I need a new oven without any non-stick/teflon surfaces whatsoever-can anyone recommend?
Due to having pet birds, as well as not wanting any exposure for my family to the toxic fumes given off when non-stick materials are exposed to high heat, I wish to purchase a new oven that is free of any non-stick surfaces or coatings. I need a basic oven, the typical kind with a 4 burner range on top. Can anyone here kindly recommend such an oven? I am hoping they still exist, lol! Many thanks in advance!
I've never seen one that *does* have any non-stick surfaces. I can't imagine they'd put it inside; you wouldn't be able to self-clean it. Where are you seeing non-stick?
I've never heard of an oven that has any non-stick surfaces, only cookware. Are you talking about a "continuous-clean" oven? I don't think those have been around since the 70's.
Ok, thanks so much for the replies! I currently have a GE self-cleaning oven, approx. 10 years old. Last week a friend visited, and told me there must be some surface area in or on my oven that is non-stick. I honestly don't know that to be true, but I was "educated" by her on all the ills of fumes released when non-stick surfaces are exposed to high heat. She advised I buy a new, "healthy" oven but could not recommend one as she doesn't even own or use one! Imagine that, lol!
Anyway, I believe in taking any reasonable precautions when it comes to preserving the good health of my family, hence the post. Really, I should just call GE and confirm with them that there are no non-stick surfaces for peace of mind.
"Last week a friend ... told me there must be some surface area in or on my oven that is non-stick . I honestly don't know that to be true, but I was "educated" by her on all the ills of fumes released when non-stick surfaces are exposed to high heat. She advised I buy a new, "healthy" oven ...[although] she doesn't even own or use one! Anyway, I believe in taking any reasonable precautions when it comes to preserving the good health of my family"
Reading the above, I can't figure out why you use the word "reasonable"
Ovens get awfully hot. Non-stick surfaces must be used top of the stove on no higher than medium heat. Your friend is misinformed. I wouldn't take anything she ways very seriously. If you have questions you have access to Wikipedia.
I've also had birds for nearly my entire life. At this point only my one African Grey. To the best of my knowledge, the insides of ovens are not non-stick but instead a very hard enamel or powder-coated surface that has been factory baked on to the underlying metal. You should be just fine.
Non-stick would be very impractical inside an oven - the very high temperatures of the cleaning mode would damage it.
IMO, the greatest potential danger to your birds would be if you used HIGH heat on a non-stick pan. For this reason, when using non-stick, I always check it with an infrared thermometer to see how hot it really is. Just keep it at 450 or below and you should be just fine. Those toxins aren't good for us either - we just aren't as susceptible as our 1 pound pets.
Also, heat up those non-stick pans on a low to medium heat - it'll only take a bit longer to get them hot that way but it'll be more consistent and reduce the risk of any possible hot spots that are in the danger zone. I'd certainly recommend that you consider an infrared thermometer. They are only like $25 and are GREAT for tuning up your cooking skills too, as well as finding out where your house insulation has issues.