What was the Inspiration for the CUCHINA SAFE LID™?

Susan and Bella

When Susan Castriota was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, her daughter suggested that maybe it was time to stop using plastics in the microwave. Many studies have been conducted by experts in the areas of nutrition, metabolism and cancer.  Researchers associated with the Breast Cancer Fund have found that three plastics have been shown to leach toxic chemicals when heated: polycarbonate, polystyrene and PVC. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that plastics leaching into our food during the cooking process may contribute to the increased incidence of cancer or other health problems. As the debate continues, Castriota decided to err on the side of caution and not use plastics in the microwave.

Unable to find a safe, universal vented glass lid on the market, author/designer Castriota went to work on developing one herself. The patented CUCHINA SAFE LID™, or SAFE LID, is the non-toxic alternative to plastic lids, wraps and paper towels commonly used in microwave cooking.

The CUCHINA SAFE LID™ fits on top of most glass or porcelain bowls, mugs, pots, pans and cookware. TheCUCHINA SAFE LID™ is microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and oven safe (up to 400’). It is made of strong, Borosilicate glass. It will not absorb odors like plastics, is easy to store, and is good for the environment. The CUCHINA SAFE LID™may keep those dangerous chemicals out of your food, and keep your microwave clean from splattered messes. 

Not only will you cook healthier with the CUCHINA SAFE LID™, you can eat healthier too! The innovative design allows for easy and fast steaming and cooking. The center vent lets the steam escape while cooking. Using less water while steaming helps to preserve the nutrients in the food.  See our “how to” recipe videos showing CUCHINA SAFE LID™ owners how to steam vegetables, rice, popcorn and other healthy foods.    

Breast cancer survivor Susan Castriota’s innovative design will change the way we microwave! It’s time to throw away those nasty plastic lids and plastic wraps for a healthier glass alternative.

You may know Susan Castriota and her dog Bella. Bella gained national recognition as the dog that sniffed Castriota’s breast cancer before she was diagnosed. Bella’s story first aired on WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA, and Yahoo home page, then Castriota and Bella where off to Hollywood where Bella delighted the audiences on the set of the Emmy Award winning show THE DOCTORS. Then they were off to NYC to make an appearance on FOX NEWS where Bella sat quietly while Castriota enlightened viewers of the super-powered senses of dogs and how their sniffing ability is up to 100,000 times stronger than humans.

“As a real food coach and wellness advocate I look for the best in food safety and I recommend this to all my clients! Finally a product that eliminates dangerous plastics in our food!”
Kathy Parry – Your Real Food Coach, Author

“I thought it was nice, attractive and well designed, but now that I have been using it for a while, I realize that it’s also very, very USEFUL!!!!! I don’t use anything else to cover my plates and bowls now. Well done!!!”
Margarita Wood – Boca, Italy

Meet Susan Castriota, the inventor of the glass Cuchina Safe® Vented Glass Lid and Cover‘n Cook™ Glass Microwave Plate Cover, and hear her “lemons to lemon cake” story! The Cuchina Safe Lid and Cover ‘n Cook™ are the clean, safe, non-toxic alternative to harmful BPA and BPA-free plastic lids and wraps used in the microwave to cover and reheat food. They are the newest, eco-friendly, vented glass lid kitchen accessory for health conscious foodies, and make great splatter shields. Both innovative microwave cover designs allow for easy and fast steaming and cooking in the microwave and conventional ovens up to 450°. The vents make it ideal for steaming vegetables and rice, and for cooking meat, eggs and desserts. No more splatters to clean up! When steaming and reheating with our glass lids and microwave plate cover, you use the least amount of water to ensure the retention of the healthy properties during the cooking process and preserve those important nutrients. With BPA-free glass, there are no more worries about potentially harmful chemicals leaching into your food. Our clear glass cooking lids and glass plate cover won’t absorb odors and bacteria like plastic and silicone covers.

Susan Castriota, inventor of Cuchina Microwave-Safe Lid
Click the photo to watch Susan on HSN
selling the Cuchina Safe Cookware

The Cuchina Safe® Vented Glass Lid is a unique patented flat lid for microwave cooking made of Borosilicate glass (like your grandmothers glass cookware), is commercial-grade, clean, reusable, and good for the environment. It is microwave, oven, stove top (not directly on burner), refrigerator and dishwasher safe. It has universal application for covering glass/ceramic bowls, mugs and cookware of varying sizes. Our Vented Glass Lid is easy to clean and store and the 3 handles make it easier to lift, (although we always recommend an oven mitt). Use the glass lid as a spatter guard to keep your oven and stove top clean. Make healthy snacks like popcorn, without the unhealthy additives or wasteful packaging; throw away those toxic boil-n-bag food pouches!

The patented glass Cover ‘n Cook combines two products in one… a vented plate cover that flips over to become a 2 quart baking/serving dish (also oven safe). Reheat those leftovers using the glass microwave Cover ‘n Cook™ as a food plate cover. The multi-functional, sturdy, oven-to-table design will make this a must-have for your homemade casseroles, seafood, vegetable, pies and much more. Now, home chefs have another stylish companion product that poses little health risk associated with using toxic plastic plate covers in the microwave.

The Cuchina [cu-chee-na] Safe® Vented Glass cookware were invented by designer Susan Castriota after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She credits her dog, Bella, for discovering her breast cancer which prompted Castriota to get a mammogram. Bella, the cancer sniffing dog, received national attention and was featured on YAHOO, The Doctors Show and Fox & Friends. While recovering, Castriota started to research the dangers of cooking with BPA and BPA-free plastics and found overwhelming scientific evidence that heated plastics leaching into our food may contribute to the increase in cancer and other health problems. That was enough to inspire her to seek a “better way” to microwave and she believes consumers also want to minimize their risk as well.

Why the name Cuchina? Castriota took the Italian & Spanish word for kitchen (cucina) and took artistic liberties and incorporated the pink ribbon into the “h”.

We hope you enjoy a new, healthier way of cooking with our eco-friendly glass cooking lids and vented plate cover.

As seen on …

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Cuchina Safe Lid™ Patents # US D752915, # US D759425
Cover ‘n Cook™ ™ US Design Patent No. D815898

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Susan Castriota announces partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® Survivor’s Circle

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