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Re: [RawPortland] teflon alternatives

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  • Kathleen Anderson
    I haven t seen the inside of a dehydrator yet, so I m not totally clear on how the racks are constructed, or of what. But why not use unbleached parchment
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 30, 2005
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      I haven't seen the inside of a dehydrator yet, so I'm not totally clear on how the racks are constructed, or of what. But why not use unbleached parchment paper? Maybe it would block the circulation of air, but it would be better than plastic wrap.
      Kathleen
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      Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2005 3:14 PM
      Subject: Re: [RawPortland] teflon alternatives

      That's a good question.  Does anyone know if Teflon is dangerous when merely warmed?  As you all know I tend to defer to my intuition and sensory systems, and neither of them have complained about Teflex sheets in the dehydrator...
       
      You know what, though?  My (very non-medical) advice is to not even worry about it.  You make something in the dehydrator, what, once a week?  Maybe twice?  And typically, the longer a person is raw, the less they crave dehydrated foods.  It seems to me that a little bit, for a little while, is not such a big deal.
       
      I used to use Saran Wrap or other plastic wrap before I came across Teflex...I'm guessing that's probably just as bad, if not worse...it felt bad to me.
       
      Probably do more good for ourselves if using Teflex helps us stay raw, than if we were to eat cooked food prepared on non-aluminum cookware, right?
       
      Best,
      Celeste in Beaverton
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 6:12 PM
      Subject: [RawPortland] teflon alternatives

      I have an Excalibur dehydrator and I want to start using it.  Does
      anyone know of any alternatives to using teflon trays in it for raw
      crackers and fruit leather?  I have read several articles decrying
      teflon as an unsafe cooking surface, connective tissue problems. 
      Also, I avoid aluminum due to its connection to nervous system
      disorders.  I've been looking for vegetable based waxed paper, but all
      I can find is petroleum based and an article indicating that non-
      kosher waxed paper may be contaminated with tallow (animal fat).



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