Nonstick Cookware - Nonstick Calphalon Cookware Sets
Nonstick cookware has come a long way since it was introduced. Discover the food preparation advantages with a Calphalon non-stick cookware set offering durability and utility.
Nonstick cookware is popular because it enables you to cook without added fat. Many types of nonstick coating have limitation for some kinds of cooking, though. As a general guide, nonstick cookware is not as durable as uncoated cookware.
The original nonstick cookware, coated with Teflon (PTFE), was disappointing to many people. Although modern coatings have overcome a lot of the shortcomings of the first versions, most nonstick cookware lines are still made with some version of PTFE. The difference is in how the coating is applied to the surface of the pan.In more advanced designs such as Calphalon nonstick cookware, the coating doesn't actually sit on top of the surface at all; rather it fills microscopic pits in an extremely hard and scratchproof metal surface. The food still doesn't stick, but now you can use metal utensils without worrying about scratching the coating.
Safety In Nonstick Cookware
PTFE used to dress the surface of nonstick cookware is chemically inert. Even if small bits of it do eventually wear or flake off and you inadvertently ingest them, the material passes harmlessly through the body. The identical PTFE tubing is used in medical devices to handle blood and other fluids with no ill effect on patients.
When working with PTFE-coated nonstick cookware, don't heat an empty pan or cook over high heat, as at some point you could get the pan hot enough to damage the coating or to start generating fumes.
If you own a pet bird (or if a pet bird own you), you should not own nonstick cookware. A single incident of a family member overheating a PTFE-coated pan can cause the death of any bird in the house. The risk to human health is negligible, but you cannot foresee all circumstances in which you might inadvertently leave a nonstick cookware pan unattended. Doing so can ruin any kind of pan, but only nonstick pans can asphyxiate a bird.
Another concern is that the manufacture of PTFE has been linked with negative environmental effects. Manufacturers, though, are working to resolve those issues by introducing newer chemical formulations for nonstick coatings.
Read the manufacturer's claims on any nonstick cookware item you buy, and read the warranty information carefully. Generally speaking, the better the warranty, the better the cookware. Some nonstick cookware now carries a lifetime warranty and is guaranteed scratchproof. "Lifetime" generally refers to the lifetime of the cookware, not that of the owner, however. The company might argue that once the coating wears out, the cookware's lifetime is over, leaving you little recourse.