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Love these pans!

So a combination of things has prompted me to buy new PFOA/PTFE-free cookware:

(1) this article on MSN/Delish recommends not heating non-stick pans > 500 degrees (which apparently is pretty easy to do) and ” replacing your nonstick cookware every couple of years”– seriously?!?! “Couple” as in two? I’ve been using the same griddle since… law school? college? At least 6 years.

(2) awhile back, I found out that you can’t cook with non-stick pans around pet birds, or they will drop dead from the fumes.

(3) my nonstick griddle can’t handle eggs anymore, which probably means I’ve swallowed lots of layers of Teflon. Here’s the wiki on Teflon (PTFE).

(4)  learning that 3M phased out the sale of PFOS-based Scotchguard after the EPA initiated an investigation into contaminated drinking wells where Scotchguard was made. The move cost them $325M in annual sales, which really makes you wonder how bad the damage is. (PFOS is in the same class of compouds as PFOA.)

Anyways, after much research I finally settled on Cuisinart’s Greenware 10-piece set for $150 at BB&B ($120 after 20% off coupon). The description touts:

  • With Cuisinart Ceramica™ ceramic-based non-stick technology, cookware is petroleum free and is applied at a temperature one-half that of conventional non-sticks.
  • Non-stick surface is also PTFE- and PFOA-free for healthier cooking.
  • The aluminum pan construction provides superior heat conductivity which requires less energy to achieve desired cooking temperature.
  • The riveted stainless stick handles stay cool on the stovetop and are made of 70% recycled stainless steel.
  • Oven and broiler safe.

Cuisinart greenware

I’ve had this set for about a month now– no scrapes or chips, as I’ve read happens with some other eco-friendly non-sticks. That or they lose their non-stickness in 1 or 2 uses, which haven’t happened with mine yet. Knock on wood.  The non-stick quality has so far been wonderful, they’re a breeze to clean, and I like the idea that I could, theoretically, move a dish from stovetop to oven (this use hasn’t come up yet though). The only complaint I have is that while the side handles stay cool, the lid handles do NOT stay cool. If I’m boiling something for a long time, I leave an oven mitt on top to remind myself not to grab the lid sans protection.  Aside from that, these pans have been perfect.  Just passing the word along if you’re in the market for new PFOA/PTFE-free cookware.

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