An independent review panel has concluded that PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a “likely” carcinogen. The EPA wants to eliminate PFOA from emissions and products by 2015.
This is pretty sad news to me since I love my nonstick pans. I even sent OXO an email asking if their products contain PFOA since I have so many of their utensils. (I’ll let you know what they say.) But the good news is that I recently acquired a stainless steel pan and have discovered that food doesn’t stick permanently to it and that it is possible to keep it clean. My biggest fear about getting a stainless steel pan was that I would have to spend hours cleaning it but that hasn’t been the case (it’s also dishwasher safe).
I’m now ready to invest in one or two stainless steel pots, especially since the nonstick coating on my saucepans is scratched. I will probably get this 4-quart saucepan and maybe this 2-quart saucepan as well. I’ll post a product review after I’ve used one or both a few times.