Get Rid of Dangerous Teflon... The Green Pan is Here
Apr 23, 2009
Teflon!!! What can I say. The exact risks to humans from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) isn't clear, but it's certainly poisonous enough to kill birds in even minuscule amounts. [[The EPA (not exactly a progressive bunch) has asked manufacturers to reduce their PFOA emissions by 95% before 2010. I consider that a red flag!]]
In any case, in our household this has meant that we've mostly gone to cast iron and stainless, which has worked very well. However, my husband just has a preference for cooking his eggs on a non-stick surface as he doesn't want to cook in oil/butter. Sooo, I bought him the 'green pan'.
Green pans are made with Thermolon which is pitched as a ceramic-based non-stick technology that has high heat resistance (850°F or 450°C). The packaging suggests that Thermolon won't break down or deteriorate over time, and I read somewhere that the company claims that producing that Thermolon-based cookware releases 50% fewer greenhouse-gases.
The company's web page states these features:
* Temperature resistance up to 450°C (850°F) * No toxic fumes are released if overheated * High Quality Non-stick * Durable and highly scratch resistant * 0% PTFE & 0% PFOA * Environmentally friendly production, significant reduction in CO2 emissions in production.
Nano technology - the pan is made by manipulating small amounts of ceramics (nano amounts) to get the super smooth surface. Most scientists think this is okay, some people are taking a wait-and-see position.
Now, given all the hoo-rah over Teflon, I am assuming that the pans were tested for harmful gas emissions. As to the "nano" technology, I don't see where the manipulation of ceramics, which are inert, could be a problem... but I'm just one mom.
This pan "IS" very slick. It amazing how everything slides off, even burnt cheese. Washup is ridiculously quick. The only downside we've found is that we did manage to chip on little spot on the edge. Obviously we hit the pan very hard because there is actually a little dent. Other than that, after six+ months use we've noticed no deterioration of the surface. (No scratches)
Use soft utensils and enjoy.
Pam T~ mom and reviewer-at-da Lunch I bought our pan at Target
I bought a whole set of these at a clearance sale a few months ago. I had wanted to get rid of my teflon pans for a while but am a total mess when it comes to cooking without them. The Green Pans are heaven sent. They work even better than teflon and there are no worries about the potential carcinogenic nature of teflon either. It's totally amazing how stuff slides off of the cooking surface. Wonderful!