Much to my chagrin, I recently heard vintage Pyrex has lead in its decorations and even the red ink on the measuring cups. I immediately researched because I love my vintage Pyrex cookware as most people I know do. And as it turns out, most studies I found showed harmful levels of lead present. The highest concentration of lead is usually found in the paint on the outside of the bowls. For more information from someone who tests her dishes with a lead detection kit, click here.
I love all things vintage, but there’s something extra special about serving meals in dishes my grandmother or great aunts would have used. I’ve spent a lot of time locating and purchasing good deals on my Pyrex. After first hearing this, I thought for a long while about whether or not I could ignore that and continue using my beautiful dishes in blissful ignorance.
Reluctantly, I decided I cannot ignore that. We might only be exposed to small amounts of lead that rubs off, but small amounts of lead over time can cause some serious health issues. And that lead can get on other dishes in your dishwasher. Ugh. With my history of illness, I cannot afford to take the risk. I just can’t unhear it, you know?
What are your thoughts on using your vintage Pyrex for more than decoration?