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How to Pick Eco-Friendly Pots & Pans

Learn about the most eco-friendly types of pots and pans in this Howcast video featuring Alegre of Green and Greener.


Hi, Alegre from Ember Living here today to talk about what pots and pans you should use if you want to be green. Well the first thing I want to point out is that when it comes to green living we want to avoid anything that is toxic. So I avoid any products that have non-stick coatings, because non-stick coatings tend to be, essentially types of plastic and you don't want to cook on plastic. My favorite way to cook is actually with cast iron or with enamel-coated cast iron.

If you treat the surface properly, they're very very good in terms of being non-stick, and they last forever. Whenever we talk about eco-living, we also talk about using resources in a mindful way, and there is no better resource than a cast iron skillet, because these babies will last you for decades and you can pass them on to your kids, versus back in the day when I used to use those lightweight non-stick skillets, that non-stick coating gets scratched and all broken up and I remember buying pan after pan after pan. But now that I've had a cast iron skillet, I've literally had the same set of cookware for going on a decade now.

I also like to cook with glass, however glass does have the disadvantage of being easy to break. But the beauty of buying ceramic and cast iron and glass pots and pans is that they're easy to find at thrift stores or online used. And so if you break something, you break a glass pot or pan, great. Get a new one, no big deal. So it's a great way to save money. It also saves energy because the heavier the pot or pan is, the better it is at retaining or distributing heat, and it's also non-toxic. So green, green, green all the way around. So consider cast iron, enamel-coated cast iron, and glass for all of your cooking needs, and visit my website for tips on greening your diet and your kitchen including some great recipes so you can make yourself self-sufficient in your kitchen.


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