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teflon frying pans: old or new?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM

alright, i know that cast-iron frying pans are a much-much more better choice health-wise but, here is what i have:

two teflon frypans:

an old one which has been used almost daily for almost half a year, has no visible scratches, and, although it has mostly lost its glossy surface, food generally still doesn't stick to it

a somewhat fancy (about 20 times more expensive than the old one) unused brand-new one, with thicker bottom, and, as the description says, with high scratch-proof quality

so, what kind of logic should be applied in such situation?: should i keep on using the old one on the assumption that all the bad stuff in it has already leeched away, or should i go with the new - believing that its pristine smooth surface is what keeps all the nastiness inside?

any ideas?

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on October 25, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I was in the same boat and found a ceramic coated lightweight iron skillet at the Maxx for $9.99 and tossed the old one out.

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on September 22, 2011
at 09:59 PM

I'm sorry but I keep thinking the post title is reading as "Terrifying Frying Pans: Old or New." Any nicks or scratches to the teflon and the pan has to be tossed, so I agree with cast iron or stainless. I have All Clad stainless and love it to death. Now if only I could find my missing cast iron that I think was lost in the move..

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Cast iron pans cost about 10 bucks. We get exposed to plenty of PFOAs as it is without directly eating them.

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Cast iron pans cost about 10 bucks.

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on August 25, 2011
at 04:02 PM

great question. i hope someone has an answer!

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on August 25, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Stainless is ok, especially for deglasing pan sauces. Its sticky so you have more the brown yummy bits on the pan. Cast iron is much less sticky. Teflon is great for omelettes.

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on August 25, 2011
at 02:03 PM

GN you are in Japan? you will never find one in a normal store in Japan. Camping stores have them though! and the best place is actually to get them online http://goo.gl/Q1Kdx - Rakuten - 9 inch pan for 3000yen.

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:12 AM

Yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, ebay, http://www.lodgemfg.com/ and the internet in general - all great sources for finding cast iron. I had 2 cast iron pans that did pretty much everything I needed along with a carbon steel wok.

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:10 AM

Perhaps try to find some american store.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:08 AM

Sometimes you can find new cast iron cookware in most unsuspectin places, like hardware stores etc. Or perhaps during some weekends when theres yard sales or ethnic markets.

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:24 AM

Or perhaps they don't stock them b/c people would only buy them once instead of every year?

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:21 AM

hmmm - i wish i could buy one for 4 usd); but there are none for any money on sale where i live (in the 'village' i live there are about 4 mid-size supermarkets selling a lot of cookware, which makes me think that stores don't stock them cause people just don't / wouldn't buy them; but... japan and 'paleo' exist in different universes in the first place anyway)

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on August 25, 2011
at 01:37 PM

I avoid teflon and use stainless. I just picked up one for 10 dollars at Macy's sale. However my other ones were lots of money. I would take the new one and clean it and use it. I would not use the old one...

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:04 AM

Agreed.

Dumping the Teflon would be best. Here is a nice article with quite a bit of description and information when making choices for cookware if you find yourself in the market in the future ;) http://www.rwood.com/Articles/Healthy_Cookware.htm

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on September 22, 2011
at 07:23 PM

If I had to choose between the options given, all other things being equal, I'd go for the nice new one. Even without visible scratches, there's no vouching for the integrity of the older pan's nonstick surface, how it may have been compromised by excessive dry heating or other non-trauma factors, etc. At least with the new one, you'll have been its sole steward and can exercise a high degree of control over how it's treated.

My personal choice would also be something different, but hopefully a properly handled nonstick pan won't lead to instant teratogenic mutation upon consumption of the first omelet.

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on August 25, 2011
at 04:49 PM

I read that if you heat a teflon pan with out any food i it...the fumes will kill a pet bird. I got rid of mine. I use cast iron or stainless steel

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on August 25, 2011
at 01:54 PM

I think its impossible to not have at least one or two teflon pans, as long as you are cooking with them right and not scratching them up and eating some teflon, it should be fine for eggs and a few other dishes that require this non stick surface. Its when you allow them to smoke or scratch them up and they peel that its of more concern (for me at least). I personally would choose teflon over aluminum if I had to.

I've basically replaced most of mine with professional grade stainless steel, it does take a little time getting use to them, but you pick up quickly. If you cook with them wronf, you will you feel the wrath from soaking, scrubbing them (if you goof like I have a couple times with new ones, just coat them with oven cleaner and give them a good cleaning).

I just picked up my first cast iron pans, 1 standard size, one tiny size (perfect for one egg). I have yet to season them but I'm looking forward to using these!!!

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on August 25, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Stainless is ok, especially for deglasing pan sauces. Its sticky so you have more the brown yummy bits on the pan. Cast iron is much less sticky. Teflon is great for omelettes.

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:07 AM

I stay away from all things teflon.As long as you use enough fat to cook in & don't cook at the highest possible temperature, an aluminum, copper, cast iron, or stainless pan shouldn't be a problem.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:13 AM

If you dont cook alot of omelettes i would just get a few cast iron pans. They sear meat much better and cost almost nothing in trift stores. I have like 10 pans and together they have cost me like 40usd. And They last hundreds of years.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 25, 2011
at 08:24 AM

Or perhaps they don't stock them b/c people would only buy them once instead of every year?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 25, 2011
at 10:12 AM

Yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, ebay, http://www.lodgemfg.com/ and the internet in general - all great sources for finding cast iron. I had 2 cast iron pans that did pretty much everything I needed along with a carbon steel wok.

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 25, 2011
at 02:03 PM

GN you are in Japan? you will never find one in a normal store in Japan. Camping stores have them though! and the best place is actually to get them online http://goo.gl/Q1Kdx - Rakuten - 9 inch pan for 3000yen.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on August 25, 2011
at 10:08 AM

Sometimes you can find new cast iron cookware in most unsuspectin places, like hardware stores etc. Or perhaps during some weekends when theres yard sales or ethnic markets.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on August 25, 2011
at 10:10 AM

Perhaps try to find some american store.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 25, 2011
at 08:21 AM

hmmm - i wish i could buy one for 4 usd); but there are none for any money on sale where i live (in the 'village' i live there are about 4 mid-size supermarkets selling a lot of cookware, which makes me think that stores don't stock them cause people just don't / wouldn't buy them; but... japan and 'paleo' exist in different universes in the first place anyway)

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