New Green Cookware at Our Little House
I was interviewed yesterday for a story on how to live large in a little house and one of the questions the writer asked was about how living in a little house makes us more environmentally aware.
Prior to moving to Our Little House, we had been using cloth bags for nearly 20 years and recycling, but it pretty much ended there. Since we’ve moved, I’ve become more aware of not only how we can make more changes to help the planet and protect the beautiful landscape that surrounds us, but also for our general health.
It’s been a goal of mine to do away with our non-stick cookware. I’ve read plenty of horror stories about the chemicals that goes into making it easier for us to clean up after cooking and how those chemicals leech into our food and their link to cancer.
Dale has a full set of Lodge cast iron cookware he uses for Dutch oven cooking. I suggested we move that into the house for our primary cookware, but he felt it would be too cumbersome for clean up and seasoning after each use.
I began looking at the Lodge enamelware, but unlike their regular cast iron cookware, the enamelware is not made in the U.S.A, but made in China. Call me crazy, but I don’t trust a country that puts toxic chemicals in baby formula and pet food, to sell me safe cookware.
I know many of you chefs out there may find this amazing, but I had never heard of Le Creuset enamel cast iron cookware. I saw it in a store on a trip to Branson for our anniversary in July. I fell in love, not only with the bright colors (red matches my kitchen), but also for the fact the saleswoman said this cookware is still made in France and lasts forever.
That makes it sustainable, as we will probably not buy anymore cookware for the rest of our lives, as well as healthier, as the enamelware is said not to contain any toxic chemicals or leech anything into cooking food.
As we were catching up on other things from Dale’s extended layoff and underemployment, we couldn’t afford to buy any pieces in July, but I went back to Branson this past weekend and purchased this steel stock pot and enamel baking dish.
Just in time for our Halloween pot of chili and cornbread.
When I’m able to complete my set with the cast iron enamelware, I will be working on replacing all of our plastic food containers with glass.
One baby step at a time….
What is your favorite “green” find for the kitchen?