Monday, July 20, 2009


Lately I have become more conscious of what I throw away and what I can recycle and reuse and especially what I put in and on my body. I know that sometimes you can have too much information and if you pay attention to every bit of information you would probably be paralyzed with fear, but I also believe that little things can go a long way. We recycle EVERYTHING that we can possibly recycle. We rinse our jars, clean out plastic tubs, cartons etc. Now before you think that I am some sort of selfless green crusader- I must point out that we pay for our trash by volume and recycling is free- so do the math- it literally pays to recycle.

This weekend I was excited to make a "green" purchase in the form of cookware. I have long been wary of the Teflon surfaces of our non-stick pots and pans, all of which were chipped and scratched which left me cringing when I thought about all of the toxic Teflon that I was ingesting and probably passing on to my son. We purchased the Cuisinart Greenware 10-pc Set from Bed Bath and Beyond and we used the 20% off coupon that they send out in the mail and got $30 off.

The non-stick surface of the pans is ceramic based, and as long as you avoid metal utensils, it is supposed to be better for you. After one use, I can tell you that the non-stick quality is AMAZING and they wash up like a dream. As for the durability and whether they are healthier- the jury is still out. I haven't had them long enough to see how they hold up and I am not a scientist, so I am pretty much just glad they aren't made of Teflon. I will keep you posted on how I like them. I am still partial to my All Clad set, but sometimes it is nice to have some easy non-stick pieces and the set was a deal compared with buying two pans individually

7 comments:

Brown Eyed Girl said...

I am slavishly devoted to my All-Clad. My parents have had their set since their wedding (~35 years of use) and they still look brand new.

Preppy Little Dress said...

I agree, couldn't live w/out my All-clad either! Although, much thanks to Bartender's Best Friends for making them look so good, ha! ha!

I didn't even know they had "green" cookware products out there, interesting!!

Princess Freckles said...

I am hoping to get a stainless steel set for our wedding, but I may want a nonstick or two also! They're so easy!

Midwest Prep said...

I should comment that I rejected a comment by a representative of a company hoping to enlighten me about the safety of Teflon. I don't claim to be an expert, but I just feel safer avoiding it. If you have questions you should certainly do research. I chose not to post the comment because he was a company representative and it seemed like propaganda- but I encourage all to make their own informed decisions regarding their health and materials that they use in their homes.

Casey said...

I'm wary of those Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons. The store near me will let you use more than one coupon per purchase and they'll even take expired coupons! The mark-up must be huge that they can take 20% off left & right like that.

Midwest Prep said...

we used an expired coupon! That is funny. I am sure the mark up is huge- but I price checked at other retailers and the price was the same--so i went for it.

Tippy said...

Hey! Where have you been??? I saw your comment on my blog. The movie theatre is in Rosemont - it's called Muvico. They have an over-21 area with assigned seats in big loveseats and the ticket price includes popcorn and there's a bar! Ha!