I’m looking for the safest way to heat water for tea. As I no longer “cook,” I haven’t used my pots and pans in a long time with the exception of heating water for tea.
Last night, I forgot about the water on the stove, which then boiled, and then continued to boil until it was empty. The pan,which has a teflon coating, started to heat up and smell so terrible. This morning I did some research and learned that Teflon is super toxic at certain temperatures. In fact, groups have been lobbying the FDA for years to have warning labels put on the pans but have failed so far. There is even a warning on the DuPont website that the fumes from a heated Teflon pan can instantly kill pet birds kept in the home! Yikes! The article also included reference to a chemical called C-8 that is now in everyone’s blood stream because of the prevalence of Teflon (Stainmaster carpets, Gore-Tex clothing, Teflon pans, etc.). Several birth defects have been connected.
Anyway, this was terrifying and am now wondering what is the best way to heat water for tea. I’m certainly not going to use a microwave. Cast iron? I doubt aluminum is any good.
The most informative article I read can be found here:
Thanks for your help.