today. I didn't think about the non-stick issue. Is this pan going to kill me?
A few weeks ago, my room mate destroyed a fairly nice six year old 12-inch Calphalon omelette pan that she uses to make me omelettes on weekend mornings. She has now replaced it with a nice stainless steel pan, for a mint of money.
A few weeks ago, my room mate ALSO destroyed a fairly nice six year old 3-quart Calphalon pan that we mainly used for steaming broccoli and whatnot. She was talking about replacing that as well, but in a fit of household generosity, I bopped down to the Williams Sonoma and bought this pan
, which we had discussed and mutually agreed was awesome. Particularly, the steamer basket thingy is way more awesome than any steamer basket thingy we've ever come across before.
However, we have since discovered that it is non-stick in a way our OTHER Calphalon was not non-stick. Our other Calphalon is hard-anodized with no coating. This Calphalon (Elite) is hard-anodized, but DOES have a coating. Since my room mate and I are both incredibly paranoid, we're now trying to decide if this pan will kill us. (For instance, I'm typing this on her laptop, and I can see in the browser tabs a search window titled "CALPHALON ELITE POISONING." I can't mock her for this, because I did basically the same thing.)
The Calphalon Elite cookware series specifically says it is PFOA-free, (Textured Sear) and as I understand it, PFOA is what makes Teflon basically poison. But there is also a thing called PFTE - and we don't understand if PFTE is bad or not. We've seen that there exists in the world non-stick PFOA-free, PFTE-free cookware, but the Calphalon Elite is not that. It's ONLY PFOA-free.
So, how paranoid should we be? Are we over-thinking this? The web site says this pan is safe up to 500 F, and that's about 100 F hotter than we usually cook anything. But we're still nervous, and Google isn't all that helpful.
Is this stuff dangerous to our health? I can take it back tomorrow. Should I?