Wash away your fears about health concerns from flaking Teflon and switch to textured ceramic. The NYT’s Green blog calls it “nonstick nirvana, without toxic risks.”
But recently my husband bought me a pan coated in textured ceramic. It is promoted as green because it is made completely without PFOAs or other toxic chemicals, according to the manufacturer. Fab.
But I also love the way the pan feels and performs. Not only does it easily wipe clean of even foods like scrambled eggs with American cheese (no, I don’t make this — my 9-year-old son does), but when I need to brown something, it leaves behind enough bits to make a nice sauce. The weight in my hand is very satisfying, too.
One of the commenters on the blog mentions the need for canaries in the kitchen:
I cleared teflon pans out of the house after seeing the 4th or 5th anecdote from people who keep birds of their birds dying right after they overheated a teflon pan… apparently we need canaries in kitchens, as well as coal mines.