Nonstick Nonfatal

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! lovebirds-wikimedia-commons

Image from wikimedia commons

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About Diane Stallings

Diane Stallings RN, Reiki Master, Energy Healer, Healing Touch, Enneagram Coach, EFT tapping, Meditation Coach, Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach www.joystream.net
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