Healthy cookware is a kitchen must-have. Pair your delicious recipes with our list of safe cookware alternatives, including heirloom-quality cast iron and tough uncoated stainless steel. This article also features our top brand picks when it comes to healthy cooking at home.
What is Healthy Cookware?
Certain materials used in cookware, such as PFOA and PTFE, have been identified by studies as harmful to both human and animal health. Healthy and safe cookware is free from these chemicals. Also, depending on the cookware material, healthy pots and pans can withstand high-heat cooking and are made to last longer.
Our list of highly recommended cookware choices is sure to meet the needs of both kitchen beginners and seasoned home cooks.
1. Cast Iron
This is perhaps the healthiest cookware material to date. Aside from being PFOA and PTFE free, cast iron pots and pans are of heirloom quality. They’re great on the stovetop, grill, campfire, and in the oven. They need regular seasoning to prevent rusting and make them last longer. This article on proper cast iron seasoning features a helpful step-by-step video.
- Victoria Seasoned cast iron has grills, griddles, and even a tortilla press in the range.
- Lodge Logic is a preseasoned cast iron range, ready to use right out of the box.
- Scanpan Maitre D’ cast iron is designed for perfect frying and searing results.
- Pyrolux Pyrocast has cast iron skillets with matching maplewood trays for serving.
2. Wrought Iron
This special low-carbon steel is not only non-toxic but also a sustainable material. It also has a durability that lasts for centuries. When used on any stovetop, oven, or campfire grill, wrought iron cookware works like cast iron but with half the weight.
- Solidteknics AUS-ION is a seamless cookware range and 100% made in Australia.
3. Enamelled Cast Iron
Compared with raw cast iron, this type of cookware has an enamel coating made from glass particles. This makes enamelled cast iron easier to clean and maintain, without the need for regular seasoning. It also works well even with acidic ingredients like tomatoes.
- Pyrolux Pyrochef is 40% lighter than conventional cast iron and has a three-layer coating.
- Chasseur cast iron is sustainably made and comes in colours exclusive to Kitchen Warehouse.
- Victoria Enamelled cookware has a smooth cooking surface that is also rust resistant.
- Staub enamelled cocottes have special self-basting lids for moist cooking results.
- Le Creuset signature cast iron from France is exceptional from stovetop to oven to table.
4. Glass and Vitroceramic
Glass cookware is yet another option for healthy cooking. A great heat conductor, glass is also resistant to stains and non-reactive to acidic ingredients. However, it has a tendency to shatter on high heat. Advanced technology resolved this by developing a more stable material called vitroceramic. With ceramic and glass combined, vitroceramic cookware can withstand extreme temperature changes.
- Maxwell & Williams Vitromax has vitroceramic casseroles that stay stable at -40C to 300C.
5. Uncoated Stainless Steel
Stainless steel pots and pans are extremely durable and rust resistant. When combined with other materials like copper and aluminium, stainless steel can efficiently generate heat. Stainless steel cookware is also easier to maintain than cast iron and, in general, less expensive than other cookware types.
- Scanpan Impact includes individual cookware and sets with polished and matte finish.
- Jamie Oliver Premium Triply is stainless steel cookware reinforced with copper and aluminium.
- Essteele Per Vita cookware is made in Italy and comes with a copper-lined base.
6. Carbon Steel
Heavy-gauge carbon steel pans are a cross between stainless steel and cast iron. We like how they are lighter than cast iron pan but with the same cooking versatility. Carbon steel cookware is also a good heat conductor and stays stable at high temperatures.