I've been considering purchasing a slow cooker and was looking at the VitaClay Slow cookers. They say they are made with Zisha clay and have no 'added' lead. It is MIC; I'd prefer to purchase a cooker made in USA.
But anyway, I just went with Hamilton beach. Unfortunately I came up with no other information. I just went with the one reported to have the least when the thread started. I figure if we use it a couple times a week, it is probably less damaging than other things I should probably be worrying about.
I am considering buying a Hamilton Beach.
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two old informative threads...
anyone find a truly lead-free slow cooker??
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! :)
Thank you for your email inquiry and for your support. I also regret for delay in reply to your email. Our insert meets the Canadian regulations for lead and cadmium.
I have looked on your website but have not found the answer to my question. Do your Cuisine Art Slow Cooker inserts have any lead or cadmium?
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.
I decided to quit worrying about it because I figure the constant stress isn't worth my health. Although I did end up being gifted a nonstick slow cooker that has remained in the cabinet since it was given to me. Somehow the possibility of a small amount of lead seems preferable to the chemicals in nonstick.
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I have a glass crock pot. I haven't used it all that much...need to get back into it. It was the only crock I could find with no lead! I got it a couple of years ago and am not sure if they are still made. Here's a link: