Sunday, October 19, 2008

Replacing Your Non-Stick Cookware with Safer Alternatives

Non-stick cookware contains PFC's ( Perfluorinated chemicals) which are harmful to your health and the health of the environment.

What are the possible health effects?

If you are looking to replace your non-stick cookware with safer alternatives,
check out the following list (see below) from the Green Guide.

What to Look Out For

Since Teflon is only one variety of the non-stick chemical polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) used on cookware, watch out for “non-stick” labeling and ask if the coating is PTFE, even if it’s not Teflon. Calphalon, Scanpan and All Clad’s non-stick pans all use PTFE coatings.


When you do replace your pans, choose cast iron, stainless steel or enameled iron. Here are some popular brands:

KitchenAid Stainless Steel 10-piece cookware set, including 8" and 10" French skillets ($149;

Lodge unseasoned Original Finish 10.25" skillet, ($13.95) and Cast Iron Cooking for Dummies set ($89.95;; 423-837-7181)

Cuisinart 10" stainless steel skillet ($60) and 7-piece Chef's Classic stainless steel set ($260;

DeBuyer Lyonnaise Carbon Steel Frying Pans 11" ($44.95;, 866-COOKWARE)

All-Clad 10" stainless-steel frypan with aluminum core ($84.95) or 5-piece set ($394;; 866-COOKWARE)

Le Creuset enameled 9" skillet ($49.95;; 866-COOKWARE)

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