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Non-stick cookware safety tips

Annabel Candy, who writes on empowering tips for life and work, made the following comment on my last post concerning the potential dangers of non-stick cookware.  “The fact is they always get scratched in the end and then you end up with bit of Teflon in your food.”

I agree with Annabel, it’s virtually impossible to maintain safe non-stick cookware in addition to the fact that it emits toxic fumes when overheated.  The warnings from Dupont about the potential dangers of Teflon brand non-stick coating apply to any non-stick coating not just Teflon. It’s also important to be cognizant of the dangers of non-stick coating when it is used in products other than cookware.

Non-stick cookware safety tips

However, if you cannot afford to make a switch to uncoated options like stainless steel, be sure to carefully read and follow use-instructions that come with your cookware and follow these safety tips whenever using non-stick coated cookware.

  1. Turn on the exhaust fan and/or open a window at the start of cooking.
  2. Do not preheat your non-stick cookware on high heat.
  3. Never leave non-stick cookware unattended on the stove
  4. Do not use non-stick coated cookware when cooking at high heat.
  5. Replace aged or damaged non-stick cookware.

It may only take two to five minutes for non-stick surfaces to exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases.

And remember to remove your pet bird from the kitchen while cooking because the fumes from overheated non-stick coating can be fatal to these highly sensitive creatures.

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  1. We never trusted non-stick pans, opting for crisco instead. We’re fortunate to have aluminum pots and cast iron frying pans that probably go back to the Truman administration,or before, because you can’t beat a classic! If I must die from something toxic I will stick with drinking from plastic bottles and using deodorant.

    • Oh Lisa, it’s so true…in this day and age we have unlimited possibilities for poisoning ourselves with chemicals! Cast iron frying pans are recommended by many as a great option. Thanks for the added option. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I’m laughing because Lisa and I are twins when it comes to cast iron cookware hearkening back to the Truman Administration I’ve got it all. My posts and pans are all stainless steel and I wouldn’t consider using anything else to prepare food in. However, I do have friends who use non-stick cookware so I will be passing your tips along.

    • Cast iron cookware does seem to be a point of connection among great minds and hearts. 🙂

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