Even the most trusted name in nonstick cookware has its critics. Check out the list below to get the facts surrounding nonstick cookware myths.
Myth 1: There are safety concerns about cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings.
Fact: Cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings is safe for its intended uses, and in fact, it can contribute to a heart-healthy low-fat diet by letting you cook with little or no fat.
Myth 2: Nonstick coatings wear off easily.
Fact: Some DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings are guaranteed for the life of the pan. And all are engineered to resist chipping, peeling and flaking.
Myth 3: Ceramic coatings or so-called “green pans” are safer or better than pans with Teflon® brand nonstick coatings.
Fact: In repeated tests, cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings outperformed ceramics and lasted seven times longer than ceramic-coated pans.
Myth 4: Nonstick coatings are all the same.
Fact: When it comes to long lasting nonstick performance, DuPont™ Teflon® brand nonstick coatings outperform competitors, including ceramic pans or so-called “green pans.”
Myth 5: “Teflon” is the same thing as PFOA.
Fact: If someone tells you “Teflon” is PFOA, they are wrong. Teflon® is a brand. Even the EPA has said that the Teflon® brand is not PFOA. In fact, DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings for cookware and consumer bakeware are made without PFOA.
Myth 6: You should not use metal utensils on nonstick coatings.
Fact: DuPont has top-of-the-line coatings that will stand up to almost anything, even metal utensils.
Myth 7: Nonstick pans are not for serious cooks or chefs.
Fact: Premium nonstick coatings, such as DuPont™ Teflon® Platinum Plus brand, are tailored to withstand intense use and have been used by professional chefs for more than 50 years.
Myth 8: Some cooking techniques, such as deglazing, searing and browning, just don’t work with a nonstick pan.
Fact: You can deglaze, brown and sear foods in nonstick pans. In fact, browning food in on e may impart a richer color and flavor because the resulting liquid won’t stick to the pan.
Myth 9: If a nonstick surface is scratched, it should be thrown away.
Fact: Scratches do not affect performance. They’re unsightly, but not the end of the world (or your nonstick pan). As long as most of the pan still has its coating, you’re good to cook.
Myth 10: Nonstick-coated pans cannot be put in the dishwasher.
Fact: If a nonstick pan has Teflon® nonstick coatings and is from a reputable manufacturer, it can be put in the dishwasher, Still, always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s care instructions.
Myth 11: High heat will damage the pan’s finish.
Fact: Nonstick pans with Teflon® coatings can stand the heat. You can heat a nonstick pan up to 500°F without damaging the finish. What’s more, 500°F is well above the temperatures required for boiling, frying and baking.
Myth 12: You can’t store food in the refrigerator in a nonstick pan.
Fact: Oh yes you can, with no problems whatsoever.
Myth 13: There are too many dos and don’t with nonstick pans. They’re more trouble than a regular pan.
Fact: Nonstick cookware coatings were specifically designed to save time and trouble in the kitchen. By following a few simple guidelines, cooking and cleanup is much easier for everyone with DuPont™ Teflon®. See Cookware Care for more information.
Myth 14: If a pan has a textured bottom, food can get stuck in the pattern.
Fact: You may get attached to your cookware coated with Teflon® quality tested nonstick coatings, but food never will. The superior food release is in no way diminished by these textured surfaces. In fact, these pans can actually extend the performance of a nonstick coating by minimizing the contact between surface and utensils. Nonstick pans with textured bottoms should be treated like any other nonstick pan, and will provide many years of great performance and easy cleanup.
Myth 15: Teflon® branded products may be taken off the market.
Fact: This is simply not true. The DuPont™ Teflon® brand is highly recognized and valued by consumers and DuPont will continue to offer high performance products under its Teflon® brand, including nonstick coatings for cookware.