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Seasoning a Teflon Pan


How does one season a new teflon treated pan? Do I heat it with oil, then wipe the oil out? The pan came with no instructions.

Thank you,
Miriam Null from Southbury, CT



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By gator 1 46 07/01/2006 Flag

Teflon-coated pans do not need seasoning.

Like for any pan, just spray 'em w/ 'Pam' b4 every use so food does not stick...

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By Doreen 1 27 07/05/2006 Flag

Cast iron pots & pans need seasoning.
Wash out your teflon pan & be sure NOT to make any marks into the pan. Telfon is a plastic and any leak into the pan will leech into whatever you may be cooking. Only use plastic when cooking with these.

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By (Guest Post) 07/08/2006 Flag

this is a kin to scraping chickens and soaking them in salt water everytime before you cook simply is not necessary any longer

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By Julie (Guest Post) 02/02/2009 Flag

This is from the t-fal website

"What do you mean by "Seasoning" the cookware?

"Seasoning" means to coat the cookware with a little oil. Before the first use:
- wash the cookware thoroughly and dry. Heat each pan on low for 30 seconds,
- remove from heat and put one tablespoon of vegetable oil in each pan,
- rub the oil over the entire surface with a paper towel.

This process should be repeated if you use a dishwasher."

I hope this helps. The people who say that teflon does not need seasoning are incorrect. We did the above instructions with our new pan and then NEVER washed it, only wiped it out. My sister had the same notion as everyone else and washed it in the dishwasher. Guess what? Our eggs started sticking.

I hope this helps :0)

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By TeflonDr. (Guest Post) 02/18/2009 Flag

You may need to season a teflon pan if it has been used for cooking at heats higher than medium. Rub it with about 2 tsp canola, peanut, or olive oil.

Put it in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Let cool.
Wipe it with a clean dry paper towel or napkin. Wipe again with one of the aforementioned oils.

This should put some life into the pan. Hope this helps.

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By bryguy 2 145 09/17/2009 Flag

Two follow up comments:
1) TeflonDr recommended putting the pan into a 400 degree oven. Don't do that unless you know for a fact that your pan allows that temperature. Many plastic handles can only tolerate 350 degrees, and some cannot be put in the oven at all. The oven method is usually only recommended for cast iron pans. Teflon pans are seasoned on the stove.

2) Gator10tx said to spray with Pam. First off, Teflon pans do benefit from seasoning. Although not all brands recommend it, many brands do. Second, do NOT use non-stick cooking sprays on Teflon pans. It leaves a residue that actually impedes non-sticking. This is quoted from the instructions to my Circulon Total Teflon pans, under the section, "Nonstick Cookware": "

"Do not use nonstick cooking sprays on nonstick cookware -- an invisible buildup will impair the nonstick release system and food will stick in your pan."

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