When I first set up house with Monsieur, he noticed that I didn't have any PFOA coated nonstick (Teflon coated) cookware in the house. He promptly went out and bought a nonstick fry pan, much to my chagrin. My protestations regarding the dangers of PFOA fell on deaf ears. Those fry pans never last, the coating inevitably starts peeling off. Eventually, I couldn't stand it any longer and started researching alternatives. By that point, fry pans with a ceramic coating had now made their appearance in the world and were, to my way of thinking, a viable safer alternative to the nonstick dilemma. I started bringing home ceramic coated fry pans and, unbelievably, Monsieur was quite pleased. I guess my exhortations had fallen on fertile ground after all. So for Day 24, I want to talk about switching out cookware coated with PFOA.
Please bear in mind that all of my suggestions during the Challenge are ones that I have been trying out and aren't directives. We all lead different lives and have different needs. What works for me, might not work for you. As with cookware, maybe you don't have any problems using cookware coated in PFOA. But as was the case with Monsieur, who didn't even know that a safer alternative was available, it was nice to bring it to his attention and then let him decide.
The current fry pan that we are using is the 12.5" one made by Gotham. The coating is made of ground ceramic and copper so the interior has that flashy copper colour. It is PFOA, PTFE, and PFOS free.
I had assumed that a ceramic coating would be more durable than a PFOA one but you do need to be gentle with it. No metal utensils or harsh scouring pads. So far, our Gotham pan is holding up and Monsieur is really pleased with its performance. I like the fact that the price is comparable to a good quality name brand stainless steel fry pan.
If you have the budget for it, you really can't go wrong with classic Le Creuset. A well seasoned cast iron skillet is practically nonstick.
Any foodie or chef will tell you that they develop a deep relationship with their favourite kitchen tools and Monsieur is in love with his Le Creuset skillet. But then, of course, he would be a fan as he is French! They really are workhorses in the kitchen (I am referring to Le Creuset but then, come to think of it, Monsieur is a workhorse too) and were made to endure decades of usage. Personally, I am just glad that my mind is at ease with the cookware that we are using. I don't see the point of being careful choosing the food we eat but then negating all that effort by preparing it in cookware that might be leaching toxic chemicals. I know that Le Creuset is pricey but they last for years and for me, it is a thoughtful, mindful purchase.
How are you doing with the Challenge? The finish line is close at hand!
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