October 18, 2011

Green Tip of The Day

Toss scratched nonstick cookware. Nonstick cookware can be safe to use as long as you take care to not heat it too high or scratch the chemical coating – the two ways a harmful, carcinogenic chemical named perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) can be released into the air. Always wash nonstick cookware by hand using nonabrasive cleaners and sponges and avoid using metal utensils or stacking pots and pans to avoid scratching. If any of your nonstick cookware does happen to become scratched, toss it.

When looking for replacement cookware, consider pieces made from other materials. Health Canada has a great overview of the benefits and risks of various cookware materials. It's best to have an assortment. Stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, Pyrex, and silicone are all good options for cookware and bakeware.


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