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Mushroom wax melting update

Mushroom wax teflon potI finally got around to washing the mushroom wax pot last night and had some trouble.

It seems like a small amount of wax somehow leaked out and bonded with the teflon.

Next year I'll use stainless steel instead of teflon and avoid this sticky problem.

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The PTFE coating in pans usually porous, because of the way it is made (sintering). So what you're probably seeing is that the wax has settled into the pores of the coating. Just put some oil in the pan and heat it. The wax should melt before you damage the pan, since PTFE can withstand 260 °C (500 °F) without trouble.

Comment by Roland_Smith Fri Feb 26 17:36:46 2010
That's very good to know for the next time, since I'll probably forget and throw the wax can right back in the same pot. (Mark's so good to never let on that the mistakes are generally mine... :-) )
Comment by anna Sat Feb 27 08:53:30 2010

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