First Set of Cookware
Can you remember the first set of pots and pans you owned when you left home? Or the set you had on your wedding gift registry? Are you still using them today
Until a few months ago I didn’t understand the value of having a quality set of pots and pans. Overtime my original sets broke and had to be replace, usually with cheap quick buys. I can also remember my grandmother’s pots and pans, which seemed to be in an assortment of mismatched sets and possibly hand-me-downs that she accumulated overtime. The same thing happened with my mother. Cheap replacements actually cost more in the because they are not made to last and inexpensive materials used to make them are basically unhealthy for you.
Perils of Cheap Cookware
The following are a few of the more dangerous materials. The full list is on the safe-cookware guides blog.
Teflon is a brand name. The scientific name is Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). One chemical used in making Teflon is Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).The release of fumes into the air from the pans that are overheated are linked with health risks in various studies. The risks include flu-like symptoms in humans (Polymer fume fever). High cholesterol levels, reduced fertility, and thyroid disease may be linked to high levels of PFOA in the blood. PFOA emissions were to be eliminated by the year 2015. If you have Teflon cookware throw it out immediately.
Aluminum is one of the most common types of cookware in use. Its characteristics are:
- Excellent heat conductor,
However, it is also highly reactive to leafy vegetables and acidic foods. Plus it damages easily. Aluminum contaminates food during cooking process thereby can lead to high levels of aluminum in the body which may result in respiratory, neurological problems, and possibly to Alzheimer’s disease.
Before you go out and buy a set of pans take a look at the Consumers Reports buying guide to Healthy Cookware:
This is the section on Titanium from Healthy Cookware:
“Titanium cookware has been proven to be safe and does not pose any threat to human health. It is nonreactive, non-stick, nonporous and resists scratching. Titanium is extraordinarily light and extremely strong. Since titanium is a very poor heat conductor, titanium cookware uses an aluminum base for optimum heat distribution. Being non-porous titanium layer prevents aluminum from leaking into the food. The main drawback is the price. Titanium cookware is very expensive.”
A Pan for Every Occasion
I use a mix of different pans for different purposes when cooking, such as cast iron and stainless steel. But I’m very pleased that Katherine (my wife) has been able to secretly buy me several of Young Living’s titanium pans thanks to using some of her monthly Young Living paycheck. You’ll have to ask her how she did that so you can get these too, without breaking the bank.
So why do I really like these titanium pans:
1) They have a nice weight, they cook evenly and are warp resistant. I have had several nonstick pans warp in the past, and once that happens they will not conduct heat evenly.
2) The glass lids designed for these pans don’t actually set flush. This is a great feature as I am less likely to burn my hand, unlike using most lids that only have one vent hole near the handle on the top.
3) I have found through use that these pans actually brown food well and yes if you don’t pay attention burn too. Oops.
4) These pans are truthfully nonstick, even when you’ve overcooked the food just add a little mild dish soap and water in the pan, wash them gently and you’re done. This is the non-toxic dish soap that we use:
My wife is very happy with this feature, especially when I scrabble eggs at 4:30am before I head to work because she no longer wakes up to stainless steel pans that she has to scrub clean.
5) Due to it’s non-stick nature you need to add little to no fat – that’s one less thing to worry about.
6)They are ovenproof up to 500℉ (260℃).
7) The quality means they will last. Young Living even has a twenty year limited warrant available.
You can view the specifications of the titanium cookware via this website link:
Here is also the data sheet that contains more details and the current prices at the time of writing this and it covers all the points in The Consumer Reports Buying Guide.
Here’s an example after my wife had made a large batch of hamburgers (too cold to go outside and use the grill).
She shortly gave up using the stainless steel pan and did the majority of the cooking in the titanium pan. In the following picture neither pan had been dried yet, but you can clearly see a clean titanium pan on the right, and a stainless steel pan on the left that still isn’t clean after it had been given a significant scrub.
Worth Every Penny
The Young Living titanium pans are expensive but they definitely will prove their worth overtime. I no longer have to replace inferior frying pans every few years. It really doesn’t take a long time to spend the equivalent value in less expensive cookware than to buy a quality set in the first place.
I honestly don’t know who was more excited when I received these. If you’ve seen the video of me opening my birthday presents, you can easily tell how excited my children were. They have since asked several times to help me cook and using the new pans, and they are a joy to cook with and clean.
Upgrading your cookware to reduce toxins in your kitchen, and to save you time cleaning up is an investment in your health and daily sanity.