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Posted:
04/30/14
Anna Tompkins

Are Your Pots & Pans Safe?

pansMany of us are aware of the chemicals and toxins that we are exposed to in our daily lives. But have you ever thought about the condition of your cookware? Old pots and pans can leave harmful metal deposits in your food. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy test that you can do to see if your pots and pans are safe, or if they should be replaced.

Step 1- Make a control mixture: mix one cup warm water with 1 TSP baking soda.

Step 2- Boil one cup water and 1 TSP baking soda for 5-10 minutes in the pan you are testing.

The control mixture will taste salty. Compare it to the taste of the water from your test pan. If the test pan water tastes metallic, like dirty nickels (or worse!), then your pans are leaving behind metal deposits and you should consider replacing them.

Most metal cookware is made of cast iron, copper or stainless steel. Bring your used pots & pans to United Iron & Metal, whether they failed this metal deposit test or you have just decided to upgrade. United pays you more money for your metal!