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My oven stopped working recently which resulted in my need for a new “toaster oven.” I know there are differences between toaster ovens and convection ovens but let’s face facts, many people still refer to it as a toaster oven. I know I call it a toaster oven. Sometimes once you get used to calling something by a particular name it just sticks. Ba-dum ching!
Toaster ovens without Teflon coating
Last year I did a bit of research on this topic only to find one oven that met these criteria. In January 2016, this search was taken to a whole new level!
I spent more than 20 hours searching the internet to see if any other convection ovens met my needs. I went to various websites to read customer reviews, complaint boards, calling companies and reached out to a few friends, one of which is familiar with cookware.
In this blog, you will learn why going Teflon free is important, how it is hurting your pet’s health and a few Teflon free oven options.
Hidden dangers of PFAS chemicals in your Toaster ovens
As I was looking at ovens with the best ratings or all the bells & whistles, I quickly realized most had a non-stick interior which contained Teflon, PFOA, or PTFE (all are in a class of chemicals called PFAS, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances ) and how it was having negative health effects on pets and people.
On June 4, 2019 the FDA confirms that the nonstick chemicals in items such as our cookware are contaminating our food and water. These chemicals can cause cancer, thyroid disease, liver damage and more. I use this oven to bake things like my homemade preservative free cat & dog treats. When I need to cook something in a pot, I use this Teflon Free Cookware to avoid toxic non-stick chemicals.
Effects of Teflon nonstick coating on birds and other pets
I found many comments on various websites stating birds have become ill or passed away from the use of non-stick ovens.
Additionally, people have experienced flu-like symptoms. I found this information on multiple websites such as on the website of the company that makes the Teflon coating and EWG (Environmental Working Group).
If this is what it’s doing to birds and people, I was NOT going to take a chance with my dog! To top it off, I’m sensitive to smells. Yeah, that’s not going to work. I’ll take ways to say no for $1000 Alex!
Identifying various forms of non-stick coating in ovens
Teflon is a trademark name and therefore it may be used in another form that you may not easily recognize. This stuff is everywhere folks. For example, it very well may be on the warming plate of your coffee maker.
One company uses Durastone II which contains Teflon particles. Another “well known” company was very cryptic about what is in their non-stick coating. I understand wanting to protect your proprietary product or formulation but it’s that same lack of transparency that will make you lose customers wanting to know this information for health reasons.
PTFE free and PFOA free Convection Toaster oven
My other oven broke down at the worst time, Christmas when expenses are already higher. I was hoping to find a Teflon free oven for $100-$125 and this Convection Oven “fit the bill.” When pulling it out if the box, it was bigger than I expected but for me, that was a good thing. It features 3 different rack positions, 1 rack, 1 “baking” pan, and a crumb tray. The crumb tray slides out for easy cleaning. That is a winner! Why? My last toaster oven forced me to pick up the oven, pop the bottom open and wipe it down while holding it or laying it on its side. I was not a fan but I made it work. You can turn off the beeping sound the buttons make. Keep in mind if you want a reminder that the cooking cycle has finished, you will have to set a timer on another device. The back “bubbles out” which may be to better accommodate a pizza. Yum pizza! The description I read said it fits “most” large pizzas. I can tell you I have purchased two pizzas and they both fit inside.
Update: The above featured oven has been sold out for a few months. To give you more options you can try one of the suggestions below.
3 Teflon Free Countertop Convection Ovens
One contender was Steam Convection Oven. As far as I could tell there was no non-stick interior, it had a lot of great reviews and a 5-year warranty. I was really interested in it because steam is a healthy way to cook. I only decided against it because it was almost $250 and that was not in the budget at the time.
Another option is this PFOA free oven. According to the company website, this specific model of the oven is PFOA & PTFE free! It comes in several color options to match your other appliances or add a punch of color.
Finally, a customer brought to my attention a high-end PFOA free countertop oven. If you own other high-end appliances and like the quality, now you can own a compact version! It has 6 cooking modes, inside light, fits 9 x 13 dishes, comes in 3 colors, a temperature probe, and has a 5-year warranty. I read a lot of reviews and many customers seem to love it as their main oven and even used it as their secondary oven when cooking holiday dinners.
Toxic-free ways to clean your oven
I cut up some lime and squeezed it into my water. Looking at the end piece, I thought this will make a perfect little scrubber. I put some baking soda on the lime to clean the glass door. After letting it sit for approximately 30 minutes, it came off with ease.
Teflon free Toaster oven Broiler pan set & Muffin pan
My only dislike is the pan that comes with the oven. After a month or so of use, the pan should not get bent/warped. Luckily I heard it make the pop noise and was able to bend it back into shape (using an oven mitt so I didn’t burn myself). Also, it quickly had some rust spots on it although it was cleaned and dried immediately after use. I contacted the company and they offered to send me a new pan.
Finally, I would have liked a Stainless Steel Broil and Roast Set. Why? If I want to cook something like burgers and fries, I don’t want the burger or fries cooking in the grease. With the broiler pan, the fat/grease drips through the grate into the below pan.
I plan to get this 3 Piece Toaster Oven Set with ceramic coating to make cookies, bread, and muffins. Having a non-toxic loaf pan and muffin pan was essential for me to make Gluten-Free banana bread and muffins. These toaster oven pans are PTFE free, PFOA free, PFOS free, and Lead-free.
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