Crazy right? How do I cook an egg without it getting all stuck to the pan? I use cast iron pans greased with ghee. My eggs slide right out the pan and I enjoy a nice healthy dose of fat with my protein.
Did you know that that stuff that lines non-stick pans can poison your family? That’s right. Nonstick cookware is coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTEE). It was invented in 1938 and trademarked by DuPont as Teflon®.
When Teflon is heated it releases potentially hazardous fumes and particles into the air.
Can you believe that even themselves DuPont recommends removing birds from the kitchen before cooking with nonstick pans? Ever heard of canary in a coal mine? Same thing only it’s in your home kitchen.
When my husband was only 12 years old, he wanted to be helpful around the house so he did the dishes for his mom. Their nonstick frying pan had several scratches in it and the Teflon was coming off in places. If you have a pan that fits this description, throw it away immediately. Anyway, he went to work scrubbing that pan. He believes it took a couple of hours but after much elbow grease, the pan was clean and shiny no longer coated with Teflon. He was so proud of this work that he ran to show his mom how clean he had gotten that “dirty” pan. She smiled and praised his efforts. Little did he know he was actually saving the family from further toxic fumes.
What can you do?
Throw out all your scratched and dented pans. When buying new pans try cast iron or a “green” alternative to Teflon. If you insist on using your Teflon coated pans, then only cook with them on low heat and never preheat the pan empty.
Ditch the microwave popcorn
The packaging in microwave popcorn is coated with toxic nonstick chemicals. Do what I do. Take a large soup pot, add coconut oil and some organic popcorn kernels, cover with a lid and cook. As you hear the corn popping, shake the pan so as not to burn the popcorn. Add sea salt and cayenne. Enjoy!