They say that if created under the right conditions anodized aluminum can be as tough as a diamond. Does that make hard anodized aluminum https://cafeviennaprinceton.com/belgique-cookware-reviews/ a real gem? In this cooks experience, definitely yes. Anyone who cooks everyday can be driven crazy worrying if they are using the right cooking tools, stirring their sauce often enough so it doesn’t stick and burn, and whether they are moving the cuts of meat adequately in the saute pan so no one piece is in the hot spot for too long. If you cook you have been there. And what cook hasn’t had the embarrassment of having guests spot little pieces of burnt sauce or even worse bits of the nonstick coating from their pan, staring at them from the top of your entree. It doesn’t have to be this way. Many types of quality cookware can solve these problems but for the average home chef, hard anodized aluminum cookware is the cookware of choice.
Most of the major cookware manufacturers such as, Calphalon, Cuisinart, and All Clad, include hard anodized aluminum cookware in their product lines making it easy to find. But is it worth the somewhat higher investment? Anodized aluminum cookware is likely the most durable cookware on the market and is easily twice as strong as stainless steel cookware. It will not dent or discolor and it can be dyed to make it more fun and festive. You just can’t help feeling happy when you are cooking with bright yellow cookware.
The feature of hard anodized aluminum cookware that has made it so popular is the nonporous, nonstick surface. This surface is scratch resistant to the point that it can be used with metal cooking utensils without concern. No more hunting for the nylon or wooden utensils. Just grab whatever is at the top of the drawer and cook without having to baby your precious nonstick pan. The nonporous cooking surface does not allow food to stick so you don’t have that burnt layer on the bottom of your pot to worry about. Plus you don’t need to stand in the kitchen and stir it every five minutes. No more burnt food bits to pick out of you dinner entree. This cookware is also a great tool for the health conscious because it allows them to cook with very little use of oils and butter, eliminating unnecessary calories while sealing in the taste. Then there is my favorite feature, easy cleanup. The nonporous surface does not allow food to stick so cleanup is as simple as a damp cloth and few drops of dishwashing liquid. Some brands claim to be dishwasher safe but I highly recommend hand washing as the harsh chemicals in most automatic dishwasher detergents is very hard on this type of cookware. But that’s not all.
When buying anodized aluminum cookware be sure to get a reputable brand that has a solid aluminum base rather than a combination of alloys. If you have true quality solid aluminum cookware you will experience the wonderful benefits of cooking with aluminum. Aluminum cookware is known for distributing heat quickly and evenly throughout the pot or pan. You will no longer have to worry about hot spots that cause some areas to burn while others are undercooked. All of your food will cook evenly without embarrassing burnt spots. Because it heats up quickly it also saves a bit on energy making it environmentally friendly. This type of cookware is usually oven and broiler safe which adds to its versatility in the kitchen. The anodized aluminum itself is heat resistant up to the melting point of aluminum or about 1,221 degrees Fahrenheit, however, you need to check the rivets and handles to make sure that they are oven safe. Always check your manual before oven or broiler use.