Perfluorooctanioic acid (FOA or C8) and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (UFOs) has been used as a surfactant when making PTFE. They are linked to cause harmful health effects such as decreased fertility, thyroid disorders, changes in growth, learning and behavior of the developing fetus and child, testicular cancer and kidney cancer.
When cooking above 500 °F (260 °C), PTFE nonstick coating starts to deteriorate and release toxic fumes and chemicals into the air or into the food. Just because nonstick cookware or bakeware says, it is FOA or UFOs free, it doesn’t mean it is safe from toxic chemicals.
Safe materials for non-toxic bakeware includes stainless steel, glass, porcelain enamel, ceramic and cast iron. Stainless steel is generally a safe material for bakeware except when baking salty or acidic food especially for a long time.
Stainless steel bakeware leaches iron, nickel and chromium into food within safe levels. However, it will leach higher amount of iron, nickel and chromium when cooking acidic food for a long duration.
Therefore, just avoid baking acidic food such as tomato sauce in stainless steel bakeware. Fox Run makes awesome stainless steel muffin pans.
Nor pro makes stainless steel square cake pans like this. (thermal shock) It can also break if it is dropped and experiences a harsh impact.
Borosilicate glass is more expensive to produce and it has high tolerance to heat and extreme resistance to severe temperature changes. It can handle sudden temperature changes from freezer to oven without cracking.
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System data, consumers are far more likely get injured from glass impact breakage than breakage from thermal shock. Therefore, some people say soda lime glass is actually better in preventing injuries from breakage.
However, there has been some report that glass bakeware such as Pyrex or Anchor Hocking glassware exploded in the oven or unexpectedly shattered due to thermal shock. Even borosilicate glass can still crack in rare cases if it experiences extremely radical temperature fluctuations.
Ar cuisine Glass Rectangular Roaster Pan is made in France. You can place this bakeware from freezer to oven to table to refrigerator safely.
If you feel more comfortable with soda lime glass, there are two leading glassware companies. Le Crest is French company who makes quality cookware.
Their cookware quality is amazing and people keep Le Crest pieces for generations. Their cookware is in compliance with rigid California Proposition 65 limits for accessible lead and cadmium.
Their enameled cast iron Dutch ovens, French ovens or round raisers are great for acidic dishes such as lasagna or meat roast. Lodge also makes porcelain enamel cookware and bakeware similar to Le Crest.
Their products are also in compliance with strict California Proposition 65 limits for accessible lead and cadmium. I own both Le Crest and Lodge porcelain enamel Dutch oven.
Their bakeware is in compliance with stringent California Proposition 65 limits for accessible lead and cadmium. Their test result show that their products are safe from lead and cadmium.
All of Le Crest’s signature enameled cast iron products are made in France. However, all of their products are in compliance with rigid California Proposition 65 limits for accessible lead and cadmium.
Glass, porcelain enamel, ceramic, stainless steel and cast iron are all non-toxic bakeware options. Stainless steel and cast iron are reactive with acidic foods, so I would avoid cooking dishes like spaghetti meatballs or salmon with lemon sauce.
Glass, porcelain enamel or ceramic are non-reactive material, therefore, they are great for casseroles or pasta dishes. However, ensure ceramic and porcelain enamel bakeware has been tested for lead and cadmium.
Clean-up is a breeze, thanks to a special coating that keeps food from bonding to the surface of the pan. The good news is that ingesting small flakes of nonstick coating is not dangerous.
Fortunately, most manufacturers of nonstick pans have phased out the use of perfluorooctanoic acid or FOA, which is a suspected carcinogen. Nonstick pans never were our biggest source of exposure to this chemical, but it’s one less thing to worry about.
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Our post is going to help you make excellent bakeware purchases for your kitchen. So, give me a minute to talk about why we love unglazed stoneware from Pampered Chef first.
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Stoneware is great for keeping your food warm during meals. I’ve owned some of my baking stones for 15 years and the flavor of one dish never transfers to another.
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When the stones are fired at over 2,000 °F, the clay produces a light colored Stoneware that is unaffected by moisture and completely safe for use with food. My very favorite kitchen tool is this stoneware baking pan.
Yes, it can be a bit pricey… but you have to decide if it’s worth the long term investment. I’ve had this same unglazed bar pan from Pampered Chef for over 15 years and still use it, worry-free, to this day.
This stone bar pan fits in most countertop ovens and is our go-to when heating or reheating small amounts of food. We love the unglazed cooking surface because it is not only non-toxic but always pulls the moisture away from your baked goods and frozen foods turn out light and crispy.
#1:A number of stainless steel baking pans have been dipped in an aluminum coating. The only surface we would suggest baking directly on would be ceramic stoneware.
#2: Stainless steel snot the best option for conducting heat uniformly and consequently your cookie recipes might not turn out the way you expect. To include toxic non-stick chemicals which are often done to improve the cooking performance of the stainless steel cookie sheet.
However, you can always cover your stainless steel cookie sheets with unbleached parchment paper, which will help prevent aluminum and other toxins from leaching onto your food. Then, you won’t need to buy and use unbleached parchment paper that isn’t 100% free of toxins, even though it’s the best option.
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