Aluminum cookware has been used in kitchens all around the world for years. Its lightweight, nonstick surface and resistance to rust, stains and extreme temperatures make it perfect for preparing dishes on the stovetop or in the oven.
However, some people have reservations about using aluminum cookware out of fear that it may affect their health. The lightweight metal is an excellent heat conductor, but it’s also highly reactive with acidic foods such as tomatoes, vinegar, and citrus.
However, the amount of aluminum that leaches into food is minimal enough to induce no symptoms in healthy people. It only causes health problems when consumed at high levels (many times higher than what one would get from eating food cooked in aluminum pan).
Is hard anodized aluminum non-stick?
Hard-anodized aluminum is nonstick. The surface of the pan has a hardened, super slick coating and there’s also an element of sealant in the process that makes it even more resistant to sticking.
Seasoning is a process that involves baking the pan in the oven and rubbing oil or cooking spray on it until porcelain-like finish develops. Once seasoned, hard anodized cookware does not need to be greased before cooking since food will not stick to it.
Hard anodized cookware is safe for gas stoves but totally prohibited on induction cooking tops due to the aluminum magnetism problem. Never place any type of magnets hard or soft near your inductive cooking surfaces, as it will demagnetize the cooking coil and render your appliance unusable.
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs)
How can I clean the hard anodized?
After cooking food on the aluminum pan, you need mild soap and water to do the cleaning work. Abrasive materials should never be used because they will scratch your pan non-stick surface. After cleaning, dry it with a soft cloth or paper towel and put it away in a dry place.
Can you use metal utensils with hard anodized aluminum?
It’s not recommended to use metal utensils on hard anodized cookware because they will damage the surface and chip off into your food. Using plastic, wood or rubber implements are ideal for these pans.
What is the best cooking method for hard anodized aluminum?
The recommended way to prepare food with your hard anodized cookware is on the stovetop or in a pre-heated oven. Use low to medium heat settings to prevent damage from overheating and always dry the pan off after washing.
You can also use a little cooking oil on the hard aluminum cookware before you put it in the oven to prevent food from sticking.
Is there any side effect of using hard anodized aluminum pan?
Many people are worried about the toxic effects of leaching chemicals from metal cookware into foods, such as pots and pans made with Teflon.
But, according to recent studies, there is no evidence that toxic chemicals actually leach into foods at dangerous levels from using hard anodized aluminum cookware. In fact, some experts say the risk of getting too much aluminum from food cooked in non-stick pans is greater than the health risks posed by the pans themselves.
You can see that cooking in aluminum is not bad for you if the pots and pans are properly anodized. Aluminum is very useful as a conductor of heat, so you won’t have any problems using it for cooking purposes.
Be sure to scrub your pan well before cooking, and use non-abrasive materials when cleaning it. When cleaned and stored away properly, your pans will last for many years without posing a health hazard to you or your family members.