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Is My Cookware Toxic?

I agree. I will be replacing the pots. I often boil salty pasta water in this particular pot which sometimes splashes out and runs down the side when it's too full. This probably contributed to the delamination.

Mar 13, 2012
suavehouse113 in Cookware

Is My Cookware Toxic?

Aluminium salt corrosion seems to be a possible explanation. Thank you all for your replies.

Mar 13, 2012
suavehouse113 in Cookware

Is My Cookware Toxic?

The substance is coming from the outside of the pot. I rubbed some between my fingers and it is powdery and gritty. It would never have ended up in my soup if I hadn't held the smaller pot upside down over the larger pot to pour in some more liquid. That's when the stuff started falling out, it seems.

I've just found one pot whose bottom inscription is legible and it says "18/10 stainless steel." Does that mean the substance is likely to be chromium or nickel?

Mar 13, 2012
suavehouse113 in Cookware

Is My Cookware Toxic?

Sorry, I assume stainless steel.
The pot was perfectly clean. The problem is that there is an outer layer of metal bonded to the bottom of the pot (there is nothing wrong inside the pot) and it is loosening on one side. There is a gap and I can see that it seems to be filled with a flaky, greyish substance. If I shake the pot upside down, more comes out. So, I guess the question is, what do manufacturers use to fill the bottom layer of stainless steel pots?

Mar 13, 2012
suavehouse113 in Cookware

Is My Cookware Toxic?

Today, I was making a pot of soup using some cheap steel pots that came with my rental apartment. I have no idea what brand they are but each has a lining on the outer bottom of the pot. After I poured some of the soup from a smaller pot into the larger one, I noticed a light powder on the surface of my soup. I first thought it was stray coriander but when I began to wash my smaller pot, I noticed that its bottom layer was loosening and a gritty, flaky substance was coming out of the crack. Does anyone know what this substance is? I skimmed the surface of the soup with a spoon to try and remove the debris but should I throw it away instead?

Mar 13, 2012
suavehouse113 in Cookware