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Do You Like Nonstick Pans?

Nonstick Pans: Love Them or Hate Them?

I grew up in a kitchen full of nonstick pans, but after throwing out two over-the-hill nonstick pieces this week, I've decided I don't like them. Why? They're high-maintenance to clean (they shouldn't be scrubbed with the abrasive side of a sponge), they don't develop the oh-so-sought after fond in sautés, and, unlike cast iron skillets or ceramic ware, they don't last. Even Thomas Keller admitted that the only time he uses nonstick pans is when he's frying an egg. Do you have strong feelings for nonstick cookware?

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muse2323 muse2323 5 years
I like my non-stick skillet for eggs and I have a huge non-stick skillet (received as a gift several years ago) which I've loved, but which is starting to show its age and I'd like to replace it with something not Teflon-coated, but oddly, am having a hard time finding another one of approximately the same size without the Teflon.
weffie weffie 5 years
@tigr3bianca it's only when they're overheated, but it says right on DuPont's (the makers of Teflon) website: "Bird fatalities can result when both birds and cooking pots or pans are left unattended in the kitchen - even for just a few minutes. Cooking fumes from any type of overheated cookware, not just non-stick, can damage a bird's lungs with alarming speed. This is why you should always move your birds OUT of the kitchen before cooking." It was very dangerous to cook with your parakeets in the room! A quick Google search will lead you to many, many sad tales of parrots and other pet birds dropping dead almost instantantly because of a careless cook. As it says above, avoiding non-stick isn't a guarantee that you won't burn something, but Teflon releases toxic chemicals (that aren't found in traditional pans) starting at only 500 degrees.
JanetG0307 JanetG0307 5 years
they usually caused more problems then they prevented, so i'm using my cast iron pans from my grandma. if it was good enough for her, it's good enough for me.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
We have a few, and they're used for specific things.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 5 years
Nonstick are good for eggs, but most of my pans aren't nonstick. I don't know about nonstick causing deadly fumes. I used to have parakeets that I kept in the kitchen and they never keeled over when I was cooking.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I like them for certain things.
weffie weffie 5 years
I threw all mine out when I read that if you overheat them, you fill your house with extremely toxic fumes that can kill a bird in a matter of seconds (and make you very sick, too)... I don't understand why you'd even bring something with that potential into your home, or really why they're even allowed to sell them. I swear by cast iron pans!
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