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The Health Benefits of Cooking with Carbon Steel Cookware

When it comes to selecting the best cookware for your kitchen, health benefits are a top priority for many home cooks and professional chefs alike. Among the myriad of options available, carbon steel cookware stands out not just for its durability and versatility but also for its numerous health benefits. Today we’ll explore why cooking with carbon steel is an excellent choice for your health, from its non-toxic properties to its ability to enhance the nutritional value of your meals.

What is Carbon Steel Cookware?

Before diving into the health benefits, it's important to understand what carbon steel cookware is. Carbon steel is an alloy composed mainly of iron and carbon, making it similar to cast iron but with a few distinct differences.  Cast iron has a high carbon content of 2-4% which adds strength, but also causes it to be brittle.  The carbon steel used in Blanc Creatives cookware has a carbon content of around 0.1% which allows us to shape the steel as needed and also helps with the durability and longevity of our products. Carbon steel cookware is typically lighter and smoother than cast iron, and it heats up and cools down more quickly.

Non-Toxic and Chemical-Free Cooking

A Safer Alternative to Non-Stick Cookware

One of the primary health benefits of carbon steel cookware is that it is non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals. Many non-stick pans are coated with PFAS (AKA Forever Chemicals), which can release toxic fumes when overheated and can wear off into you food. These fumes and particles are harmful to both humans and pets, and the long-term effects of exposure are still being studied. In contrast, carbon steel cookware does not require any synthetic coatings, making it a safer choice for your kitchen.

Avoiding Harmful Heavy Metals

Another concern with some types of cookware, such as certain aluminum pans, is the potential for leaching heavy metals into your food. Heavy metals can accumulate in the body over time contributing to various health issues. Carbon steel, made primarily of iron and carbon, minimizes this risk, ensuring that your food remains uncontaminated and safe to eat

Enhancing Nutritional Value

Iron Enrichment

One of the unique benefits of cooking with carbon steel is its ability to enhance the nutritional content of your meals. Iron is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in transporting oxygen in the blood and supporting overall energy levels. When you cook with carbon steel, small amounts of iron may naturally leach into your food. This can be a significant benefit for individuals who may have iron deficiencies or are looking to boost their iron intake naturally.  The WHO has recognized iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) as the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, with 30% of the population being affected with this condition.


Promoting Healthy Cooking Techniques

Versatility and Variety

The versatility of carbon steel cookware encourages the use of a variety of healthy cooking techniques. From the stove top to the oven, camp fire or pizza oven, carbon steel can handle it all. This versatility allows you to experiment with different recipes and cooking methods helping to expand your culinary journey.

Non-Stick Seasoning

Properly seasoned carbon steel cookware has a natural non-stick surface that eliminates the need for synthetic coatings and reduces the amount of oil required for cooking. Seasoning involves applying a thin layer of oil to the pan heating it past its smoke point and allowing it to polymerize. This natural non-stick surface improves with use, unlike synthetic non-stick coatings that degrade over time.

Durability and Longevity

Investment in Health

Investing in high-quality cookware is an investment in your health. Blanc Creatives carbon steel cookware is known for its durability and longevity, designed to last a lifetime with proper care. Say good-bye to degrading cookware and make a one-time investment in carbon steel.  This change will save you from the need to frequently replace cheaper, less durable cookware that can affect your health over time.

Environmental Impact

Your overall health is directly related to the health of your environment. Heirloom quality cookware means less waste, fewer resources used in the manufacturing process, and a reduced overall environmental footprint. A healthier planet contributes to healthier living conditions and an overall sense of well-being.

Practical Tips for Cooking with Carbon Steel

Seasoning Your Pan

Seasoning your carbon steel cookware is essential for maintaining its non-stick properties and longevity. Here are some simple steps to season your pan:

  1. Clean the Pan: Wash the pan with warm, soapy water to remove any residue.
  2. Dry Completely: By warming on stovetop or oven.
  3. Apply Oil: Apply a THIN layer of oil (such as flaxseed, avocado or grapeseed) over the entire surface of the pan. LINK to seasoning demonstration.
  4. Heat: Place the pan on a stovetop burner or in the oven and heat until the oil polymerizes and the pan develops a dark, non-stick coating.


Maintaining Your Pan

Simple maintenance of your carbon steel cookware will ensure it continues to provide health benefits and remains a reliable kitchen tool. Here are some maintenance tips:

  • Cleaning: Always wash by hand with gentle dish soap. NEVER in the dishwasher.
  • Drying: Always dry the pan thoroughly after washing to prevent rust by placing on stovetop burner or placing in warm oven.
  • Re-Seasoning: Periodically (if needed) re-season your pan to maintain its non-stick surface.
  • Storage: Store in a dry place to avoid moisture build-up. If storing for extended periods apply a few drops of oil and throughly wipe to coat the pan.


Cooking Techniques

To get the most out of your carbon steel cookware and its health benefits, consider the following cooking techniques:

  • High-Heat Cooking: Utilize the pan’s ability to handle high temperatures for searing and stir-frying, which can reduce the need for excess oils.
  • Even Heating: Take advantage of the even heat distribution to cook foods quickly and retain nutrients.
  • Variety of Ingredients: Experiment with a variety of healthy ingredients, including lean proteins, vegetables, and whole grains.  Remember to avoid cooking acidic foods in carbon steel as it can affect the seasoning surface.



Cooking with carbon steel cookware offers numerous health benefits that make it a superior choice for both home cooks and professional chefs. From its non-toxic and chemical-free properties to its ability to enhance the nutritional value of your meals, carbon steel cookware is a safe, efficient, and versatile option for your kitchen. By investing in heirloom-quality carbon steel cookware and following proper seasoning and maintenance practices, you can enjoy healthier, more delicious meals for generations.

Choosing the right cookware is not just about culinary performance but also about making informed decisions for your health and well-being. With carbon steel, you are not only investing in durable, high-performing kitchen tools but also in a healthier lifestyle. So, why not make the switch to carbon steel cookware and experience the difference it can make in your cooking and your health?

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