Coconut Oil is a fantastic choice for your baking and eating needs in the kitchen, but what about the tools used to get food from your pan to your plate? At Essential Safe Products, we know toxic chemicals could be lurking on your bakeware, so we want to help you sort out your materials for a safer, more pleasant cooking experience!
First, it’s important to remember that all bakeware is not considered equal. Unfortunately, the popular non-stick pans and sheets can contain some pretty disturbing chemicals that you wouldn’t want anywhere near your food or your mouth. When the non-stick coating starts to wear off or even just when it is heated, these chemicals are released.
What are these toxins and why should we look out for them? PFCs, as they are most commonly called, are chemicals found in stain and stick resistant products. Though PFCs aren’t inherently found in cookware and bakeware, they appear as fumes when the pans are overheated and begin to break down. PFCs are no small matter; in fact, the most common forms of the chemical, PFOA and PFOS, are considered to be likely human carcinogens by the EPA. Yuck! Not to mention that some health concerns related to PFC exposure include low sperm counts, thyroid disease, liver and kidney damage, reproductive problems and lower birth weight. Probably not the type of issues you want to bring into your home.
So as kings and queens of the kitchen, how are we to reign in the bad and bring in the good? Well one place to start is by replacing potentially unsafe items with safer, non-toxic ones. And below are some suggestions:
Stainless Steel Bakeware:
Stainless Steel Bakeware does not contain the non-stick, PFC-laden coating that scratches and wears off. Also, it conveniently bakes food evenly, won’t rust, provides an easy release of food after baking, and maintains its shape over time.
Glass baking dishes are non-porous and non-reactive so they won’t leach chemicals into your food. Also, a great plus is you can use them to store leftovers after baking. And they are extremely eco-friendly since 90% of recycled glass is used to make new glass products!
Eco Friendly/Toxin Free Paper Baking Products:
Two great options are Cupcake Creations Paper Cupcake Cups and Beyond Gourmet Unbleached Parchment Baking Paper. The cupcake cups are made from natural, eco-friendly paper and are grease proof, silicone-free and decorated with food-safe inks. The unbleached parchment paper is made from 100% unbleached recycled paper and is perfect for lining baking sheets to help prevent scorching and for easy cleanup.
We hope you found this information and tips helpful and will invite them into your kitchen! Make sure to check out our recipe for Cinnamon Chia Seed Granola and our website to find any of the safer product types listed above.
-Dana from Essential Safe Products