Are non-stick coatings safe?
Absolutely, they pose no hazard to human health. The coating is a completely inert substance. In the event of some of the coating coming off during cooking and being mixed in with the food and eaten, if would simply pass through the body.
What is the maximum temperature for Non-Stick pans if used under a grill or in the oven?
We would advise to not exceed oven temperatures of 180 degrees. Excessive heat can damage and burn Non-Stick. Overheating is not covered by the guarantee.
What sort of utensils are best?
We recommend nylon, wooden or silicon utensils for all our pans as this will prevent degradation of the coated surface
Once worn out, can the non-stick surface be replaced?
Sadly no, you can extend the life of the pan, by manually seasoning.
What exactly is a non-stick coating?
Just what it says: a coating on the metal pan which is designed to prevent contents from sticking to it. This makes cooking cleaner and easier and makes the washing-up cleaner and easier as well! This encourages less need for cooking oils/lubricants...
Are all non-stick coatings the same?
In short no, there are many levels of quality, some have greater durability and some have greater “slipperyness”. The premium coatings, excel in both and have quality standards applied to the application process. They are all based on the same slippery...
If PTFE Is non-stick, how does it stick to the pan?
Well, PTFE is a non-stick substance, so in its natural state it won't stick to the pan. That means it has to be mixed with chemicals called 'binders' - literally to bind it to the metal. And it’s also very soft, so in its pure form it wears very quickly...
How is the coating applied to the pan?
It depends what the pan is made of, with a comparatively soft metal like aluminium, the bond between the coating and the metal is so strong that it will stand up to considerable stress - so aluminium pans are usually made by pressing the pan shape from...
Why do some non-stick pans costs so much more than others?
There are all sorts of reasons, some of them obvious: a lightweight pan made of thin pressed aluminum costs much less to make than a heavy cast one. But there are important differences in the quality of the non-stick coating as well. A cheap pan will...
Is it all right to use a new non-stick pan straight away, or does it need to be seasoned?
Wash and dry it thoroughly first (remember not to use an abrasive scourer or cleaner), and make sure that the surface is well coated with fat or oil when you cook in it the first time. Never use a non-stick pan on full heat - overheating it will almost...
Can I put a non-stick pan in the dishwasher?
Yes you can - but over time this will degrade the coatings performance, so would advise to wash by hand.
Is it okay to use metal utensils with a non-stick coating?
As a general rule we would advise not to as it will scratch and eventually degrade the coating. To ensure the greatest longevity of your coating use plastic or wooden utensils. And never use a sharp knife to cut food in a non-stick pan.
Are there any health risks involved in using non-stick pans?
None that have ever been proven. PTFE is a completely inert substance. In the event of some of the coating coming off during cooking and being mixed in with the food and eaten, if would simply pass through the body in the normal way.
How should I look after my Non-stick pans?
Our research shows that most wear of a non-stick coating occurs when the pans are stacked/stored, if you are stacking the pans on top of each other please use a cloth to protect the coating, or alternatively use the Stellar Non-stick pan protector...