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Okay... I gotta ask, if anyones attempted this.

So. I'm trying to go towards, switching to non-toxic, safer cookware. I've switched to all stainless steel & cast iron, and love them to death.

But.... I've got these extremely nice, calphalon unison pans, which are coated with the nasty teflon, and I'm trying to remove it, without, scratching it off by hand, and hoping for the best.

Anyhow, in my little bits, of research, I read 2-3 encounters about people tossing in there non-stick pans in the oven, and running the oven cleaning cycle.

Supposedly, if all things go well, in 2-3 hours, the non stick surface, will be a grey surface, that rubs off easily.

I'm testing this theory out, atm, and was wondering, if anyone else has attempted the same. Currently, the sides, just look clean, not really as if it's burned off, but, just clean, and it's only an hour, into it.

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  1. If you'll due research you'll find that there's NO evidence that nonstick cookware is dangerous in any way...at normal temps.

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    1. re: c oliver

      I was just curious, if anyone had ever tried to remove the coating before?

      1. re: Morono2014

        Why would anyone want to do that? If you don't want nonstick, then don't buy it.

    2. A quick bath in Drano works just as well, if not better.

      1. When non-stick cookware gets heated past a certain temperature, it gives off toxic fumes. I own two parakeets (they're 10 years old) and was told by the pet store not to give them a home in the kitchen just for this reason. The fumes would make them sick possibly fatally. Running your cookware through the clean cycle to strip it of its' non-stick coating might end up giving off toxic fumes that would be worse than if you simply cooked with them at not too high temperatures.

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        1. re: sherrib

          and I would think that burning the entire pan would create fumes that could be toxic to a lot more than parakeets.

        2. I would just throw them out.

          1. I find the super high heat and burning off smell with my self clean oven scary enough as is. I can't imagine adding Teflon coated pans to the mix.

            And will they be safe to cook with afterwards? I honestly don't know.