If you haven’t done this already, get yourself a nice ceramic sauté pan and throw away your old Teflon (PTFE coated) pans.
(Is this a Holiday sales idea to boost the economy? Does Diane get a kickback from the ceramic pan companies? Did Goodwill and Salvation Army encourage a flood of Teflon to their doors? No, No, and please, No . . .)
On high heat, nonstick Teflon-style pans emit toxic molecules and fumes, fluorine, carcinogenic substances.
These gases can easily kill pet birds. (I remember the heartbreak a friend suffered.) Humans may endure “Teflon flu” from inhaling these gases. (Right. Feels like having the flu.)
The toxic high temperature above 450° can occur when pans are preheated for a couple minutes, or when hamburgers / steak are fried on high heat.
PTFE / Teflon pans also give off BPA, a major toxin. BPA disrupts our endocrine system, impacting thyroid and reproductive hormones in both men and women.
About your keen nonstick ceramic pan:
- Don’t use cooking sprays with this pan – they burn and discolor the surface.
- Ceramic pans conduct heat more efficiently than Teflon pans, so we usually don’t need high heat (which tends to burn food and leave residue).
- A ceramic pan wants to be hand washed (not put in the dishwasher). It can’t handle abrasive tools or cleansers. After cooking, soak it a while if needed. Clean with a soft sponge or dish cloth and mild soapy water.
- Over time, if your ceramic pan develops discolored areas and loses some of its nonstick quality, make a paste of half baking soda, half water. Use this carefully on the dry pan, only on discolored areas. Another alternative is to use a “magic eraser” sponge, delicately and rarely, on the carbonized discolored spots.
The birds thank you!
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