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Green alternative to Teflon Cookware

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GreenPan™ 6-piece Nonstick Cookware Set $99.90 at Home Shopping Network

Teflon or (Polytetrafluoroethylene (PFTE) coated cookware has been in the news lately with stories it could pose health risks to users. However some question just how much of a health risk it is, but many people are being scared off teflon anyway, electing to play it safe and look around for more reassuring options in their pots and pans.

In this article by Consumer Health Advocate, Mike Adams, states the alarms over Teflon are overblown and would only pose real danger if you cook at super high temperatures or do something crazy like use brillo pads to scour them with. However, he implies the cheap Walmart Teflon pans suck – and if you gotta have Teflon, go for the highend, maybe a $300 Williams-Sonoma sauce pan.

On the other hand, one of the best is the old fashioned cast-iron pans that can still be found in a thrift store near you. They heat evenly, last forever if you season them properly and take care of them. You get the added benefit of getting the healthy iron that will slowly release into your food when cooking. The new ceramic coated cast iron is a great option too, but you lose the iron supplement and often you’ll use more oil than is good for your cardiovascular system to prevent sticking. Fortunately there are other options for chemical free cookware.

GreenPan, recently introduced its new line of eco-friendly cookware to the Home Shopping Network and promptly sold out. It seems they are now available again, at least some models. Their cookware doesn’t use PFTE or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and instead uses their new material called Thermolon that apparently works great as a non-stick surface, it remains stable and inert in extremely high temperatures, up to 850°F As an added bonus they claim their production methods cause 50% fewer greenhouse gases to be released.

We haven’t yet got our hands on these new green cookware (sadly, we haven’t yet trashed our Teflon-coated Target Death Pans) but to hear from some people in the know, check out the 88 reviews at HSN of mostly very happy users who relate how pleased they are with these pans.

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6 Responses to “Green alternative to Teflon Cookware”

  1. Teflon » Blog Archive » "The Teflon Cardinal"
    September 10th, 2007 09:26
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    […] There has been attention recently that Teflon or (Polytetrafluoroethylene (PFTE) coated cookware could pose health risks to users, there seems to be some questions about just how much of a risk it truly is, but there is enough warning … …more […]

  2. Joeb
    September 21st, 2007 10:13
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    Since it seems that my comments are not received constructively nor appreciated, I will just state that my personal experience with GreenPan was negative. A disappointed customer.

  3. Dandy
    October 11th, 2007 06:15
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    Joeb’s remarks just go to show you can’t please everyone.
    I’ve had Greenpans for months and have suffered none of the problems reported by joeb.
    I’ve found that if you care for your cookware it serves you well – especially if it doesn’t contain PTFE !

  4. joeb
    November 5th, 2007 11:49
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    I think everyone should read the two threads on @Cooking.com while researching and reading about this product.

    http://forums.cooking.com/showthread.php?t=2156

    http://forums.cooking.com/showthread.php?t=1642

  5. thermolon | News 4U
    January 13th, 2008 08:35
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    […] Green alternative to Teflon Cookware […]

  6. Andi
    February 9th, 2009 03:29
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    I got a set of these new pansIt’s tramontina brand. I seasoned them just like it said in the instructions and used olive oil in cooking with them . The first time I used both the large and small saute pans and washed them the nonstick coating started flaking off. Plus they weren’t nonstick. I have better luck cooking with my regular stainless cookware.So beware.

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