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post #21 of 48
Originally Posted by MidnightCafe
I'm actually now no longer sure that you can find stoneware with a lead-free glaze, either.
What?! I just bought a Emile Henry Auberge Pie Dish!
But I am so glad to give the Crockpot the heave-ho. I hate that old dust collector!
post #22 of 48
MamaBlue, I'd just call the company if I were you. I actually just meant crockpot stoneware, not all stoneware. But it does make me wonder about the glazes on other stoneware, too. If you call the company, let me know what you find out, ok? I'd be interested in what the scoop is with other stoneware products.
post #23 of 48
I called westbend and they said it was lead-free. AND did you know some of the crockpots have a nonstick coating. rival is big on that, so that's the reason I ended up with westbend.
post #24 of 48
thanks for this thread and info. I am always looking for hidden lead risks, as my dd has high lead and we still dont know why (we corrected the minor problem areas we knew about and she is still high-even with a higher iron and diary intake) I do cook quite a bit in the crock pot. and mine is a rival (its beautiful, though..the stainless outer and glass top, I hate to part with it)

all of our dishes, accessories, pitchers, bakeware, etc is stoneware (but its fiesta ware, which I thought they made a HUGE deal out of it all being lead free now)

post #25 of 48
Originally Posted by MidnightCafe
My FIL called Rival this morning because he has a Rival brand crockpot & so do we. He was very concerned when I told him that I'd heard that crockpot glazes could contain some lead, and he immediately picked up the phone & called Rival (their phone # is on the crockpot somewhere).

Rival verified that their glazes DO contain lead (in an amount well under the limit set by the FDA), and that they do NOT make any crockpots with a lead-free glaze.
ok, I just called Rival and asked and I was told that they do NOT have lead. Now where do we go from here?
post #26 of 48
I understand your concern about the lead, and I would contact the companies about each individual crock because if you are using something that is really old or from another country, you may be at more risk than someone buying something from a fairly mainstream, current source.
Just so you know, stoneware is heated too hot in a kiln to contain lead in the glaze. Stoneware glazes tend to be real earthy tones, such as browns, blacks, celadons, tomato reds, ochre yellows and some blues.
On the other hand, if the peice is EARTHENWARE with bright vibrant colors (sometimes painted in designs or as underglaze), then there could be cause for concern. Earthen ware is fired at lower temperatures and uses lead as the flux to melt the glaze on the surface. There are earthenware glazes though that do not contain lead and are food safe.

I have not seen pieces that contain lead for commerical sales for food in the US. I think you are safe shopping at Target, Walmart, and the whole lot. I would however restate, if you think it might be a concern with your particular item to call the manufacturer and if that does not clear it up, get a testing kit.
post #27 of 48
Originally Posted by MidnightCafe
Rival verified that their glazes DO contain lead (in an amount well under the limit set by the FDA), and that they do NOT make any crockpots with a lead-free glaze.

I'm never going to get rid of ALL the heavy metals and toxins am I?
post #28 of 48
Bumping this up from 2004.....so what's the verdict? Has anyone figured out whether or not Rival uses lead?

I am SOOOO exhausted in my search for the perfect slow cooker that has a well fitting, heavy lid, doesn't get too hot & doesn't have lead. :

The only crock pot I've seen on Amazon that actually got good reviews was the Farberware FSSC500 5 Qt Slow Cooker. One of the customers posted the actual temps.
post #29 of 48
From what I've heard, Hamilton Beach and West Bend and GE are all certified lead free. The fact that Rival does not have this answered in their FAQ's section makes me suspicious.

I Freecycled 2 very nice Rival crockpots b/c of this issue.

I researched heavily, and asked for a Hamilton Beach Stay and go cooker for Xmas - I haven't used it yet, but it looks very nice. Warm, Low, and High settings, and clamps to keep the lid on if you're taking things somewhere. My mom got it at JcPenney's. Hope this helps,
post #30 of 48
Thanks Erin (from a fellow Erin! ) I wonder if the lid is tight? I currently have 2 models jotted down, the Farberware that I mentioned above & the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 33163 6Qt - sounds like the one you have.
post #31 of 48
I emailed Rival, here is my question followed by their roundabout response:
Originally Posted by me
Do your crock pot inserts contain lead or cadmium?
Originally Posted by crockpot.com
I have just received your email and would like to thank you for writing. the liner is made of ceramic and The glaze is made of silica flour, clay, feldspar, something called “frit”, and a few minerals. These are ground up mixed, in specific quantities, with water. The resulting slurry is sprayed onto the pot (or the pot is dipped in it) and it is fired in the kiln at or around 1200-1600 degrees. It all melts together on the outside of the pot and basically turns into a type of glass. The FDA specifies allowable amounts of lead, cadmium and other substances. All of the glazes that we use meet or exceed FDA requirements.
post #32 of 48
That's a good response - I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure if you do enough research - EVERY kind of cooking medium would be considered dangerous.

I think there's a limit you can get to without going overboard. I've heard people in these forums squawk about carcinogens from anything and everything. Cooking food causes carcinogens, raw food -- bacteria and pesticides, blah blah blah.

You can't go crazy with this stuff. That's simply not healthy. Trying to create a Utopia in your home is simply unnattainable and overly stressful.
post #33 of 48
I took that answer as a reluctant "yes." Sounds like Rival is one of the only brands that has lead in their glaze, that's easy enough to avoid - just don't buy a Rival brand crock pot! Instead, get a Hamilton Beach, GE or West Bend.
post #34 of 48
Originally Posted by MidnightCafe View Post
Rival verified that their glazes DO contain lead (in an amount well under the limit set by the FDA), and that they do NOT make any crockpots with a lead-free glaze.
Oh ! Well, I don't really use it anyway. Donation time!
post #35 of 48
Originally Posted by Zamber View Post
Oh !
My exact thoughts when I just looked at my brand name. : : :
post #36 of 48
Here's a good link I found on somebody's lead concern and crockpot issue. The glazes used after 1970 have strict standards and are cadmium free. This is one of the main mineral substances that you have to worry about.

post #37 of 48
By the way, I do have a question on my crockpot.

I have a West Bend crockpot - have any of you done research on that? I've written the company today with the questions below, but I'd like to know from you guys too.

Also, the stoneware has a little bit if whitish/gray film on the inside surface that baking soda or vinegar isn't getting rid of. Is it lead, etching, or what? Is it safe to use?

I noticed on the Rival website that a crockpot should be oiled a little after dishwashing to restore the non-stick properties, which I have never done. If I oil the inside of my ceramic, can I use it again? Just wondering about the white film a little. It's not too horrible, but the ceramic is blue and and gray film just looks bad (and now you've all got me worrying about safety too : -- you know, you guys spoil things sometimes!!! ).
post #38 of 48
Okay - I oiled my crockpot and it looks good as new! Was that the only issue, or do I need to worry about anything else??

I'm making black eyed peas tonight as a New Year's good luck tradition.
post #39 of 48
has anyone got the kind w/o a removable insert? I'm just wondering how you'd wash it.
post #40 of 48
I usually wash mine in the sink with hot water, a sponge, and hand-dishwashing liquid, but if it's really crusty, or I'm being lazy, I throw it in the dishwasher. I now know to oil it after washing it though. Don't use anything more abrasive than baking soda or Bon Ami though, it'll scratch the glaze.
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