Non-Stick Cookware : Buying Guides
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Nonstick cookware has become popular for easy cooking and cleaning properties. It requires less oil or grease to keep food from sticking, it disperses heat evenly, and cleanup is a breeze. Nowadays, nonstick coatings to pans have led to different grades of cookware.
With all of the different types of nonstick cookware available, it would be wise for you to go through all of the reviews in order to find the best types that suit your needs.
Hard Anodization is an electro-chemical process that hardens aluminum –that has twice the hardness of stainless steel. This cookware has an extremely long lifespan and can resist abrasion and corrosion. With hard anodized aluminum cookware, you’ll take the advantages from not only from durability but also heat conductivity –no hot spots.
In health issues, hard-anodized aluminum cookware is safer than other non-stick coating process. The surface will not chip or peel and it can handle extremely high heat levels without damage to the finish.
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Cast iron cookware is great value and functionality. From even heating, retention, extremely long durability, and value simply, cast iron is consider to be unbeatable classic one, and cooking with cast iron is no less promising. It’s non-stick surface contributes well to fat free cooking, and a well prepared Dutch Oven meal has a tantalizing flavor unmatched by any other cooking gear in it’s class.
However, this type of cookware is heavy, not dishwasher-safe and requires occasional seasoning to maintain its non-stick surface, but concerned to ‘safe’ to your health than other nonstick gears.
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Enameled Cast Iron
Cookware made properly of enamel-coated iron and steel is safe to cook with, according to the FDA. Enameled cast iron is cast iron that has a vitreous enamel glaze. The enamel coating over the cast iron prevents rusting, eliminates the need to season the metal, and allows for more thorough cleaning. What’s great? Pigments used in the enameling process can produce vibrant colors.
While enamel coated cast iron doesn’t have the seasoning and cleaning issues of bare cast iron, it can be several times more costly, and not good in heat distribution and conductivity.
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Traditional nonstick coatings, such as DuPont’s Teflon®, are made chiefly of APFO, PFOS and PFOA PTFE. These chemical are released depends on the temperature of the pan –which cause "polymer fume flu," also known as "Teflon® flu," in humans.
However, experts say, with proper use and care and high grade, Teflon cookware should be safe to use for years to come.
If you’re still nervous about toxic and food safety, there are many Eco-Friendly cookware sets (or ‘Green Cookware’) on the market that are PTFE-free and PFOA-free available. Recently, a few new technologies have appeared on the scene –mostly based on:
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The least expensive type of nonstick cookware features a single, thin layer of nonstick coating –led to easily scratch and peel. The more layers increases, the better cookware (and certainly, the more price runs). A high quality finish is easy to tell from a single layer coating. Investing for a ‘reasonable’ multi-coated nonstick cookware is always worth.