01 April 2011

Cook without Teflon

Since I joined Jillian Michaels online nearly 2 months ago I am amazed at how much I am learning. Not just about diet and exercise but matters that are important to all of us. Especially those of us with children in the home. Daily I am email tips, ideas, recipes, exercise plan, meal plan, etc. and I would like to share some of the tips that I feel is a matter of importance to each or our well being. Here is her tip on using Teflon cookware that I found quite interesting.

"Teflon, the nonstick cooking wonder that changed the way we looked at the traditional pan (and eventually every kitchen item in sight), turned out to be not so wondrous after all. When heated the chemicals in the signature Teflon coating can do some serious damage to your liver, thyroid, (causing hormonal malfunction), and immune system. For the sake of your health, toss those old Teflon pans - especially the ones whose coatings have begun to flake off - and use iron, porcelain,-coated, stainless steal, and glass cookware instead. For those who can't bear to give up their nonstick pans, there are several companies that have created eco-friendly nonstick cookware. No sticking, no chemicals, happy hormones - enough said." Jillian Michaels

While we are on the subject I would like to add my 2 cents on cast iron pans. I have used them for years and it's all I own besides some glass baking ware. They last forever, help keep my body in the right amount of iron from cooking them, and they clean up easy.~


Heather said...

Wow, I did not know that. All my cooking pans are teflon. As soon as I have some extra money looks like I'll be doing some shoping.

Cinnamon said...

Great info. I cook with both, cast iron and non stick pans. But you're right cast iron is wonderful to cook in.


blessedmom's simple home said...

I've been throwing them out too, although I don't have many of them. I love my old cast iron skillets.
Sorry I haven't been around much.
You've got beautiful hair, btw :-)
Happy Belated Birthday to Kimmy!

Thank you so much for your prayers for my nephew Jordan. He is now back in the states and improving daily.

Anonymous said...


Thank you for the "hat tip" about the teflon pans.

Actually, most of the pans I own are teflon, so I don't think that I'll be able to replace every single pan in my home, ha! Well, at least it is something that I can keep in mind for the future.


P.S. Oh, you are welcomed to use my "A Contented Homemaker's Moment" poem for your Homeschool lesson with your daughters. :)


Mountain Home Quilts said...

It's scary how many people cook with teflon and how many of them don't know the dangers of it!!
We use primarily cast iron but I do own 1 skillet, 2 sauce pans and a stock pot that are all stainless steel. My cast iron consists of 3 skillets, a "chicken fryer," a griddle, and 2 dutch ovens.
o.k., now that I just read all that I wonder if I need it "all!" LOL

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the message Tricia. I see cast iron pans at yard sales and thrift stores all the time. I'll have to pick some up next time I run across them.

Camille said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog a week or two back....it's lovely to return the visit here. :)

Ohhhhh...teflon! The nasty stuff! What a great post...get the word out! :)

Many blessings,

P.S. Your family is just beautiful!!

Sara said...

Hi There — I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there’s so much misinformation out there about Teflon, I’m not surprised that you are concerned. I’m a representative of DuPont though, and hope you’ll let me share some information with you and your readers so that everyone can make truly informed decisions.

Regulatory agencies, consumer groups and health associations all have taken a close look at Teflon. This article highlights what they found — the bottom line is that you can use Teflon without worry.


I’d truly be glad to share additional information about it if you are interested, and appreciate your consideration of this comment. Cheers, Sara.

mommyx12 said...

Thanks Sara for sharing with us. I appreciate it.


Becca said...

Wow -- you got a rep from DuPont on your blog! :) I wonder if Calphalon is OK! I do have one cast iron skillet, but it's only 8" so I use it pretty rarely -- great for cornbread, though! Quincy's aunt has a TON of them hanging on her wall -- I wonder if she would be willing to part with one. :) BUT, you have to admit -- they don't clean up THAT easily, especially since you're not supposed to use soap on them. We only had a cast iron skillet growing up and I used to HATE when I was on kitchen duty -- always had to boil it out.