I am considering buying a Hamilton Beach.
From their website: (I bolded)
two old informative threads...
anyone find a truly lead-free slow cooker??
has anyone bought this one? it's made of clay:
It's not just crock pots, it could be coffee mugs and anything with an enamel coating. Supposedly if it is a quality enamal applied properly the amount of lead it leaches is fairly small. But yes ideally it would be nice to avoid it entirely! There's an excellent article about how it is tested and such called Lead Glazes for Ceramic Foodware by Richard L. Lehman of Rutgers University from 2008.
I did... after searching around a lot, it seemed impossible to find a large lead-free cooker! I ended up contacting this company and they said it was 100% zisha clay and contained no lead. So, I just went for it (dh can't live without a slow-cooker...) It works well, and I just hope it's a safe as they say! :)
ARRRGGGHHHHHH I hate that we have to worry about EVERYTHING out there, why cant it all just be safe?? Anyway, hope my crock (brand name Crock Pot) doesnt contain much lead... We use it fairly often and I cant afford a new one. Reviews on the clay one mentioned above say that it cooks really fast, cracks really easily and you cant store liquid in it for very long so thats not an option for us anyway.