We love companies whose sole mission is to be good to the environment while also providing us with must-have high-quality products. A long-standing fave is MightyNest.com, who recently blogged about the healthiest materials to use in the kitchen and a gift guide for eco-minded chefs. Here are the five best types of cookware and kitchenware for yourself and the lucky giftees on your holiday list.
Your guide to the healthiest cookware
Here is a guide to the healthiest cookware to use in your kitchen. For a comprehensive holiday gift list of specific eco-friendly cookware, bakeware, and serving items, visit the MightyNest.com blog.
1. Cast iron
According to the experts at MightyNest.com, the benefits of cast iron include even heating, all natural materials, no toxic emissions, and can be safely used on the stovetop and grill as well as in the oven, fireplace, and campfire. As a bonus, cast iron also emits small amounts of iron and can help prevent anemia.
Ceramic is a MightyNest.com favorite because is durable, easy to clean, a safe alternative to nonstick Teflon cookware, made of natural materials, can be used for high-heat cooking, and is oven-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe.
3. Stainless steel
Stainless steel is a must-have in the Miso Vegan kitchen. Not only is it a superior alternative to Teflon or aluminum, it is versatile, long-lasting (Claire at MightyNest says to expect 25 years of use!), doesn’t react to acidic foods, cooks food fast, and uses less energy for cooking.
According to the folks at MightyNest.com, glass is made with all natural ingredients, doesn’t leach any toxic chemicals (like plastics), can be used for storage in the freezer, is non-porous (so it doesn’t scratch, stain or retain odors), and can beautifully go from oven to table (to dishwasher).
Bamboo is another favorite in the Miso Vegan kitchen. Naturally anti-microbial and non-absorbent, bamboo is durable, elegant, and comes from a sustainable source. We have lots of bamboo cutting boards, utensils, and serving bowls and love the wood’s lightweight and stylish properties.