Telflex = Tefflon - any alternatives

edited December 2010 in Being Raw

Is the Telflex used in dehydrator the same as the toxic Tefflon used in cookware? Is it just as bad, or is it OK since we are not heating it to a super high temperature? Does anyone know of any alternatives if it is toxic?

Comments

  • I read an article in a magazine published by Brian Clement of Hippocrates that was on the toxicity of teflon. It is toxic even at low temperatures. I have no idea what would replace it. It’s best not to use a dehydrator anyway.

  • Most people using recipes are doing so because they are transitioning, in which case dehydration is a great tool. Excaliber also makes silicone sheets if that would better suit you. I use the teflex, because I don’t use them that often, I use the mesh (which is plastic so you could have an issue with that too I guess). But again, I think it is all ok for transitional purposes.

  • barose-

    I choose not to use either the plastic sheets or the teflex ones. I use unbleached parchment paper over all of my trays when dehydrating. Also if it s very runny recipe that you are dehydrating you can use 2 layes of parchment. You can buy unbleached parchment at most cooking type stores, online, or some health food stores carry it. Hope this helps.

  • I have tried the unbleached parchment and it was a big mess. I will try two, even three layers next time. If I can find the pre-cut ones in sheets, that would be ideal. The curliness of the rolled paper makes it hard. I did find some silicone ones I already have (didn’t realize it) I will try that too.

    SocaL

    1. I don’t dehydrate that often. Maybe 2x a week at the most. 2. I love to cook and bake – its been a lifelong passion. Sure, blending and chopping is great but I enjoy creating raw food and its hard to give up a passion in a week. 3. I do eat mostly whole, raw food in the form of salads, smoothies, and just the whole fruit/veggie, but I am new and transitioning and its easy to get discouraged. Even one flax cracker can be enough to satisfy my craving for cooked food. Dehydrated food takes up probably 10% or less of my daily intake. 4. I travel and need to take certain things that are non perishable and compact until I get to a destination where I can buy a salad, or fruit.

    I know your view of dehydrating and who knows, maybe I will be enlightened enough (like you) where I can just through out my machine. But for now, I will continue to use it in moderation.

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