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Old 03-04-2007, 01:38 AM   #1
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Exclamation I've burned my teflon pan!

After making dinner tonight, I left the stove on and my teflon pan sitting on the burner. I'm worried that we're all gonna get sick!

It was on med high for probably 30 minutes. I noticed because there was a haze in the house. There was some grease in the pan that most likely produced the smoke. There were also a few crumbs still in the pan. I opened all the doors and windows and stuck the pan outside. The house aired out for 15 minutes until the smoke had cleared. I'm still worried about teflon flu though.

The kids were sleeping in their room which is right next to the kitchen but the door was closed, they should be fine.

And the dog?

Should I toss the pan?

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:38 AM   #2
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You've done what you could. Teflon flu is not automatic. You'll probably be fine.

I'd test out the pan with an egg. If it still works as it's supposed to, keep it. If not, toss it.
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I`de never heard of Teflon (PTFE) flu before you mentioned it, but I`ve done a little reading since and it would seem the onset if reasonably fast and lasts 2 days. so at worst you`ll feel a bit ill, but you will recover.
apparently it`s more acute (to lethal) for Birds.
plenty fresh air for you all will help no end :)

as for the pan, erm.... I have no idea, I think I would deep 6 it personaly.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:42 AM   #4
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What brand is the pan? Does it have a warranty? If so, you may be able to get a new pan. Otherwise I would go with what Andy said.
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:39 AM   #5
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Oh you know, it's the mom in me. I just have to worry.
Still feeling fine. If I had gotten tflu, I'd be pretty sick right now.

Thanks for your advice and reassurance. I'll try the pan out with an egg, as suggested, and make sure it's still nonstick.

It's a Calphalon. If it did have a warrenty, it's probably expired. Great idea though!
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:42 AM   #6
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Calphalon has a lifetime warranty. You are probably in luck.
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Wow! Really? I'll try it out! Thanks GB!
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This might be helpful.
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GB, you are too good to me.
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