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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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Best pan to use for cooking in olive oil?

First of all, a Teflon pan will get gradually ruined anyway. Even when you don't use oil, the heat and the food itself will wear out the coating, it is just very sensitive this way. Using oil will ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to properly clean a bundt mold without ruining the surface

I hope you're using cake release! And you've never actually "seasoned" it (as in covering it with oil and baking it in a very hot oven). If you did season it, that's a problem. I'll get to that in ...
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How to properly clean a bundt mold without ruining the surface

What I've found that works for any cake pan is to clean it immediately after removing the cake. Following my mother's example, as soon as I turn a cake (or layer) out, I wipe out any residue in the ...
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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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Best pan to use for cooking in olive oil?

The sauté pan is usually not very deep, is invariably round, and possesses either straight or sloped sides. For pans of this sort, ease of handling is given primacy because unlike other pans they’re ...
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I left a non-stick pan on the stove for an hour

When heated to a high enough temperature (260C - 350C) Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene) degrades into fumes that can cause flu-like symptoms. If you haven't experienced these symptoms and have aired ...
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Ceramic pans vs PTFE pans

Ceramic pans are more non-stick than PTFE. They don't need oil. Ceramic pans are less durable. They fail within a few months of use. Ceramic pans don't scratch, they are too hard. No, don't throw ...
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Ceramic pans vs PTFE pans

I can address a few of your points. Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) is the third most slippery substance known to man (the first two being incredibly expensive - an alloy of aluminum and Diamond-...
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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

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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Durable loaf pans for quick breads?

My favorite pans for baking are 100% pure aluminum. You are right in that they need to be treated in order for the bread to not stick- you can grease and flour them, or as I do, line with parchment ...
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Durable loaf pans for quick breads?

I used to use "bakers secret" ("Grey non-stick silicone based coating" on a steel pan) but my sloth always caught up with me eventually (left too long in the sink they will rust) - once the coating is ...
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