There are many different pans on the market today that use different non-stick coatings. Perhaps you are familiar with them but want to know more information about the different types available. Below we will talk about what kinds of non-stick coatings are available as well as the pros and cons for each. This will help you feel more confident when it comes to selecting your new frying pans, woks, and skillets!
When it comes to distinguishing between non-stick coatings, two can be made. These comparisons involve the non-sticking coating types of: Teflon non-stick coating and ceramic non-stick coating
The Teflon non-stick coating is the most common and famous type of coating! The term “Teflon” has a variety of means, but we will keep things simple by using the general Teflon term in this article. Teflon is basically a plastic layer that is applied over a pan. The Teflon fabric is extremely strong and has particularly good non-stick properties. As a result, food will not stick as quickly. Another bonus is that the pans with a Teflon non-stick coating are very easy to clean!
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Although Teflon non-stick pans are very popular, they also have their disadvantages. When a pan with a Teflon non-stick coating is raised to a high temperature - usually around 260°c or higher, the PTFE can fall out. PTFE is a substance that is used in Teflon non-stick coatings. When this happens, PFOA is released, a toxic substance that can cause prolonged health problems. Legally, it has been forbidden to use PFOA in products since 2015, so all pans on our website with a Teflon non-stick coating are completely PFOA-free!. In addition, it is important to use silicone or plastic cookware to avoid scratching the pan. And because Teflon is actually made of plastic, its production is also not very sustainable.
How to treat Teflon non-stick coating pans?
A pan with Teflon non-stick coating can last for years with proper maintenance! As mentioned earlier, it is important to use silicone or plastic cooking utensils. Pans with a Teflon non-stick coating can also be cleaned in the dishwasher. However, to extend the life of the non-stick coating, we would still recommend handwashing the pan!
Most pans with a ceramic non-stick coating are made of silicon (SiO2). This is a natural material that occurs in sand or stones. This is one major advantage over Teflon non-stick coatings, it is a lot better for the environment! In addition, a ceramic non-stick coating is resistant to high temperatures, so the coating will not come off quickly. The lifespan of pans with a ceramic non-stick coating are therefore a lot longer. Another advantage is that the ceramic non-stick coating is very scratch resistant. This means that you can use stainless steel utensils without worrying about damaging the pan!
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A ceramic non-stick coating has lesser non-stick qualities compared to a Teflon non-stick coating.
How to treat Ceramic non-stick coating pans?
Pans with a ceramic non-stick coating are ideal for frying or baking ingredients at a high temperature. Most pans with a ceramic non-stick pan are dishwasher safe, but we recommend handwashing the pans to extend their non-stick coating!