I feel like I need to explain why I don’t like Teflon coating and why I am in search of light non-Teflon cookware:
- Teflon has often been made with perfluorinated carbon such as PFOA that DO NOT DEGRADE for maybe hundreds (or more) of years under natural conditions. All of us have a little PFCs in our bodies, particularly polar bears
- Research has shown that perfluorinated chemicals were correlated to some health issues such as developmental problems
- Teflon also do not degrade over hundreds of years
- Synthetic chemicals have been entering our bodies since the Industrial Revolution, and I don’t want to keep adding the chemical burden to my body, the science is not there yet to investigate the synergistic effects of multiple chemicals on human health, let along ecological health
- Even the PFOA-substitute, also fluorinated carbons, in Teflon production, though more biodegradable, are still not easily degraded. And its human health effect has not been determined.
So if you have been following what I have done so far to avoid PFOA (or PFCs), you would know I have a cast iron skillet, quite heavy, but very useful, non-stick after seasoning. And you would know that when they say “non-stick coating” it would mean that it contains PFOA (or PFCs) even if it says it’s titanium non-stick coating.
So now, we went to Costco, and we found this MasterClad, made WITHOUT USING PFOA (OR PFCs)! This uses only the alloys in its 5-ply cookware, and the wording “non-stick system” is surely distinguishing from “non-stick coating”. So we got one! Very light, very easy to clean, very easy to use, AND LITTLE OR NO OIL REQUIRED! Lifetime warranty! Stainless steel handle makes it easy to put into the oven up to 500F!
Unfortunately, despite my excitement, after following up on the comment below, I checked again with MasterClad about its use of Teflon, and it does use PTFE. The company did not see Teflon and PTFE as the same thing. Do not purchase this if you want to avoid using Teflon.
My previous post about non-teflon cookware:
I had to update my post about this MasterClad cookware. Originally I made sure they did not use Teflon in their cookware and was told twice they did not. I agreed with the “Cast Iron” comment (thanks for correcting and giving us the right information) that the MasterClad cookware DOES have PTFE. Beware that the company did not know Teflon is PTFE. I apologize that I have been misinformed and in turn misinformed you.
The Madrid Statement was published today on Environmental Health Perspectives. The statement contains concerns from scientists for the use of PFASs (formerly known as PFCs) in cookware and other uses. I think this is a very important step and important statement for those of you who are on the fence about using non-stick cookware. Read the Madrid Statement before buying! Reduce your consumption and use of PFASs!
A friend shared this story to me, published in the New Yorker Times Magazine (“The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare“, Jan. 6th, 2016). The story outlined how DuPont has been covering the adverse health effects for years, also how DuPont has disposed of such chemicals improperly. Included is a story about a lawyer, a simple cattle farmer, and a big law firm.