to stick or not...

I'm sure many of you have heard the no-no warnings of non-stick... I have but I just pushed it to the back of my mind because I wasn't ready to deal with it yet. Am I the only one that does that?!? {grin} We have a set of stainless pots and pans BUT we also have 2 caphlon non-stick skillets. We use them primarily for eggs and not much else... but when you're eating eggs everyday I think we may have a problem. After reading yet another article on the harms of non-stick I am done. I'd rather slather my eggs in grapeseed oil {it's at least good for you} hoping they won't stick than continue filling my families bodies with more chemicals. As if we aren't exposed to
 enough harmful chemicals on a daily basis. I read that it's even found in breast milk... sorry girls!

Off to make some eggs.... will they stick or not?? I'll tweet and let you know... I know you'll all be on the edge of your seat waiting to hear if our eggs are stuck to the frying pan or not! {grin}

And what do YOU use.... non-stick, stainless, cast iron?? Tell me mama's!

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  1. I threw all of my non-stick stuff away a few weeks ago. Like you, I was done.

    I found "Green Pans" at Target and I know that many stores are now selling all kinds of alternatives...I even saw Bamboo pans in my grocery store.

    Truthfully, I have not researched all of the alternatives, but I am definitely done with all the calphalon/teflon stuff.

    Good luck! I hope your eggs aren't still stuck. :)

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  2. Target has a new line on their shelves called a 'Green' Pan. I purchased the smallest one to see if I liked it. I works fairly well. I use a cloth to wipe it with olive oil before I cook our omelets. I struggle with this too! I have been slowly purchasing good quality cast iron. I would like to have all cast iron or SS someday.

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  3. Deanna and I must have be commenting at the same time:)No one else had commented when I started... She mentioned green pans too. Sorry for the repeat.

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  4. I use non stick and actually did not know of the dangers. Going to check out your link. :)

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  5. I use nonstick for nearly everything I make (but I'm a lousy cook and hubby does most of the cooking) and hubby always uses cast iron. He swears by the stuff.

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  6. I threw out my non stick stuff a couple of years ago. We have a small Swiss made pan that is a safe non stick. It was 40 dollars though because it's called diamond plated. You'd be surprised how well the oil works - I make my pancakes in a stainless steel pan.

    Enjoy your eggs! I think that's what I'll make this morning so the kids are filled with protein before our big day at the Children's Museum.

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  7. Cast iron. My favorite for eggs is a small 6 inch. If it's seasoned properly your eggs won't stick. I've used bacon grease (yeah, I know), cooking spray, butter and an assortment of other oils to grease the pan before frying eggs. (Those stick the worst.) But I've found if my frying pan is seasoned well I don't have to worry about sticking at all. Plus you've got the added benefit of extra iron in your diet!

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  8. All Stainless here! A bit of oil and nothing sticks (if you have high quality stainless).

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  9. Stainless here..we switched a couple years ago and am so glad we did.

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  10. Oooohh, non-stick is sooo bad! I've never owned a piece and never will. I used stainless and cast iron.

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  12. These comments are making me want to go and through my non-stick pans away too! I'd love to own a cast iron but I know they're pricey. I should still check into them though. Maybe I should look into the 'Green' pans at Target a couple ladies mentioned...hmmm...anyway, let me know about your success!

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  13. that is a dilema. I hate non stick pots... but yes, not worth it. i guess i need to look into some new ones :(

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  14. I had not even heard that non-stick was bad for you! Do I live under a rock or what?

    Also, "anonymous" needs to find a better use of his/her free time. I'm sure they've never made a simple grammatical error while rushing through a blog post as their SIX children chatter at them in the background. (Sheesh Brittany! Don't you have time to go over every one of your posts with a fine toothed comb before you hit publish? What's wrong with you?! *wink*)

    Hope they don't stop by my page. They'll be there all day leaving corrective comments about my excessive and inappropriate use of commas, hyphens and semicolons.

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  15. I use cast iron. You can make them non-stick, and they provide you a little iron while you're at it! :-)

    ~Brenda
    www.prairiebren.blogspot.com

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  16. I was going to thank anonymous for patrolling blogaritaville for poor grammar, too. I hope you're feeling super, anonymous!

    As for the question at hand, we are cast iron people all the way. I have three fry pans, six- ten- and twelve-inch, a dutch oven, and a griddle that's flat on one side and has grill lines on the other. Lodge (or Lodge Logic?) has a huge line of products that are really reasonably priced, and pretty much everything comes pre-seasoned, so it's ready to use right out of the box. The enameled cast iron (Le Creuset) is way prettier, but hundreds of dollars more.

    And if you happen to burn something to a wretched, nasty lump, build a huge bonfire and throw your cast iron in it. The next day, pull it out of the ashes, rinse it off with water, rub some oil on it, and you're good to go.

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  17. Stainless steel all the way. I have used it for years. I find that if you heat the pan first, with whatever oil you are using, it helps the food not stick.

    I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You mentioned grapeseed oil. Is that better for you? Please share details on it. Thanks so much.

    Oh and for the grammar police, get a life. Sheesh!!

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  18. I have a few non stick but rarely use them but i will be shopping for a brand new set as soon as i get my income taxes and i can promise those wont be non stick. I would love to find a good cast iron like my mom use to have. Hers was passed down from her grandma! It is old but it is the best skillet i have ever used!

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  19. Cast iron and stainless steel all the way!!! We had one cast iron pan rusting away because I didn't know how to care for it...well, when we moved this last time, hubby finally convinced me to figure out how to care for it and--BOOM!--we were hooked, we ditched the few non-stick pans we had and we haven't looked back.

    Do I sometimes have eggs stick to my cast iron? Yes, but if I could improve my abilities to keep them all well seasoned I doubt that would be a problem.

    Do I still consider it worth it in the long run? You bet!

    Oooh, Brittany, you're almost to 500 followers...wooohoo! =)

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  20. I use stainless steel except for the skillet! I just soak the heck out of stuff before I put it in the dishwasher. I'm with you - I had gotten rid of all of it except the skillet. But maybe it's time to let the skillet go, too.

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  21. Stainless steel and cast iron for me! I have found out how to cook eggs in SS without them sticking. It took me awhile but it works. LOTS of butter/oil ;)

    -Andrea

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  22. I hate my nice and expensice stainless set(wedding gift years ago) as every single thing sticks to them. I too read an article and got a great set for christmas, they do have teflon, but consumer reports say that it is the way the teflon is applied , so this brand doesnt leak chemicals out into food. My mom got them at target , I iwll get the name if interested. Glass pans arent as bad for sticking either

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  23. The set we got at Target was called "Bialetti", they are ranked up there with the green pans, but a bit cheaper. I love them, they are just like nonstick

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  25. My Hubby got me Rachael Ray Stainless Steel pans for Chirstmas! At first I wasn't crazy about them but now that I have cooked in them more I am growing to love them.
    I just didn't know how to clean them properly and everything was sticking to them. But after a little research I fixed it. I do have to say that my eggs stick to the pan BAD everytime. So to clean it I just boil some water with a little baking soda in the pan and it comes right off!!!

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  26. Haven't used non stick for something like 10 years and I have never regretted it. One tip: 'hot pan, cold oil, food won't stick' says the old proverb. Get your pan well heated before adding the oil and the eggs will come off rather nicely. my hubby does it all the time with cast iron skillet or stainless steel.
    Cheers

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  27. {grin} if you raise six kids on no income1/30/09, 11:06 AM

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  29. Good grief. I cannot stand rude comments by anonymous people. Who cares about spelling and grammar??? I don't!

    I have to admit also, I didn't really know about the dangers of non-stick pans either. I only use mine for eggs too. I LOVE cast iron though. I just got a great deal on a Le Crueset at TJ Maxx. Thanks for the info to ponder.

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  30. We have stainless and I think it's soooo much better than the non-stick stuff. Sticking can sometimes be a problem, but I've found that the biggest factor in preventing sticking is to not let the pan get too hot. Good luck with your eggs!

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  31. I'm using my one non stick right now - but I had a space of 4-5 months w/o a non stick pan last year. My mom's 50 year old cast iron pan is seasoned well enough that a tab of butter keeps eggs from sticking and from getting too greasy.

    Cast iron just needs to be really well seasoned. :)

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  32. stainless and one cast iron, which I love.

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  33. I use stainless and my grandmother's cast iron for everything. We had a non stick which my husband scratched up pretty badly, so I tossed it about a year ago. I don't even miss it. The eggs stick a little, but I just soak it and it's no biggie.

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  34. I use stainless steel to cook eggs. I found what works best for me is to make sure the oil is hot enough (but not too hot) before adding the eggs and they don't stick too badly. I don't even have a good quality SS pan and they still work pretty good.

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  35. You know, I believe in eating healthy and we do for the most part. I, personally can't afford to eat all that expensive healthy stuff all the time because it would cost more than our house payment a month and I can't justify that. That would make my husband feel even worse than he does now because when he got laid off he took a $7 an hour paycut. Now, he works by the job and not by the hour and brings home about $2500 a month gross. It would make him feel like he still doesn't make enough. I cook with stainless steel and always have. However, the 'experts' still do not know if eggs are healthy or are a cholesterol problem. There's a different report every few months. I ignore most of this stuff and live my life free of those worries.

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  36. I too had not heard that this is bad for you. We use mostly nonstick here. i will have to check your link.

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  37. We previously owned all SS pots and have now are switching over our skillets as well. I have one very nice SS skillet and I love it. But as others have said...hot pan, cold oil! This will help with the sticking.

    And....why not just ignore those who have nothing kind spirited to say? Really...

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  38. I threw away my nonstick pans over a year ago. This is gross, but I was making eggs one day, knowing the dangers of non-stick pans, and they looked like they had pepper in them...but we hadn't added pepper yet. :( They were cheap pans, but still I was using them because I didn't want to deal with mess. I quickly grabbed out our cast iron pans from our camping set and have used them ever since. I also have stainless steel, but I try not to use it for my eggs because it's harder to clean. Like a previous poster said, if the cast iron is seasoned properly the eggs don't stick. I love it!

    By the way, I've been reading your blog for months and this is my first time posting. Many prayers for your family coming from our family! :)

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  39. I've been using my cast iron lately to make eggs. Had the same experience with the non-stick coating on a cheap pan coming off on the eggs. Yuck!

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  40. Oh golly, I'm kinda on a health kick right now (that will hopefully LAST!) so I guess I better read the article and change my ways. Why does everything easy have to be bad for us? (I'm just whining a little but still willing to change!) : )

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  41. We use the green gourmet skillet from Cuisinart. You can get them at Bed Bath and Beyond. We LOVE them.

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  42. I use stainless steel. Hubby got the for me last summer and I love them. Oil is the trick for eggs not sticking. Enjoy!

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  43. Hmmmm...this may be a little late but I wanted to suggest that you make boiled eggs. You don't have to worry about the sticking. If your kidos need some encouragment Easter time is a great time to find egg cups and that always makes eating eggs so much more fun! My girls love deviled eggs too. So maybe you could have them for supper instead of breadfast.

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  44. Hi Brittany, I am new to your blog. But we use Sunflower Oil instead of Olive Oil when cooking eggs in a SS frying pan, it works MUCH better. And from what I've read, Sunflower Oil is good for you, contains A LOT of Vitamin E. Maybe that's something you could try?
    R.
    PS... I'm praying for Baby Nolia.

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