THE CHEMICALS CONVENIENCE IS HIDING
You’ve probably never heard of them, but scientists worldwide have issued a warning to the effects of PFAS chemicals. Data has linked exposures to PFASs with certain cancers, delayed puberty, decreased fertility, reduced immune response in children and elevated cholesterol, amongst other health problems.
PFAS are man made chemicals found in plastic packaging, stain repellents and contaminated water and soil. And though you’ve never heard of them, you should have – because they’re in vast swathes of consumer products, from waterproof and spill-resistant coatings, takeaway food containers and non-stick cookware. But where they’re probably most dangerous – because they’re most at risk of being absorbed – is in their use to create synthetic non-stick pans (the kind that have been dominating the Australian market for decades).
It’s therefore unsurprising that professional cooks have been rapidly switching back to seasoned iron over the past few years due to its healthy non-stick properties. The rising sales of iron in Australia indicates that society at large might finally be catching on, with Australians going back to old school cooking methods.
Australian engineer Mark Henry, a man with a passion for a healthy lifestyle and a personal vision to improve standards in kitchens all over the country, noticed these changes in the market but believed he could improve on both traditional American iron and French steel pans. He also believed he could build up a business manufacturing these superior pans here in Australia. As a result, in late 2015 his company SOLIDTEKNICS launched their Australian-made seamless wrought iron pans.
“We are very proud to be a part of this revolution in healthier cooking habits. There has been so much emphasis on improving the quality of food being cooked in Australia in recent years, and now we see cooks becoming much more aware of the health benefits, or dangers, of the cookware they are putting all that healthy food into”, says Mark Henry.
Iron cookware has been endorsed by the likes of well-known chefs such as Neil Perry, of Rockpool, Mark LaBrooy of Three Blue Ducks and Chris Rendell of Flinders Lane Restaurant in New York City. For more info go to Solidteknics.