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October 11, 2017

You can find non-stick cookware in most homes nowadays. Two materials are typically found in an average non-stick cookware in the market: ceramic and PTFE, or more commonly known as the brand Teflon.

Both are deemed safe for cooking, but both have its downsides.

 

PTFE or Teflon™

Arguably more durable than ceramic, PTFE is more widely used in non-stick cookware to date. It is generally favoured in most households for its convenience: easy to use and easy to clean.

When overheated, PTFE-coated cookware can breakdown and release toxic fumes. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommended maximum temperature. For example, Teflon™ PTFE-coated products can be used for up to 500º F.

If you own birds at home, you may choose to avoid PTFE-coated cookware due to their high sensitivity to its fumes.

Never leave this cookware unattended, especially when you cook food without liquids. Cooking with broth or any liquid will help keep the temperatures down. Try to cook on low or medium heat. Do not preheat an empty pan.

Pay attention to labels. As of 2015, the use of PFOA, a synthetic chemical found in PTFE, has been phased out. 

 

 

Ceramic

Considered to be its safer and more eco-friendly alternative, ceramic cookware are newer to the market, and quickly gaining popularity.

Like it’s Teflon™-coated counterpart, ceramic cookwares are easy to use and clean. Unlike its PTFE-coated brothers, ceramic cookware will not emit fumes or break down even at temperatures beyond 500º F.

With safe operating temperatures reaching as high as 840º F, why not use this material for an indoor electric grill? The Nutrigrill® table top grill has its highest operating temperature at 400ºF producing a meal that’s truly healthy for you.

Most people question a ceramic cookware’s lifespan and non-stick cooking capabilities compared to the PTFE-coated products. Here are some suggestions as to what you can do to prolong the life of your Nutrigrill® non-stick ceramic surface:

  • When cooking, avoid using metal utensils which can chip and scratch the non-stick surface. Instead, opt for a wooden spoon.
  • When cooking with oil, make sure to completely clean off the oil after each use to avoid residue build up.
  • Always try to wash by hand and only with mild detergent and a soft dish cloth, even if the manufacturer says it is dishwasher safe.

 

With proper use and care, your ceramic cookware will serve you safe and healthy meals for a long time.





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