The Baking Soda test is an easy to do home-test to check the toxicity and leaching of metals and/or chemicals from any pot and pan. In this test baking soda, a simple kitchen ingredient is used to trigger leaching in cookware. Foods nutrients are in the form of bases, acids, steam, halogens etc, (the image below shows how different metals react to these different elements) So if the pots leach metals and chemicals in this test they most certainly do the same during cooking.
This test can be done in 3 simple steps, here’s how you would do it:
Boil 2-4 cups of water in any metal, ceramic, glazed, non-stick, enameled, and also in your MEC pure clay pot or pan. Add 1 tbsp of baking soda to the boiling water. Let the water boil with the baking soda for an additional 10 minutes.
As a control, stir 2 tsp of baking soda to 1 glass of water and keep it aside. Now turn stove off and wait for the water in the pot to cool down enough for you to safely take a sip. Taste the water (take a small sip). If your metal pots are leaching, the water will have a foul, metallic taste. With ceramic, enameled, glazed, non-stick pots the water will have a strong rubber or paint like taste.
Do the same in our MEC Pure-Clay pots. With each sample of water you taste from the pot, compare the taste with the water in the glass -your control. Only the water in MEC pots will taste the same as the water in the glass cup proving the inert, non-reactive nature of these pots.