There is a lot to love about cast iron cookware. It’s durable, versatile, low cost, healthy and even collectible. It’s been a favorite in China, Europe, and in the U.S. for many years. Some of the earliest references to this type of cookware go as far back as the Han Dynasty in China in 206 BC. It has definitely stood […]
How to design, maintain and cook in a toxic free, green kitchen environment has become more important for many families who are concerned with natural, healthy living.
However, there’s no other room in the home that is fraught with so many hidden areas of toxicity and health-related concerns as in the typical kitchen.
The kitchen has long been considered the ‘heart of the home’, but today’s kitchens tend to be less friendly than ever before, at least to the health of its users. There are more toxic products, air pollutants, and hazardous materials used in this area of the home, than in any other. And surprisingly, this is the area where typical families perform their most important household exercise…preparing food!
While modern conveniences have made life much easier for contemporary home dwellers, they have also introduced a whole new set of problems into living spaces. Appliances, cookware, food service items, plastic packaging products, and conventional cleaners, are just some of the products that need to be reconsidered, in order to enjoy a healthier kitchen. Cabinets, kitchen furniture, countertops and flooring also often contribute to poor indoor air quality.
This is not to mention the problems with foods, food preservation, eating a healthy diet and drinking clean, pure drinking water. Wow! The list could go on, when it comes to dealing with important kitchen issues that affect everyone from infancy to old age.
If you want to design, build or renovate the ‘heart’ of your home, check out our articles that are designed to give you comprehensive information about how to create a toxic free, green kitchen for your best health.
Over time, cast iron cookware develops a thin protective coating known as “seasoning” from the natural fats and oils associated with the cooking process. This coating fills in all the nooks and crannies inherent in the pan metal to create a smooth, uniform surface. This seasoning is what gives cast iron cookware its wonderful non-stick quality. […]
The necessity of creating a non-toxic kitchen in your home is of more importance that ever before. In fact, there is no other room in the contemporary home that is fraught with so many hidden areas of toxicity and health-related concerns as in the typical kitchen. There are more toxic products, air pollutants, and hazardous materials used in […]
Various types of water filtration systems to provide clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing at home have become necessary in modern society. For those who have a health concern about the purity of water at home, a water purification system is increasingly deemed a necessity, along with other standard home appliances. There are many types of […]
Choosing the healthiest cookware to use is an important part of living a green and healthy lifestyle, because it’s an important step in avoiding chemical contaminants in the food you eat. Not all cookware is equal, especially when it comes to the potential health risks associated with certain materials. The absolute biggest offender is Teflon non-stick pans. The […]
Cast iron skillets are so easy love. Whether inherited from a beloved grandmother, found at a bustling flea market or purchased brand new, the origin of these durable and dependable skillets doesn’t really matter. Once one makes its way into your home, it will soon become a treasured kitchen staple. Fortunately, the beauty of cast […]
Air pollution is something we usually associate with the outdoors as we think of gas emission and smog. However, research has shown that indoor air might be up to 5 times worse than the air outside. Since people spend almost 90 percent of their time inside their homes, this can be a cause for major […]
Got questions about how to use and care for your cast iron cookware? If so, you’re not alone. Even with the popularity of cast iron pots and pans throughout the years, learning the proper care and use of these well loved kitchen tools is still almost an art form that must be learned! This particular type of cookware has […]
Allergies are always annoying and in some cases even dangerous, so it is important to know how to properly deal with them. The best way to address allergy issues is to pinpoint the source (allergy trigger) and eliminate it. Although this is difficult and almost impossible to do when it comes to outdoor triggers (e.g. pollen, pollution), […]