Would you eat Teflon?

If you are cooking your food in nonstick Teflon pans, you are ingesting all the chemicals that make up Teflon.  You are also breathing in the fumes as the pans heat up.  There have been many reports on the negative effects of using nonstick pots and pans as well as cooking with aluminum.

I grew up as a child eating everything cooked in aluminum pots and pans or fried in cast iron skillets.  Then about the time I got married nonstick cookware was all the rage.  I had nonstick everything, never really thinking about what I was ingesting after having my food cooked in these pots and pans or what I was breathing into my lungs as these pots and pans heated up.  Going to antique stores and seeing the lovely glass refrigerator dishes made me want them because they were pretty and represented a time we all refer to as the June Cleaver days.  Of course, I didn’t buy them. What would I do with them?  Afterall, I had my Tupperware and Rubbermaid to store my food in the refrigerator, freezer and cabinets.

Becoming ill with environmental illness suddenly opened my eyes.  I have become more aware of the food I eat, the chemicals used in the home and the utensils I use to prepare my meals.  I store my food in glass in the refrigerator and have glass jars for items I store in the cabinets.  I still long for the beautiful old refrigerator ware shown below.  I can’t go into antique stores because of my mold allergies but may check into some reproduction pieces of this beautiful glass ware.  The last picture below is what new glass refrigerator dishes look like.  I found it on Amazon.  While it is not as pretty as the antique ones, I think I may invest in a couple of pieces very soon.

3 Vintage Jeanette Jadeite Refrigerator Dishes- Full setVintage Glass Refrigerator Dish with Lid ... Large Two Piece Glass Refrigerator Dish ... Fruit Design

Today I cook my food in stainless steel pans, cast iron skillets and enameled cast iron pans and pots.

I follow a blog from Andrea Fabry about her family and their journey  through recovery from their mold exposure.  As a fellow mold sufferer, I enjoy the topics that Andrea shares on her blog and learning how her family is progressing through the various illnesses they have suffered as a result of their mold exposure.  Last week, Andrea posted on her blog about Safe Cookware.  You can see this blog post by visiting her site:  http://moldrecovery.blogspot.com/2012/10/safe-cookware.html

My dear friend Sonda at sondasmcschatter reblogged about choosing healthy safe cookware a few days ago.

When I first talked about safe cooking utensils I had meant to come back and talk about seasoning those old cast iron skillets. I found two links for seasoning that are fairly simple and straight forward.  They can be found  here and here.

So, tell me what is your food cooking in?  I would love to hear what others are using and what you think about nonstick pans (even the new ones that say they are safe).

19 responses to “Would you eat Teflon?

  1. Wow! Thank you for the info…

  2. I cook in enameled or stainless steel. Thanks for all the great info. 😀

  3. Kathy: Having been through the patient education program at Dr. Rea’s clinic, I, too, stick to glass, porcelain, and stainless steel for baking and cooking on the stovetop. I avoid non-stick cookware. Although I have a large non-stick flat pancake pan, I haven’t used it in years. Thanks for bringing attention to safer cooking materials. It never hurts to review. Jennie


  5. I did not know this Kathryn! What an eye opener. Urm, I am guilty of still using Teflon non stick pans… But have recently been considering looking into a good cast iron set… I think you have just answered that question for me! 🙂

  6. Check out Etsy.com! They have a lot of vintage housewares and you won’t have to leave the house to get them 🙂

  7. Good article, Kathryn. I use stainless and glass. My dad read an article years ago linking aluminum pots and pans to Alzheimer’s and he threw out every piece made of the offending metal. To this day, I refuse to use them, as well as non-stick.

  8. We only cook in glass, which is nice. I used to have a cast iron skillet but somehow lost it (have no idea how you lose a cast iron skillet, but if it can be lost, I’ll find I way to lose it).

    Great post. Unfortunately, the makers of cookware, keep pushing this stuff. Thank goodness Pyrex keeps making glass.

  9. When we moved in to our new house, I looked at it as a new beginning cookware wise. I bought all new safe stuff. It was hard to throw out the nonstick stuff we’d gotten for our wedding, but a lot of it wasn’t really durable and had become worn anyway. The heathy stuff also seems to be sturdier, which is a huge plus and helps affirm the cost. 🙂

  10. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I do have several non-stick skillets, but everything else is stainless steel, cast iron, stoneware, or enameled cast iron. I use a lot of wooden utensils (some my son made). I prefer storing and serving in glass, but I still have plenty of plasticware on standby. I use wooden cutting boards because they don’t grow germs and can heal themselves.

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