Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Non-stick baking sheets

Here's a good kitchen tip: Don't buy Teflon/non-stick bakeware. It's not healthy and it wears out quickly! Okay, so some of you might disagree with me about that...

When we got married, I followed all of the directions regarding my non-stick bakeware, but it still wore out within 2 years' time. I vowed to replace my bakeware with stainless steel or glass as each piece wore out -- and if we couldn't afford stainless steel or glass at the time, I'd make do until we could!

One of my "drip pans"

I have, however, saved a couple of the worn-out baking sheets. They make a great drip pan in the oven... under roasted chickens, under pies, under a cake that's overflowing into a disastrous mess... you get the idea. :)

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Teflon is awful for your health. It doesn't break down easily - even when it gets into your bloodstream. The fumes can kill small animals (especially birds), and can give people flu-like symptoms.

Also, do a google search for teflon + health, or for teflon + coverup (DuPont has known about the health risks of Teflon at least since the early 80's).

Me, too! I prefer plain old baking sheets. I'd rather grease them than have them die so soon.

So true, Tammy! Teflon is just terrible all around. I am in the midst of trying to get rid of my last few pieces, leftover from wedding gifts, when I was didn't know any better, etc.

Hmm, a drip pan... sounds like a good idea! I've been known to make a few messes in the stove. :)


Thanks Tammy for the reminder that "making do" is still a good tip.

Sometimes I realize the item was needed, just not for its intended use. In fact, what would you do if you didn't have things for the messy days like that?

So good to think "outside the box" for a change.


Pet bird owners are cautioned not to overheat any pan that has a nonstick surface. The off gasses will kill birds in the house. For a long time companies denied this, but now you will see the caution on most nonstick products.

Canary in the mine? If it kills birds, what is it doing to our systems?

I can remember many years ago when teflon was the new thing, and everyone was using it as "the newest and greatest" thing, my grandfather didnt like it at all, he actually said something similiar to what they now know, my grandmother had some, but he never thought it was a good thing. the wisdom of old men!

I too started out with the 'miracle' of non-stick cookware, and felt burned. Literally. I burned everything I tried to cook on it. :) After some research, I found out how unhealthy it was, and that dark surfaces trap and hold more, non-stick sticks really really good, despite it's name. So out those went at our next yardsale. This is what I've found, through trial and error, works best for us. I use different items for different applications:
-ceramic for bakers (I have a couple of oblongs, like 9x13, and a couple of round ones). Look for broiler safe. Glass ones can, and do, shatter even with normal to high oven temp.
-regular heavy duty aluminum for cake pans and cookie sheets (jelly roll pans) These are exceptional at heating to temp quickly, and cooling just as quickly when removed from the oven. They are actually more non-stick than the old coated ones. I have had so much success with my baking projects, and haven't seen any evidence on the harm of using aluminum for baking (if you know of any, let me know).
-cast iron for stew pot and frying pans. From Grandma and some lucky yardsaling. Nothing can beat their even heating and heat retention. Love them!
-some small stainless steel saucepans for veggies and sauces.

So that's what works great for me. Boy...I just need to get a blog ;)


If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? –Milton Berle

We quit using teflon a long time ago. Now I use my 2 cast iron skillets for everything. I also kept a stainless steel skillet that I use for alfredo sauce but that's all. For bakers I have a PC 9x19 and a few smaller ones that are glass or ceramic. I also have PC cookie/baking sheets. They don't seem to burn as quickly either using the ceramic.

I have one teflon skillet for when dh cooks eggs;) Other than that none. I buy the cooking sheets at the dollar store that way when they wear out (which baking sheets will in about two years with as much as I use them) I have tried the expensive ones and the "cheap" ones and they all last just about the same amount of time with the "cheap" ones lasting a month or two longer! When they get too nasty they are relegated to either the grill, the garden or the garage for dh's use after that they go into the recycling pile. I love my cast iron and my Revere ware pots and pans!

I'm with you, I love my two cast iron skillets, my enameled cast iron Dutch oven (a wedding gift), and my stainless steel pots. My baking dishes (9x5, 9x9, 11x7, and 9x13) are glass, and my casserole dishes are ceramic, with glass lids--I have a few that are glass, but I tend to take the lids off those and use them as mixing bowls :p.

However, I do have one nonstick skillet, two nonstick cookie sheets, and one nonstick pizza pan. They are the newer kind, where the coating can't flake off, it's built into the metal. We don't have birds. But those are not my first choice for cooking most things.

Hon do u remember where you got this 9x13 dish? I honestly would call them and take it in if possible to ask them if they have seen this before. I would not use it. for one thing, you get food in it and it finally comes apart and there goes your dinner all over the oven. I think the pottery clay used to make this dish was not good quality, and had air in it, hence it is breaking under ur glaze. Just a thought. And as you add heat to it it probably gets worse. I would not use it, as what if it finally explodes in ur oven. I have had something explode in my oven with such force it threw open the door and went all over my kitchen. Thank the Lord we were not in the kitchen or one of us probably would have died. I found glad about 10 ft. down a hall way.

old teflon pans??? get the new silicone to put in them and use them with it. Or use it on ur cookie sheets. I have a large piece and put it under the burner in the oven so i can just wipe it clean if anything spills and it is soooo easy to clean off. makes cleaning the oven a breeze.

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