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Old 05-19-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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Boiling water in a teflon pot...BAD??

i bought a teflon type pot from zabar's. can't say for sure that it's teflon, but it IS nonstick and black. it has a "LOOK" stamped on the bottom(which is flat faced) of the pot.

when i started boiling water for my hot cereal, i was getting this nasty, medicinal-type smell from the steam. after consuming the cereal, i felt a tad ill. not enough to make me cautious. i thought maybe i wasn't rinsing the pot well enough.

anyway, every now and again the steam is really smelly while at other times, not so much. should i discontinue using the pot and is this a dangerous thing.

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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Generally speaking, teflon-based non-stick coatings are safe at the temperature of boiling water and for several hundred degrees beyond.

That being said, your particular pot could have a problem. I assume you thoroughly washed the pot with soap and water before you used it.

Is the coating still intact or is it scratched, chipped or peeling?
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:32 PM   #3
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do you know where the pot was made?

i'd be wary of inexpensive products made in china or mexico. both are infamous for producing ridiculously dangerous crap.
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:23 AM   #4
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pot bought at zabar's which is high end. it cost over $100. i think it's called look cookware and it's made in iceland. brand new...no chipping...washed thoroughly....rinsed thoroughly.

bottom line i guess, is it shouldn't smell. i'm dumping this expense.
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:41 AM   #5
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Ive used plenty of non stick pans and never had one that gave off a smell, and we have never had that problem in store either. If you are sure it has nothing to do with anything you have cleaned it with or cooked in it, take it back as soon as possible and ask the store for their advice. There will come a point when it is unreasonable to think about returning it if you are using it regularly.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:18 AM   #6
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pot bought at zabar's which is high end. it cost over $100. i think it's called look cookware and it's made in iceland. brand new...no chipping...washed thoroughly....rinsed thoroughly.

bottom line i guess, is it shouldn't smell. i'm dumping this expense.

Return it to the store and get your $100 back!
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just want to make sure that you've ruled out: bad water
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:56 PM   #9
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unfortunately, the receipt is gone. thx all.

at least i know one thing...the pot is bad.
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:24 PM   #10
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unfortunately, the receipt is gone. thx all.

at least i know one thing...the pot is bad.
Hey, for a hundred buck pan, receipt or no receipt, I'd be making a bigger stink with the store than smelly water!! It must be a high end store, and I'm positive you have a good chance of getting an exchange without the receipt.
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