Teflon is a dishwasher’s best friend

Are you like most people, do you love to cook but dread to clean up after? Have you tried to convince your husband/wife or partner that they should do all the clean up if you do all the cooking? Not having much success? You are not alone. Most people have better things to do with their time than scrubbing pots and pans.

You have to make a choice, either you can spend your time cleaning or you can just go with non-stick. You can try good stainless steel pans with copper bottoms. Within a short time, you may have copper bottoms that are more black than copper. How to get, and keep, them clean is the problem. One option is to move away from the copper bottoms to just stainless steel and with plenty of butter or shortening they are relatively non-stick, if you keep a close eye on them. However, if you make a mistake and burn something in the pan it can be very difficult to remove the black burn from the pan bottom. It involves a lot of elbow grease and scraping and some sort of cleansing agent.

How has Teflon changed people’s lives? In the early days clean up was easy at least for the first few months. Then invariably someone would forget to use only plastic utensils and what followed was a big scratch. Shortly the big scratch would begin to peel and now you need to buy a new pan or else you will poison the family.

That was then, this is now. There is a new generation of Teflon. So what if you use a metal flipper, you can laugh when you use you metal whip in the pan. Nothing happens. No scratches, no peeling and best of all no sticking. These are pieces of cookware that you can use and love, everyday of the week.  

This is not to say that you will never own a stainless steel pan. Everyone needs a large stock pot, a roasting pan or other pieces of stainless. When it comes to deep frying or boiling large pots of pasta, stainless steel can work very well. One thing that stainless steel has going for it is that it is offered in many more options than non-stick is. It is much easier to find a nice stainless steel double boiler then it is to find one with Teflon. So for most of us our kitchens will include a combination of both stainless and non-stick pots and pans.

Will you replace the stainless ones with non-stick? The answer is yes, if it is possible to find the equivalent. It really is all about the ease of cleaning and the fact that we are all looking for ways to get out of the kitchen as quickly as possible. As more and more pieces are available to us we will soon be stainless steel free and enjoying the extra time with our families and friends.