Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Oiling Teflon pans?

An article on non stick frying pans at finance yahoo contains the following text:

So this is what I should have known. I should have “preseasoned” the pan by rinsing and drying it and rubbing it with a paper towel with a little oil on it. Pretty much any type of oil will do.

It’s a good idea to rub about a teaspoon of oil or butter on a cold pan each time you use it, Mr. Winter said, because despite the name nonstick, most of the cookware needs some kind of lubricant.

Wikipedia notes:

For some cooking preparations a non-stick frying pan is inappropriate, especially where the residue of browning, or sucs, is to be incorporated in a later step such as a pan sauce. Since little or no residue can stick to the surface, the sauce will fail for lack of its primary flavoring agent.

Non-stick frying pans featuring teflon coatings must never be heated above about 465 °F/240 °C, a temperature that easily can be reached in minutes.[3] At higher temperatures non-stick coatings decompose and give off toxic fumes.


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