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What pH range is suitable for cooking on teflon?

We shouldn't cook acids, alkali and concentrated salts on teflon. This is incorrect. Teflon (PTFE) itself is one of the most non-reactive substances you can use on cookware, in some ways better than ...
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What pH range is suitable for cooking on teflon?

I don't know where your information came from about "We shouldn't cook acids, alkali and concentrated salts on teflon", but it is incorrect. Teflon is the least chemically reactive material you are ...
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Why does oil puddle in some non-stick frying pans but not in others?

All Teflon pans are non-stick, but not all non-stick pans are Teflon ;-) Teflon, when new, is one of the slippiest substances known to man. Nothing will adhere to it, not even oil. When new, you can ...
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Is a degraded Teflon pan toxic to all of its users?

There is no current evidence that already-degraded PTFE (Teflon) poses any toxicity risks in its solid form. To quote the University of California School of Public Health: There’s no evidence, ...
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How do I make sure I don't overheat my teflon pan?

To best check temperature, you need a thermometer, and if you can, use a non-contact thermometer (infrared thermometer). Teflon start degrading at around 260 °C (500 °F). So check the pan ...
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Normal lifetime of non-stick teflon pans

America's Test Kitchen says that good quality nonstick pans last them about six months. They're presumably cooking with them several times a day, so if you use it once every couple days, and are as ...
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Is rice vinegar bad for my non-stick rice cooker?

It should be fine. The acidity of the vinegar would be an issue if it were to come into contact and react with bare metal. Non-stick cookware is fine for, say, making tomato sauces, etc, which means ...
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Care Instructions for PTFE Nonstick Pan: Function of First Use 'Seasoning'

What functional use would this single-cycle of oil provide? I'll be reckless enough to say: none at all. There is no reason to do it. Stuff gets printed on labels for all kinds of reasons. My best ...
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Why do we need ceramic pan if they serve for several months?

I'd argue that you don't need any form of non-stick pan. But it can make some things easier ... frittata, crêpes, etc. And people who are on a low-fat diet may prefer non-stick pans so they can ...
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Why do we need ceramic pan if they serve for several months?

Personal preference. I own several frying pan from both materials, but the ceramic ones are much more elegant and beauty. Because of that, I only use it in special ocasions or when photographing.
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Why do we need ceramic pan if they serve for several months?

For people who believe that Teflon causes health issues and ceramic does not, ceramic becomes the better choice.
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Accidentally used high heat on Teflon pan!

Smoking oil generally isn't hot enough to damage teflon. Generally, Teflon gets damaged at 260C/500F, which is above the smoke point of most cooking oils (though not all of them). So as long as you ...
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I left my non-stick pan in the oven while it was preheating, can I still use it?

From the T-FAL site: • Oven safe to 500°F/260°C if handles are all stainless steel. Oven safe to 350°F/175°C if handles have any phenolic, plastic parts. Oven safe to 400°F/204°C if handles have ...
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Durable loaf pans for quick breads?

You asked for 'durable'. What's wrong with 'proper' traditional pressed steel? Sure they take a while to season in properly, but after that, they last a lifetime… or two… or three. I'm still using ...
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How to differentiate a ceramic pan from a teflon one?

Have never seen white teflon coating on cookware (even if white teflon exists in other applications); if you want to minimize exposure to teflon fumes in case of overheating accidents (eg if you have ...
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How do I make sure I don't overheat my teflon pan?

The real solution to your problem is to switch to a carbon steel wok. You will never stop struggling as long as you're using a teflon-coated wok. You will always have to worry about overheating it. ...
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I left my non-stick pan in the oven while it was preheating, can I still use it?

Short story, yes. It should be fine because most nonstick pans can go up to around 500°F (260°C) and still not be damaged. That doesn't mean you should make a habit out of it, you should try to ...
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Removing long-term residue from teflon

Providing this as an answer even though it's not really what I was looking for. I didn't want to go the harsh chemical route - I ruined a previous version of the same pan that way, so I just got down ...
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Removing long-term residue from teflon

You cannot use physical methods (scratching), so you are only left with the chemical ones. And for this kind of gunk, the only thing I know to work is a strong enough base. In the mildest cases, oven ...
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Black stains on aluminium+teflon griddle

Its not ideal, but it's fine. It's burned on oil or grease. If you haven't used it for a while, it can impart a slightly musty flavour to your food. A suggestion for cleaning - heat the pan whilst ...
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Teflon pan safe to use after being in an oven?

I think the pan should be just fine to use because Teflon begins to deteriorate at temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit or more according to the Wikipedia article on PTFE (https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Teflon-coated pans: are they ever dishwasher-safe?

Never bothered sticking them in a dishwasher as they are easy to clean in the sink. 2 rules I abide by in regards to them. Never use metal utensils with them. Silicone or wood only. Never overheat ...
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Scratched coating in old ice-cream maker: is it safe?

I would not use it given the fact that you will be using it to make a mixture for ice cream, pieces might end up in the mix. You can try it out a couple of times and if no parts fall out then should ...
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Care Instructions for PTFE Nonstick Pan: Function of First Use 'Seasoning'

I suspect it is more of a cleaning step -- removing stuff that would otherwise come off in your food. In particular some labels actually stick quite well to PTFE; the glue on these is softened by oil, ...
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How to properly clean a bundt mold without ruining the surface

This has also happened to my pan and it's been soaking and cleaning for two days and still is dirty. So all I've done before is kept soaking and washing till gunk was gone. Nothing else worked.
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