Alternative to Teflon – Ceramics

Teflon and non-stick pans release toxic perfluorochemicals when heated. So basically, the plastic layers that are coating the pan are slowly breaking away from the pan and coming up in the steam – where you are breathing them in, ekk! I always remember Mema telling me growing up that they were bad, and at the time I did not care to much – however, now it just freaks me out! So in my attempt to be better to the environment and my health – I am on the hunt for an alternative. I have two non-stick pans that I am needing to pitch, and need to replace – I only need to replace one though.

Xtrema's Line of Products

Still not convinced that non-stick should be avoided? EcoBold says it best, “Why is Teflon bad for you? Teflon non-stick pans are made with a chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), in between others, which is known to increase infertility and some scientists say it may be more harmful to the environment and human health than DDT, a pretty impressive record to break. It is said that when a Teflon pan reaches around 446F it starts to offgas toxic particules, at 680F it releases six different toxic gases, two of them are carcinogenic, another two are global pollutants and one is MFA which is a chemical that’s lethal to humans at low doses.”

So an alternative: Xtrema which is handmade using natural gas, clay and water. Xtrema is a ceramic non-stick and comes in many options; such as, pots, pans, caserols, and skillets. It can withstand 2700 F, Steel can melt at 2200 F – so it is tough – it is also Non-Scratch and has a Non-Toxic Ceramic Glaze Surface. It can go in the dishwasher, oven, microwave, BBQ grill, freezer and be on the stovetop! Since it is ceramic it holds heat longer, which should help with cooking time and the electric bill. Best of all, there are NO LEACHING CHEMICALS OR TRACE MATERIALS – that means no harmful gases coming from it or contaminating your food! So I am ordering a new skillet!

What do you think?