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Jun 12, 2006 04:53 PM

Interesting NYT article on non-stick pans

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Thought HCCH's might find this article from last week's Times interesting - comparing the non-stick properties of various non-Teflon pans. Didn't include my favorite Swiss Diamond though!


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  1. Yes, I did enjoy that article. It finally clarified for me that the black insides of the Le Creuset fry pans are not Teflon. I don't want to buy any more Teflon type non-stick. Are you sure that Swiss Duiamond is not Teflon related?

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    1. re: Niki Rothman

      I don't know that Swiss Diamond is not teflon related - but frankly I've not really worried about it.

      1. re: MMRuth

        Found this on the Cooksware website - link below - sounds like Swiss Diamond is made w/ Teflon -

        "PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene), commonly known as "Teflon" - The most non-stick and non-reactive surface, because PTFE is the most non-reactive chemical element. Excellent for no- and low-fat frying and non-stick cooking, such as making omelets, frying eggs and fish, and cooking pancakes and crepes. When reinforced with stainless steel (Excalibur), it is quite durable. When reinforced with diamond particles, as in Swiss Diamond Pans, it is virtually indestructible. A good choice for frypans and sauté pans. To extend the life of PTFE surfaces, use nylon utensils and do not heat above 430ºF."


        1. re: MMRuth

          But - the Swiss Diamond website says the following:

          "Does Swiss Diamond surface contain “TEFLON”?

          The Swiss Diamond coating does not contain any Teflon taking into consideration that “Teflon” is a trade mark, made and owned by “DUPONT”.

          What is the meaning of PFOA?

          “PFOA” means (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) and is an agent used in the manufacture of PTFE which is the component that gives non-stick properties to the surface of the cookware and many other consumers’ products. It is certainly right that the “PFOA” could be hazardous to the health if not properly eliminated in the fabrication processes while manufacturing the PTFE.

          Do Swiss Diamond products contain “PFOA”?

          The inherent slippery, non-stick properties of Diamonds Crystals when amalgamated into a nano-composite (mixture of extremely thin particles), means we use a minor amount of PTFE in our products, much lesser than any other non-stick products. The reasons are that the amalgams of real Diamond Crystals require such high temperatures that any particle of PFOA which is contained in the PTFE will be totally burned out so that NO PFOA can be traced on Swiss Diamond products."


          1. re: MMRuth
            ChowFun (derek)

            Thanks for reposting!...
            Very interesting..and clinically specific...very Swiss!
            Nice to know... Swiss Diamond can be used in the oven up to 500 degrees, and also at higher stovetop nice to know there are no chemicals to break down and kill any nearby canaries!

            1. re: ChowFun (derek)

              Now, I AM interested. I wonder if there are any low-priced sources for Swiss Diamond. Maybe I'll check amazon later and also do a little web searching.

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      ChowFun (derek)

      Swiss Diamond is my current favorite would have been been nice if there had been some clarification without prevarication in the article!

      1. But no titanium coated pans either.