Invention of Teflon was accidental yet it changed the cooking techniques of this world. Cooking now became non stick and more and more people desired to own non stick pans. Cooking an omelet became easier because it now it did not stick to the pan. But today the asseveration that non stick pans were revolutionary is being contested. Today, we will discuss how non stick pans and normal pans are different when it comes to cooking (which is their task obviously).
Non stick pans are generally used when very high temperatures are not in picture. Non stick pans are great for delicate items that do not require high temperatures as food doesn’t stick. Whereas, normal or stainless steel pans find great utility in stove-top cooking techniques such as sautéing, searing and pan roasting. Non stick pans are good for low fat cooking, eggs and pancakes while normal or stainless steel pans are great surfaces for overall cooking. Also, stainless steel pans or cast iron pans are better for pan sauces. Hence, non stick pans do not have a very wide range of utility.
Non-stick pans are very convenient and are considered to be the most widely chosen options for eggs and flaky varieties of fish. Non stick pans are lightweight whereas normal pans can be very heavy. As the name suggests, food doesn’t stick on the surface of non stick pans but when it comes to normal pans, it depends on the method of cooking. Food may or may not stick on the surface of normal pans – this is governed by the temperatures that a pan may be subjected to.
Non stick pans are not easy to maintain when compared to normal pans at high heats. It is a known fact that the Teflon coating on non stick pans is prone to scratching and can wear away easily. It must be ensured that non stick pans are not subjected to very high temperatures and that the other utensils used for cooking are not abrasive or sharp. Wooden or silicone spatulas are recommended when using non stick pans. Moreover, non sticks pans should not be used in the oven. Whereas, the normal pans do require attention during use but there are hardly any restrictions on using them with sharp objects. Normal pans are almost always durable while non stick pans do not have a stellar lifetime.
- Some facts
The idea that a non stick coating can be hazardous to health is a dogma. There is no scientific evidence to vindicate the asseveration. The EPA and FDA have laid claims that Teflon particulates cannot affect human health in any way – though wearing away of Teflon coating with every usage continuous to be an issue. Also, many culinary authorities around the world vehemently stand against the usage of all types of non stick vessels. Normal pans are non reactive while Teflon is considered somewhat reactive. As a matter of fact, normal pans are bright and it is easy to see food being cooked while non stick pans are dark.
Above facts are aimed at helping to put out the dilemma regarding the choice of pans. You are advised to assess your usage requirements before you go on choosing a pan for yourself.