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Monday Morning Parenting: How to make eco-eggs

Monday, January 9, 2012

Non-stick cookware made with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no-good. The chemical PFOA, used to make the coating in non-stick pots and pans like the brand Teflon, has been shown to emit toxic fumes that leech into food during preparation. The EPA even got involved after the science community labeled PFOA a likely carcinogen and recommended a voluntary phaseout program. Every PFOA manufacturer agreed to cease the production of PFOA by 2015. No word on what DuPont will use to replace PFOA.

I'm not waiting until 2015 to get rid of my chemical-coated, non-stick cookware. Until we can afford a set of eco-cookware like Chantal or Green Pan, I insist that we use only our stainless steel pots and pans. Things can get messy when cooking with stainless steel if you're not careful. Take eggs for instance. No one wants to scrap the egg remnants from a pan after breakfast. So follow these tips for making eco-friendly eggs in a stainless steel pan that won't stick:

  1. When eggs taken directly from the cold refrigerator hit a hot pan, they stick. So bring eggs up to room temperature before cooking them by placing them in a bowl of hot tap water for 5 minutes.

  2. Warm up the pan on medium-low heat before adding oil.

Now your eggs won't stick! I was going to make a demo video, but my flip camera is full and I was too lazy to go through the video library to make space. So you'll have to take my word on the eggs!


septembermom said...

Hey Teresha! This is great info for me. I didn't know about the toxins in non stick pans. And I really appreciate your advice about keeping eggs from sticking. This is going to help me a lot. Thanks so much! And thank you for being a wonderful friend to me :) Hugs!

Sara said...

I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there's so much misinformation out there about PFOA and the Teflon® brand, 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 the Teflon® brand. This article highlights what they found -- the bottom line is that you can use Teflon® non-stick 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.

Maureensk said...

I had no idea that there were non-stick alternatives out, such as Chantal and Green Pan! We're going to be buying new pots and pans in a few months anyway, now you've got me all excited. Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

I don't blame you for not waiting to get rid of your nonstick pans. I used to love cooking in them years ago,but I couldn't stand the smell of the pot. So I just stick with my stainless steel pots.

I'll say with practice virtually noting will stick to them. Great advice about getting the eggs to room temp. before cooking.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Thanks.for.sharing this! I'm so sick of.them making crap that harms us. Geesh!!!!!

Deb said...

My Gran told me the trick about warming the eggs so they will not stick. I always used Non stick pans until I read an article 8 years ago about the toxins they release so I through them all away. Makes you wonder why they were ever approved in the first place!

Deb Dorrington

Kim said...

This is a great tip for me - our pan is just about retired but now maybe I can extend it's life!

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