The truth is always a great place to start. The clay aftertaste came back, and I felt really run down. This would be just too inconvenient for what we cook in fry pans. Extrema pans must be heated slowly and this takes time as you gradually increase the heat. The larger ones are very heavy but I think I could make do with the smaller sauce pan. As for Greenlife, generally, I am wary of ceramic non-stick coating because ultimately they do not know what it is made of. Japanese cook milk and rice the first time to seal the pores a bit as i read it. Thank God we haven’t felt sick from using it. As a part of my earthenware experiment, I decided to try an unglazed clay pot for cooking in 2017. Thanks for your review. These MEC pots/pans maybe are ok for rice or something, but not for stews or soups – they lose ALL the water! I can’t stand the way they stink up the entire house for a day or two. If you are looking for a US retailer for the French made Pyrex baking pans, Bed Bath and Beyond can special order these in (if they don’t have it in stock) for no extra charge if you pick it up at the store. Hi Eliot: I agree! I wish your article had come out a couple of months ago when I started looking at safe cookware options. This isn’t a word that I can find using dictionary.com, Google search and various other search efforts. You have saved me so much time and have taught me so much.” Toni. ~Irina. It looks like they made it up in MS Word. 6 Pocket Terra Cotta Strawberry Pot, 13-3/4 in. It took a while for the pot to show up, but it arrived well packed and in good order. I also tried a clay pot from MEC but didn’t experience that at all! Then, let’s say a lab uses equipment to search for minimum detectable levels of the metal in the amount of 1 part per million (“ppm”). I suspect that’s probably true. Do you know how few people can claim that? I decided to stop experimenting with it and gave it away. In addition, the report must include the minimum detectable levels. Thanks, NO! You can also subscribe without commenting. Your email address will not be published. Thank you, Steve, for explaining so well! I’m considering buying one again and just using it for slow cooked soups or stews. It's time to put on your green thumb and get your garden growing! May 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Board-160954, 8 in. See more ideas about clay pot crafts, clay pots, flower pots. My understanding is that, normally, ceramic cookware has glaze that, while may contain toxic metals, made into an inert material that produces very minimum leaching and thus safer than unglazed clay cookware such as this one. What is is NOT good at is anything liquid based. But thank you for sharing your experience! I actually really liked the flavor of the food I cooked in it. As you point out, the clay pots for curries, gravies, etc. However, I think it would be hard since they are produced in a small village only. All Rights Reserved. Unlike cast iron Lodge, I believe it is made in China. I would like it to be lead free and free from harmful contaminants (or harmful levels of contaminants). I purchased a couple of pots from MEC, and I’ve been experiencing some strange effects too lately, feeling faitugued, etc. The fact that I saw that and you saw water discoloration leads to believe there is migration/leaching of clay into food. I’ve had smaller pots lasting 5 years plus. The best dishes to make in a clay pot are those with a sauce, like a curry, soup, hot pot, or other liquid-based dishes. It is your review I found I was looking around the Internet for more information on MEC. I do own a few of the MEC pots/pans as well. After reading all these posts…It sounds like a mixture of cookware is the best option to include old style Pyrex or Pyrex from France, Glass, Xtrema, and a little cast iron is ok. Hi, Carmen: Yes – you are right. All the best. Helen, Hi, Helen: Thank you, Kaylene, for your kind words! Wonderful. The clay material retains heat well, keeping the food warm after it comes out of the oven, eliminating the need fo… Leaching can occur by itself as well as through porosity. I was surprised you’re not more popular given that you certainly Irina, Hi Irina, Naw, health beats everything. Plus, im not one who is easily swayed by salespeople Anyway, she gave me information about the product and how the titanium not only makes the cookware non-stick but it also prevents leaching due to its lack of porosity. ~Irina. The “lab report” on their web site has zero validity. 4.8 … I bought Ceramcor/xtreama cookware as suggested by you. Pyrex bakeware made for European consumers is still made with borosilicate glass. Jeremiah lamented that Israel, “once worth their weight in gold,” had reduced themselves to mere “pots of clay” (Lamentations 4:2, NIV). The other thing to realize is that since there is no glaze barrier, whatever is in the food ends up in the clay. I have read that the colored lids for some of the Extrema pans may contain lead so am sticking with the black ones. One time testing is not conclusive. aka Visions cookware. I have been using it and did NOT have any bad experience. Once the pot … I know a few people who’ve purchased it due to it being safe and certified by the American Cancer Society. Anyway, I do not want to risk getting sick again. And yeah, you could dry them well but kitchens by nature are steamy places. I want to say that never have I ever read a review that had been, in a way, “sponsored” by the manufacturing company, not been glowingly, and often, suspiciously positive. However, the cookware materials as well as the items being cooked / heated all have atomic structures that have spaces (voids) between their atoms / molecules that vary in size for all matter even though we can’t detect it by the human eye. Hi, Steve: I’m glad that you read my post and found it helpful. And I recently bought nickel-free stainless steel. Traditionally, as these foods were cooked over wooden fires, nobody bothered much about temperature change, which is the problem in cooking on a gas stove, low, medium, high. You are so refreshingly honest and your integrity to the truth is unwavering. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your research. The glass steamer basket doesn’t hold quite as much as our old stainless steel steamer pot, but we LOVE it. The clay pot is used for about six months, to cook food over a slow fire, until it starts showing wear and tear or showing cracks. Now that I’ve read this article I WON’T be using Miriam’s brand or any non-glazed clay. My soup was simple chicken based–so nothing brown about it and I only threw in salt, lemon grass, and basil. I hope she does her own research so she can answer your questions in the future. It takes a lot of time, skill and knowledge to perfect and understand different cooking apparatus and methods… Overall, I like the info on this blog, but I found this article rather lacking :/, I believe the point was that the manufacturer refuses to disclose the exact materials the container is made from so seasoning or not why would you want to risk cooking in something with possible toxic materials. . In other words, my body simply could not handle the extra nutrition. And I am so happy we will be in touch as I see you signed up for my emails. so maybe it is not pod but because of releasing process make some people sick? I will. ~Irina. I, on the other hand, recommend only products that I believe are the best. I’m straddling the fence on whether or not to try it. I take multi-vitamins and probiotics daily as well. It is similar type of unglazed clay cookware detailed in this post. My grandmother used to cook in earth pots and after years of use the smell of clay goes away. It took some time to learn how to use the two handled pots we bought from Extrema (the things mentioned above plus having to switch to non-metal utensils) but we like them a lot and use them daily. The proprietary clay composition claims are ridiculous if it’s “natural” clay. (note: continued on following post), Another issue I have with Miriam’s Earthen Cookware is that she claims iam from kerala, india. I live in CA though so not sure if that’s too far to send it. This Directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. I’ve stopped trusting businesses as they have THEIR best interest at heart, not mine. So, I bought her large clay cooking pot even though it was pretty expensive. We use Visions cookware. So say you cook some rice, which is known to have arsenic, now do you have arsenic stored in your clay pot ready to get into your next meal? Leaching is the transfer of ions of material (metal, mineral, oils, pesticides, etc.) Easy to use. ~Irina. The researchers concluded that as heavy metals were toxic in trace concentrations due to bioaccumulation, traditional clay pots constituted a public health hazard when serving as food contact material. As long as your cooking is not liquid-based, it will do fine. Hi Sara: I have a post about tea kettles here. Not happy so far! They’re ceramic and reasonably priced. Hi, Rhonda: I was unable to get information on the material Salad Master use. Hello. Miram Earthenware should post complete Soil test to include all metals, minerals and picking lead and couple of other items. Please don’t be fooled by such demonstrations – firstly, consider that there’s a reason that they want to PROVE this POROSITY issue to you as it attempts to offset a consumers concern about toxic substances, etc., getting into your food, broths and teas/coffee. Thank you so much for your kind words. Extrema has sales often, and when they have a really good one, I am going to get one of the large pots for making bone broth. My God – why are these guys making such poisonous cookware? I know. Thanks for sharing this thoughtful post. I am concerned about the cooking plates & second interior lid being aluminum (1st is clay but with small holes for steam release), especially if clay is porous. A traditional carbon steel wok to use on occasion. What type of cake and muffin pans do you recommend? Her handmade clay pots and ceramic jewelry are for sale at local bazaars, and may be seen on exhibit around the country and abroad. I truly appreciate your postings and the comments people left on your postings. Then I called her and told her the lab would not disclose. It is so comforting to know that I was not the only one who tasted clay in my food. Now, if you could do an article about a non-toxic tea kettle, that’d be great! Companies should worry less about knock-offs and more about the health of their customers. I’m leaning towards getting Pyroflam from overseas (France?) We can call ahead and ask them. I’d cook from Darth Vader shaped cookware if only it was safe! It depends also on your blood levels of iron and…your stored amounts of heavy metals. ~Irina. Some people tend to think that traditional ways are the best. Thank you, Myrto! A glaze can sharply reduce this activity but not absolutely completely although hardly measurable. It is good that I never recommended enameled Lodge. I was not content with that answer and doubting about ordering any after receiving this reply, so decided to read reviews and that’s how I found your reviews. When I finally bought them I regretted that I had waited so long. I just found this on Vita-Clay website. When I get that proprietary line (I’ve gotten it for food and cat food) I won’t be buying that product. One of the things that often trips up a fake is when the person creating it uses a misspelled word / term in theirs and other’s documents that are supposedly provided by another entity, especially one that is listed as a higher educational based entity. Hi Ramya, Too much iron can make you sick. I bought the pyroflam (pyrex) 2L steamer set, made in France, from a retailer in I’ll have to find and share the link. Miriam insisted that if there was glyphosate in my pot, that it got there from cooking glyphosate contaminated food. We use cast iron, glass bakeware, stainless steel, and Xtrema. Miriam suggested I stop taking my multi-vitamins and give the clay cooking pot another try. Well, my friends, here is the information straight from the horses’ mouth, so that Those miles and miles of misguiding information on websites, also giving you confusing information Can be cleared once for all. I definitely felt sick after eating from MEC pot but I do not regret the experiment because now together we can warn others. ~Irina. We never used the fry pan from Mercola because it was way too huge (just two of us) and heavy for us (we are older). :/ So I won’t be getting one of those. Thank you for sharing your experience. Can you please post about nickel free stainless steel. We now cook all our food in these pots and so do a lot of my other family members. From a quick glance at their website, I do not see any advantages of using their cookware over the stainless steel cookware I have listed in the post. Photo from Clay … When you refer to “Having traveled extensively and eaten food cooked in clay pots, in the Indian subcontinent, since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, let me tell you some points about real honest to goodness clay utensils. They are a critical feature of any test report, especially when you are looking for safe cookware. Unglazed Earthenware Pot, Clay Terra Cotta Organic cooking Beans, Rice , Soup, Biryani Pot, Mediterranean Crock Pot, Stew Pot ,Mud Pot GJEterracotta. Shop great deals on Clay Garden Pots. I would love to try it! ~ Irina. This can’t be revealed without doing a chemical analysis (and especially if being demonstrated by sales reps of a cookware product and not by certified chemical testing technicians of a laboratory – and do you really think such technicians would be on hand at a cookware sales demonstration with their lab equipment?). 1) I love cooking soups that require cooking for 3 plus hours- which type of pot and what company specifically would you recommend for cooking dishes that take 3 plus hours to cook? These rocks may be just one type or a variety, same as the plants which absorb minerals from the soil so if these rocks contain heavy metals then these will be part of the primary clay when it forms. The smell of “burnt food” was pretty bad in the house and I kept coughing after that all day (and my lungs felt weird – almost like a mild asthma attack) and I got a bad headache! Also, anyone else’s MEC pans/pots constantly produce some sort of fumes (it’s not really a steam from hot water) when cooling with it and even when done cooking with it and taken off the stove? Get outdoors for some landscaping or spruce up your garden! I just remembered too that I have read accounts of this cookware becoming moldy which makes sense. i’ve also been looking at the vitaclay slow cooker as a clay-based alternative to my good old ceramic rival slow cooker. Your email address will not be published. . I was so wrong, these pots are really good. we … There is no such thing as PURE clay in our polluted world anymore – perhaps back before mankind started using chemicals and dumping waste everywhere but definitely not for a very long long time! My sister is a biologist and might be able to tell more about it’s composition. Miriam said that the clay comes from an area that has not been cultivated in many years and they dig down under the surface to get it. My husband keeps saying this cannot be normal and how can we return it! In the 7 Days to a Healthier Kitchen e-book, I have a summary table of all types of cookware to help you make informed decisions. Hi, Isabella: You can learn more about Dr. Mercola cookware in this article: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/xtrema-ceramic-cookware-review/ Let me know what you think. Round Terra Cotta Cabral Clay Pot, 2 Gal. Basically, a heater body is formed with a set of nesting clay pots, separated by and attached to a central steel bolt.. Non glazed clay is extremely porous and there is only so much that seasoning can do to seal cookware. It is a metal alloy so by definition, it will be leaching some metals. Even then she tried to investigate exactly what she might be reacting to that was coming from the cookware but the manufacturer refused to help. But the test report would show none of that metal because the lab didn’t look hard enough. ~Irina. I have noticed that when I do wash these pots, the water tend to turn slightly brown as in maybe the clay is washing off into the water. I do not prefer glazing as feldspar (very toxic cancer causing) and glass, mica are sometimes used to glaze the pot. I haven’t researched them. Filipinos are generally not avid gardeners like the Thais and Singaporeans. So she advised me to call the lab. The clay did affect the taste of my stew, and the stew affected the smell of the clay pot. I haven’t bought them yet, just wondering if anyone has any information on them. I, too, have a free pot for anyone who wants it. I want 100% visibility & don’t want items I cook with every day to have “secrets”. And lastly, I wanted to mention that Miriam has an affiliate program meaning that she pays commissions to people who recommend her products on the Internet. CH07814345 180cm RT Palm Tree with Pot … Thank you for sharing. Thank you for sharing this, Jessie. The Miriam’s Earthen 2018 test report does not provide us with these basic facts. Has anyone researched Staub kettles? Also, lets be real. I know it will be really heavy because the two (small and medium) handled pots we have are heavy, but it will be worth it to make bone broth that doesn’t pick up toxins from the pan. However, my doctor recently told me there’s a new study showing that a significant percent of the rain in the USA contains glyphosate (the herbicide used in RoundUp-for GMO and other crops), so it’s raining down on a lot of organic crops and otherwise uncontaminated land. Hmm… Maybe… I am glad that the pot worked for you. It gave me a lot to ponder, as I was already contemplating to purchase this cookware. Thank you for sharing. Margo Garden Products 13-3/4 in. Promo Item. Need Help? I wish I had a better answer for why you experienced what you did! ~Irina, Hi, how about Cook on Clay, what do you think of that, do you have any info? 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