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#1 Old 07-05-2007, 10:30 AM
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i really hate teflon pans. and having to use plastic spatulas. anyway i left a spatula on the edge of a pan and some of it melted onto the teflon. most of the plastic i cracked off the pan in one piece, but there are still some bits left stuck on the pan. is there some way to get this off or is it ruined???
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Boy, I sure as heck wouldn't use it. I don't like Teflon either, which is why DH and I got rid of ours and replaced them with stainless steel and cast iron. I know cost can be an issue for replacing things, but I like to think of it is terms of "how much would I pay not to be poisoned?"



Sorry if that sounds exaggerated, I don't want to sound condescending or tell you what to do with your frying pan, but Teflon is toxic (the gas given off when it heats up has been shown to kill birds, who are more sensitive to airborne toxins; think canary in the mine). Also plastic can be harmful. We can use these products for years without noticing any problems, but we don't know what they are doing to us in the long run. I don't think there should be as much cancer as there is in the world; respiratory diseases, heart diseases... All the poisons and toxins we continually add to our bodies has to amount to something. We are hurting our bodies so slowly and systematically that when a disease finally shows up it often seems to have no cause, because we can't figure out what caused it, but something did. Diseases don't happen for no reason.



Save up and get one piece of cast iron at a time and go to thrift stores for stainless steel... I mostly use stainless steel and it is cheaper, but it is nice to have a "non-stick" thing for some foods (hence the cast iron).
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kazyeeqen, i agree with everything you said 100%. the thing is, its not mine. im housesitting for someone and its their pan so i suppose i would have to replace it exactly. and i dont have much money.
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Toss the teflon and get a cast iron skillet.

They are cheap and last forever.
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kazyeeqen, i agree with everything you said 100%. the thing is, its not mine. im housesitting for someone and its their pan so i suppose i would have to replace it exactly. and i dont have much money.



Well that does suck. Replace it with cheap stainless steel and explain to them all the cons of teflon? They probably would hate that, but I suppose it is worth a try... You can get pans for pretty cheap at department stores (and teflon would be just as expensive as stainless steel). If that is still out of your price range you could just tell them the situation and offer to barter for the price of a new frying pan (bake them bread or clean their house or something). Then they could buy their own and pick what they wanted (though you could still tell them about the dangers of teflon!). Good luck!
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leave it. tell them what happened. then, if they want you to replace it, they'll say so. you could just hand them the money for the value of the pan if necessary.
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haha ok thanks for all the help. i think i can handle telling them what happened. all i really wanted to know was if it was trash, or if someone knew a way to get hardened plastic off the surface. i guess not. i think i will throw it away. thanks for all the advice..
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#8 Old 07-06-2007, 02:48 AM
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Well you could heat it up again and try wiping it off when the plastic softened.
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I have one very expensive non-stick pan (it cost well over $100), and I'd be pretty pissed if my housesitter threw it away without talking to me first.



Since the pan isn't yours, I'm assuming that the spatula isn't either. Too bad the home owners don't purchase wooden utensils or use high heat plastic utensils.



In any case, I would discuss this with the homeowners and offer to pay for the pan, but I wouldn't throw away the pan until I speak to them.
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i really hate teflon pans. and having to use plastic spatulas. anyway i left a spatula on the edge of a pan and some of it melted onto the teflon. most of the plastic i cracked off the pan in one piece, but there are still some bits left stuck on the pan. is there some way to get this off or is it ruined???



Just reheat the pan and remove the plastic as it melts
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You could heat the pan up again so the plastic re-melts, that would be a lot easier to remove.
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#12 Old 07-10-2007, 02:51 AM
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Hey...I have a completely new idea! You could heat the pan up again and...



So off topic I'd tell them what happened, apologize, and ask how much I owe them. Just hoping they won't ask you to pay for it is a crappy thing to do. It's also unwise to just replace it not knowing what it's worth...have you read Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace"?
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Are you talking about it sticking to the outside or the inside of the pan because the plastic shouldn't be sticking on the inside otherwise its not teflon.
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#14 Old 07-11-2007, 09:13 PM
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One time I used a plastic pot to make soup on the stove.... Burning rubber smell, smoke, gooey black stuff all over the burner, and four very amused family members.
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#15 Old 07-12-2007, 05:17 PM
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A plastic pot?
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