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Non stick vs stainless

schel

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I have a question. I know everyone has their favorite, either non stick or stainless cookware. I recently watched Dr.Oz and he talked about harmful gasses if you heat up non stick cookware without food in it that the smoke that comes from the pan is harmful. (Like if you have birds, you should never cook with non stick because the birds can die.)

So input is welome! Please share your comments and knowlege with me.
Thanks, just the paranoid part coming out in me.

Schel
 

Jolie_Paradoxe

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From the little I know, non stick fumes become toxic when it is heated to *high* temps, which is why PC recommends using in oven to only 400 degrees vs. the SS ability of over 500 degrees. It's also recommended you cook with a med high heat on the stove top. That being said, it is only dangerous with high heat. PC includes the following in it's use and care card:

Oven Use: Skillet is oven-safe to 400°F/200°C. Caution: Always use a heat-resistant oven mitt or pad when handling a hot pan or placing on surfaces.

Broiler: Never place under the broiler.

Fumes: Do not overheat your nonstick pan as smoke or fumes from burning foods, oils and the nonstick itself can be hazardous to the respiratory systems of pet birds.
 
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raebates

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It also depends on the coating they use. Ours is fine. People should simply use them according to directions.
 

Jolie_Paradoxe

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LOL Jeanine, glad you caught that....thanks! Going back to fix!
 

chefann

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If you put something in the pan, like a spritz of oil, while it's heating, that will help mitigate the overheating. If it's filled with water, the water has a significant enough thermal mass that it will keep the nonstick coating from overheating - at least until the water boils away. If you use a spritz of oil, it will start to smoke before the coating starts to break down, alerting you to the situation.

Because of the issue with the fumes, nonstick pans should NEVER be used on high heat on the stove. Use med-high at most.

I have birds in my house, and I'd never risk their health by using a product I didn't trust. But by taking the precautions above, as well as not having the birds in the kitchen when cooking is happening (which is dangerous for many more reasons than just the possibility of PTFE fumes).
 

schel

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If you put something in the pan, like a spritz of oil, while it's heating, that will help mitigate the overheating. If it's filled with water, the water has a significant enough thermal mass that it will keep the nonstick coating from overheating - at least until the water boils away. If you use a spritz of oil, it will start to smoke before the coating starts to break down, alerting you to the situation.

Because of the issue with the fumes, nonstick pans should NEVER be used on high heat on the stove. Use med-high at most.

I have birds in my house, and I'd never risk their health by using a product I didn't trust. But by taking the precautions above, as well as not having the birds in the kitchen when cooking is happening (which is dangerous for many more reasons than just the possibility of PTFE fumes).

Thanks so much for this answer.
Schel
 

schel

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Thanks for all your answers. I am doing this already with my cookware, I just did not know how to answer these questions at my shows when I get a complaint about non stick being unsafe to cook in.
Thanks again.
Schel
 

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