Nonstick pans are extremely popular these days, but are they right for you? Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this popular cookware choice, to help you decide for yourself.
Advantages of Nonstick Cookware
- Generally made of aluminum, which is less expensive than other options such as stainless steel or copper.
- Food sticks and burns less easily, meaning that your meals will turn out better.
- Easier for the cook – you don’t have to spend as much time stirring or turning the food.
- Requires less cooking fat to prevent sticking, which leads to healthier cooking.
- Great for use with fried or breaded food items which could otherwise break apart in the pan.
- Easier for inexperienced cooks, or those who may be distracted during cooking by phone calls, work, or children.
- Needs less sensitive touch with the heating element.
- Easy clean-up, since food doesn’t burn onto the pan.
- There are no known health risks for humans from preparing foods on non-stick pans.
Disadvantages of Nonstick Cookware
- Easy to damage if used with metal utensils or scouring pads.
- Cannot be used at high temperatures or the non-stick coating could melt.
- Pet birds can be sensitive to fumes emitted by some overheated non-stick pans.
- Stovetop only – not for use in the oven.
- More difficult to brown or caramelize foods.
- Not dishwasher-safe.