Long ago I replaced my Teflon frying pans with cast iron (I love how inexpensive they are), but I kept my Teflon skillet (“non-stick”) because it was just so handy, and I couldn’t find a stainless steel electric frying pan that was big enough. I finally found one and I looooove it!
Here’s my favorite Stainless Steel Electric Pan. (We needed the 16″ for our family, but a 12″ is also available for less $.) Here’s a picture of it. –>
No more toxic fumes from our Teflon skillet and the worry that I was exposing the kids to all sorts of cancer-causing chemicals! And this one is a great size so we can make a lot of pancakes at once, plenty of fried potatoes, or my homemade chicken nuggets that everyone loves.
(And can you believe that after all this it ends with, “The EPA does not recommend any steps to reduce exposure to PFOA”?! How about not using Teflon?!)
PFOA — Perfluorooctanoic acid (also called C8)
What it does: PFOA is used to make Teflon and thousands of other nonstick and stain- and water-repellent products.
Where they’re found: PFOA is present in Teflon and other nonstick or stain- and water-repellent coatings as a trace impurity. These coatings are used on cookware, waterproof breathable clothing, furniture and carpets and in a myriad of industrial applications. PFOA can also be produced by the breakdown of these products.
How we’re exposed: Inhaling contaminated air, eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water. Some researchers say nonstick pans give off PFOA vapors, which contaminate food.
Health effects: Almost everyone has PFOA in his or her blood. PFOA causes cancer and developmental problems in laboratory animals. The EPA concludes research on PFOA is “suggestive of carcinogenicity but not sufficient to assess human carcinogenic potential.”
Regulation: PFOA is an EPA “chemical of concern.”
What you can do to reduce exposure: The EPA does not recommend any steps to reduce exposure to PFOA. You can reduce potential exposure by using stainless steel or cast iron cookware. If you use nonstick cookware, do not overheat, which releases toxic gas.
Read more about environmental toxins from CNN: Protect yourself from 5 toxins that are everywhere.
- Have you been able to replace your Teflon pans yet? It takes time, I know.
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- Here you can find great deals on stainless steel baking dishes (really not that expensive) or glass baking dishes.