- 1 What is Teflon?
- 2 Is Teflon Safe?
- 3 Bread Machine Without Teflon – Do They Exist?
- 4 Non Toxic Bread Maker
- 5 Bread Machines With Adjustable Settings
- 6 The Bottom Line…
Let me guess, someone has recently told you that Teflon is really bad and now you are panicking because every kitchen appliance and piece of cookware you own is made from Teflon, including your beloved bread maker. Does this sound familiar?
No need to worry, we are here to put your mind at ease. The good news is there are bread makers out there built without Teflon. That said, don’t go throwing out your trusty appliances just yet.
First let’s debunk the world of Teflon; what is it and it is really THAT bad for you?
In a hurry? Here are my favorite breadmakers…
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What is Teflon?
Teflon is a synthetic material which has been used in pans and many kitchen appliances since the ’40s. It’s a hydrophobic material meaning wet substances do not stick. That’s as far as my ‘science’ knowledge goes.
Remember when your mom would tell you off for using a metal spatula on the non-stick frying pan? It’s because it has the non-stick coating Teflon.
You can see why Teflon grew so much in popularity. Because of its non stick properties, this made cooking and cleaning effortless for many households.
Is Teflon Safe?
We have all seen, however, in recent years, Teflon has been given a really bad rep. I’m sure you all remember when everyone was going crazy over Teflon and we were being told to swap out our Teflon appliances for other materials, like stainless steel or ceramic.
It’s been said that Teflon consists of carcinogenic chemicals, and if heated over a certain temperature, PTFE releases a perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA for short). But if pans are meant for heating, we really shouldn’t be heating Teflon, right?
Is Teflon bad for you, really? Actually, Teflon doesn’t become harmful unless it’s heated continuously over 300C/570F.
Teflon, at such degrees, releases harmful smoke and gases which are known to cause flu-like symptoms, like a sore throat, coughing and fever.
These are similar symptoms you would get if you were exposed to other chemicals. But these are only temporary and will not cause any long term health issues.
You can see why many people were put off by Teflon though.
There was a lot of outrage towards Teflon for using such a harmful substance in kitchen products.
Thankfully, Teflon heard everyone’s outrage, and decided to do something about it.
Teflon has now removed PFOA and all Teflon products have been PFOA free since 2013 (Hallelujah!). But, does this mean that there is no need for concern over Teflon anymore?
What about when a non stick pan starts to exfoliate? Many of my pots and pans have seen better days but does this mean I need to replace all my pots that have scratch marks on them?
Digesting the material that comes off your pans will not cause any harm to the gut. It’s the inhalation of the fumes and gas that is released when Teflon is heated over a long period of time over a certain temperature that is more cause for concern.
So, generally speaking, Teflon is safe to use for everyday cooking. As long as you are sensible and not overheat the pans over a long period of time and are using wooden spatulas or silicone ones instead of metal ones then you should be fine.
It’s hard to avoid using cookware with Teflon as most affordable appliances are made from Teflon. They are easy to find, easy to clean and more importantly, they don’t break the bank.
If you are really concerned though, there are so many other harmless materials used in cookware that you can opt in for instead. Stainless steel cookware is a very popular alternative, although you do need to be aware that food tends to stick more on the bottom.
Bread Machine Without Teflon – Do They Exist?
Bread machines are the most convenient appliances to ever make a breakthrough in the 21st century. They are easy to use and do all the hard work for you.
If you haven’t got one yet, what are you waiting for? They are totally worth the investment!
The only downfall is that it is really hard to find a bread machine without non-stick coating.
There are only a few non Teflon bread makers out there and most of them are unavailable to the USA.
If you can’t get your hands on a Teflon free bread machine, it really doesn’t matter. Let me put your mind at ease.
With bread makers, the bread bakes at a very low temperature. The maximum that bread will bake in a bread maker is around 180C/356F.
This is significantly lower than the temperature where Teflon may become harmful.
And even then, no products that have the Teflon non-stick coating are harmful anyway as none contain PFOA!
Non Toxic Bread Maker
If you’ve made up your mind and you really want a bread machine with a stainless steel pan or a bread machine with a ceramic pan, then you are in luck as we have found a few just for you.
Sana Store. You’ve probably never heard of it. And quite frankly, neither had we until we searched the web far and wide for a stainless steel breadmaker. But, this Sana Bread Maker markets itself as being the only bread maker with a stainless steel pan.
The stainless steel bread pan is very durable and also includes 2 stainless steel kneading blades. The Sana bread maker comes in 3 different models; basic, standard and exclusive.
The stainless steel bread maker stays the same in each model, but with each model you get different accessories. Each model increases in price slightly.
What I love about the Sana is that it’s a horizontal bread machine, similar to our all time favourite Zojirushi bread machine.
Horizontal bread makers are much more effective, in my opinion, as the dual kneading paddles knead the dough more thoroughly, leaving no mixture untouched.
It also gives you the freedom to shape your dough before the second rise.
With the Sana, you can adjust the programmes manually and it also comes with glass lids and a digital thermometer.
Unfortunately, for all our USA friends, the Sana bread maker is only available in the EU at the moment and a few international countries.
Although it does have USA in the delivery options, after further research, we discovered that they actually don’t deliver to the USA because the machine isn’t compatible with the US 110v power.
But, fear not, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sana is in the process of developing a model for the US that will hopefully be available by the end of 2021.
This Beem ceramic bread maker is another one without a non-stick coating. It markets itself as being PTFE and PFOA free with the pans and the dough hook being made of white Bio-Ceramic Lon non-stick coating.
With your Beem ceramic bread maker you also get a round cake baking pan, stirring rod, ingredient dispenser and a measuring cup and spoon.
What is unique about this bread maker, apart from having a non-toxic ceramic coating, it is not just a bread maker. You can make rice, cake, pasta and jam in this ceramic bread maker!
The ceramic is surprisingly hard wearing and doesn’t scratch off. It is also very non-stick, although you need to make sure you soak it in water before you clean it just to make sure you get all the dough off.
The Beem ceramic bread maker isn’t the most stylish bread maker you’ll ever see and there are definitely better ones out there. But if your biggest concern is Telfon, then the Beem bread machine with ceramic pan is the one for you.
The downfall with the Beem bread maker is that it is only available in the UK. Bummer. You can however still order it from amazon.co.uk.
It will just take a while for it to come and you’ll have to pay import fees. If you do plan on buying it from the UK, you will also have to get an adaptor as the machine will come with a UK plug.
Bread Machines With Adjustable Settings
Considering there is a huge market of people that would rather purchase a bread machine without non stick coating, it is disappointing to see that there are only really 2 options out there! And they aren’t even available in the US yet.
If you are really struggling to find a bread machine with a stainless steel pan or a ceramic one, there are bread machines out there that give you the option to customize the settings so you can adjust the temperature yourself.
All the bread makers that we are just about to review all have Teflon non-stick coating. But, with the option to adjust the temperature yourself, you’ll be able to set the temperature at a setting that you feel comfortable with.
Although, like we mentioned earlier, bread makers don’t bake bread anywhere near the temperature where Teflon can become harmful.
The Breville BBM800XL is not only one of the best bread makers out there, it also allows you to customise the settings any way you like.
The bread pan is made with Teflon non-stick coating, but since you will be able to adjust the temperature manually, there is really absolutely no need to worry about anything harmful entering your bread while it’s cooking.
The custom programme setting lets you adjust the baking temperature between 140F and 300F.
The Breville BBM800XL comes with 13 different settings, varying from your basic loaf setting to a jam setting.
It also gives you the option of 4 different loaf sizes, ranging between 1 pound loaves to 2 pounds, as well as giving you the option to choose between 3 different crust colors.
It has a ‘keep warm’ function of up to 60 minutes and a delayed timer of up to 13 hours. It also has an automatic dispenser so you can add all your favourite extra ingredients like fruit and nuts with ease.
Inside your machine, you’ll find the non-stick bread pan and a collapsible paddle that will collapse before the bake cycle begins to avoid that annoying kneading blade hole at the bottom. Although it is super easy to remove the paddle from the bread machine yourself.
Look at our full Breville BBM800XL review here.
This is another favourite bread maker in the market with custom settings. Just like this Breville, the Zojirushi also has a Teflon bread pan. But since you are able to manually adjust the temperature, you will have freshly baked bread cooked at a healthy temperature.
There are other features in the Zojirushi that makes it stand out and certainly worth the purchase. It features not 1 but 2 kneading blades which mixes all the ingredients to perfection, leaving nothing untouched.
Just like the Sana, it is a horizontal bread machine. So, it comes with a long loaf pan that can yield a loaf up to 2 pounds. I also love that it has a top heating element that makes sure that your loaf of bread is nice, even colour all around.
Just like the Breville, the Zojirushi has a keep warm function of up to 60 minutes and a delayed timer of up to 13 hours.
If you want to find out more click here.
The Zojirushi Supreme isn’t PTFE or PFOA free, but just like the Breville and the Zojirushi Virtuoso, it also has customisable settings.
You can adjust the temperature manually between 254F and 290F, which is well within the safe range.
In terms of the features, it is the same as the Zojirushi Virtuoso apart from that the Supreme doesn’t have a gluten-free setting.
More details here.
The Bottom Line…
For a number of years now there has been speculation that we should get rid of Teflon products. But is it really worth the effort to replace all our cookware?
Seeing that products with non-stick Teflon coating are now PTOA free, there is no need to be concerned over Teflon. Your general everyday cooking will not emit the harmful gases associated with Teflon.
If you are really concerned though, there are ways around it. You can replace all your cookware with ceramic, stone or stainless steel products.
This will cost you a fair bit as these types of products tend to be more expensive than your standard Teflon coated cookware.
If you do decide to keep your Teflon coated cookware, there are various things you can do to avoid any harmful gases from being emitted.
Make sure you cook and bake at low to medium temperatures. And for goodness sake don’t forget your frying pan on the hob!
What I have found really useful is to replace all my metal cooking utensils with bamboo ones. Not only does this avoid scraping off the non-stick coating on all your cookware, it is also much more sustainable using natural products.
So, your only option is to invest in a bread machine with adjustable settings so you can manually set the temperature.
If you are very fussy about the whole Teflon thing, you can take it one step further and use your bread machine to knead the dough and bake it in your oven.
This does seem like a lot of effort though and one that doesn’t really justify buying a bread machine if you aren’t going to use it to its full potential.