Just in case you didn’t know, teflon is bad news.
It’s been bad news for a long time, but the booming industry is taking its time making cooking ware safer. In a 2006 article, it was announced that manufacturers had to remove “a harmful chemical” from the goods. “Although the chemical would still be used to manufacture Teflon and similar products, processes will be developed to ensure that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) would not be released into the environment from finished products or manufacturing plants.”
Furthermore: “PFOA — a key processing agent in making nonstick and stain-resistant materials — has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals and is in the blood of 95 percent of Americans, including pregnant women. It has also been found in the blood of marine organisms and Arctic polar bears.”
Cancer. Birth defects. And it’s IN YOUR BLOOD. Yeah, this sounds like a great trade-off for eggs that slide out of the pan with ease and grace.
Major manufacturers had until 2010 to reduce PFOA emissions in the production process and have until 2015 to remove PFOA “trace amounts” from finished products. Pardon me while I use my outside voice for a second: ON WHAT PLANET IS IT OKAY TO GIVE PEOPLE NINE YEARS TO REMOVE A CARCINOGEN FROM SOMETHING THAT LITERALLY EVERYONE USES? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
Instead of Teflon
Instead of toxic non-stick pans, you can use:
- Cast iron
- Stainless steel
Do your research and decide what’s best for you. I WORSHIP my cast iron skillet – I got it at a flea market for $26. You want to buy OLD and USED if you can. The older it is, generally the better quality it is, plus it’s already seasoned for you. I have achieved perfect nonstick perfection a couple times, but then I always end up cooking something that sticks and requires me to re-season it. It’s a labor of love! I also recently picked up a stainless steel pot at an estate sale for $1.50. My mom also picked me up a glass loaf pan to replace my nonstick one. I have one more nonstick pot to replace and then I will be a teflon-free lady! I cannot wait.
What are your pots and pans made of?