I have written so many times about why all of you should stop using your plastic coated non-stick cooking pans. Here are just some of those articles. Of course the push back I get from this advice is that any health concerns about their use is overshadowed by the fact that the coated pans are just so much more convenient to use and easy to clean. I have mainly used stainless steel cookware over the years and with a little care and lower temperatures have never had any trouble cooking anything I want in them. Recently I purchased a set of ceramic pans to see how they compared to Teflon and I am very impressed. I purchased the 4 piece set on Woot for the unbelievable price of $70.00. This deal is long gone, probably never to be seen again, but they are also available on Amazon for a discounted price. SafePan 4 Piece Eco-Nonstick Cookware Set. One thing to keep in mind is that even though this is advertised as a “4” piece set, the 4th piece is a lid that fits two of the pans. So the set consists of 3 pans and a lid.
We have used these pans every day for several weeks now and I can vouch for their quality. Nothing sticks to them. They conduct the heat from our gas stove burners like nothing I have used before. They are amazingly easy to clean. They flip your pancakes, omelets, and cheese sandwiches, without any effort on your part! (Well maybe this last part is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea.) It is great to have an affordable alternative to plastic coated cookware. So far these pans seem like they will last at least 20 times longer than any Teflon pan you may own, so the higher cost is not a reason to resist buying these. I highly recommend them. So toss your old, cheap plastic pans and move on to ceramic fry and saute pans and stainless steel steamers and pots. This will be a good move for your health and the health of your family and guests.
An interesting side story I saw about these pans is that they are “bird safe”. It seems that if you have a bird in your kitchen, the off gassing from cooking on Teflon pans can kill your pet. Now that should tell you something about how safe plastic coated cookware is for you too!