By now you probably know that most non-stick pots and pans are not a good idea. PTFEs are found in these products and they degrade at temperatures above 500 degrees. This means that when we use these pots and pans at high temps they off gas, releasing harmful chemicals into the air and into our food. These pans are also manufactured with PFOAs which are supposedly not unhealthy for us but they ARE unhealthy for the environment. In fact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to eliminate all PFOAs in products by 2015.
Well, I don’t know about you but I don’t spend a bunch of money on organic, healthy foods just to contaminate them by cooking them in traditional non-stick pots and pans. I don’t really cook all that much anymore but I have avoided the convenience of non-stick cookware for years because of these issues. It was stainless steel all the way for me.
BUT a lot has changed though with the release of some new greener and cleaner cookware lines including a line by GreenPan. All feature hard anodized aluminum exteriors for heat conduction and durability and Thermolon nonstick interiors for excellent food release without fatty oils. The non-stick surface that works just as well as Teflon but without the safety issues. The food flakes right off after cooking, making clean up time a snap. And thanks to its high heat resistance, this set goes easily from the stovetop to the oven to the table for cooking and serving versatility. These pans have no PTFEs and are not manufactured using PFOAs.
I got to test their line recently so I whipped up some free range, local, scrambled eggs. I did not use any oil or grease I just threw them in the pan and turned up the heat. Nothing stuck to the pan at all except where the stainless steel handle joints are. But that flaked off pretty easy. Sunny side up eggs slid right out of the small skillet with ease.
The GreenPan line is also a very nice looking set of pots and pans. Very sophisticated and classy. So if you are looking for “safe” non-stick pots and pans check these out.
Available at Amazon.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009