One of the questions I get asked the most is what I use in my kitchen. This post will focus on which dishes I use. It is so important to make sure your kitchenware is free of toxins since we are ingesting food from cooking, drinking out of glasses, eating off of plates and silverware.
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My main priority is no toxins which includes no lead, no non-stick, no plastic, no aluminum or any heavy metals of any sorts, no PVC, no phthalates, etc. I’ve tested quite a few things for lead in my kitchen. If you haven’t seen my stuff I’ve tested for lead post please do so here! I also always email companies to find out more information besides the testing that has been done. I do this so I know, and you can know, these items are free of toxins. Also, as a side note, after learning more about lead I am no longer comfortable with anything vintage from any company. If your grandma passed down her plates (or anything) to you, I wouldn’t be comfortable using them unless they have been tested with an XRF to be lead free.
Here is what I use listed by category – all are new items to me so this does not apply to anything vintage made by the companies listed below. What I have listed below are the exact items I use in my home and have tested to be lead free:
Dishes: Anchor Hocking is made in the USA
Anchor Hocking Presence bowl – we tend to break or chip these bowls often. I keep an extra 6 on hand for easy replacement. They are inexpensive enough that I don’t mind replacing
Cups & Mugs:
Cups: Ball Masons jars of all sizes! All made in the USA.
When my kids are little I start them with the jelly sized 4 ounce Ball mason jars. They are durable and have been thrown and dropped from the highchair numerous times. I love the idea of teaching young kids to drink from a regular cup. My kids started using these around 1 years old.
Then they slowly move up to the pint size Ball Mason jars. I use these most from ages 2-4 approximately.
By the time they are 3-4 they are drinking out of the size we mostly drink out of – the pint and half.
I drink my water out of the large 32 ounce Ball Mason Jars 🙂
Mugs: Anchor Hocking Cafe Mug made in the USA
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