Cookware That Makes Me Happy!
I know it’s the feminine way to be excited about gifts such as roses & diamonds. (Well, I do like roses.) However, I’ve never cared about acquiring fancy jewelry as much as great cookware. It doesn’t really take a lot to meet my needs for our meal preparations, & I have a small kitchen, so I try to make the most of my space by not collecting sub-standard pieces.
In college, I began cooking a little. I used a few pans I picked up at a yard sale. I remember that one of them was Teflon, in bad condition. The others weren’t much better. A few years later, a co-worker told me that her parrot died as a result of her using a Teflon pan for only a few minutes. That was the beginning of my interest in safe cookware.
Of course, now that I cook daily, I am also interested in utensils that cook well, heating evenly & not interfering with flavor. As I have used different kinds of pans & such, I have come to favor certain materials for certain purposes. Some of my all-time favorites were given to me over 20 years ago by my step-mother. They are a set of enamel pieces that are past being well-worn. They are actually scary-looking now.
So, my son, Lee, gave me a new enamel Dutch oven for Christmas. Now, this is a gift I can get excited about! Just holding it in my hands is sort of wonderful. My husband also gave me a new pan– it is a skillet which is coated in ceramic. I am less familiar with the skillet, which is called “Bialetti” than the “Lodge” Dutch oven; but I am very happy to have both.
I also use stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, & glass cookware. As it turns out, this is precisely the recommendation of Weston A. Price. You can see his complete list of dietary guidelines at westonaprice.org. It’s worth reading about this man, if you haven’t yet. He was a dentist turned holistic health expert who seems to be a forerunner in the field.
Looking at mercola.com, you can discover some valuable information about cookware (and a host of other topics!) as well as a source from which to purchase great quality kitchen ware. Dr. Mercola mentions the dangers of PFOA, found in non-stick coatings, and also the causative link between aluminum (used in many cooking utensils) and Alzheimer’s disease. He also discusses the toxins that are released by cookware into the air we breathe, & deplete the ozone layer.
It is not my wish to be alarmist, but it does make sense to me to use materials that are safe. As it turns out, I find the basic materials I mention above to be superior in every way for my purposes.
So, that’s the gift I wanted to tell you about– my beautiful new, red, enamel Dutch oven. Now, I have to go cook! Happy New Year!