Getting rid of toxic kitchen tools is a big step for most families and it’s far too often overlooked. We either don’t think about it at all, or we assume that it’s not that big of a deal.
You all know I’m kind of a health-conscious girl. Today I’m sharing some changes I’ve made recently in hopes that maybe my changes will encourage you to take the small steps you want to take in your own kitchen towards getting healthier and tossing those toxins.
I generally consider myself to be a fairly health-conscious person so I was a bit alarmed to discover a few areas in my kitchen that weren’t as healthy as I’d thought.
I knew we needed to replace the old T-word griddle we’d had for years – but often dismissed it as “not used often enough” to warrant major concern. But you know what? My sweet Mr. 1915 uses that griddle nearly every Saturday morning to make pancakes for the boys. That’s 52 times a year we’re cooking food on that known-to-be-toxic surface. *cringe.
And let’s talk about baking sheets. Opening my cabinets, I found myself staring at two aluminum half-sheet pans. I knew they were aluminum – but most of the time, we line them with parchment or a Silpat liner – so no food is touching the metal. Buuuut…more times that I care to admit, I’ve been in a hurry to get the bacon in the oven quickly and have tossed it on the sheet pans with no lining. Do you know what aluminum does to your brain? Creepy.
Plastic + Hot Temps = Bad News
Then one day I was reading a post by Kelly the Kitchen Kop over on Instagram and she was talking about plastics and Keurigs and even standard coffee pots. Now, I’ve never liked the taste of Keurig coffee, so I’ve never jumped on that bandwagon, but I’d been using a standard drip coffee pot for years…which is completely lined with plastic.
Hormone mimicking effects.
Nasty. nasty. nasty. I had literally never thought about the plastic components my blazing hot coffee ran through every day. I was immediately grossed out and purchased a gorgeous stainless steel percolator. Besides the obvious benefits of NOT having my coffee touch plastic every day, I love to sound of a percolator in the morning. And you know what’s funny? Since switching to my percolator (only a month ago) I’ve had no less than 5 separate visitors to our home comment on the deliciousness of the coffee. I haven’t switched brands of coffee – I’m using the same stuff I’ve always used – the only thing that’s changed is the machine I’m using to *make* the coffee.
Here’s the thing: I KNEW better. But whether I had just been turning a blind eye to these items or whether I was using the cost of replacing everything as an excuse, the point is it. was. time.
If you, too, wish to begin the baby steps of detoxing your kitchen but are feeling overwhelmed, I’m here to help. I’m showing you all the things I’ve replaced so I can feel happy and confident, knowing that I’m making the healthiest possible choices. I realize we can’t protect ourselves from All The Things all the time, but when simple things like what we’re using in our kitchen make such a big difference, it’s an easy choice.
Here’s Are the Things I’ve Switched In Our Kitchen
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- Good-bye T-word and non-stick, hello heavy duty Stainless Steel griddle. I’ll be honest, I was super skeptical when I first got this griddle. I thought for sure everything was going to stick to it and we’d miss the T-word griddle. I’m happy to report that we’ve had zero issues with sticking. A short spritz of Avocado oil spray or Coconut oil spray and even pancakes don’t stick. WIN! 😀
- Out with the Aluminum sheet pans, in with these gorgeous stainless steel sheet pans. Big bonus, they’re even bigger – at a generous 20″ x 14″ x 1″ size! I love them.
- For the best perk of all (see what I did there) – I got rid of my plastic-lined coffee maker and purchased this cheerful stainless steel percolator. It easily makes the best coffee our house has ever enjoyed.
I hope these simple swaps have inspired you to begin getting rid of the toxic kitchen tools in your own kitchen, sweet friend. Remember that baby steps absolutely count. Making even one switch a month will make a huge difference in the long run.
Here’s to healthier kitchens, healthier bodies, and healthier families. I’m in this with you. ((hugs))