CHOOSE YOUR HOME-WARE WISELY
I was astound once again while reading the News here in Finland
There are reports all over the World about Teflon (PTFE) found in the oceans. The monstrosity is more precisely poly-tetra-fluoro-ethylene, the trade name is Teflon.
We (me and my wife Nina), stopped the use of Teflon-fryingpans years ago, when the teflon surface of those pans seemed to wear out pan after pan.
We then started to use pans that are made from stainless steel and cast iron, without any surface coating. We hoped to save money by selecting a longer lasting frying pan. It seems that we also saved some of our health and environment too.
Teflon is seeping in to the oceans despite wastewater treatment
So, back to the article. It seems that the teflon from these pans and baking moulds seems to peel of when these kind of pans are washed. Of Course the waters from our Western homes goes to the water-treatment plant before they are released to the sea. The problem is that there is no method that could filter these microscopic particles from the waters that go through the plant
This leads to the pollution of the oceans and pollution of ourselves.
Old Fashioned pans are better for you and your wallet
So maybe we should switch to the old fashioned cast-iron pans. At least if the iron from the cast-iron pan is worn and transmitted to our food, it just improves the iron concentration in our blood. Which in turn is especially welcome to people with low hemoglobin or people during / after their periods.
If the cast-iron pan seems too heavy-duty then there are still couple other options: stainless steel and iron pans. Iron pans are made from the same iron that casted ones are, these are just made by pressin a thick iron sheet in to a shape.
Cast-Iron pans are as tough as it gets, and for lifetime!
Cast-iron can be broken, some sewage-pipes are made from cast-iron, and I have broken these with a big sledge hammer. So they aren't un-destructible. But inside your home you can't break these, anything else will break but not cast-iron pans.
Some thought should be made when purchasing these, since the handle can get very how, depending on the material and attachment method.
Weight of these pans are also something unbelievable if you compare to those aluminum teflon pans. But before you judge these to be bad, in my childhood we had only these kind of pans and I made my omelettes in these almost every day since I was 7.
Pressed iron pans are lighter, but still for lifetime!
One thing that is different is the way you could break these, which is that the sledge hammer makes only a dent, but if you create a very small pointed flame to this pan it might warp and distort. But to this to happen you should heat this with a welding torch.
Same thing as with cast-iron some handle material get very hot in use, but also only full steel handles could be placed inside an oven.
You might still be very surprised how heavy these pans are, they look significantly slimmer than cast-iron pans but are only slightly lighter.
Stainless steel pans are lightest of these lifetime pans!
There is surefire way to destroy any pan, whether it is made of anything. This pan is made from separate parts: stainles steel inside, the bottom has two outer layers (copper and steel). If you heat up these pans and pour in frozen material or very cold water, those three parts will break apart with a loud bang!
From all of the pans these are usually with stainless steel handles that accumulate heat depending on the technique that they are connected to the pan itself.
These are the lightest of the pans there are that can still be said to have lifetime durability.
See our comparison chart below and decide what is good for you:
Weight, durability, non-stick, heat accumulation, frying result, best for, best known manufacturer, link to brand on amazon (needs plugin)