non-stick information continued

A couple of days ago, I blogged on some interesting facts on the non-stick cookware coating Teflon or PTFE. Since most of the cookware manufactured today does not contain PTFE I wanted to talk about what this popular type of cookware is made with. One of these coatings is a mixture of titanium and ceramic can be sandblastedonto the pan surface, and then firedto 2,000 °C (3,630 °F). The next type, Thermolon is a trademark of the Thermolon Corporation. Thermolon is a patented mineral polymer based on silicon oxides. The Thermolon Corporation claims that its coating provides environmental benefits related not only to the absence of any toxic chemicals, but also to the lower curing temperature of the coating, which reduces energy use. Ecolon (Ecologically-friendly Nylon) is a ceramic-glass reinforced Nylon 6(Perlon) coating, commonly used in cookware. The manufacturers claim that Ecolon coatings are highly resistant to scratches caused by utensils, metallic cleaning pads and abrasives, and withstand high temperatures, leading to greater durability. Ecolon remains stable at up to 450°C. These new and improved non-stick maybe as affective as Teflon without the health concerns but my favorite form of cookware is still cast iron. It has been around for hundreds of years, and when people began seasoning cast iron not only does it protect it from rusting it is naturally non-stick. I don’t know the specifics of all types of non-stick but I hope this bit of information can help you make an informed decision when it comes the equipment in your kitchen.

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