|I’ve had several emails from you guys about lead…..in crock pots. You want to know why I keep using my crock pot if there is a risk of lead leaching into the food. I’ll be honest…..I had no idea about lead in crock pots until I was emailed the first time. And then I started doing research – as I am always prone to doing. It’s true that some crock pots have lead….and it can get into your food. I let this bother me for about a day. I pondered on it and worried….and pondered some more and thought about getting rid of my crock pot. Then I smacked myself and got over it. You know what? There is always going to be something wrong with cookware. Don’t use Teflon, it’s bad for you. Don’t use aluminum, it’s bad for you. Don’t use your cast iron, you can get too much iron into your system. Don’t barbecue your food, you can get cancer. Holy cow. Am I the only one a little bit sick of worrying about everything? I realize that we need to be smart and protect our families. If we are sure that something is bad for us, we shouldn’t do it….but the jury is still out on crock pots…..and so, I continue to use mine without any worry. Why? Because, I tested it, that’s why.The FDA says that crock pots are safe. Let me tell you something else – I don’t trust ANYTHING the FDA says. So, if I want to know if my crock pot is safe, I’m going to have to test it myself. The FDA is too busy giving raw milk a hard time.|
|I have four crock pots. One of mine is a GE and the other three are a set of nesting pots from HamiltonBeach. From what I read, the biggest problem with lead comes from the Rival brand…..which can be a cheaper crock pot unless you get a high-end type. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Can I get a witness??? I am very guilty of buying things just because they are cheaper – sometimes, it bites me in the butt. I’m working on that issue.|
|You can get lead testing kits at your local Lowes or other hardware stores. My mom, the queen of shopping deals, found this lead testing kit on the clearance rack…..for $.10. Go Mama! It came with two tests, each capable of testing four things at a time. We had already used one to test some of Annie’s used toys – which turned out to be safe. Toys from China are not always a good idea. That’s why wooden toys tend to be my favorite…..but we’re talking crock pots here, not toys. *Cough*|
|Follow the directions on your testing kit. You should get results very quickly. When you’re done, wash the crock pots to get rid of any residue that’s left.|
|And the results? Both my crock pots tested negative for lead. Yippee!!! Now I can use them without concern. If you want to set your mind at ease, head on over to your local Lowes and pick up a kit.For more information and more testing results, see this post from Terminal Verbosity.
FYI – Never use your crock if it’s cracked. Don’t use crack either.
|This post is linked at Monday Mania on The Healthy Home Economist, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, at Pennywise Platter on The Nourishing Gourmet, and at Real Food Wednesday on Kelly The Kitchen Kop.|