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 10 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 — highly likely to be either Lead-safe (below 90 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument) or Lead-free.
I really like the Libbey set (pictured above), but also have a lot of modern clear-glass Pyrex in my home. The great thing about these Lead-free choices is that they are generally also very reasonably-priced (and most are even 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 casseroles from Italy, Mexico, or Portugal (even ones that are marked “Lead-Free”!)
- Really – 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.]
- 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
- Avoid casserole dishes with any brass decorative components (handles, knobs, etc.)
- Avoid.Vintage.Pyrex.Casserole.Dishes. Click here to see the vintage Pyrex casseroles I have tested.
- Avoid.Vintage.Corning.Casserole.Dishes. Click here to see the vintage Corning casseroles I have tested.
- Avoid anything from Le Creuset. 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 with XRF test results for casserole dishes here on the Lead Safe Mama blog!]
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.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
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