Stainless steel cookware has become quite popular in recent years after people became more and more aware of the health hazards of aluminum cookware sets. If you are a home cook who is thinking of buying stainless steel cookware, then this article is for you.
Did you know that stainless steel is made from a combination of various metals like iron, nickel, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, etc.? These metals are dangerous even in small quantities. For instance, Nickel can cause kidney dysfunction, low blood pressure, muscle tremors, oral cancer, skin problems etc. And if you love our planet like we do, what should worry you more is the contribution of stainless steel cookware sets and other metal utensils in disrupting the eco-system. Keep reading to learn more.
Effect of Metals on the Environment
According to research published in Chemistry and Technology of Fuels and Oils, “Heavy metals are some of the prominent substances that pollute soil, water and air. Pollution by heavy metals is constantly rising, producing serious toxic effect on all forms of living organisms, and altering properties of soil and its biological activity.” According to another article, “these inorganic pollutants are being discarded in our waters, soils and into the atmosphere due to the rapidly growing agriculture and metal industries, improper waste disposal, fertilizers and pesticides….Some metals affect biological functions and growth, while other metals accumulate in one or more different organs causing many serious diseases such as cancer.”
Other Negative Effects of Metals
While cooking in metal pots and pans, these have a tendency to heat up quickly and then release that heat equally fast. This is why metal pans like stainless steel pans, and nonstick pans, heat up your kitchen very quickly. As these issues are from something we use everyday, choosing a better alternative to those stainless steel pieces can go a long way in keeping your kitchen cooler, and more importantly, our families and the planet healthy.
An Eco-friendly Alternative to Your Stainless Steel Cooking Set
Did you know that our ancestors never used any kind of metal to cook food? Metal cookware like the cast iron skillet, cast iron pans, and carbon steel skillet were introduced because the mining industry ran out of ways to repurpose metals and had to come up with ways to keep them in demand. Before metals, the only material that was used to make cooking pots was natural clay, which happens to be the most healthy and eco-friendly material today.
All-Natural Clay Cookware Made in the USA
Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) – a US-based company started making cooking pots from this time-tested and time-honored material almost a decade ago. Their pots and pans are made from lab tested primary clay, the purest form of clay that is naturally free from toxins. To keep their pots healthy, non-toxic and eco-friendly, MEC refrains from using any chemicals, glazes or additives that could compromise the goodness of this natural cookware.
A Clay cookware which Does No Harm to the Environment
Unlike stainless steel pots, the making of clay cookware doesn’t harm the environment at any stage from harvesting the raw material to use of the final product and its eventual disposal when it is no longer usable.
In contrast to metal mining that causes massive deforestation and extensive pollution of water, air and soil, the harvesting of clay is completely eco-friendly. Similarly, the making of clay cookware doesn’t release any toxic waste because MEC doesn’t use any toxic additives and clay cookware are also green in use. More on that below.
How MEC Pots are Green in Use
MEC clay pots cook with unique far infrared heat that penetrates deep into food and cooks evenly at low heat and in less time. No need for high heat! Also, the MEC pieces retain heat for longer after you turn off the stove – this causes food to keep cooking using heat from the pot and food stays warm for 4x longer. No need to reheat food again and again! Moreover, as less heat is released into the environment, your kitchen stays cooler and you don’t have to spend more energy on air conditioning. This saves tons of energy over the year considering how frequently the process of cooking takes place in households and commercial kitchens.
While stainless steel poses a huge challenge when it comes to disposal because it is non-biodegradable, MEC vessels can be repurposed in many ways (learn more) at the end of their useful lifecycle. And after that, they safely go back to the same earth where they come from – further enriching the soil with micronutrients.
What’s more? MEC earthenware can be used on the stove top, on induction cooktops, in the oven and on all other heat sources, are oven safe and are dishwasher safe like any modern cookware set. Interested in switching to this energy efficient and green alternative to your stainless steel cookware set? Head over to our online store and order a 2 piece cookware set today!
People Also Ask:
Is it healthy to cook in stainless steel?
Although, stainless steel is more stable than aluminum cookware so it doesn’t leach as much, it still consists of many toxic metals that when ingested in the body, can have dangerous consequences. Most stainless steel cookware has iron, nickel, chromium, molybdenum, carbon etc. that could leach into food during cooking and you can easily Google their effects on human body organs and biological functions. An unglazed primary clay cookware is much healthier than even the best stainless steel cookware. Read how MEC makes the healthiest cookware from lab tested primary clay – and without additives.