Nonstick (g) cookware is often referred to by its various trade names such as Teflon or T-Fal. Nonstick pans are useful because they require minimal fat for browning, food does not stick to the bottom or edge, and they are easy to keep clean. However, with heavy use, the coating wears off quickly, rendering the pan useless for its designated purpose. Never heat a non-stick pan to a high temperature without any added fat, as the coating will be damaged and become toxic. Always use utensils made for cooking with nonstick pans or a wooden spoon.