Back when our grandmothers were alive, chemical free cooking was unheard of because there were hardly any chemicals that they had to deal with on a daily basis. If you do any research at all, you understand the toxins that are in our food, personal care products, cleaning products, laundry products, in the air, and more.
Since we eat every day, focusing on keeping the chemicals out of our foods is a good place to start when trying to keep our families healthy.
Chemical Free Cooking Tips:
- Cookware – If you’re buying all organic food and still cooking in Teflon pans or chemical non-stick surface pans, then you are probably wasting your money. Make sure your cookware is a good quality like cast iron, stainless steel, or quality ceramic. Make sure you also avoid aluminum because of the possible link to Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum cookware is easy to avoid. What you cook IN is just as important as what you cook.
- Produce – Buy as much organic produce as you can afford. If you can grow a garden, that is even better. Find organic food in season in your area and buy it for as little as possible. Then freeze, ferment, dehydrate, or can the extra to have on hand when that fruit or vegetable is not in season.
- Meat – Buy grass fed meat or meat that has as little extra hormones or additives as possible.
- Cleaning your produce – Even if you buy organic produce, it’s still a good idea to spray your produce with a mixture of water and several drops of Thieves essential oil. Let it sit fora few minutes and then rinse with water.
- Food Storage – avoid plastic and use glass or stainless steel wherever possible. The same goes for utensils too.
- Use Filtered Tap Water – Getting a good quality alkaline reverse osmosis undersink water system like DreamTree is a good place to start (contact me for wholesale pricing). Bottled water or water filtered in plastic pitchers is not ideal.
- Cook with Good Oils – Olive oil and coconut oil are probably the only oils you need to have on hand for cooking. Most of the other grocery store cooking oils are not good for your family and should be eliminated from your diet.
- Make your own cooking spray – Gather some olive oil, water and a spray bottle. In a measuring cup, measure out 1 part oil to 5 parts water. Pour this into your spray bottle and store in a cool dark place. Shake before using.
I hope these tips have been helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any extra tips for chemical free cooking to share with me.