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The Best Nontoxic Cookware

The Best Nontoxic Cookware

I finally rounded out the best nontoxic cookware!  I have received this question so much within the last 6 months that I knew I needed to write a blog post.  It’s crazy how many toxic chemicals can be lurking in cookware.  It might not seem like a big deal but over time these chemicals add up and produce a toxic load!

So What’s In The Average Pot or Pan?

Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional non-stick 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!

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 cooks dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it’s releasing every time you cook with it!

A deeper look into Teflon from the EWG back in 2003 and it’s 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. Read the full article here.

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. (McGarvey)

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. (EWG)

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 accumulative affect 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!

 

So What Is Safe?

There are some great options out there now when it comes to nontoxic cookware!  I will say some of the cookware definitely are a little pricier than non-stick- however the investment is worth it.  These pots and pans are going to last you a lot longer than many conventional pots and pans and won’t carry the toxic burden.

Cast Iron-

This was the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too.  It really has been around forever and that’s one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you’ve worked with it you figure it out.  I really love the Lodge cast iron pans.  They’re easy to find at Target or you can order them on Amazon.  They’re also budget friendly!  I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless. A couple tips when using cast iron.  Make sure and slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food.  Cast iron retains heat very well.  Also, make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural non-stick surface.  If you’re unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it’s basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that’s been made on the cast iron.  Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually not.  You don’t want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water. Then you want to dry it and rub in a cooking oil.

While I used cast iron for many years since trying new brands such as 360 Cookware and Caraway, I have stopped using my cast iron that much.  The one thing I don’t like about cast iron is how heavy it is and how you can’t use soap on it.  I don’t always feel it gets as clean. *The one caution I would make is that cast iron has been known to leach iron so if for some reason you have an abundance of iron you might want to switch up your pans every now and then.  I’ve been the opposite more anemic so I welcome all the iron I can get! Check out Lodge Cast Iron here!

Nontoxic Cookware

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

Stainless Steel-

I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware!  It is 360 Cookware!  I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line. Check it out here. 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!  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! Can’t recommend 360 Cookware enough!  Check out my full review of 360 Cookware here.

Nontoxic Cookware

Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.

Caraway Cookware

I have a whole review on Caraway Cookware here.  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.  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!

Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality.  Very durable and stain resistant.  I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations.  It really continues to look as good as the day I got it!  Something I really love about the cookware.  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.  Check out my full review here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This is an all ceramic cookware line.

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 both stainless steel and cast iron.  From the glaze on the cookware to the core it’s made with 100% ceramic.  Ceramic is awesome because it’s completely inert- meaning it won’t leach any harmful toxins.  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.  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.   Xtrema

Nontoxic Cookware

Porcelain Cookware first starts with cast iron and then is dipped in a porcelain enamel.

Porcelain Enamel-

There has been a lot of confusion I’ve noticed about this type of nontoxic cookware.  It is cast iron but then has been given a coating of enamel.  This enamel is a type of glass.  It is completely safe.  There has been some controversy about the enamel being made of clay and therefore having lead but from various tests performed on it, there has been no lead detection reported.  A common brand you may think of is Le Creuset.  Their cookware is made in France.  One might think that porcelain enamel is similar to cast iron and that is true but it does have it’s differences.  Porcelain Enamel will not rust where regular cast iron can if not seasoned properly.  Also, porcelain enamel won’t leach iron because of the coating, where cast iron will.  Porcelain enameled is also nice to have for acidic foods like chili or spaghetti sauces.  Acidic foods as I mentioned above can strip cast iron of it’s seasoning, especially when simmered for a long period of time.  For cleaning you can use some mild dish soap on it and a scrub pad of some kind.  For stubborn stains or food that’s stuck you can boil some water in it with a few tablespoons of baking soda.  Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.  *Personally I love having a porcelain enamel skillet on hand for a nontoxic cookware option too.  It’s great for using with acidic foods or making stir frys, soups, or stews.  I would stick with Le Creuset.  To my knowledge they are the only ones that have been tested for lead content and come back negative.  The only small trace amounts that were found were on the outside of the lids and pots where there was some color but not inside.  Also, I’m a skeptic of things made in China as they have been known to have higher metal content and most of the other porcelain enameled is made there. Check out Porcelain Enamel cookware here!

Nontoxic Cookware

Anchor Hockings is one of the best glass cookware options.

Glass Cookware-

This is a great nontoxic cookware budget friendly option that’s available almost anywhere cookware is sold.  One of the most common glass cookware is called Anchor Hockings.  It is inert, meaning it doesn’t add or take away from the food.  I have several casserole or baking dishes whatever you like to call them.  I use them for both casseroles and special desserts.  I also have a round glass dish with a lid that’s great for soups or stews that I use a lot.  For making breads I like to use a glass bread loaf pan too.  *Glass is a great option for those starting to detox their cookware and looking for accessible and budget friendly options.  I really love Anchor Hockings because it’s made in the U.S.!Check out this great set by Anchor Hocking here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This Oster waffle maker is made with titanium and doesn’t contain the harmful PFOA and PTFE.

Bakeware-

When it comes to nontoxic cookware and baking you can use a lot of the cookware I mentioned above but there are a few other options too.  For the ones mentioned above you can use cast iron to bake breads, or porcelain enamel for desserts such as crumbles, cobblers or pies.  Also, glass cookware is a great option for baking too, as well as stainless steel.  Stainless steel is especially nice for cookie sheets or cake pans! These are a great option for stainless steel cookie sheets! If you’re still concerned about the possible metal leakage just use some parchment paper.  I love this brand that doesn’t leach any toxic chemicals.  I use parchment paper when baking always because it makes clean up so much easier and is sometimes essential when making cakes.  You can also get stainless steel muffin trays.  Another option I haven’t talked about is stone cookware.  They have stone baking sheets, loaf pans and cake pans.  I personally haven’t used them.  I know that you have to be really careful when cleaning as you can’t use soap or get them wet.  They’re also heavier too. Rada is a good American made brand that is lead free.  *When it comes to bakeware think about what you use the most and swap that out first.  As I mentioned earlier, you can always buy some nontoxic parchment paper and use that as a protectant too.  I also like these nontoxic paper muffin liners. 

I really like this nontoxic griddle.  It has worked great for us when cooking pancakes, tortillas and crepes.  I also love this Oster Titanium Infused Waffle Maker that is free from PFOA and PTFE.

I have never used silicone for cooking or baking other than some silicone muffin liners.  However, I stopped using them because I started to wonder if they were actually safe.  I had read a lot of information saying there just isn’t enough research out there yet and I agree.  Until more long term studies come out, I’m going to stick with using silicone when food isn’t heated or cooked.  

I’ve personally been using 360 Cookware and Caraway Cookware the most!  I have different pots and pans from each cookware company and find I use some of the pots for certain things.  I really love 360 Cookware because of the nutrients it leaves in my food and the flavor profile that is left.  With Caraway Cookware I like the ease of use and knowing my hubs can quickly whip something up.

I do think it’s important to switch out your cookware because this is something you use all the time and the accumulative affect is great.  Even if you could replace one item every quarter, by the end of the year you would have a whole new cookware set!

What nontoxic cookware option do you love?

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Nontoxic Cookware

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Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots

Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots

Excited to share my full review of Caraway Nontoxic Cookware Ceramic Pots.  This nontoxic cookware option is a new find for me and one I was so pumped to get my hands on and test out!  They launched in the fall of 2019, so they’re not even a year old.  I was intrigued to say the least of their ceramic pots after having tried so many others in the past, I knew there must be something special about this line and there is.

Ceramic Pots

Let me introduce you to the newest wave of ceramic cookware- Caraway!

Let me first share a little information on Caraway Cookware ceramic pots and pans and what makes them so special.  They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food.  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 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!

Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality.  Very durable and stain resistant.  I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations.  It really continues to look as good as the day I got it!  Something I really love about the cookware.  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.  

Ceramic Cookware

Caraway Cookware comes packaged so well in a recycled cardboard with zero plastics.

The Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots and Pans Collection

The Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots comes in 4 cookware options.  

  • Fry Pan(10.5 in.)
  • Sauce Pan(3 Quart)
  • Saute Pan(4.5 Quart)
  • Dutch Oven(6.5 Quart)

You can buy them as a set for $395 or you can shop them individually.  Buying them as a set saves you $65.  The set really is the perfect wedding or shower gift in my opinion.  It would be all the essentials to get you started in the kitchen.  The Caraway Cookware ceramic pots comes in 5 colors.  Cream, Gray, Terracotta, Sage and Navy.  They all look very modern and sleek.  I have the gray ceramic pots collection.  The first thing everyone says when they see them is how good they look with my kitchen!  I couldn’t agree more.  They definitely look very sharp.

Ceramic Cookware

Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.

Performance

Caraway Cookware is such an easy transition for anyone looking to swap their cookware from traditional non-stick to a nontoxic non-stick option.  You won’t miss your old toxic cookware at all with Caraway!  It’s so easy to use.  It’s completely nonstick.  I haven’t had any issues with food sticking to the ceramic pots or pans at all.  Even my husband was so impressed with the performance.  He couldn’t get over how easy it was to use.  I’ve made ground beef, sausage, chicken, eggs, quesadillas, vegetable stir fry’s and more.  I love the small fry pan for cooking eggs or quick one person meals.  The Sauce Pan I’ve used so much for sauces, oatmeal and pasta.  The Sauté Pan is great for cooking larger one pot meals, meat and stir fry’s and the Dutch Oven is great for soups, chili, whole chickens and broth.  I really have used them all for different things and they work so well.

I love the hanging canvas lid holder too!  Such a great way to organize the lids.  The Sauté Pan, Sauce Pan and the Dutch Oven all come with lids.  Something I love!  They even have a small venting hole in each lid.  The hanging canvas comes with two suctions.  I put it on the side of my fridge and it works great!  So easy to get to the lids.  They also come with magnetic modular pan racks that help keep your ceramic pots and pans organized in your cabinet.  They really have thought of everything!  

Ceramic Cookware

The lids come in a hanging canvas that you can hang inside a cabinet for easy storage.

They also work for any type of stovetop.  Whether you have gas or electric or even induction- Caraway Cookware will work!  

Another point I wanted to make is that they don’t feel quite as heavy as some other ceramic cookware I’ve had in the past.  They are sturdy but not too heavy.  I like being able to still lift the pan with one arm if I need too.  As with any ceramic cookware you want to make sure you use wooden, or silicone utensils on the pans, no stainless steel to prevent scratching.  

I have been so happy with Caraway Cookware and the overall performance of their ceramic pots and pans.  Often you find a cookware and you love how it looks but not how it performs- Caraway does it all.  From the sleek design, to the amazing even cooking, easy cleanup and effortless storage- Caraway makes it easy to switch to nontoxic cookware without thinking twice!

Ceramic pots

Caraway Cookware comes with interlocking magnetic storage shelves for easy storage in cabinets.

Ethical Manufactuering

I also applaud Caraway Cookware for it’s ethical manufacturing.  They go the extra mile to ensure that their employees are paid fairly, with benefits, safe, treated well and work regular hours.  Their ethics also carry over into their environmental practices too.  Their shipments are shipped out in recycled cardboard without any plastic.  They also use biodegradable cork trivets as well and low impact print dyes.

Check out all the Caraway Cookware options here!

Have you used Caraway?  

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360 Waterless Cookware

360 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 it’s 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.  

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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!

Waterless Cookware

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.  

 

Waterless cookware

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!  

 

Waterless cookware

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!  

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: FRIENDS to save 25% 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: FRIENDS for 25% off!!  

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Natural Living Product Faves

Natural Living Product Faves

In today’s newest video I’m sharing some of my favorite natural living product faves!  These are tried and true products that have really been awesome for helping me decrease toxins in my everyday life. When you stop and think about all the toxins your exposed to in your everyday life it really starts to add up.  By making simple swaps here and there you’re able to really eliminate so much toxic buildup.  It’s easy to forget about the products you use everyday, but these are the ones that can have such a big impact because of their repeated use!  

This video is all about sharing products that I use literally on the daily and why they work so well for me.  I’m sharing my favorite natural toothpaste, natural laundry soap, lead free mugs, organic coffee and so much more.  I’m always on the hunt to find products that truly perform and these products do just that!  I hope you enjoy watching and learning about some of my favorite everyday natural living product faves.  I want to hear some of your product faves- leave me comment below.

 

Watch my Natural Living Product Faves video here!

 

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Sharing my favorite natural living products in my newest video.

Amazon Favorites

Amazon Favorites

Sharing my Amazon Favorites today in my newest video!  Everything from natural beauty, to natural living.  These are tried and true products that I consistently get on there.  I have found the convenience of buying products on Amazon, plus the quick turn around with Amazon Prime has been a game changer as a busy mom!  I love being able to save some money, while at the same time, getting my products quickly.  It really is the best of both worlds.  I also love being able to read all the reviews.  I find Amazon is one of the best places to read a ton of thorough reviews on a product.  

I’m giving you the full scoop into what I buy when it comes to living out a natural lifestyle on Amazon.  There’s so many great natural products you can get on there.  I’m sharing all of them!  

 

Check out my Amazon Favorites here!

 

*I would love to hear your favorite Amazon favorites!  What do you love getting from Amazon?  Leave me a comment below. 

 

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Amazon Favorites

Sharing my favorite natural Amazon finds.

What To Buy At Costco

What To Buy At Costco

Today in my newest video I’m sharing what I buy at Costco!  I’ve had so many questions asking what I buy at Costco and so I thought I would share my complete haul.  I’m sharing how we shop once a month, what we stock up on and why.  I share how I use the products in our everyday life.  A lot of times it’s easy to buy the products, but hard to know exactly how you’re going to use them in your everyday life.  This takes the guesswork out of it.  I’m giving you all the details on how I actually use the products.  

Costco is an amazing goldmine for saving money, especially when it comes to organic and healthy food products.  Plus, it saves you time!  Instead of having to go to the store a dozen times you can stock up all in one place.  Costco offers so many great organic products now.  They make buying organic foods so possible.  It can sometimes seem overwhelming when looking at the budget and then the price of organic, but Costco really helps slice the pricing down when it comes to organic.  

 

Watch What I Buy At Costco Here!

 

I even created a special download for you about all about what I buy at Costco!  I’m sharing more products then I did even in the video, plus going in depth on how I use the food.  Giving you some ideas on how to incorporate them into your everyday lives to really make them work for you and your family.  I’ll be updating this list the more items I find.

 

Download My Organic Costco List Here!

 

 

 

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What to buy at Costco

Sharing all my favorite organic and healthy food products at Costco.