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Organize & Declutter > I got rid of all my nonstick cookware!
oneKnight's Avatar oneKnight 04:34 AM 11-21-2006
This is part food/health and part decluttering! I had slowly fazed out my nonstick cookware but it was still in my cabinents. Tonight I boxed it all up to give to my sister (she said she knew about nonstick, but she liked it anyway)
No more nonstick fumes in my kitchen and more spacious cabinents for me!

sadkitty's Avatar sadkitty 04:50 AM 11-21-2006
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Originally Posted by oneKnight View Post
This is part food/health and part decluttering! I had slowly fazed out my nonstick cookware but it was still in my cabinents. Tonight I boxed it all up to give to my sister (she said she knew about nonstick, but she liked it anyway)
No more nonstick fumes in my kitchen and more spacious cabinents for me!
Was it teflon? We have anodized and I've never noticed fumes. What are you using instead?

I'm new to this area of MDC and a bit freaked out by the movie trailer link that was recently posted and am jumping in feet first here.
oneKnight's Avatar oneKnight 04:58 AM 11-21-2006
Yes teflon-type nonstick. I don't think you can actually smell the fumes. I believe the annodized is the good stuff. I'm using cast iron and plain stainless steel, and some stoneware.
sadkitty's Avatar sadkitty 05:06 AM 11-21-2006
Oh good. I came into our marriage with old enamel and cast iron (which hurts my wrist to use frequently) Dh came with scratched teflon, which i quickly made him ditch. We got a nice set of Circulon for our wedding. Dh wants to buy our next cookware from the guy who demos it at the state faire
oneKnight's Avatar oneKnight 05:23 AM 11-21-2006
Yeah, most of the teflon came with DH too. I was already converted to cast iron. It was a "moving out present" his parents gave him when he moved out of their house a few years back.
cassiemommy's Avatar cassiemommy 01:44 PM 11-21-2006
I love cast-iron pans! They really do become non-stick eventually--my mom's are beautiful!--but DH likes teflon pans and keeps buying it. I'd love to toss out the 2 or 3 teflons that he has, but then he'd just go out and buy more. However, I do have teflon bakeware--that's probably not good for us either
FrederickMama's Avatar FrederickMama 01:50 PM 11-21-2006
We got rid of all of our teflon a year or so ago and haven't looked back since
scbegonias's Avatar scbegonias 03:51 PM 11-21-2006
I just scuttled the rest of my Teflon coated bakeware (I never used it anyways) down to my moms. She just wanted something...because she's not really a cook and didn't have anything.
SusannahM's Avatar SusannahM 04:47 PM 11-21-2006
We really NEED a cast iron skillet. We just have the Visions glass stuff now, which I love, and is safe, but is decidely NOT non-stick. Occassionally, I'd like to be able to make an omellette or a crepe.

Does anyone have any soapstone stuff? I've heard it's wonderful and non-stick as well, but it's very pricey.
oneKnight's Avatar oneKnight 06:51 PM 11-21-2006
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I just scuttled the rest of my Teflon coated bakeware (I never used it anyways) down to my moms. She just wanted something...because she's not really a cook and didn't have anything.
That's how my sis is. I wasn't using mine so I'm glad to get it out of my way. More room for the Dutch oven!
scbegonias's Avatar scbegonias 07:13 PM 11-21-2006
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That's how my sis is. I wasn't using mine so I'm glad to get it out of my way. More room for the Dutch oven!
Ooooh, that's what I asked for this Christmas from DH...a lovely new Dutch oven!
boheime's Avatar boheime 09:09 PM 11-21-2006
Has anyone tried the ceramic/titanium blends? I watched a demo with the stuff once, and if it hadn't been for the price tag, I would have picked it up then and there.
Jennisee's Avatar Jennisee 10:43 PM 11-21-2006
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Originally Posted by sadkitty View Post
Oh good. I came into our marriage with old enamel and cast iron (which hurts my wrist to use frequently) Dh came with scratched teflon, which i quickly made him ditch. We got a nice set of Circulon for our wedding. Dh wants to buy our next cookware from the guy who demos it at the state faire
You might want to double-check them. I am in the process of replacing Circulon anodized-aluminum pans that have a Teflon coating. I thought all Circulon had Teflon, but if they don't, then you're dealing with the exposed aluminum, which is another health issue entirely.
wonderwahine's Avatar wonderwahine 11:17 PM 11-21-2006
i have heard about the teflon thing, but right now, i like my non stick still.

but kudos to cleaning out your cupboards!! i need to get rid of punch bowls etc that are cluttering up one of mine.
sabrinat's Avatar sabrinat 11:08 AM 11-22-2006
I love le creuset. Cast iron enamel ware. It's very spendy, but if you get a few pieces every year you eventually have a set.
rosie29's Avatar rosie29 01:59 PM 12-14-2006
Hello! Just a slight hijack and bump here! I need to replace my scratched teflon frying pan. What should I get instead??? Target has stainless steel on sale...anyone have experience with that? Is it a good non-stick type of surface? TIA!
scbegonias's Avatar scbegonias 02:02 PM 12-14-2006
I love my cast iron skillet...and I use it for everything from stir fry to breakfast to pizza.
phatchristy's Avatar phatchristy 02:07 PM 12-14-2006
Cast Iron ROCKS! I bought mine a couple of years ago and I LOVE it!
AuntLavender's Avatar AuntLavender 03:20 PM 12-14-2006
I though non stick bakeware was okay because you don't get it as hot as you do when you are frying for instance.
oneKnight's Avatar oneKnight 09:45 PM 12-14-2006
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I though non stick bakeware was okay because you don't get it as hot as you do when you are frying for instance.
The smoke point for frying oil is 190ºC or 375ºF and higher, depending on the oil. If you're frying in oil and it's smoking a little you've at least hit that, probably over 375ºF

I bake bread at 450-500ºF

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In new tests conducted by a university food safety professor, a generic non-stick frying pan preheated on a conventional, electric stovetop burner reached 736°F in three minutes and 20 seconds, with temperatures still rising when the tests were terminated. A Teflon pan reached 721°F in just five minutes under the same test conditions (See Figure 1), as measured by a commercially available infrared thermometer. DuPont studies show that the Teflon offgases toxic particulates at 446°F. At 680°F Teflon pans release at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and MFA, a chemical lethal to humans at low doses. At temperatures that DuPont scientists claim are reached on stovetop drip pans (1000°F), non-stick coatings break down to a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB, and a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene.
Just google "dangers of Teflon, non-stick" and read up

ETA: I found this while working on a water/wetlands school project EPA and DuPont over drinking water near their plant
Siana's Avatar Siana 02:41 AM 12-18-2006
Good for you!

DP finally tossed out my warped teflon pan a few months ago ( ), and I was pleasantly surprised how much I love cast iron. Sure, my pan is *heavy* but it pretty much has a desingnated place on the stove (I do remove to wash it with soap and hot water after use though, but that's it).

The bad news is my parents just moved close to us (the next building over, in fact) and my mom said her entire cooking set is teflon coated (we haven't seen it because her stuff isn't here yet). She just bought the set too, so it seems impossible to me at this point to try to convince her of switching! Perhaps if I showed her the documentation, she'll understand and change for the sake of my kids (oh, and she's planning on having a daycare too!). She's had a mestectomy from cancer, so I hope she "gets" how important this is.
TxMominCT's Avatar TxMominCT 03:38 AM 12-18-2006
Is the hard-annonidized (sp?) really okay? I try to avoid aluminum(sp again! it's late!) I know that it is Al, does anyone have any info? We cook almost exclusively in cast iron or stainless steel, but more cast iron than anything! I love it! I do use a little bit of soap usually but I also season it every time, it's still a pain for delicate egg stuff, but I really don't like the idea of teflon! If anyone has info on hard-annondized being okay let me know!
CrunchyCate's Avatar CrunchyCate 06:29 PM 12-18-2006
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I love le creuset. Cast iron enamel ware. It's very spendy, but if you get a few pieces every year you eventually have a set.
I LOVE my Le Creuset. The only problem is that my Le Creuset omelet pan has...TEFLON. : Other than that, it is the best stuff to cook with I have ever had.
oneKnight's Avatar oneKnight 12:38 PM 12-19-2006
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Sure, my pan is *heavy* but it pretty much has a desingnated place on the stove (I do remove to wash it with soap and hot water after use though, but that's it).
Mine too. But my mom also kept her teflon skillet on the stove. It often got neglected to be washed, so the first step in cooking was usually to clean the skillet but then you could leave it out when you were done.

I never use soap on mine though, just cold water and a wipe with a nylon scrubbie, dry by heating on the stove. I really never need to do anything else anymore! Yay for cast iron!
kamesennin's Avatar kamesennin 05:55 PM 12-19-2006
rosie29, if you are going to buy stainless, get a few real good quality pieces--I would make sure they have some heft to them, and have thick bottom layer. Otherwise all your food will burn or you have to keep constantly stirring stuff. I just got some Emerilware (All Clad) and I love it!

I do still have a scan pan omlet pan--for some reason I can't cook eggs in my stainless unless I use 1/2 a stick of butter or gallons of oil--bleh. Scan pan has a lifetime warranty, and if it gets scratched you just send it back and they send you a new pan. I am still trying to figure out how to live without the thing, I think I will get a cast iron pan someday--
minimunklemama's Avatar minimunklemama 12:38 AM 12-20-2006
ikea just starting carrying some cast iron skillets and i swear they are madde by le creuset asthey are exactly the same as the flame colored ones even down to the made in france stamp.
i'm hoping they'll bring out a nice dutch oven for 2007
CrunchyCate's Avatar CrunchyCate 01:27 AM 12-20-2006
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ikea just starting carrying some cast iron skillets and i swear they are madde by le creuset asthey are exactly the same as the flame colored ones even down to the made in france stamp.
i'm hoping they'll bring out a nice dutch oven for 2007
My grandfather sent us Christmas money. I am SO there!
rosie29's Avatar rosie29 09:00 AM 12-20-2006
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rosie29, if you are going to buy stainless, get a few real good quality pieces--I would make sure they have some heft to them, and have thick bottom layer. Otherwise all your food will burn or you have to keep constantly stirring stuff. I just got some Emerilware (All Clad) and I love it!

I do still have a scan pan omlet pan--for some reason I can't cook eggs in my stainless unless I use 1/2 a stick of butter or gallons of oil--bleh. Scan pan has a lifetime warranty, and if it gets scratched you just send it back and they send you a new pan. I am still trying to figure out how to live without the thing, I think I will get a cast iron pan someday--
Thanks, pbandj (cute username!); that's good to know that you like Emerilware as I was just about to buy their 12" frying pan. However, I had hoped to use it for scrambled eggs as we have that a lot here. My sister told me she just sprays it with nonstick spray (Pam) and it works OK, but I'm not sure if she was talking about eggs.
kamesennin's Avatar kamesennin 05:03 PM 12-20-2006
rosie29, let me know if you like cooking eggs with the nonstick spray--I might have to go and get some if that makes them slide out of the pan. I have a terrible habit of inhaling the vapors of the spray by accident so I don't have any in my kitchen, LOL.
Liane
rosie29's Avatar rosie29 10:31 AM 12-21-2006
That's funny. IKWYM though. Yep, I'll let you know. I just bought the pan last night, as a family Xmas gift. I wonder if one of those olive oil misters might work better for you!
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