The Icky Truth About Teflon

Recently I’ve been exploring more about food, healthy cooking and how food has a positive, or negative impact on my health. 

The first area of food/health/cooking I’ve explored are the tools I use in my kitchen. Because, believe it or not, the tools you use directly impact the food you cook and then eat. Which brings me to TEFLON which most, if not all of us have in our kitchens. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Teflon can be toxic to humans, animals, and the environment. If you choose to use Teflon (like most of us do – let’s face it, it’s already in our kitchens and it’s not practical to throw every pan we own in the garbage) follow these rules for your safety:

1. Do not use at high temperatures – ONLY use Teflon pans at medium to medium-low temperatures.

2. Do not heat your pans dry as this may cause toxic particles to become airborne and embed into your lungs. Always have oil or liquid in a Teflon-coated pan before heating.

3. If you scratch a Teflon-coated pan, throw it away to avoid releasing chemicals into your food. Think about it, where do all those little scratches of Teflon go when you’re cooking??? Always use wood, silicon, or other non-scratch utensils with nonstick pots and pans.

4. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning to avoid damaging the surface.

As the months and years go by and my Teflon pans get scratched, I’ve tossed them in the trash. I’ve replaced most of them with cast iron pans, but I also want to explore cooking with Stainless Steel.

Any Kitchen Tools ideas/thoughts you can share?

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