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    No pants, Wearin'a Helmet MitaDC's Avatar
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    Water to cool down a hot pan?

    Hey guys, is it bad to use water to cool down a hot pan that you just cooked in? If it is what are other alternatives to cooling it down quick besides letting it just sit (which isn't quick) .

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    Run cold water over it? That way you'll exchange the water which is becoming warmer with newly cold water that can absorb more heat? It doesnt seem like you need to worry about the steel cracking or anything, but i dont know.

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    the only issue is that some materials might crack due to the sudden temperature change, this is especially true with some "teflon" type materials. So I start off with lukewarm water, and then change it to cold. I'm not talking about the metal itself exploding, just teflon material gets weakened.

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    alright gotcha, I know it is bad for glass (learned all about that logically and physically in Chem ) But I didn't know if it would warp the metal or anything. I would think no and I have been doing it for a while but I am moving out on my own soon and I don't want to be ruinin any pans .
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    I wouldn't worry about it. Just use warm water then let it sit.

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    Heating it up and suddenly cool it down will temper the metal. Whether that's good or bad I don't know. It's probably already tempered.

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    Teflon and food is a rather bad idea. Despite its popularity for cookware, Teflon emits numerous toxic substances when heated. If you want such chemicals in your body, go for it, but I will have to pass.

    As to cooling pans, water is more of a personal choice IMO. I oftentimes drain the pain then let it cool naturally while I eat. Works well for my purposes, and the pans do not seem any harder to clean than rinsing them while hot.

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    I always just pour cold water on it and enjoy the steam
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    I let it air cool a little before dousing it. Also, if you are cooking beef, add a little water, stir it around and a little Worchestershire or pepper and make great Aue Jus... That way you won't lose any cancer causing substances!
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    It's metal, I don't see how it would have any ill effects.

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    Be careful doing this. Depending on the quality of your pans this can warp them.

    That being said if you have high quality cookware this is no different than deglazing and is perfectly safe for your cookware. (In fact deglazing with water is one of the best ways to get stubborn pans cleaned)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solid Snake

    A note on teflon...

    Teflon burning on pan will release chemicals. I'm not sure if they're toxic to humans, but they will kill birds quickly. Don't keep both birds and teflon pans in your house.
    Your serious about it being extremely harmful to animals? We have 3 birds in the house (two amazon parrots, and one cockatiel), luckily all far from the kitchen though....Time to dump those pans...
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    Yes, as Solid Snake and I have pointed out, polytetrafluoroethylene releases plenty of nasty chemicals when heated, especially beyond 500F.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    "Teflon flu" or "fluoropolymer fever" is a common term for the flu-like symptoms caused by exposure to fumes produced by overheated Teflon coated non-stick pans or through an overheated extruder during the production of fluoropolymer parts, such as extruded cable jacketing, etc. It is not related to influenza in any other way. The symptoms include: chills, headaches and fevers. These same fumes can be lethal to pet birds. Ingestion of Teflon particles may also cause health problems.

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    and whatever you do dont keep your birds in your teflon pans
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    Woot, well either I just went over and checked out the pans once again. It turns out we don't have teflon, thankfully.... I could have swore we had some sort of non stick pan though. Must have got rid of them though.
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    I could have swore we had some sort of non stick pan though. Must have got rid of them though.
    There are plenty of pans that act non-stick without teflon and are black to boot. Both cast iron and anodized aluminum are non stick if used correctly and are safe at high temperatures.

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    Cast iron is generally my preferred pan type, although I have some anodized aluminum as well. Cast iron is a little higher maintenance, but I think it cooks and sears much nicer, just season it properly to avoid pitting, rust, and to make it nonstick. Both of which can be cooled with water without worry.

    I avoid teflon pans, I find them more difficult to cook with and to clean.

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    yea, it will worp, slowly... but before you know it, you wont be able to put the pan down without it wabbleing back and forth a little.

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