Xylan is a dry film lubricant that is often used as a coating on nonstick pots and pans. While Xylan can help you prepare meals quickly and without oil or heavy cleanup, there are certain dangers associated with the use of items coated this way. By knowing how to properly use and maintain Xylan-coated pans, you should be able to avoid many of these dangers.
Xylan Coating Care
In "Xylan Nonstick Coating Care," Coating Systems, Inc., explains that Xylan can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It is unlikely, though not impossible, that you would be cooking your food at temperatures this high in your home kitchen. To avoid reaching 500 degrees F, do not heat empty pans, as this can cause them to reach temperature faster.
Over 500 degrees, Xylan molecules begin to break down, and over 600 degrees, they can even release a toxic chemical known to kill pet birds and harm humans. The higher quality your cookware, the less likely you are to have these issues. This is because inexpensive cookware tends to be less heavy-duty and may heat up more quickly.
Use wooden or silicone utensils when mixing food and serving from your Xylan nonstick cookware. This will help you to avoid scratching the coating. While not necessarily harmful to ingest, it's best not to eat the coating. In addition, if the coating begins to peel, the nonstick properties of your cookware will be lost.
Washing Xylan-Coated Cookware
Allow your cookware to cool completely before you attempt to clean it. More importantly, never submerge hot Xylan-coated pots or pans in dishwater, especially cold or cool water. This can present significant stress to the cookware and lessen its longevity.
To avoid scratching your cookware, do not use harsh sponges or scouring pads to wash it. Instead, choose a microfiber dishcloth or a soft sponge. Rub gently to remove any food particles and put the power of soaking in lukewarm dishwater to work on tough messes.
To avoid significant messes or crusted food, try to clean your pots and pans as soon as you have used them and they are reasonably cool. Since they are nonstick, you can scrape remaining food off before the pans cool using the same wooden or silicone utensils that you use to serve food. This will help extend the life of your Xylan cookware.
Xylan Vs. Teflon
Both Xylan and Teflon coatings are chemically polytetrafluoroethylenes. Both are dangerous above 500 degrees F, so regardless of which coating is used on your nonstick cookware, you should avoid temperatures at that level.
In "What Do You Mean It's Not Teflon" by The Cookware Advisor, it's explained that Teflon is a brand name produced by DuPont. Many brands, like Jamie Oliver cookware and items made by Ikea, use Teflon as their nonstick coating.
Not all nonstick coatings are made of Teflon, and not all nonstick coatings have the same chemical composition. In many cases, Whitford is the company that makes Xylan. You can find it on products like woks from Joyce Chen or Helen Chen.
Danielle Smyth is a writer and content marketer from upstate New York. She holds a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University. She owns her own content marketing agency, Wordsmyth Creative Content Marketing (www.wordsmythcontent.com), and she enjoys writing home and DIY articles and blogs for clients in a variety of related industries. She also runs her own lifestyle blog, Sweet Frivolity (www.sweetfrivolity.com).