Do you use Non-stick pans?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SamIchi, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    We used to have one, but got old and nasty so it was thrown out. That was about 5 yrs ago. Never got one since. I was going to buy one for my parents but then read some articles about being bad for your health. Toxic fumes, harmful chemicals and what not. Is this this a gray area with no definite answer? It seems like one word against the other. What do you guys think?
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    We use surgical stainless steel pans.

    As a test, take a non-stick pan, an aluminum pan, and a stainless steel pan.

    First, boil some water in the mike and put some baking soda in it. Taste it with a spoon (don't swallow). Nasty fishy taste. That's what it's supposed to taste like.

    Now repeat with each pan.

    Which one tastes the nastiest?

    Which one taste the closest to the control taste?
  3. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    depends on what i am cooking. things i want to develop a fond with i use stainless steel calphalon. things i need to not stick i use a nonstick calphalon. a well stocked kitchen should have both options. i usually default to regular stainless steel.

    one thing i will say is that the $40 "set of 7" nonstick cookware sets you get at target are a waste of money. invest in a smaller number of good quality cookware and it will last the rest of your life and produce MUCH better results. which is something i did not believe until i started using them.
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    We use iCook 18/8 nonstick skillets but it isn't Teflon, it's Duramic (Not sure if that'll kill the canary's or not). The base is made out of 18/10 surgical steel so the heat distribution is fantastic on all cooktops.

    The cookware has a true, Craftsman or Cutco style, Lifetime warranty so even if we scratch the crap out of it on purpose they'll replace it for free. That and my parents have the older Queen style and it's still going strong after 20+ years. Love it!
  5. Chimpy macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    had always heard that if it starts to lose its coating then you can no longer use the pan due to it contaminating the food. Not sure if that's a myth...
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    We do not use teflon, etc. cookware for the very reason you cited - chemicals, toxins, etc. seeping into your food. We live in a toxic environment as it is, and subject our bodies to multiple toxins all the time - no need to add to it if you can avoid it. ;) :cool:
  7. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    Stainless steel, dude. Avoid tap water also. And if you got the cash, organic food.

    You've only got one body, treat it like a hot woman.
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Good advice. As I often say, if you don't have your health, what do you have? It's really the most important thing and I can't honestly think of anything more important than taking care of yourself.
  9. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    At home we don't have any non-stick cookware because we have a parrot which we'd rather didn't die.

    At my uni house some of my housemates have some high quality non stick stuff and it's a joy to use for the things that really stick in normal pans.

    What's so bad about tap water? Some tap water in the UK is better than a lot of bottled water.
  10. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Actually tap water is often safer to drink than bottled water as there is far more regulation on tap water about what is safe and what is not.

    Edit : Bah just saw the post above.

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