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What was the Inspiration for the CUCHINA SAFE LID™?

Susan and BellaWhen 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. The CUCHINA 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

Susan and Bella on Fox & Friends
Susan and Bella visit "The Doctors"
Susan & Bella on Pittsburgh's WTAE-4