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Holiday Cooking Edition: Cool Outrageous Stuff

Fox Run Muffin Pan

Holiday Cooking Season

Pure stainless steel, no binders, no toxins, no Teflon non-stick coating—the Fox Run muffin pan is made to be exactly that and nothing more. Traditional muffin pans require glue and layers, with an intricate manufacturing process that allows for a cheaper build and a lower bottom line, but threatens your food in the process with toxins that can leach into it. Each of the pan’s 12 cups hold a ½ cup of batter. The pan retails for $29.99 on www.MightyNest.com. 

Himalayan Salt Blocks

Holiday Cooking Season

Himalayan salt has many uses. Durable enough to cook on with extra-thick 2-inch slabs, they are also perfect for serving on, as well as seasoning your food. The mineral content in the salt gives it a more natural and abundant flavor than table salt, and the amount of saltiness it imparts varies with the type of food. The slabs are also naturally antibiotic and need little more upkeep than wiping with a damp sponge. The blocks retail for anywhere between $25 and $109, depending on size and function. Find them at www.Vivaterra.com.

Ceramic Dinnerware

HF Coors has been producing 100% Made in the U.S.A. dinnerware since 1925. Available to those in the restaurant industry and the public, HF Coors, which is located in Tucson, produces extremely durable ceramic dinnerware that is highly chip-resistant, as well as microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, oven-safe, broiler-safe and lead-free. They are so durable, in fact, that they are advertised as not having a tolerable temperature limit, partially because of the completely vitrified (non-porous) surface. The items are also lead-free and cadmium-free, and pass and surpass California Prop 65 and FDA standards. HF Coors produces patterned sets, as well as dinnerware and specialty items. Prices vary. Visit www.HFCoors.com.

Bambu Aprons

Holiday Cooking Season

Bambu takes extra steps to ensure a more environmentally responsible manufacturing process when creating its aprons, which are made from sustainably sourced organic hemp and denim. These steps include pesticide-free hemp and organic cotton, making the apron naturally mildew-resistant, anti-microbial and low-iron. Hemp by nature improves with age and use, aside from also being incredibly renewable. The aprons retail for $31 at www.BambuHome.com. 

Taco Seasoning

Holiday Cooking Season

While cooking with new gadgets gets exciting, there is one more handy tool that nearly all of us keep in our spice cabinet—premade seasonings! At The Hoppy Goat Farm, a local farm in Arizona, they sell a variety of seasonings, but the most heartfelt and versatile has to behri Dad’s Seasoning. Made from an actual recipe passed down from their father, these jars are filled with various herbs and spices concocting the secret family recipe that is delicious rubbed on any type of protein. $10 a bottle at TheHoppyGoatFarm.com.

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