Here is when you need to say goodbye to your old non-stick vessels

Non-stick pans and vessels have less longevity than the utensils that are made using copper, stainless steel, carbon steel and cast iron. Photo: JackF/iStock

Non-stick vessels are commonly used in our kitchens to cook a variety of dishes. It helps in reducing the use of oil in dishes. Moreover, non-stick vessels are extremely handy and makes cooking easier. However, they could become dangerous if not used properly. Ensure that the non-stick vessels are in good condition before cooking. Keep these in mind while using non-stick vessels every day.

One of the most amazing advantages of non-stick pans and vessels is that they are easier to clean. You need not wash or scrub the pan even if you are cooking another dish in the same pan. The pan could be wiped using a sponge or a piece of cloth before using it to cook another dish.

Moreover, non-stick vessels help in significantly reducing the usage of oil.

These vessels are excellent for those who wish to consume food items that have low calories and those who are interested in following healthy eating habits. Interestingly, a variety of dishes could be cooked in non-stick vessels and pans.

Tips to note
Non-stick pans and vessels have less longevity than the utensils that are made using copper, stainless steel, carbon steel and cast iron. Most non-stick pans are coated with a chemical substance called Teflon. Besides, these pans also contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which could cause diseases. Some brands even include a ceramic coating on their vessels.

This coating might come off if the vessels are used regularly. Using these pans even after this coating comes off could be extremely dangerous.

When to say goodbye?
Non-stick vessels aren’t suitable to be used on high flame. The coating might come off if the pan is heated on the stove for a longer time. Besides, the vessels could get ruined while washing or due to continuous usage. Do not use the pan anymore if you find any scratches on them.

Even if there aren’t any scratches, it is better to replace the non-stick vessels at least every five years.

It must be noted that most non-stick pans that are manufactured recently do not contain PFOA. However, this chemical is found in the cookware that is manufactured before 2015.

Do not hesitate to throw away the pans if you notice any sudden changes in the colour or shape of the pan. Besides, if food items like dosa or chapathi gets stuck to the pan, then it is an indication to replace it.

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