When I was young and innocent, I knew nothing of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Well, it’s not the kind of thing a nicely brought up girl should have to deal with.

Instead, I went out met a man, got married and got given some very nice, very expensive wedding pans. Lovely non-stick pans.

Which brings us right back to polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) .

  • This is what the non-stick coating on pans is made from.
  • Teflon is perhaps the best known manufacturer of polytetrafluoroethylene (non-stick) linings.
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene is a plastic and, like other plastics, has a down right nasty side.

Over to wise geek…..
The nonstick coating used in DuPont’s Teflon® pans has been found to release one or more of 15 different toxic gases when heated to certain temperatures, but is generally safe when used according to manufacturers’ specifications. Which chemicals are released depends on the temperature of the pan. This outgassing can be fatal to pet birds and can cause “polymer fume flu,” also known as “Teflon® flu,” in humans.

read the rest here

Teflon say if you use the pans properly(?), there shouldn’t be a problem. Try telling that to the budgie.

Whatever, the pans are too good to throw out, and I feel bad about giving them away, so I am still using them – but in future I will not be buying any more non-stick.

New Non Stick Pans


No PTFE non stick frying pan

More info

You can find out about the other sorts of plastic here

11 thoughts on “PTFE Non stick plastic

  1. No I am not that impressed with it’s supposed benefits. Ok you have to actually cook to get the pans dirty and that may be where I am falling down. I don’t think you really need non stick to boil spuds! And as for baking trays – I can destroy them all – non-stick, non non-stick, they all go the same way.

  2. I don’t have non stick pans but I have baking trays and cake tins. Not that it really works, buti figured it was less likely to get damages than pans :s not true either

  3. I blogged about teflon last year and got a comment from someone who said she worked for teflon and that teflon was safe. Ha! However, for a while I was afraid I might get sued for saying negative things about a product made by a powerful company! Thanks for spreading the word about this dangerous product.

  4. I know – it’s getting so I cant use them – at least that’s my excuse for nor cooking. Thanks for dropping by

  5. We sold our lovely wedding gift non stick set and bought non non stick. I’d not considered that it was plastic (that crap is EVERYWHERE) but knew it was toxic.

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