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ISO non-toxic and non-stick pans in GTA

vinotinto Nov 19, 2008 04:58 PM

With the growing number of articles telling us that teflon isn't safe, I've been thinking about throwing out my non-stick pan. I know...cast iron is the best replacement...but I've also heard that "ceramic coated" cookware is a good replacement for teflon. Any leads on brands and stores where I could find this type of cookware in the GTA would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  1. Wahooty Nov 19, 2008 05:55 PM

    I just bought a little ceramic coated nonstick pan from Zellers. It was $9.99 for a 7" frying pan - they had some larger pans too, but I don't remember the prices. So far, I'm delighted with it, and if it doesn't hold up, I didn't exactly blow a lot of cash on it. It stands up to higher temperatures than Teflon, is harder to scratch, and can go into the oven. It's a nice alternative for those things that I don't like to do in my cast iron.

    1. chocabot Nov 19, 2008 06:43 PM

      I've seen a Cusinart option and an import brand (forgot name) at IQ Living on Danforth.

      1. Dr Butcher Nov 19, 2008 07:09 PM

        I've seen commercials for a non-stick line by Starfrit called Quicklean that are nickle/chrome coated. I've tried to find info on them but haven't found much.

        I would assume they aren't a high end product especially because they are carried by WalMart. I would be interested in seeing them in person though.

        1. Davedigger Nov 20, 2008 12:48 PM

          Home Sense has non-stick Paderno pans for reasonable prices.

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          1. re: Davedigger
            JamieK Nov 20, 2008 12:53 PM

            and so do many Home Hardware stores.

            1. re: JamieK
              aser Nov 20, 2008 03:27 PM

              swiss diamond pans are probably the cadillac of non-stick.


              1. re: aser
                vinotinto Nov 20, 2008 06:25 PM

                thanks for these suggestions, very helpful...it's funny, there aren't that many consumer reviews of a lot of these products on the web - maybe because they are relatively new? many of them seem relatively inexpensive - maybe i'll try a couple of them out and see how they perform...

                1. re: aser
                  jayt90 Nov 20, 2008 07:28 PM

                  The Swiss diamond pan surface contains diamonds and PTFE, which is Teflon.
                  Very expensive pans, sold by exclusive shops such as Bonnie Stern, but still the usual unreliable and unsafe plastic surface. Seehttp://www.naturalnews.com/021059.html

                2. re: JamieK
                  Davedigger Nov 20, 2008 06:52 PM

                  Home Sense has them for a steal!!

                  1. re: Davedigger
                    tjr Nov 20, 2008 06:55 PM

                    Linens & Things is going out of business, they might have them as well.

              2. gnuf Nov 26, 2008 07:38 AM

                According to an article I saw online, GreenPan makes cookware that uses Thermolon technology (http://www.thermolon.com/) and are available at Home Hardware, The Bay and Home Outfitters. The Thermolon website has articles and papers that present the case against Teflon in excruciating detail.

                You may want to read this thread from the Home Cooking board before buying:


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                1. re: gnuf
                  vinotinto Nov 26, 2008 03:28 PM

                  thanks... seems like people who've tried the alternates to teflon aren't exactly pleased with the performance/quality. i bought an 'earth chef' ceramic coated pan (foot tv watchers will have seen the commercials) and also a ceramic coated cast iron pan. i'm going to see how they perform and hopefully one of them will work out.

                  1. re: vinotinto
                    Tinman Nov 30, 2008 06:49 PM

                    I have a set of all clad anodized metal aka Emeril Ware and have had nothing but problems with most of the pans. My advice is to find a restaurant supply store and buy what the pros do.

                2. paulj Nov 26, 2008 04:35 PM

                  Why not just buy from one of the companies that sponsor those articles?

                  1. chocabot Dec 1, 2008 01:28 PM

                    i know Sears sell an eco pan and the Bay sells 2 kinds.

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