I love to cook, as well as bake. Most of the meals we eat are home made, made with love, sweat and tears. Most are a success - they pass the "three picky eaters" test. Integral to passing this test is my frying pan.
I use it to saute and steam veggies, fry meat, cook sauces; I don't think I could live without it. In fact, I use my frying pan so often, that I buy a new one every couple of years, because the non-stick coating wears off from so much use.
This time I vowed to choose a better option for my family. I've been reading a lot about non-stick coatings and how harmful they are to our bodies, if ingested. I know that we've probably ingested some in our lifetimes, simply from over use.
This year, I spent a little bit of extra money and purchased two stainless steel frying pans. I was a little leery of using them - I wasn't sure about the quality of cooking with them, how much food would stick to the surfaces, how easy they would be to clean.
But they've been another worthy investment - I love them. They clean up easily, food burns less quickly and cooks more evenly. They are recycled and recyclable. And best of all, I shouldn't have to buy new frying pans for years. I'm not filling up the landfill, and any potential harmful effects from non-stick coatings evaporate.
Another eco-change that I wish I'd made sooner.
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Invest in stainless steel frying pans (Change 109)
Posted by Eco Mama at 4:58 PM
Labels: cooking, frying pans, stainless steel
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oh, the teflon I've ingested in my time before we knew of the dangers! yikes!ReplyDelete
I love my stainless steel pots and pans and even bakeware. :) I grew up with stainless so I knew how to care for it so no big deal.ReplyDelete
I know - the Teflon ingestion is a scary thought! Lisa - I didn't know you could buy stainless bake ware. Is it found in a regular dept store?ReplyDelete