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Some of my readers told me the links on this post (originally written on December 19, 2016) were not working – so I have started revamping it and choosing new items to feature. I will change this note with a note stating it has been updated as soon as that is done!
Close friends of mine know I have always been very passionate about baking. One of my very first business endeavors after graduating college was baking my famous biscotti (Auntie Tammy’s Biscotti) and selling it at local cafes in Marin County.
Fast forward 27 years and now many of my followers want to know what I use in my own kitchen, which items I am confident are lead-free and/or safe for my family. I have tested all of my personal cooking implements with an XRF and know for a fact that they are lead-free. For those who are interested in using things that are either the same or similar to what I use in my kitchen here’s a short list to start… I will add to it later. (Links and pictures are clickable to Amazon if you are interested in purchasing any of these things!)
With most of these items in my home I stick with the “simple is usually better” philosophy. Instead of your home decoration coming from bright paints and glazes (often full of lead, cadmium, arsenic and other toxic stuff) the beauty in your home can come from the simplicity or your kitchen not from decorations on your cookware, with the color and excitement provided by the food not the dishes! [Bonus! The simpler things are often less expensive too! So better for your health and your wallet!]
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MUST HAVE!!! Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons.
MUST HAVE!!! Simple Stainless Hand Whisks.
MUST HAVE!! Clear Glass Modern Pyrex Nesting Bowls
Scoops & Specialty Utensils
MUST HAVE !!! Modern Stainless Ice Cream / Cookie Dough Scoops
(many older ones have lead).
MUST HAVE !!! Simple Clear Glass Pie Plates
(New Pyrex and Anchor Hocking are both good choices!)
Off-Brand KitchenAid Compatible Mixer Blades
Beater Blade for your KitchenAid Mixer… many of the KitchenAid brand attachments have tested positive for lead with an XRF.
Cookie Sheets & Muffin Trays
Pots & Pans
MUST HAVE!! Simple unadorned cast iron!
I have my grandmother’s and great-aunts… but if you don’t have heirloom cast iron you can always buy new!
EIGHT things I avoid when baking
(Unless I have already tested the exact item.)
- Anything with any kind of painted decoration including clear glass with painted markings.
- Anything vintage (especially vintage Pyrex, Fire King or Anchor Hocking mixing bowls and casseroles).
- Any thing with a rubberized handle (Example: almost everything from OXO)
- Anything made of gray pot metal (like you often see on ice cream scoops and garlic presses – click here for examples).
- Any glazed ceramics – modern or vintage (Le Creuset, Emile Henry, etc.)
- Most plastic (when possible.)
- Cast iron with ANY coatings (colorants, enamel, non-stick, etc.)
- On principle: anything from the brands Le Creuset, Kitchenaid, Mercola or Xtrema.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.