21 Nov 5 Non-stick Cookware Myths (That You Should Stop Believing)
If you’re considering purchasing non-stick cookware, we have the most up-to-date and accurate information to help you make the best decision.
Myth #1: Isn’t it true that all “non-stick coatings” are essentially the same?
Totally not. Coatings vary greatly depending on how many layers are present (1, 2, or 3), as well as whether or not they are reinforced. A coating can also be made of PTFE or silicone, which have different properties.
Myth #2: Non-stick coatings are not long-lasting.
This may have been acceptable in the 1960s and 1970s, but it is simply incorrect today. Non-stick coatings can now last for decades, thanks to a plethora of technological advancements in coating technology.
The lifetime warranties that are common on many high-end housewares products attest to this fact. Of course, all non-stick coatings will wear out over time, especially if metal utensils are used.
Myth #3: PFOA is found in non-stick coatings.
Even in liquid form, PFOA is rarely found in non-stick coatings. In the few cases where old generation PTFE technology still contains PFOA, that PFOA is completely destroyed during the curing process.
As a result, it is physically impossible for a PTFE-coated surface on a piece of cookware to contain PFOA.
Myth #4: A non-stick coating is ruined if it is slightly scratched.
This is not true. While the small gouge or scrape is unsightly, it does not render the product useless. It will perform excellently as long as the majority of the coating is present on the bottom of the vessel.
Myth #5: Expensive non-stick cookware outlasts inexpensive non-stick cookware.
All non-stick cookware has roughly the same lifespan. The real difference, however, is usually that more expensive brands have more layers of non-stick coating.
It’s debatable whether adding more layers extends the life of a pan. What really makes a non-stick pan last is proper care and use.