Resolving your concerns about your favourite Non-Stick Cookware
Your questions, our answers!
Our experts have come together to address your nagging non-stick cookware related concerns, so that you can have worry-less, hassle-free, oil-free and totally stress free cooking experience!
1. Is non-stick cookware safe?
The concerns about non-stick cookware are centered on a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that WAS used to produce non-stick cookware, but this practice has STOPPED. Modern non-stick cookware are coated with a material called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is absolutely non-toxic and harmless.
All non-stick cookware has been basically PFOA Free since 2013. So, your non-stick cookware is 100% safe.
2. Are non-stick cookware durable?
A mediocre non-stick cookware generally lasts a few months. However, non-stick cookware with multi-layer PTFE coating or reinforced non-stick coating can last you for a couple of years. This type of cookware has better resistance to scratching or chipping, thus last longer.
Many high-end cookware brands like Meyer and Circulon apply at least two, sometimes three layers of non-stick coating, to increase the shelf-life of their non-stick cookware.
3. Can I cook without oil in my non-stick cookware?
You need some amount of oil (minimum to be clear) to facilitate better food release and flavour.
It is to be understood that the purpose of oil is to provide a cooking medium for cooking off spices or vegetables. Regardless of the surface, you are cooking in, you would require some quantity of oil in order to fry/ roast off vegetables, spices or meats. If you add vegetables or meat to a pan without any oil, even if it is non-stick, you will end up burning the parts of the meat or veg that are in contact with the surface and it won't get an even sear on the surface.
4. Is non-stick cookware difficult to maintain?
Not at all. It is the easiest cookware to maintain. You don’t need to worry about seasoning or fret about the burnt and stuck food (as chances of both are very less if you are using your cookware right). All you have to do is avoid metal utensils, abrasive sponge and extreme temperature change or dry heat.
5. Is non-stick cookware better than stainless steel cookware?
Actually, there’s no comparison! Each has its time, use and place in the kitchen. Non-stick cookware are perfect for low-oil diets and easy to clean, while stainless steel cookware are great for searing and producing beautiful browning!