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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Kitchen Wisdom for Better Health


21 Tishrei, 5779

Today is HaShana Raba, and the anniversary of when I began to see in color years ago. I make a festive meal in the sukka to celebrate that miracle.

Tonight begins the fantastically festive Simkhat Torah holiday. It will close the Jewish New Year season on a high, happy note with robust singing, sweet prayers for the well being of the world at large and for the individuals seeking personal blessings from Above.

I want to share a message that I received earlier today, and my response to it. There is a multi-faceted reality to my recovery story. Many of the kitchen wisdom for better health strategies that I used have helped other people before and I after I used them:


Hi Yocheved,
I know that you have been through a lot with your health issues, and I believe you said that because of them you are careful with the materials you use regarding food. So I wanted to ask if you have a recommendation regarding what is best to use in terms of frying pans and pots and the like and preferably where to get them in Israel.

I don't want to use teflon coated products or similar materials but I've also seen articles complaining about some ceramic products as well as aluminum or copper makes... I feel a bit lost and stuck. It feels like you can't buy anything without there being a health issue. And I'd also like something that cooks food well and can be cleaned easily if possible.

So... I thought you may be able to point me in the right direction... Suggestions?


Cast iron (IKEA), lead-free porcelain 
and lead-free enamelware 
(quality shops such as L'Gaat B'Okhel. 
Try IKEA, too), Pyrex for fried and 
regular cooking (HaStock and Stock Max 
sell them affordably!). 

If you use  aluminum baking sheets, 
please line them with organic baking paper 
sold at Nitzat HaDuvdevan. 
Aluminum leaches into cooking foods 
and is a long-known culprit in promoting 

I find copper problematic but if you find some 
copper utensils bearing a legitimate 
certification of safety, use them. 

If you fry foods you'e automatically 
creating a chemical called acrylamide 
(please read

I HIGHLY recommend that you sprinkle turmeric 
into the food before it begins to cook. 
Turmeric is a known cancer preventer. 
You can try to strike a balance when preparing 
fried foods as a treat. I don't recommend eating 
fried foods more than once weekly, 
and minimizing that to maybe 5-6 times yearly.

I banned plastic from my kitchen. 
Storage containers are made of Pyrex, 
lead-free ceramic, or lead-free porcelain. 
Cutting boards are made of wood which I oil for 
long-lasting integrity. DO NOT bake in 
synthetic silicon bake ware. Your cakes 
will leave their oiled porcelain enamel pans 
just fine. Paper baking cups for muffins 
and cupcakes are wonderful, but make sure 
that you're using baking cups, 
not decorative paper cups 
which will be absorbed into the 
batter and hard to peel away later.

Please do me and yourself a favor: 
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All the best,

Yocheved Golani, Content provider and editor
Mental Health columnist

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