A Teflon pan is a pan with a non-stick coating made of the synthetic material PTFE. 'Teflon' is often used as a name for non-stick pans with this coating. These pans are very popular because food does not stick to the pan and they are easy to clean.
What is Teflon used for?
Teflon is widely used as a non-stick coating for cookware such as pans, baking pans and griddles. It is also used for products that need to resist corrosion and friction, such as cables, electronics and automotive parts. Teflon is also sometimes used as a lubricant for bicycle chains, for example.
The scientific name of Teflon is PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). This is a plastic known for its non-stick properties. Want to know more about PTFE? Then read our knowledge base article.
Is a Teflon pan harmful?
Teflon pans can be dangerous if they overheat or there is damage to the Teflon layer. When heated, the Teflon layer can break down and release substances, such as PTFE and PFOA, which are harmful to health. It is therefore important not to overheat a Teflon pan and to clean it carefully to avoid damage. Teflon pans are safe under normal use, but it is wise to replace them in case of damage.
How do you recognise a Teflon pan?
You can recognise a pan with Teflon coating by the following points:
- Teflon pans usually have a black or dark brown colour.
- Teflon pans have a non-stick property. If the pan is also easy to clean, this may be an indication that it is a Teflon pan.
When should you throw away a Teflon pan?
Say goodbye to your Teflon pan when it is damaged or worn out. If the non-stick coating starts to flake or crack, it can easily release chemicals when the pan is heated. If you notice signs of wear or the pan starts to stick, it's time to throw it away and buy a new one.