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So you’ve been stuck at home and baking up a storm with that newly active sourdough starter, or maybe you’ve been perfecting your pie dough technique. The joy of baking has been known to comfort us in times of uncertainty – and there’s definitely nothing better than the smell of cinnamon rolls on a Saturday morning.

But in between scoring that last bag of organic flour or some luscious local strawberries, have you considered another important ingredient: the pan you are actually baking in? You may have already swapped out your old, scratched and chipped cookware with the help of our  Non-Toxic Cookware Guide, now it's time to rethink your bakeware.

Many baking pans in our kitchen are inherited from friends or family or purchased years ago. And some might actually have toxic materials coating their surfaces.

Baking technology does change, and safer, more effective vessels should replace those old, chipped, or scratched non-stick surfaces you may not have replaced since your wedding registry. Luckily for us modern bakers, there are several options available that are non-toxic, easy to use, and will give your cookies that perfect golden glow. 

Here’s our recs for perfect at-home baking.

 1. Safe Nonstick Bakeware

Duh, Teflon (a.k.a. PTFE) is bad. But so is sticking – especially when it comes to that batch of extra-dark, double-chocolate brownies you just pulled out of the oven. What to do? If you’ve been daydreaming about comforting treats that easily pop from the pan to your mouth, ditch that old PTFE-coated metal cookware and go with ceramic-or silicone. Both are safe and devoid of synthetic PFAS like PFOA or GenX. Ceramic coatings are stain-resistant, safe for metal utensils, and most importantly, nonstick. Invest in one or two essential pans or an entire set that will satisfy all your baking dreams. 

5-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set by Le Creuset

silicone nonstick metal bakeware

These carbon steel heavy-guage baking pans are coated in PFOA-free silicone coating and feature superior durability, heat conduction and food release.

This item is out of stock as of 11/22!

All-Clad Nonstick Pro Release Bakeware 3-Piece Set

All-Clad Ceramic Nonstick Pro Release Bakeware 3-Piece Set

All-Clad's professional-quality bakeware is made from heavy-guage aluminun and features a ceramic nonstick coating that is PFOA-free.

USA Pan Nonstick 6-Piece Cookie Baking Set

This set sports a corrugated surface which helps with air circulation for even baking and quick release. It's also coated with a silicone nonstick surface that is PTFE, PFOA and BPA free.

This set sports a corrugated surface which helps with air circulation for even baking and quick release. It's also coated with a silicone nonstick surface that is PTFE, PFOA and BPA free.

This item is out of stock as of 11/22! 

2. Pure Ceramic Bakeware

PTFE-coated metal cookware is produced using a class of chemicals called PFAS, which have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems (yikes!). Instead, look to Xtrema® Cookware, which makes 100 percent ceramic materials ideal for your baking needs. 

If bread baking is your fancy, up your game with a gorgeous presentation. The beautiful Emile Henry Bread Cloche or Italian Bread Baker ensure bread retains the ideal amount of humidity while baking (read: soft, fluffy bread, crispy crust, and minimal sticking). Eat with your eyes, then dig in. Don’t forget the butter!

Xtrema 10” Dutch Oven

Xtrema Pure Ceramic Dutch Oven 10 qt

If you need a one-pot-wonder in your life, what are you waiting for? Dutch ovens, like this versatile 10” piece by Xtrema is perfect for baking main entrees as well as breads and cakes. 

This item is out of stock as of 11/22!

Emile Henry Burgundy Italian Bread Loaf Baker

Emile Henry Bread Loaf Baker

Emile Henry products are made from high fired natural clay in France and are sturdy, can go from freezer to oven, and won't fade in color.

Emile Henry Bread Cloche

Emile Henry Bread Cloche

If bread baking is your fancy, up your game with a gorgeous presentation. This ceramic baker ensures the bread retains the ideal amount of humidity while baking (read: soft, fluffy bread, crispy crust, and minimal sticking). Eat with your eyes, then dig in. Don’t forget the butter.

3. Stainless Steel Bakeware

A favorite among professional cooks, stainless steel is a workhorse on the pastry line, too. Stainless steel heats evenly, promoting uniform browning, and it won’t rust. Large sheet trays can roast a week’s worth of veggies or deliver a perfect batch of your grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. 

All-Clad is known for its heavy-duty construction and durability. The 4-Piece Essential Bakeware set will last you forever and includes one piece of bakeware many at-home bakers hardly think twice about: the cooling rack. Give your cookies a soft place to land – first in the oven with an All-Clad baking sheet, then on the perfect, easy release cooling rack for the ultimate oven-to-mouth experience. 

All-Clad d3 Stainless-Steel 4-Piece Essential Bakeware Set

All-Clad d3 Stainless-Steel 4-Piece Essential Bakeware Set

All-Clad is known for its heavy-duty construction and durability. The 4-Piece Essential Bakeware set will last you forever and includes one piece of bakeware many at-home bakers hardly think twice about - the cooling rack.

All-Clad d3 Stainless-Steel Rectangular Ovenware

All-Clad d3 Stainless-Steel Rectangular Ovenware

This versatile piece can take on cake,brownies, and roasted vegetables. Clean up is also a breeze as this series is dishwasher safe.

All-Clad Stainless Steel Rectangular Lasagna Pan with Lid

allclad d3 stainless steel lasagna pan

You'll appreciate the easy to grip handles and handy lid for transporting your dish when you are on potluck duty. Or perhaps you just enjoy a good lasgna from time to time and need something that stores well in the fridge. 

4. Glass

If you're the type that likes to see what’s going on inside that pie pan, you might like glass bakeware. Brands like Pyrex are a home baker classic, but why not add some vintage flair without all those hours combing through thrift stores? This designed-in-Paris glass pie dish can go from freezer to oven (yes, you can assemble and freeze your whole pie ahead of time). Pop this bad boy in, and watch the exterior brown to golden perfection (that is, if you’ve already watched everything good on Netflix!) Easy to clean, naturally non-stick, and free of toxic chemicals, it’s also pretty charmant

Pyrex Deeper 4 Piece Bakeware Set

Pyrex Deeper 4 Piece Bake Set

This one's for your family lasagna recipe. Or perhaps a recipe from cake week on the Great British Baking Show is more your jam. The Pyrex Deeper 4 Piece Bakeware Set is made from tempered glass, which can go directly into a preheated oven, and it heats evenly for consistent results. And yeah, glass isn't Teflon, so of course it's PFOA-free!

OXO Good Grips 8 Piece Freezer-to-Oven Safe Glass

OXO Good Grips 8 Piece Freezer-to-Oven Safe Glass

OXO makes freezer-to-Oven safe bakeware as these versatile glass containers are made from borosilicate glass to withstand extreme temperature changes without the risk of cracking or shattering. This BPA free set has everything you need to bake in the oven.

Pyrex Easy Grab Glass 9.5 Inch Pie Plate (2-Pack)

Pyrex 9.5 inch Pie Plate

Back in stock 11/25/2020! These durable high-quality tempered glass pie dishes are dishwasher, freezer, microwave and preheated oven safe. 

5. Cast Iron 

Heavy and durable, cast iron creates a crunchy crust and a rustic look. Skillets make lovely pies, loaves of bread, and one-pot dinners. Add an enamel coating, and you have the added benefits of avoiding “seasoning” and an additional protection against sticking (if you use a little olive oil). And who doesn’t love picking out their favorite color? These dutch ovens from Staub are attractive enough to leave on your stovetop as a homey decorative touch when not in use. 

Staub Cast Iron 2.75-QT Round Cocotte

Staub Cast-Iron Round Cocotte

Black Friday Sale - Typically $429.99, get this classic enameled cast iron beauty for $99.99 until November 25, 2020.

Le Creuset Signature Oval Casserole

Le Creuset Signature Oval Casserole

This stunning enameled cast iron piece is ideal for casserole dishes in the oven. But don't stop just at lasagna for dinner. Elevate the presentation of your cobbler, bread pudding and upside down cakes in this vibrant piece.

Here’s the triple bottom line: whatever you fancy on baking up next, this clean bakeware guide will help you stock your kitchen with quality gear that is good for the planet and your health. And if you're curious which safe and healthy brands we like for your stove top, read our Non-Toxic Cookware Guide and see how the rest of your pots and pans measure up.

*Affiliate disclosure: Our team researched far and wide to find safe and clean bakeware options you’ll love using for all kinds of sweets and treats. If you make a purchase after clicking our links, Organic Authority may earn a commission, which goes a long way to support the good work our team does (as well as our Valrhona Chocolate habit.) 

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