Larisa Begs Alison to Stop Using Teflon & More, Episode 36

All cookware isn’t created equal.  Listen in as we break down the pros and cons of the most common types of cookware and as Larisa gives her best shot at prying the non-stick pans out of Alison’s hands.

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

  • Drink Recipe: Peach Bellini
  • Follow us on social (Instagram, Facebook) to check out our products of the month, stay on top of giveways, and just see what we’re up to!
  • Earth911 Recycling Search for responsible disposal of old cookware.  If disposing of non-stick pans, call to ensure they have the resources to remove the coating.


Cookware The Good The Bad Thoughts/Recommended Brands
Teflon or Other Non-Stick
  • Easy to cook on
  • Non-stick and easy to clean
  • Affordable
  • Larisa does not recommend any Teflon or non-stick cookware
  • PFOA-free on a label does not make it Teflon technology, however any non-stick surface that is not ceramic, silicone, etc. is a polytetraflouroethylene (PTFE) and contains toxic fumes
Ceramic Coated
  • Non-stick and easy to clean
  • Affordable
  • Chips and scratches easily
    • Material will flake off in food
    • Often aluminum underneath enameled surface
  • Short life span
  • Can’t easily find out what makes up the coating
  • If you choose to go this route, don’t use metal kitchen tools that will easily scratch the surface
  • Watch for chipping
  • Don’t buy anything that doesn’t explicitly tell you about what makes the coating and ensure there aren’t heavy metals (lead)

Recommended Brands:

Pure Ceramic
  • Guaranteed no heavy metals; no lead
  • Scratch resistant
  • Long life span
  • If dropped, it breaks
  • Heavy
  • Not good for searing
  • Expensive
  • Only somewhat non-stick
  • Larisa recommended!

Recommended Brands:

  • Xtrema – Use code SaveX10 for 10% off
Stainless Steel
  • Durable
  • Moderately priced for long life span
  • Doesn’t rust
  • Not non-stick
  • Extremely small amounts of nickel can leach into food; only an issue for those with nickel sensitivity
  • Larisa recommended!
  • Recommend using silicone and other non-metal cookware utensils to avoid scratching and preserve the life of the cookware

Recommended Brands:

Cast Iron
  • Leaches iron which is a mineral many people have a deficiency in; may also be a con if you have too much iron
  • Non-stick
  • Long life span
  • Initial prep
  • Can’t cook acidic foods without impacting the seasoning of future food
  • Not allergy friendly as allergens may not be completely removed when cleaning the cookware
Recommended Brands:

Enameled Cast Iron
  • Non-stick without the need for traditional cast iron cookware prep
  • It’s pretty!
  • Does not leach iron; may also be a con if you’re iron deficient
  • Expensive
  • Glaze can contain heavy metals
  • Podcast Correction: You can cook acidic foods in enameled cast iron!

Recommended Brands:

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