ceramic non-stick coating.  That means no PFOA, PTFE, GenX chemicals or any other toxic chemicals for that matter!  This pan uses the sol-gel technique I mentioned earlier that is primarily made from silicon dioxide.  Since it is tested to the standard of ceramic coating that means that NO heavy metals are able to pass through it.  Our Place takes it a step further and tests it to the standards of polymeric coating (this is a thin layered coating that provides superior adherence and protection from corrosion).  These standards mean that NOTHING can pass through their ceramic coating and that makes it the safest non-stick coating available!

When I reached out to Our Place regarding their use of nanoparticles in their nonstick ceramic coating, this is what they had to say:

Our Always Pan has an interior coating that is a sol-gel non-stick coating made primarily from silicon dioxide which is known in the cookware industry as ceramic non-stick. It's tested not only to the standards of a ceramic coating (meaning no heavy metals are able to pass through the coating) but also tested to the standards of a polymeric coating (which means that absolutely nothing can pass through the coating) – this makes it the safest non-stick option available. It's approved by both the FDA as well as EU standards for the highest level of food safety.  We are currently working on making our test results available to our customers on our site, but they are not up yet. Please stay tuned for when they are added, though. 

Review of Our Place Cookware

Initially I wasn't even going to review The Always Pan because I had read where people where talking about it having lead.  I looked into it further and read Lead Safes Mama's full review on The Always Pan and how she had found traces of lead and several other heavy metals in it.  You can read about her findings here.  She wasn't able to determine if the trace amounts were in the actual coating or if they were in the substrate of the pan.  Meaning, once the coating where's off you are left with the substrate.  Although, they were in the safe range technically at very low levels, she still had detected lead.  

Again, while this is concerning I also think you have to make an informed decision for you and your family.  Do I think this is a better option than a Teflon pan?  100%.  I also think that we encounter lead and heavy metals in many places in our products, food and environment in general.  If you eat kale you're ingesting heavy metals!  While I do think it's not something to bat an eye at, I also think it's choosing your battles when it comes to natural living and looking at your life and body and what is best for you.  I always think of the saying, good, better, best.  Sometimes good is enough for you, sometimes you need the best.  If you have suffered from heavy metals in the past, maybe choose an option that's lead free.  

Ok, now time to actually share what I thought of The Always Pan.  I really loved it!  It definitely lives up to the hype in my opinion.  It can do it all, from sauté, steam, boil, sear, fry- everything.  The goal of The Always Pan is to replace 8 pieces of cookware- so it makes cooking simpler.  It comes with a stainless steel steamer basket, a beachwood spatula, and a pourable spout.  It's also much lighter than a traditional ceramic pan coming in at 3lbs.  It's higher sides on the pan make it unique to other pans and easier cooking.  There really isn't anything I disliked about it- other than the lead findings!  😉  It works great for steaming veggies, cooking meat, tortillas- anything.  I think this would be a great addition for someone who hasn't made the switch over to nontoxic cookware or if you want to incorporate this into your overall nontoxic cookware options to try.  Check out The Always Pan here!

3. My GreenPan (Budget Friendly)

All GreenPans use Thermolon technology.  This technology was created in 2007 and was part of the first ceramic nonstick fry pan on the market.  Thermolon technology uses no toxic substances (no PFAS and PFOA, and it does not contain any lead or cadmium).   Silicon, which is derived from sand, is made into a sprayable solution, then cured onto the pan in an oven. This process releases 60% less CO2 than the curing phase for traditional nonstick pans.

GreenPans are so safe too!  While ceramic cookware is meant to be used on low to medium heat, even if do overheat your pan, the technology used can withstand this.  This would definitely not be safe to do this with a traditional nonstick pan. 

When I reached out to My GreenPan regarding their use of nanoparticles in their nonstick ceramic coating, this is what they had to say:

Our cookware does not contain nanoparticles. Thermolon coating does not contain any nanoparticles. Accordingly, there is no possibility for nanoparticles to leach into the food when cooking with GreenPan.

Review of My GreenPan

I was first introduced to GreenPan several years ago when I first was looking at ceramic coated cookware.  They were the first brand that was on the market that really was available with the ceramic coating.  I like that they are a more budget friendly option that you can find at Target- makes it so simple to tell friends and family about.  I've noticed that they have varying budget options when it comes to cookware.  Some are more budget friendly, and some are in the higher price point.  I've only personally used the lower budget cookware from My GreenPan.  They chipped the quickest out of all my ceramic coated cookware and didn't last nearly as long.  They also stained a lot easier and just didn't feel as high of quality as the other brands.  However, I have friends who have used the higher end lines from My GreenPan and they've had nothing but positive things to say about their experience.  I think as I had mentioned earlier, you get what you pay for!  The higher end brands I've noticed are only available online too and not at stores.  Check out My GreenPan here!

4. Xtrema

Xtrema Cookware is different than the other brands that I have mentioned because from the glaze on the cookware to the core it is made from 100% pure ceramic. I would argue it is the safest cookware on the market.  It is free of PFOA, PTFE, glues, polymers, coatings or dyes.  Ceramic is awesome because it's completely inert- meaning it won't leach any harmful toxins, no matter how long you're cooking or the heat level.  All of Xtrema has been tested for heavy metal content and is free from glues, polymers, coatings and dyes. If you want to see their testing results check them out here.  Xtrema comes with a 10 year warranty making an investment in this type of cookware easier. 

Review Of Xtrema

While I love the concept of Xtrema I find it very hard to work with overall after years of working with it.  There is a large learning curve and for an everyday pan it was hard to get the hang of it.  It is different than cooking with either stainless steel or cast iron. It heats very evenly.  You can take a dish from the fridge to the stove or oven- it's very versatile. It also can withstand high temperatures.  It's easy to clean Xtrema cookware too, just use warm soapy water.  You can also use baking soda or an abrasive scrubby if you need to.  The best way to heat an Xtrema is to turn the heat on low or low medium.  Since it's so great at heat conduction you don't need or want to crank the heat up to high.  Doing this would result in foods sticking or burning.  It's best to turn the heat on a couple minutes before you start cooking and then add a little cooking oil once it's heated.  I like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil.  Don't add the oil to a cold pan, wait until it's heated up or it will cause foods to stick.  I have their 8-inch Versa Braiser.  It's nice because it has a lid and can be used for cooking meats, quiches, casseroles etc, but also can be used for cooking eggs with.   Check out Xtrema here!

If you liked this ceramic cookware post, check out past posts below:

360 Waterless Cookware

The Best Non Toxic Cookware (2021 Ultimate Guide)

Best Blenders 2021 Review

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Waterless Cookware

Waterless Cookware

I'm so excited to finally be sharing my full review on 360 waterless cookware!  I have a whole post dedicated to nontoxic cookware and it still remains one of my most popular posts on my website.  I'll be adding in 360 soon to the nontoxic cookware post, but wanted to share first here all the details on the company and what to expect from 360 cookware.  

First, I must share that my friend Steph Duford from @stephdufordlifestyle turned me on to the cookware.  She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural living in all its forms!  I'll be sharing her full experience using the cookware too below.  I thought it would be nice to have two opinions.  When she recommends something I know it's going to be gold because she only loves the best of the best and truly does her research so well.  

Shop all of 360 Cookware here and use coupon code: gurlgonegreen20 for 20% OFF!

Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional cookware, allow me to share some facts with you.  It might seem like one more thing to consider when it comes to living a natural lifestyle, but let me assure you, it's an important one!  

I'm sure you've either used nonstick pots or pans or conventional stainless steel.  These pans may make it easy to cook your food with but unfortunately they carry dangerous toxic exposure as well!  Conventional cookware usually contains toxic chemicals called Perfluorooctanoic(PFOA) or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or the stainless steel is a combination of scrap metal that contains heavy metals.  

When living out a natural lifestyle one of the foundations is cooking your food.  It's no secret that when you cook your own food, you're getting more nourishment  then when eating out.  However, if the cookware we constantly use is leaching out harmful toxins we may be doing ourselves a disservice.  As I mentioned earlier it's the toxic load over time that really adds up.  These chemicals are literally getting into the food we're eating and then absorbed by our bodies.

Which brings me back to 360 and why it's one of the nontoxic cookware options I love.  It is the best when it comes to a clean stainless steel cookware option!

One of the reasons why I love 360 so much is that it is made in the USA in West Bend, WI.  

It's become a family business that started with the owner's father being turned on to waterless cookware after returning from the Vietnam War.  He then started to sell it for more than 30 years.  The operation got outsourced more and more to Asia.  The owner's son realized he wanted to continue waterless cookware and keep bringing it to the American people, so he created 360 Cookware.  He had realized how unique it was, from the flavor it produced in food that had been cooked in it, to the nutrients it kept intact.  The cool part is that they kept many of the workers that had been laid off from the previous company and hired them to work at 360 Cookware.  These trained workers encompassed more than 450 years of experience in the manufacturing of waterless cookware!  Since 2004 360 Cookware has been making waterless cookware that stands the test of time and serves families everyday as they use them to feed their families.  

I was so moved by the story of 360 Cookware.  I love supporting family businesses and people that are truly creating products that are safe for people and the environment!  

So now you might be wondering, what is waterless cookware?  

Allow me to explain.  Waterless cookware uses a technology called Vapor Technology to cook your food at lower temperatures.  When you cook your food at lower temperatures you are not only increasing the flavors but protecting all the nutrients in the food.  Yielding higher nutrients in your cooked food once their done. Not only does it heat your food at lower temperatures but it also does it quicker!  Yes, in this case you can have the best of both worlds.  You are cooking the food in it's own juices so you don't need the added oils, butters, etc like you would with other cookware.  

The lids of 360 Cookware are specially designed to create a Vapor Seal that encapsulates the heat and moves it around the food to cook it.  Instead of overcooked, low nutrient food, with bland taste, you are left with nutrient dense flavorful food!  I can attest to the magic of waterless cookware after using 360 cookware myself- more on that in my full review below.  If you prefer to cook as you always have you can still do that with 360 cookware too!  You don't have to use the waterless cookware method but once you learn it you won't want to go back!

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This 6 quart pot from 360 cookware has been on heavy rotation in my cookware arsenal!

Now, I've always wondered about the safety of stainless steel cookware when it came to leaching metals into food.  I wasn't so sure about it.  However, after looking into 360 I'm convinced this is one of the safest options out there when it comes to nontoxic cookware.  A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel.  Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes in to contact with your food. Many companies are using scrap metal and not stainless steel and calling it stainless steel.  The scrap metal could be from anywhere and often is from China.  You end up not knowing what your stainless steel actually contains.  I also love that it's surgical grade stainless steel!  My friend Steph brought this to my attention.  This is what they use in your body if you were having surgery for something particular- next level that they use the highest quality.

360 is unique because not only is it U.S. made surgical stainless steel, but it's also manufactured in the U.S.  So everything is sourced and made here in the United States- so cool!  I love knowing exactly where they're sourcing the product and how it's being made.  360 doesn't spare any detail when making their product- it truly is unlike any other stainless steel cookware!

If you've looked into cookware in the past you may have been met with the idea that the more layers the better when dealing with cookware.  Unfortunately, this isn't the truth.  More layers isn't better but the thickness of the layers is what you want to consider.  360 has one of the thickest layers overall at .11″.  Ensuring you can feel safe about what you're cooking your food in!  

One of the best things about 360 Cookware is the fact that it's cookware you will have for a lifetime.  You can literally pass these pots and pans down to your grandchildren.  Once you invest in them, you'll have them forever!  They are heirloom quality and made to last.  I love this because so often you have to buy so many sets of pots and pans, not with 360 Cookware- they hold up and last.  They believe so much in their product that they offer a lifetime warranty- pretty amazing!  

As you can see, 360 doesn't miss details.  They're super into them, which I love!  They even have a well done FAQ's page on their website that is sure to answer any question you may have about the cookware.  

 

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This 360 cookware is made of USA made pure stainless steel.

 

My Experience Using 360 Waterless Cookware

Ok, onto to my experience using 360 Cookware.  I had never used waterless cookware in the past.  This was my first time using this method and being introduced to it.  As I said earlier, my friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle is the one who turned me on to 360 Cookware.  I'm forever grateful!  I've never owned such a nice cookware set and I can tell you the difference is like none other.  

They are so well made and feel so sturdy.  I have the 3.5 Quart Saucepan, the 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker, and the Stainless Steel 8.5 in. Fry Pan.  Needless to say after using them I want to add more to my collection!  

 

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This 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot has been such an amazing multi-use product! I love the versatility.

 

6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker

I love how this pot can go from the slow cooker to an oven or on the stove.  It's so versatile!  I can cook a whole chicken in this, a roast, a large batch of chili or bean soup and it all comes out wonderful.  The flavor of the meat is unlike any other.  It's multi-use function really makes this one of my more loved pieces because it can do all the things. As fall and winter comes I can see myself cooking so many soups in this too!  It's been a game changer for me.  It really has actually eliminated other pots that I used to use and created more of a minimalist effect to my cooking- because I only want to use this!  I have a family of 5(one being a baby) but this has been perfect for our family.  If you have a smaller family you may want to check out the 4 quart and if you have a larger family the 8 quart may be perfect for you!  I've seared meat in the pot, then added in my veggies and the rest of the ingredients and put it on the slow cooker- trust me when I say you'll use this!

3.5 Quart Saucepan

 What doesn't this saucepan do?!  But really.  I can cook veggies in here, meat of any kind, from ground beef, sausage, chicken legs, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and steaks.  This is a well loved pan.  I would say this is a quick way to make dinner fast and tasty!  I'll have some meat that's been dethawed and then I'll add it to the pan and within 15 minutes or less I have the tastiest dinner!  The flavor of the meat is unreal.  Ask my hubs!  The chicken flavor is unlike anything I've made before and I literally don't use any oil!  It's just the waterless cookware technology at work.  The veggies don't taste mushy or overdone but so much more fresh and vibrant.  I love knowing my foods nutrients aren't being diluted by water I've added.  This pan is also great for stir fry's too!  I keep trying new things all the time with it.

8.5 in. Fry Pan

 This little guy is perfect for frying eggs, reheating something quick, or if I'm just fixing something for myself or my husband.  It's such a great size and easy to handle.  There is a learning curve with frying eggs or scrambled eggs when using it.  I learned to heat it on low, around 3, wait a few minutes until it's well heated.  Add a little oil.  I prefer avocado oil or ghee, then add the eggs in the oil.  The trick really is to not overheat, which you will hear often when reading more about waterless cookware and cooking with it.  Slow and steady wins the race- especially when it comes to cooking eggs.  As with anything be patient, you'll get the hang of it!  

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The 360 Cookware 3.5 quart stainless steel sauté pan does just about everything when it comes to cooking!

 

How To Cook With 360 Waterless Cookware

There is a slight learning curve to cooking with waterless cookware as I mentioned.  But once you learn it, it's so easy!  I found the instruction guide that comes with the cookware so helpful and also their how to videos on their website.  One of the biggest things is to make sure your pan is pre-heated before adding the food.  You don't need your pan to be hotter than low to medium heat.  I find a lot of people turn the heat on high and that is what causes things to burn, lose flavor and nutrition.  You'll be surprised even with the low heat how quickly your food actually cooks!  Once you have your pan set to low/medium for 3-5 minutes then you can test the pan to see if it's hot enough by dropping some water in the pan.  If it splatters it's not hot enough, but if the drops of water bead up and dance across the pan you know it's hot enough.  Once your pan is hot enough you'll add your food.  Then add your lid and wait for the steam to escape the lid, then you spin the lid to activate the vapor technology.  The guide they give you is so helpful in knowing how long to cook things at first and then as you get used to it you will remember how long it takes the next time.  There were a few things I added water to when cooking some vegetables and steak but it is very minimal.  As with anything the more you use it, the more you learn! You can read all of my tips & tricks to cooking with 360 Waterless Cookware here.

The biggest thing I've noticed and my husband has noticed is the flavor profile in all of our food. It has gone way up!  Also, how quickly it cooks items and the versatility of the pans.  I'm hooked!

Shop all of 360 Cookware here and use code: gurlgonegreen20 to save 20% OFF!

 

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My beautiful friend Steph Duford is a health guru and does her research!

 

My Friend Steph Duford's Experience Using 360 Waterless Cookware

As I mentioned my friend Steph Duford is the one who introduced me to 360 Cookware.  I wanted you to hear her experience because she is so well versed in the product and living a truly holistic and natural lifestyle.  I look to her so often when researching products because she does such thorough research herself.  I knew when she loved 360 Cookware that it was something special.  I wanted you to hear a little of her story so you can understand why her endorsement of 360 Cookware means so much!

Steph Duford is from Wisconsin.  Born and raised a Midwest girl. Her husband, Larry and her have a 7-year-old fun and enthusiastic son named Frank. Recently, after 16 years, she left her profession as a hair stylist to be a full-time SAHM (stay at home mom) and homeschool Frank. There hasn’t been one defining moment that has made her passionate about lifestyle and wellness but a compilation of many.  Knowledge is her power. Steph loves to learn and research…often times to a fault. By personality, she is passionate, strong willed and determined. Her biggest tool has always been self navigation. At 1 year, her son Frank was diagnosed with multiple anaphylaxis to both food and environmental allergies.  He’s truly the bravest and most inspiring human she knows. It has been her mission to focus on healing him from the inside out and there really is no limit to how far her and her husband will go for her son’s health and freedom.

One thing she very much prides herself in is how her and her family create normalcy. They focus on experiences that can safely be improvised and work around limitations while still building childhood fun/memories. Steph’s mission is to share experiences that have shaped her in hopes to reach and help others. Her biggest satisfaction is helping others build a happier, healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

 

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Steph prides herself on using products that her great grandmother would have used- 360 Cookware is just that.

 

Her Thoughts On 360 Waterless Cookware-

During this time of quarantine, many of us are cooking and eating more from home.  Have you given much thought about your cookware?  Is it non-toxic and of the highest quality or is it leaching chemicals into your food?  I chased down the rabbit hole of researching cookware for a full year before landing on what I can confidently say I feel like is the safest product that out preforms the rest on the market.  But wait, it gets better, 100% USA manufactured with 100% USA T-304 surgical stainless steel (the same surgeons use for medical procedures).  Prior to my research I thought “stainless steel” was stainless steel.  We had All-Clad stainless cookware and I thought it was the best but what I didn't know is that many commercial “stainless” pots and pans are made from a variety of scrap metal from over seas. There are other T-304 waterless cookware companies on the market but none in which finish their cookware with a dry sanding technique (no chemicals involved) to make them shine rather than chemical polishes that transfer to food. This means 360 is a green factory and has no chemical waste, no smoke stacks, and no employees wearing masks. 360 cookware offers a lifetime warranty and is the heirloom cookware you purchase once and hand down for generations to come!

I wasn't expecting this but it was a welcome surprise how our food tastes very different and alive!  

The vapor technology keeps nutrients in food vs. escaping through steam and over cooking.  Making the end result more nutrient dense food.  I'm able to achieve the perfect l'dente every time.  People ask me why choose stainless steel over other nontoxic cookware options?  For me I stick with product my great grandma would have used.  These are heirloom pieces that will last you a lifetime!  I have stainless steel bowls from my grandma that were given to me as she passed away and they are still in perfect condition.  You know something is good when it still looks great after 50 years.  I also love that they are manufactured right in Wisconsin and are a “green factory” that has great nontoxic air quality for their employees.  There is no landfill this will end up in- you will have it for a lifetime!  

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I couldn't agree more with my friend Steph!  It truly is a remarkable company and product!  I can't recommend checking them out enough- you won't be sorry. Shop all of 360 here and use the coupon code: gurlgonegreen20 for 20% off!!  

If you liked this post, be sure to check out past posts below:

 

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Sharing a full review on 360 cookware on the blog!