Published: October 14, 2017
Updated: October 31, 2022 – Monday
At the bottom of this post I have shared FIVE #SaferChoices for casserole dishes that are likely to be Lead-free, based on my [more than 13 years of] experience testing consumer goods for Lead. Outside of those five specific options, any that meet the guidelines outlined below should also be fine, from a toxicants perspective (i.e. highly likely to be either Lead-safe (below 90 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument) or 100% Lead-free.
I really like the Libbey set (pictured above), but also have a lot of (contemporary) clear-glass Pyrex in my home. The great thing about these Lead-free choices is that they are generally also very reasonably-priced (most are downright inexpensive!) so it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to cook that holiday meal or Friday night dinner in a Lead-free casserole dish!
General rules of thumb – when looking for a truly non-toxic casserole dish:
- Avoid colors (colored glass, ceramic, enamel or anything else!)
- Avoid ceramic casserole dishes from Italy, Mexico, or Portugal (even ones that are marked “Lead-Free”!)
- Really, just completely avoid glazed ceramic casserole dishes, period. [Unless you know the potter who made it, and that potter can actually confirm that none of the glazes they use contain Lead or Cadmium.]
- Avoid tinted glass. (I don’t even recommend the Visionware options out there — you can read more about that here.)
- Avoid enamel-coated metal casserole dishes (including the choices from Lodge, Martha Stewart ,and Le Creuset – they often test positive for traces of Lead, Cadmium, and even Antimony on the food surfaces).
- Avoid casserole dishes with any brass decorative components (handles, knobs, etc.) Brass can test positive for between 30,000 and 40,000 ppm Lead — and 90 ppm Lead & higher is considered unsafe [it would be illegal in any “item intended for use by children”].
- Avoid.Vintage.Pyrex.Casserole.Dishes. Click here to see the vintage Pyrex casseroles I have tested.
- Avoid.Vintage.Corning.Casserole.Dishes (new undecorated examples like the one below are Lead-free, however). Click here to see the vintage Corning casseroles I have tested.
- Avoid anything from Le Creuset – period. (ceramic or enamel). Click here to see all the Le Creuset items I have tested.
- Stick with (modern) clear glass whenever possible.
- Plain, undecorated, uncoated cast iron can also be an excellent choice – depending on what you are cooking!
Have the food be the decoration on your table, not the pots and pans!
To see more casserole dishes I have tested, click here [there are currently more than 20 posts and articles with XRF test results for casserole dishes here on the LeadSafeMama.com / TamaraRubin.com website!]
The links to the items pictured below are my Amazon Affiliate links, so if you choose to purchase one of these items via one of my links, Amazon will send me a small percentage of the value of your purchase at no extra cost to you!
Thank you for reading and sharing about this work (to help protect your family, friends, and greater community from exposure to Lead and other toxicants in their home and environment!) As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I will do my best to answer them personally as soon as I have a moment.
Owner – Lead Safe Mama, LLC
2) Corning (new unpainted options are Lead-free) – 10-piece set
December 2022 price: $91.46
3) Anchor Hocking – 2-piece set
December 2022 price: $24.10
4) Pyrex – 2-piece set
December 2022 price: $15.80
5) Duralex – set of 4, 8 oz Ramekins
December 2022 price: $25.00
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Tamara Rubin is a Federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. Tamara’s sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in August of 2005. She began testing consumer goods for toxicants in 2009 and was the parent-advocate responsible for finding Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys in 2017. Her work was also responsible for two CPSC product recalls in the summer of 2022, the Jumping Jumperoo recall (June 2022) and the Lead painted NUK baby bottle recall (July 2022) and was featured in an NPR story about Lead in consumer goods in August of 2022. Tamara uses XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals), including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic. All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items are tested multiple times, to confirm the test results for each component tested and reported on. Please click through to this link to learn more about the testing methodology used for the test results discussed and reported on this website.