So, you’ve stumbled upon this non-toxic bakeware guide to clean up your kitchen. Here’s why you made a smart move:
Elusive toxins hide in plain sight, with a large number lurking right in your bakeware.
Many of the so-called best non-toxic baking sheets aren’t as safe as you think.
But in this post, you’ll cut through the noise and uncover the truth—
First, you’ll discover the harmful materials you must avoid. This includes tricky colors and that misleading “safe” non-stick stuff.
Then, the six best and safest bakeware materials with our top brand picks for each (#7 is a bonus).
This way, you keep your family safe while crafting the best-tasting treats possible.
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Pitfalls of Traditional Bakeware – What You Need to Avoid
Hormone-terrorizing chemicals… check?
Sounds ridiculous, but that’s what happens every time you cook in old non-stick bakeware.
And that’s not the only thing to watch out for—
Let’s address the top three baking bullies:
Are non-stick baking sheets safe?
Many of us have old Teflon non-stick baking sheets lying around. But their safety is controversial, all thanks to this four-letter problem—
PFAS, which includes PFOA and GenX. They’re the slippery chemicals used to make Teflon baking sheets non-stick.
Now, researchers claim ingesting old, chipped-off Teflon is harmless.
Instead, it’s the fumes to worry about.
When a baking sheet reaches 464°F (240°C), the PFOA starts breaking down. Then, the coating off-gasses toxic fumes into the air.
And tests show you can reach this temperature in 60-90 seconds.
The EPA’s limited findings shows inhaled Teflon fumes link to:
- Flu-like symptoms (Teflon Flu).
- Immune system damage
- Thyroid disruption
- Certain cancers
- Thousands of pet bird deaths
- & effects on the liver & blood, to name a few.
Even worse, Teflon’s so-called safer replacements. That leads us to—
The “misleading” stuff:
After the risks of Teflon came to light, manufacturers replaced PFOA with GenX. That’s why today, you’ll read “PFOA-free” in the description of most non-stick cooking products.
But, “PFOA-free” does not mean Teflon-free.
It means the Teflon contains GenX instead of PFOA.
And EPA studies on GenX show adverse effects on the liver, blood, reproductive organs, kidneys, and more.
So, avoid all traditional non-stick cookie sheets.
They’re not the safest bakeware to use, especially with high heat, as they can emit toxic fumes.
Instead, pick from the PTFE-free, non-stick bakeware below.
Are aluminum baking sheets safe?
Unlike Teflon, natural aluminum baking sheets won’t off-gas toxic fumes. So, they’re safer to use with high heat.
But, uncoated aluminum does leach metal into your meal. More so when scratched or baking acidic foods.
Yet, if you have impaired kidney function, baking on aluminum can cause toxicity.
Regardless of kidneys, uncoated aluminum is not good for cooking acidic foods… It can leave a foul metallic taste.
So, to get the best flavor out of your food & avoid excess aluminum—
Not sure if your pan is aluminum or steel?
Stick a magnet to it.
If the magnet sticks to the pan, it’s stainless. If it doesn’t, it’s likely aluminum bakeware. But, this method isn’t always spot on, so use it as guidance, not gospel.
Lead & cadmium-containing colors
According to the WHO, exposure can cause kidney and brain damage, among other effects.
That’s why, due to proposition 65, any bakeware produced and sold in the US today must obey strict standards. Lead and cadmium levels must be within safe levels.
But, poorly-made items from foreign, unregulated factories still land on our shelves.
So choose only from well-known non-toxic bakeware brands with strict quality control—
- Check the brand website’s FAQ page to see if they address safety.
- Make sure there is clear labeling (in-store)… Generic, unmarked, China-made brands raise too many red flags.
- Or, just pick from our vetted selections below.
Un-safe bakeware – The Bottom Line
Look, the stuff above won’t make or break your health. Saying it will is pure fear-mongering.
But, prolonged exposure can chip away at your overall well-being.
Why risk it?
Especially today, when it’s easier than ever to score the safest bakeware. And to do so without losing convenience.
So, below you’ll discover not only the best bakeware materials—
But the safest picks of each.
There was no stone unturned when evaluating these non-toxic bakeware brands. Everything from material and cooking performance to brand reputation…
We even looked at the safest bakeware colors!
The Six Safest Bakeware Materials (& Our Top Brand Picks for Each)
This section reviews our top non-toxic bakeware picks for the six safest bakeware materials:
You can click the above-highlighted text to jump ahead.
For each of the six best non-toxic bakeware materials, you’ll first see its pros and cons—
Then, our top brand picks in that category—
And finally, tips on prolonging your bakeware to stretch your dollar further.
1. Non-Stick/ Non-Toxic Baking Sheets
Pros of Ceramic-coated Bakeware
- Versatile, non-toxic, non-stick bakeware. Bake everything from delicate eggs to your grandma’s cookie recipe – without grease or toxic fumes.
- No grease means fewer calories & an improved physique.
- Free of lead, cadmium, & PTFE (i.e., Teflon, which includes PFOA/ OS & GenX): Safe for you, your kids, & your pets.
- Wipes clean in seconds, so you spend less time scrubbing & more time with family.
- Safer than Teflon under high temperatures (800℉ compared to 464℉), so it’s more forgiving if you overheat.
- Even-heating, efficient surface, so you can cook faster with lower heat.
- Stain & odor resistance to stay looking new.
- Ceramic baking sheets don’t react with acidic ingredients (no metallic taste) & won’t rust.
Cons of Ceramic-coated Bakeware
- Non-stick ceramic bakeware loses its non-stick over time.
- Not dishwasher or metal utensil-safe… Even though many brands claim it is (both decrease the coating’s lifespan).
- Not microwave-safe
Gotham Steel Ceramic-Coated Non-Toxic Bakeware Set (5-Piece)
Gotham Steel’s titanium-ceramic bakeware is a healthy alternative to non-stick baking trays.
Like Teflon, baked food slides right off these pans. Except unlike Teflon, there are no toxic fumes – ever!
Even better – the effortless cleanup.
This customer speaks for many, “I flipped the pan over and the loaf slid right out! There was no residue left on the pan.”
- Economical: The unique titanium-ceramic coating resists scratching better than standard ceramic… It lasts longer & saves you cash on replacements.
- Fast, even heating & warp-resistant: The rugged, 0.8mm anodized aluminum core maintains its structure for years. Plus, the even heating & browning produce rich flavors that score you brownie points!
- Bake almost anything with one set, so you’ll save time on buying pieces separately.
- Included: A 9.5” non-toxic round cake pan, 9.5” x 5.5” loaf pan, 9.5” square pan, 12ct muffin tin, & a 12” x 17” non-toxic baking sheet. Oven-safe to 500℉.
Drawbacks: At around 400°F (204°C), the baking pan may temporarily warp. But it’ll straighten out once the pan cools. Slight warping is expected with any pure aluminum-based pan; mine at home does this every time!
Overall, buyers love this set’s sturdiness compared to other non-Teflon baking trays. And for the low price, you can’t beat it!
CasaWare Ceramic/ Carbon Non-Toxic Baking Sheet Set (3-Piece)
CasaWare’s non-Teflon cookie sheets are one-of-a-kind…
They’re not only Teflon-free – but aluminum-free too!
The brand instead covers a warp-proof carbon steel sheet in granite-reinforced ceramic.
The result? Rugged, yet healthy non-toxic baking sheets that don’t stick, bend, leach toxins, or allergens!
One customer explains, “I’m surprised at how durable these cookie sheets are. So much better than anything I found at Walmart!”
- No aluminum or nickel: The safest cookie sheets for allergies or kidney disorders.
- Unmatched even-heating & heat-retention: Hefty, 0.8mm carbon steel achieves expert-level flavor & browning.
- No warped pans: More warp-resistant than stainless & aluminum. No more replacing bent-up baking trays!
- Effortless & stylish: This buyer speaks for most: “Baked on cheese, melted chocolate, all wipes right off!” Plus, not only one of the healthiest cookie sheets – but the coolest-looking, too!
- Includes: One 15.5” x 10.5” pan & one 13.5” x 9.5” pan – both 0.75″ deep & oven-safe to 450℉.
Drawbacks: Be careful not to scratch or ding the pan’s corners and lips. If enough ceramic coating scrapes off, the carbon steel underneath can rust.
USA Pan Non-Toxic Baking Sheet with Rack
Imagine mixing aluminum’s even-heating, steel’s strength, and ceramic’s healthy non-stick.
—You’d get USA Pan’s unique, non-toxic cookie sheets!
The safe, aluminized steel base is far more warp-proof and long-lasting than aluminum… Yet, it heats more evenly than plain steel.
On top of the steel sits USA Pan’s patented Americoat coating:
This PTFE-free, silicone-based surface repels food and practically rinses clean without soap. I own this exact pan and can confirm!
- Includes cooling rack with six raised feet for stability. Makes crispy, evenly-baked tenderloins, chicken, crisp veggies, & more, thanks to 360-degree air circulation. Or, quickly cool fresh-baked cookies, so they never overcook!
- Unique corrugated surface: Aids airflow for evenly baked goods & quick food release/ cleaning.
- Patented design heats/ browns evenly & doesn’t warp. Thick, aluminized steel and wire-reinforced rims almost guarantee no warping. Mine has yet to bend, even at 400℉.
- Measures: 17.25″ x 12.25″ x 1″ deep. Rack measures 16.75″ x 11.5″ x 0.5″ deep. Oven-safe to 450℉.
- Lifetime warranty.
Drawbacks: While I’ve never experienced this pan warp, some users do. Usually, this happens when placing a cold pan filled with cold food in an oven over 400℉. This isn’t the pan’s fault, more so thermodynamics.
Let cold food sit outside the fridge for a bit first to prevent warping. You can also preheat the baking pan.
Overall, I can say this is one of the best toxic-free baking sheets I’ve ever used. Check it out!
More options available:
Prefer buying elsewhere? Grab this exact USA Pan in a Sur La Table exclusive – direct from Sur La Table’s website here!
Caring for Non-stick Ceramic
- Avoid abrasive cleaners like steel wool. Use only warm, soapy water & a sponge or cloth to clean bakeware.
- Don’t use non-stick cooking spray… It’ll build up a hard-to-remove film that damages non-stick performance. Instead, use standard vegetable oils.
- Do not plunge hot ceramic non-stick bakeware into cold water. The rapid temperature change will damage the coating.
2. Stainless Steel Chemical-Free Bakeware
Pros of Stainless Steel Bakeware
- Non-porous, non-toxic, & hygienic for food prep: Won’t absorb bacteria or stain.
- Coating-free & unbreakable: More forgiving if you overheat – no damage or toxic fumes. Plus, metal utensil-safe for more freedom, unlike ceramic cookware & bakeware.
- Low maintenance & rust-proof: No special care required & dishwasher-safe (more on cleaning tips later).
- Refrigerator, freezer, stovetop (including induction), oven, & broiler-safe.
- Steel heats faster & weighs less than cast iron.
- Affordable, yet lasts forever without losing performance (a good return on investment).
- Slight sticking adds flavor to food.
Cons of Stainless Steel Bakeware
- Not non-stick (requires grease – which increases calorie intake).
- Not microwave-safe.
- Poor heat conductor if there’s no aluminum core.
- Nickel can leach from stainless steel. Avoid it if you’re allergic. If not allergic, stainless steel bakeware is safe. (Just in case, we added a nickel-free option below.
- It can stain or darken if you overheat.
TeamFar Stainless Steel Brownie & Casserole Non-Toxic Baking Pan Set (2-Piece)
“Best quality steel I’ve ever used. It’s crazy how easy it is to clean” – just one of many reviews raving about this set’s finish…
So I had to see for myself.
I grabbed a pair for my mom—and seriously—these are impressive.
The sturdy, commercial-grade stainless has a thick, heavy-duty feel that screams quality.
Even better, the nearly non-stick matte finish. Despite no coatings (only pure steel), these pans wipe clean like Teflon!
- Versatile, do-anything-well set: Bake anything from brownies & cornbread to casseroles & lasagna. You can even heat gravy on the stovetop!
- Extra-deep 3” depth: Churn out extra-thick brownies or casseroles without spills. Also great for storage – the non-sharp, rounded edges hold foil without tearing.
- Attractive matte finish repels sticking & adds a sophisticated, sleek look to your kitchen.
- Includes: A larger rectangular baking pan (13” x 10” X 3”) & a smaller stainless steel cake pan (10.5” x 8” X 3”). Oven-safe to 450℉.
Drawbacks: Some users dislike the depth of these pans. I see what they mean… They were a little deeper than I anticipated when I opened the box.
But I don’t see any problem with it unless you plan to use them solely for roasting veggies. In that case, you’ll want something more shallow.
Looking for something less deep? TeamFar offers a comparable set with 2″ depth (5cm) instead of 3″. They’re better for roasting.
Stainless Steel All-Clad Lasagna Pan with Lid
All-Clad’s thick, mirror-polished, 18/10 stainless steel baking pan is a true workhorse.
Reviewers rave of this pan’s quality and versatility—
With the tight-fitting, snap-on lid, you won’t arrive at your parent’s holiday dinner covered in pasta!
Afterward, pop leftovers right into your fridge. Then, reheat those seconds either in the oven or directly on the stovetop – all in the same pan.
Holds 5 quarts and measures 12” x 15” x 2 3/4” deep. Oven-safe to 600℉.
- Riveted, inward-facing steel handles: Easy to lift & comfortable to carry. Plus, it takes up less space in crowded ovens.
- Convenient, raised lid. It won’t press against the top of your food during transport.
- Large, deep design. Perfect for traveling with loaded casseroles, lasagna, & huge roasts without messy spill-overs. Also, it prevents overflows while baking.
- Thick aluminum base layer for fast, evenly baked lasagna & perfectly roasted veggies without cold spots. Aluminum never touches food.
- Mirror polished, so food slides right off. Also, the baking pan exits the dishwasher shining like new!
- Lifetime warranty.
Drawbacks: The lid is plastic, so you cannot reheat meals with the cover applied. Some customers were disappointed in this fact.
Also, All-Clad produces this pan in China. Yet, they use the exact same materials, processes, and standards, making virtually no difference.
TeamFar Nickel-Free Non-Toxic Cookie Sheet Set
Like Casaware, these pans, too, are nickel and aluminum-free. Yet, there’s no non-stick coating that can get damaged—
TeamFar’s stainless steel cookie sheets are pure, heavy-duty 18/0 stainless. (18% chromium/ 0% nickel.)
It’s one of the safest materials for baking sheets… Think about it; no concern over nickel leaching, toxic fumes, or allergens.
And without a coating, one of the toughest!
This customer sums them up perfectly:
“I don’t like cookware with nonstick coatings that have to be treated with kid gloves so you don’t damage them. That’s why I love stainless steel sheets, they take a beating and still work great.”
- Safest baking sheet available: TeamFar’s non-toxic baking sheets are perfect for those with raised health concerns or allergies. No nickel, aluminum, or coatings, unlike most baking sheets today.
- Mirror-polishing: Beautiful-looking & naturally resists sticking.
- Versatile 1″ depth: Prevents spillovers, yet not too deep to allow proper airflow. So, no mess & excellent browning! Plus, they perfectly hold silicone baking mats!
- Includes two pans; both are 16” x 12” x 1” deep. Oven-safe to 450-500℉.
Caring for Stainless Steel
- Although steel bakeware is resilient, you should avoid using steel wool when cleaning. It can score & pit the surface. Instead, use a Scotch-Brite pad.
- Clean thoroughly after each use. Leftover food films will cause discoloration when you reheat the pan. Speaking of that—
- Notice dark spots or white calcium build-up on stainless steel baking sheets? Use vinegar, baking soda, or Bar Keepers Friend to remove the blemish.
3. Pure Ceramic Non-Toxic Bakeware (& Unglazed Stoneware)
Pros of Ceramic Bakeware
- Non-reactive, non-toxic, & non-porous. Made from impervious heat-strengthened clay.
- Doesn’t hold odors or flavors, so each meal remains untainted from the last.
- Use stoneware on the stovetop, grill, oven, broiler, & even the microwave. Get more use from one piece & save kitchen space.
- Refrigerator, freezer, & *dishwasher-safe (*glazed ceramic only).
- Resilient, metal utensil-safe surface, so nobody yells at you for using a steel spoon.
- Excellent heat retention and distribution: Cooks your entire meal evenly without cold spots. Also, serve seconds without having to reheat, helping to conserve energy.
- Smooth, less-stick surface. Unglazed stoneware develops a non-stick seasoning (like cast iron), except it can’t rust.
- No leaching of metallic flavors with acidic foods.
- Does not lose performance over time.
Cons of Ceramic Bakeware
- Heavy & heats up slowly.
- Requires a little cooking oil to prevent sticking entirely.
- Sometimes pricey.
Le Creuset Non-Toxic Stoneware Casserole Dish with Lid 2.5 Qt
Le Creuset forms this casserole from hardened, lead-free clay. It’s fired at a whopping 2156℉, creating a rugged, non-scratch surface.
Customers rave how functional this dish is… Its heat retention bakes evenly, giving each plate an enhanced texture and flavor.
Between that and the lovely French design, it’s perfect for one-dish baking and serving. Food stays hot; guests stay impressed!
Measures 9” x 9” x 3” deep. Safe from -65 to 500℉.
- A nearly non-stick interior, thanks to the slick, non-porous glaze. One reviewer stated, “So far, I haven’t had anything stick in any of my LeCreuset bakeware.”
- Tight-fitting stoneware lid. Traps in heat & moisture for mouthwatering tender stews, moist cakes, & fluffy bread.
- No-risk lifetime warranty.
Drawbacks: The walls of this casserole are very thick, giving you a bit less interior space than I thought. Also, don’t drop this dish!
Emile Henry HR Modern Classics Rectangular Baker
Emile Henry crafts this baker from lead-free Burgundy clay. Interestingly, from the same mineral-rich grounds used for their famous wines.
It’s deeper than competitors’ – great for thick casseroles, heavily-layered lasagna, and huge roasts… Without spills!
One customer explained, “It’s deeper than other 9×13 pans, so I can bake mac and cheese without worrying about my sauce spilling everywhere.”
Plus, food cooks so evenly, it’s unmatched compared to steel baking pans.
Measures 13” x 9” x 2.95” deep, holds 4.8 quarts and withstands -4 to 515℉.
- High-Resistance, mineral-rich clay: One of the best non-toxic roasting pan materials. It has the durability to last & the glaze won’t crackle in the center.
- One dish baking, serving, & storing: Keeps food hot, superb for oven-to-table serving. The generous depth helps prevent spills during car rides too.
- Ultra-smooth, virtually non-stick surface for less scrubbing & more Netflix. One customer says, “Cheese, sauce, chicken, fruit, after a soak, everything wipes right off!”
- Sturdy handles for easier lifting & serving.
- Protected by a decade-long warranty.
Drawbacks: The handles can make the pan more challenging to seal with aluminum foil. But I’ve found heavy-duty foil works better in this case.
Also, keep in mind that this pan has some heft and can break if dropped. So always use caution when handling.
Prefer buying elsewhere? You can grab this baker from Sur La Table’s website here (and pay over four interest-free payments!).
Pampered Chef Stoneware Loaf Pan
Pampered Chef forms this non-toxic loaf pan from all-natural, lead-free clay.
But unlike most competitors, it’s entirely unglazed… This provides several unique benefits—
The semi-porous nature promotes better air and moisture circulation. So, bread bakes evenly and takes on a crispy, fluffy exterior. Yet, the inside remains perfectly moist.
Even better, the pan develops a natural non-stick seasoning layer.
So bread slips right out – without non-stick chemicals!
Measures 9” x 5” with a 6-cup capacity. Oven-safe to 550℉.
- Chemical-free seasoning builds over time rather than degrades. “Purchased for my Mom and she said they practically clean themselves after baking her bread,” one reviewer described.
- Even-heating & excellent air circulation. Enjoy crispy crusts, moist interiors, & no burnt bottoms!
- Tip: Hand-wash only. The dishwasher will ruin the seasoning layer.
- 3-year warranty.
Drawbacks: You can’t use dish soap or the dishwasher with unglazed clay (same care as cast iron). If you’re not used to this type of treatment, you may find it annoying.
Of course, don’t just take my word for it; check the reviews!
Sold out? This stoneware loaf pan is also available on Etsy, among others from the brand.
UPDATE: During ongoing research, I discovered this epic non-toxic stoneware baking sheet.
With thick, unglazed stone, and its unique “Heat Spiral,” anyone can churn out brick oven-style pizza and bread – right at home!
Caring for Ceramic
- Thoroughly clean after use – Don’t let food bits sit on the ceramic for long periods.
- Let cool before submerging in water to prevent breakage & prolong the ceramic.
- Use baking soda or vinegar to remove any stains.
- Do not place frozen leftovers in a preheated oven to reheat. Instead, place the stoneware pan in a cold oven & set the temperature. Allow both to heat together.
4. Silicone Non-Toxic Bakeware
Pros of Silicone Bakeware
- Versatile, non-toxic material: Silicone bakeware is inert under extreme temperatures & safe for human health.
- Microwave, oven, dishwasher, fridge, & freezer-safe.
- Stain, odor, & corrosion-resistant: Silicone stays looking new for years.
- Durable & inexpensive: Pays for itself several times over.
- Naturally non-stick without cooking oils, meaning fewer calories & a flatter tummy.
- Soft, flexible, & child-friendly: Won’t damage your countertops or floor if dropped.
- Easy to fold up & store in tight places due to its flexibility.
- Cools down within seconds, which helps avoid accidental burns… Helpful if you have small children running around.
- Bakes evenly & prevents burning food (low thermal resistance).
Cons of Silicone Bakeware
- It needs a firm surface underneath (like a baking pan) to avoid flipping food on the floor.
- Can’t use silicone over an open flame.
- Sometimes contains plastic fillers in low-quality silicone.
- Sharp instruments will slice silicone.
- Can underbake goods, so you might need to increase baking times by a minute or two.
Silicone Non-Toxic Muffin Pan Set (2-Piece)
Customers are going nuts over how convenient these pans are:
Despite using zero oil or cupcake liners – muffins, egg pucks, and whatever else you make, slip right out!
Yet, these pans don’t just make the easiest cupcakes…
They make the safest, too!
Unlike most competitors, CakeTime uses only pure, LFGB-certified food-grade silicone. It’s also pinch test-approved, meaning it’s entirely pure.
These pans withstand -104℉, up to 446℉.
- Effortless cleaning: Dishwasher-safe, yet residue rinses off without scrubbing. “Egg muffins slide out of the pan like a dream,” one customer explains.
- No need for baking cup liners: Don’t you hate when you want to bake cupcakes & realize you’re out of cups? With these, you don’t need any.
- Included: One 12-cup silicone non-toxic muffin pan – measures 13” x 9.6” x 1.2″ deep (33 x 24.3 x 3cm). And one 24-cup mini-cupcake mold – measures 13.4” x 9.5” x 0.7″ deep (34 x 24 x 1.8cm).
- Comes with 12 bonus silicone baking cups! Use them on your existing metal pans & ditch the paper cups.
Drawbacks: These are too flexible to use by themselves. So, you’ll need to place them onto a baking sheet to prevent spills. Also, some customers complain that the cupcakes aren’t deep enough.
Overall, this is a must-have tool. Experiment with both baked and frozen treats, and enjoy quality family fun doing so!
Caring for Silicone
- If there’s an oily residue after cleaning, make sure to scrub with hot water & a degreasing soap (like Palmolive or Dawn).
- For the occasional stubborn baked-on bits, more heat can help. Put the silicone pan back in the oven at 350℉ for 10 minutes. Take it out, then soak it in hot water. The food bits should loosen.
5. Glass Non-Toxic Bakeware
Pros of Glass Bakeware
- Non-toxic glass bakeware doesn’t absorb or release odors, flavors, or stains. It’s perfect for acidic pasta dishes.
- Sanitary surface that never wears out (unlike coatings): As a result, you get max value from your dollar.
- See-through, so you can easily track cooking progress. You’ll know when your pie is ready, avoiding over/ undercooking.
- Great for food storage & serving: Use fewer containers & save cleanup time while limiting plastic exposure.
- Heats evenly, which means no trash bin-worthy half-baked meals.
- Easy to clean & dishwasher-safe.
- Freezer, refrigerator, oven, & microwave-safe. A few types are stovetop-safe.
Cons of Glass Bakeware
- Breakable & heats up slowly.
- Weak glass bakeware can shatter from sudden temperature changes.
- Not broiler-safe (unless it’s the third option).
- Some glass contains lead (tinted/ decorated glass & leaded crystal). So, avoid both with food use.
Pyrex Non-Toxic Baking Pan Set (2-Piece)
In 1915, Pyrex solved the issue of cheap, easily-breakable glass bakeware. And when you feel these non-toxic baking pans, you’ll see what I mean.
Customers (including myself) love the thick, sturdy feel that sets Pyrex apart. And with this set, you gain a powerfully versatile combo—
One 3 Qt baking dish (13” x 9” x 2”), and a smaller, 2 Qt dish (8” x 8” x 2”).
Both are made from thick, tempered soda-lime and oven-safe to 450℉.
- Versatile duo: Whip up casseroles, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, chicken, any dessert, & much more. It reduces the need for extra bakeware purchases.
- Easy-to-carry handles, so you don’t share tonight’s dinner with the floor.
- Safety features: While soda-lime tempered glass isn’t as shock-resistant as borosilicate, it often lacks sharp edges if it breaks… Good news if you have children or pets.
- Even heat distribution: Thanks to the extra-thick design, food bakes & browns more evenly than other glass options.
Drawbacks: Unfortunately, Pyrex stopped using borosilicate glass back in 1998. While more rugged than other brands, their tempered soda-lime glass isn’t as good.
But, there are tons of Pyrex available on Etsy, some of which are vintage (aka, borosilicate)!
Overall, you can’t go wrong with this set. I grew up with nearly identical Pyrex bakeware at my parent’s house – we used them for everything.
OXO Good Grips 9” Glass Pie Plate with Lid (Borosilicate)
Hate when your pie gets crushed in the fridge? How about when glass explodes in the oven?
With OXO’s thick, lead-free borosilicate glass pie dish, you can kiss all that goodbye.
Bake pies, quiches, crumbles, and more, at up to 475℉ – without concern of exploding glass.
Then, snap on the stackable, splash-proof lid (BP/ PVC-free) for storage or car travel… Without “pie-ing” yourself on bumpy roads!
The dish has a 9” diameter and 2” depth.
- Shock-resistant borosilicate glass: Go from the freezer, straight to the oven or microwave, without exploding like a hand grenade!
- Preserves crispy crust: Lid vents prevent moisture build-up & soggy pies… Maintains an oven-fresh texture days later for maximum pie-joyment!
- Reduces waste. The cover saves you plastic wrap, reducing your plastic exposure & waste.
- Deep-dish design with sturdy domed lid. Churn-out extra-thick pies & never worry about the cover smushing the top.
Good for the planet: OXO is a 1% For The Planet member. 1% of your purchase goes directly to environmental charity programs and non-profit initiatives.
Drawbacks: While the lid’s vent holes keep pies from getting soggy, some customers dislike them.
If you’re looking for a cover to keep air out, this isn’t it. You’ll need to plug the vent holes in that case.
Corningware Pyroceram Stove & Oven-safe Casserole Dish Set (2-Piece)
If you’ve ever had glass explode in the oven, it tends to make you wary about baking in it.
Yet, these dishes will put your anxiety to rest—
Corningware crafts this set from lead and toxin-free pyroceram, a unique glass-ceramic blend.
It’s nearly unbreakable, far surpassing borosilicate in shock resistance… It’s even stovetop/ broiler-safe and easily withstands 500℉+!
- Ultimate do-everything versatility: Bake in the oven, then serve straight on the table. Afterward, store leftovers (in the same dish) in the fridge or freezer. Another night, take out the cold dish & reheat in the oven, microwave, or stovetop – without exploding!
- Save clutter & cash: Use one dish for the job of many. Spend less on new bakeware & more on food to bake.
- High-durability: This piece makes a great family heirloom. In fact, many customers bought this set to replace a dish they’ve owned for decades.
- Beautiful & nostalgic of mom’s old Corningware pieces – a timeless classic with retro vibes.
- Included: One 2L dish (holds roughly 1.5 Qt of food) & a larger 3L (fits 2.5 Qt).
- 10-year warranty.
Drawbacks: Some complaints about items arriving chipped. Luckily there’s a warranty!
Caring for Glass
- Do not add liquid to bare hot glassware.
- Do not place hot glass on cold or wet surfaces. Instead, put the dish on a dry towel, cutting board, or cooling rack.
- Allow pans to cool before immersing in water.
6. Cast Iron Chemical-Free Bakeware (Porcelain enamel)
Pros of Enameled Cast Iron Bakeware
- Non-toxic cast iron with a baked-on glass coating – resists sticking & locks out moisture & rust.
- Lower maintenance than raw cast iron – no need for seasoning.
- The inert surface won’t leach iron or react with acidic foods (no metallic taste).
- Durability to last for decades, paying for itself over & over again.
- Do more with less: Broil, roast, braise, fry, bake, saute, or simmer on any stovetop (including induction) & in the oven – all with one piece.
- Safely bakes at high temperatures without fumes or damage.
- Retains heat better than most materials: Food temperature remains steady in the oven when heat fluctuates. So, food bakes more evenly. Plus, it keeps food hot when serving straight from the stove.
- Dishwasher-safe & able to use soap.
- Safe to use with metal utensils – *carefully (*more on that below.)
Cons of Enameled Cast Iron Bakeware
- Heavy & heats slowly.
- Not fully non-stick (needs a little oil).
- Enamel can crack or chip from drops or rapid temperature changes.
- Higher-priced than raw cast iron.
- Not microwave-safe.
Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Want the benefits of cast iron without all the maintenance? Get it with Lodge’s rugged, lead-free enameled cast iron!
And the best part, you don’t need to spend a fortune doing so…
Just listen to this customer:
“When I saw the Lodge at such a reasonable price, I thought, there must be something wrong with it. Wrong. Take it from a lifelong pro chef, you can’t do any better than this one for function, cleaning, and great tasting food.”
This dutch oven measures 13.5” x 11” x 4.7” – weighs 13.8lbs. Oven-safe to 500℉.
Big, but it always doubles as workout equipment!
- Hefty mass = Even heating & zero cold spots. Churn out evenly-baked artisan bread, stews & soups, braised beef, moist cakes, & much more – all with unmatched texture & flavor.
- Durable stainless steel knob. No worries about melted plastic or fragile glass knobs ripping off.
- Built-in side handles to easily maneuver the pot when serving, cooking, or cleaning.
- Lifetime warranty.
Drawbacks: Lodge manufactures its enamel pieces in China, not the USA (like raw cast iron cookware).
But, it makes no difference, as their strict production processes and standards are identical. Still, I thought you should know.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Braiser (2.25 Qt)
Le Creuset’s non-toxic/ lead-free enameled braiser pairs beautifully with compact kitchens.
It’s lighter weight than similar dutch ovens, so it’s easier to manage… Perfect for 2-3 people. Yet, without sacrificing results or versatility—
You still enjoy top-notch heat distribution and retention, so food bakes evenly.
Plus, with the inert enamel, there’s nothing you can’t cook!
Has a 10” diameter, inside depth of 2 ⅛”, and 10.4lbs weight. Oven-safe to 500℉.
- Versatile & easy to clean: “I’ve never had something that heats up so nicely and is easier to clean than any non-stick pan I’ve had before!” – one customer describes. Plus, dishwasher-safe.
- Durable stainless steel knob, so your handle doesn’t rip off, causing you to whack yourself in the chin.
- Dome-shaped lid promotes circulation of heat & moisture for tender, melt-in-your-mouth entrees.
- Great for entertaining. It keeps food hot for serving, while its captivating French design impresses your guests.
- Lifetime warranty.
Drawbacks: There’s no denying it; Le Creuset is expensive. But, most who invest in this brand are glad they did. The lifetime warranty helps makes up for it, too.
Caring for Enameled Cast Iron
- Do not “bang” on the enamel with metal utensils – it can chip.
- Always heat up slowly on the stovetop.
- Don’t expose to dramatic temperature changes… Especially near moisture.
- Do not heat an empty pot.
- Let cool before soaking in water.
- For stuck-on food: Boil water for a few minutes. Then, scrape off the bits with a wooden spatula or Scotch-Brite pad.
Safest Baking Sheet Liners (Bonus)
…& why you should use them:
Perhaps you’re using parchment paper as a safe baking pan liner? Or maybe aluminum foil?
Here’s something to consider:
While aluminum foil isn’t necessarily harmful to health (not unless your kidneys are impaired), it can alter your food’s flavor.
Not to mention it’s wasting resources.
On the flipside, parchment paper is safer than aluminum foil for those with kidney issues. And it protects flavor, making it a better choice.
…But, parchment paper is still wasteful. That begs the question—
What can I use instead of aluminum foil & parchment paper?
Hands down, the best aluminum foil alternatives to use are silicone baking sheets—
With these safe, healthy cookie sheet liners, you’ll cut waste, save money on disposables, and avoid excess aluminum intake.
Best Non-Toxic Baking Sheet Mats (Silicone, 2-Pack)
Silicone Kitchen crafts its mats from 100% pure, food-grade silicone— Unlike other brands that use fiberglass blends.
So, they’re entirely non-toxic, non-stick, and, best of all – reusable! No more messing with aluminum foil, parchment paper, or even grease.
Each mat measures 16” x 11.75.” And the cool thing is, you can cut them to any size to fit your baking pans!
Safe from -40 to 446℉.
- Save moola: Quit throwing money in the trash with disposable parchment paper & foil.
- Non-stick & fewer calories: There is no need for cooking oil; food slides right off your baking sheet without it.
- Prevents charring, so kiss burnt cookie bottoms goodbye.
- Smooth, multi-purpose surface: Not just for baking! Use them as countertop protectors for decorating cookies & non-slip dining mats for kids… Or, use them underneath your cutting board for grip, even to rest hot baking pans on!
- Easy to clean: Silicone baking sheets are dishwasher-safe & wipe clean easily.
- Includes a FREE reusable cotton mesh bag… Use it for anything & reduce plastic pollution!
Drawbacks: There are some complaints about lint sticking to the mats.
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about it. But, it’s not a real “problem” – more a visual annoyance than anything. Simply rinse before use.
Buying Tips to Choose the Best & Safest Bakeware for YOUR Demands
Overwhelmed with choices? Here are two quick questions to help you think through your decision:
- Think hard about the types of meals you bake most often. For example – if you’re doing lots of high-heat roasting, stay away from non-stick ceramic. Instead, grab something more resilient like enameled cast iron or pure stainless steel.
- How much time do you have available to cook and clean? Non-stick ceramic bakeware wipes clean fast, but it’s not dishwasher-safe. Yet, stainless and enameled iron don’t always clean easily, but they are dishwasher-safe. Unglazed stoneware and raw cast iron demand the most care.
Once you have a better idea of your material, here’s what I suggest—
Don’t think you must grab a complete non-toxic bakeware set upfront.
Instead, consider grabbing one or two items in one or two materials that suit your habits. Use the earlier Pros and Cons to judge.
Use them, test them, see which material you like best.
Then, build out the rest of your collection with your favorite!
Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end… This concludes our non-toxic bakeware guide!
You saw what to avoid, including those misleading PFOA-free non-toxic cookie sheets.
Then, we explored the safest bakeware materials.
And finally, you found the “true” best non-toxic baking sheets and other bakeware picks.
Now it’s your turn. What will you pick first?!
P.S. Non-toxic bakeware, check. Next up, explore our post on the nine best non-toxic cookware options to finish detoxifying your kitchen!
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