Carbon Steel vs. Cast Iron frying pans/skillets

What is carbon steel?  It is essentially the same thing as cast iron, except perhaps not as brittle as cast iron, and unarguably MUCH thinner and lighter than cast iron!  I'm not a raw materials or metal expert, and I don't know everything that goes into carbon steel pans, but on one website I read "Steels … Continue reading Carbon Steel vs. Cast Iron frying pans/skillets

Heat Your Home with 1/10 of the Wood Used in Conventional Wood Burning Stove

There is an incredible opportunity to heat your home without using any fossil fuels.  The answer lies in "Rocket Technology" and "Thermal Mass / Heat Retention/Release"!!! As those of you know who have used conventional wood burning stoves, a few to several cords of wood are burned each winter, depending on the size of the … Continue reading Heat Your Home with 1/10 of the Wood Used in Conventional Wood Burning Stove

Recommendations for Safe, Healthy, Non-Toxic Kitchen Equipment, Cookware, etc

This page lists many of my recommendations for the kitchen from cookware to dish cloths, but to learn more about why I chose the cookware below, read this post about stainless steel, cast iron, carbon steel, and more.  I share details, pros and cons of the safest and least toxic cookware materials available. As Tamara … Continue reading Recommendations for Safe, Healthy, Non-Toxic Kitchen Equipment, Cookware, etc

Drinking Water, Contaminants & Testing

We need air and water to continue living, - heck, we are 80% vibrating fluid!  I wish we lived in an Eden where we could drink from the water-cress filled brook, bubbling up from a natural spring in an un-polluted Earth!  With the current state of the environment, I think we have to filter the … Continue reading Drinking Water, Contaminants & Testing

Safe, Healthy/Least Toxic, Beautiful Cookware Options

The safest cookware always seems to be the heaviest...ceramic/glazed enamel covered pans, and cast iron; however, carbon steel is a really good lighter weight alternative to cast iron.  Some cast iron 12" pans weigh 6 to 8 pounds, whereas their carbon steel counterpart might weigh 5 - 5.5 pounds! Dealing with pain and chronic fatigue, … Continue reading Safe, Healthy/Least Toxic, Beautiful Cookware Options

Navigating Life in a World in Love with Aluminum

Did you know that aluminum is an ingredient in rocket fuel?   Did you know it is added to deodorant, cosmetics, and sunscreen?  ...that is it sometimes used to make food cans or used to coat the inside of steel (tin) food cans?  Did you know virtually every cast iron or carbon steel pan company uses aluminum to sand … Continue reading Navigating Life in a World in Love with Aluminum