Ditch the Teflon: The Ultimate Guide to Safe Cookware

Want to get rid of your Teflon but don't know how to shop for safe cookware? In this Ultimate Guide to Safe Cookware, I walk you through the options for outfitting your kitchen with safe cookware and bakeware that will help your family stay healthy.

How To Ditch the Teflon: The Ultimate Guide to Safe Cookware

Note: These safe cookware options are not listed in order of preference or safety — I recommend any and all of these options. Also, I am using affiliate links in this post. You can order any of these items on Amazon. If you order via my links I will earn a small commission. Thank you for supporting my blog.

Why You Need to Ditch the Teflon Now

Okay, so what's so bad about Teflon? I can explain why you need to dump all your Teflon with just one word: fluoride.

Fluoride causes acne, cysts, cancer, diabetes, cavities, bone loss, menstrual cramping and other hormonal problems. My assistant was able to completely eliminate her migraines (which she used to get on a weekly basis) by getting all of the fluoride out of her diet.

It's not easy to avoid fluoride, since it's in almost everything. Food that is not organic is sprayed with fluoride-based pesticides. Grapes, raisins and wine from California are especially high in fluoride, and kombucha and tea are loaded with fluoride.

One of the worst sources of fluoride is the Teflon we cook with. According to a study from 1975 published in the Journal of Dental Research, Teflon or non-stick cookware and bakeware increase the fluoride in your food by up to 3 times. (Source)

It's hard to avoid exposure to Teflon when eating out, or eating processed, packaged foods, since Teflon is used in most restaurants and food processing. However, most of us eat at home the majority of the time, and when eating at home, you should avoid using Teflon for cooking.

Read more about the dangers of fluoride here.

Read more about the top sources of fluoride here.

Types of Cookware I Do Not Recommend

The following types of cookware and bakeware are not recommended.

1. Teflon (non-stick cookware) – Teflon increases fluoride in the food by 3 times. This is one of the biggest sources of fluoride in our diet. It's very hard to get rid of the fluoride after it's stored in our bones and tissues (kidney, brain, breasts, ovaries, prostate) — because fluoride has a 20-year half life. Everyone should throw out their Teflon immediately.
2. Aluminum – Like fluoride, aluminum leaches into food during cooking. I'd like to skip the Alzheimer's disease, thank you very much!
3. Copper – Many nutritionists say that many of us are too high in copper (copper toxicity). Best to avoid.
4. Anodized Aluminum (Calphalon) – Many people say anodized aluminum is safe because the aluminum is coated and won't leach. However, I've heard horror stories like this one — someone who only had a saucepan for 8 years. Cast iron and enameled cast iron will last you a lifetime, so I don't see the point in buying Calphalon.

Types of Safe Cookware I Do Recommend

I recommend 7 kinds of safe cookware and bakeware. These are the pots, pans and baking dishes I use in my own kitchen and feel confident recommending.

These are not listed in any order of preference or safety. Some of these types of safe cookware are very expensive, and others are extremely inexpensive (YASSS! Under $20 for a roasting pan!)

1. Stainless Steel – Good, affordable, all-purpose cookware for everyday use. Will last for years and even decades… but it does degrade over time so maybe not for generations.
2. Cast Iron – Good, affordable, all-purpose cookware for everyday use. Will last for generations.
3. Enameled Cast Iron (Le Creuset) – More expensive but extremely durable and will literally last for generations. I also love the colors!
4. Glass – Good, affordable, all-purpose cookware.
5. Granite Ware – Extremely affordable, extremely lightweight. I love my granite ware roaster (so easy to lift in and out of the oven).
6. Silcone – Not perfect, but much better than using aluminum or Teflon. See how I use silicone in my kitchen below.
7. Clay – You can buy clay pots and roasters, and I love my clay rice cooker!

How To Ditch the Teflon: The Ultimate Guide to Safe Cookware

Here are the 7 types of safe cookware and bakeware I recommend with links to order on Amazon.

1. [easyazon_link identifier=”B009JXPS6U” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Safe Cookware: Stainless Steel[/easyazon_link]

[easyazon_link identifier=”B009JXPS6U” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Stainless steel cookware[/easyazon_link] is light-weight and good for most every kind of cooking. I use my stainless steel pots and pans for everything from soups and stews to frying eggs to boiling water. There really isn't anything you can't use it for.

Stainless steel does degrade over time. Most people can use the same set for a lifetime, but it probably will not last for generations like cast iron or enameled cast iron will.

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2. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00008GKDJ” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Safe Cookware: Cast Iron[/easyazon_link]

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00006JSUA” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Cast Iron[/easyazon_link] is fantastic. I have 4 or 5 cast iron pans in different sizes. I use them every day for everything from frying eggs to frying steaks. The only thing you don't want to use cast iron for is acid-based foods like tomato sauces and stews.

Cast iron will last for generations. It's also a lot cheaper than enameled cast iron.

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3. [easyazon_link identifier=”B0076NOGPY” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Safe Cookware: Le Creuset[/easyazon_link]

I'm a huge fan of [easyazon_link identifier=”B00B4UOTBQ” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Le Creuset[/easyazon_link] and have been collecting it for a decade now. It is, hands down, my favorite cookware.

The best way to save money on Le Creuset is to buy it at your local outlet store. They have them around the country. If you go to the outlet, ask them to show you the “seconds”. These are pieces that might have small dings or tiny scratches. Most are hardly noticeable. And you can save around 50-75%.

I always buy the Le Creuset seconds at the outlet store. In fact, I have a standing deal with my husband… every time we go to the outlet store, I get to pick one item each time we go to the outlet (which is usually like once a year). This is a way to build your collection over time.

Over the past couple years, things were very rough for us financially, so I would only pick something like an oven mitt or dish cloth. But I always got something. I love, love, LOVE my Le Creuset.

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4. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00N1BYMLS” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Safe Cookware: Glass[/easyazon_link]

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00N1BYMLS” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Pyrex baking dishes[/easyazon_link] are wonderful. I use them for lasagnas, casseroles, and brownies.

I also love the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00LN810PM” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]glass storage containers[/easyazon_link] that you can use to store food in the fridge and then directly reheat in the toaster oven. We never use the microwave anymore.

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5. [easyazon_link identifier=”B000050AVC” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Safe Cookware: Granite Ware[/easyazon_link]

My Granite Ware [easyazon_link identifier=”B000050AVC” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]roasting pan[/easyazon_link] is super light-weight and very inexpensive. Only $19! And you can fit a whole chicken in it.

Make sure you only buy Granite Ware that says “made in the United States”. There are cheap knock-off available but they are not safe to use. (And this is already super cheap!)

[easyazon_link identifier=”B000050AVC” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]How To Ditch the Teflon roaster[/easyazon_link]

6. [easyazon_link keywords=”Silicone Bakeware” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Silicone Bakeware[/easyazon_link]

I use [easyazon_link identifier=”B00008T960″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Silpat baking mats[/easyazon_link] to line my aluminum cookie sheet pans with. You can find stainless steel sheet pans, but if you have aluminum, you should use silicone liners.

Silicone is safe to use up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit.

I also use [easyazon_link identifier=”B008F4Z2K6″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]silicone waffle molds[/easyazon_link] instead of a Teflon-lined waffle maker.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00008T960″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]How to ditch the teflon silpat[/easyazon_link]

[easyazon_link keywords=”Silicone Bakeware” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Shop for silicone bakeware on Amazon.[/easyazon_link]

7. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00AJMZE14″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Safe Cookware: Clay[/easyazon_link]

I love my [easyazon_link identifier=”B001G8Y33K” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]VitaClay Rice Cooker[/easyazon_link]! I set it and forget it, and it makes perfect rice every time.

There are other kinds of clay cookware you can buy as well, from roasters to bread pans… I haven't tried any others yet.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B001G8Y33K” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]How To Ditch the Teflon vitaclay[/easyazon_link]

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I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

13 thoughts on “Ditch the Teflon: The Ultimate Guide to Safe Cookware

  1. Bravo! Great article – teflon is seriously scary. And tbh, switching to cast iron was THE BEST thing I've ever done for my cooking – it made me a better cook, haha. I'm completely serious tho! It cooks the food differently/easiser/better and my cooking improved in huge ways just by changing our pans. My big teflon concern currently is the inside my toaster oven. We use our toaster multiple times per day and I've heard the insides are coated with teflon??

  2. I haven't ever been a fan of teflon, and use cast iron, enameled cast iron and stainless on a daily basis. The one thing I have that is "non-stick" is our griddle for pancakes. I tried a cast iron one that sets on top of the stove, but it's way to narrow to be of much use. Are there any stainless electric griddles available? I have a large, stainless, rectangular electric frying pan, but I cannot find a griddle. Just thought I'd ask.

  3. I,m about to start cooking with an iduction stove top and a convection/microwave oven. I,m looking for pans for induction and convection that I don,t need to take out a second mortgage for.

    Thanks!
    Cathy

  4. I wouldn’t use cast iron. Too much iron is not good for your health. You need to read about iron. My dr watches my ferritin levels as signs of inflammation. Unfortunately I can't give blood so I have to use supplements to lower my levels.

  5. Hi, I just started following your posts, find it very informative. Thanks. I was once recommended that the cookware from tablecharm.com are the best ones to purchase, all others have some sort of defects or won't last long.. etc… but they are very expensive. What's your take on this?

  6. What do you think about Greenlife? They have a patented ceramic coating called Thermalon and claim to be “absolutely toxin free.”

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