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Caring for Anodized Cookware

26 May 2009 16,564 views 4 Comments

What a messThere are some specific tips and pointers that you will want to keep in mind when it comes to cooking with and caring for anodized cookware. Through this article you will be provided an overview of how to properly utilize anodized cookware.

From a technical standpoint, anodized cookware is a type of cookware that has undergone a process to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer that occurs on the surface of metal. Anodized cookware is normally made using heavy gauge aluminum. After the Aluminum has been through the oxidization process it is virtually non-stick and very hard.

When cooking with anodized cookware you will want to cook at a lower temperature setting than you would use with other types of cookware. Anodized cookware heats and cools more quickly than other types of cookware. Therefore, you do not need to utilize as high a degree of temperature as would be necessary with cookware made from other materials. Therefore, before you begin cooking with anodized cookware you will want to reconsider the specific heating instructions associated with a particular recipe. Since every stove heats differently, you will also want to do a bit of experimenting until you understand more completely how your stove will “interact” with your anodized cookware.

You do need to keep in mind that the surface of anodized cookware is susceptible to scratching. Make sure to only use nylon or wooden utensils when cooking with this type of cookware. Scratching the surface of anodized cookware will permanently damage it and make it far less effective and can ultimately render it useless.

A nice benefit of some anodized cookware is that it can be transferred from the stove and into an oven or broiler. These products can withstand the intense surrounding heat of an oven or a broiler that most other cookware pieces can not. This can really simplify the preparation of a number of dishes that require both stove and oven time. However, pay attention to the manufacturers use specifications because not all anodized cookware can be used in this manner.

There are some specific cleaning requirements associated with anodized cookware that you will want to keep in mind. You cannot wash anodized cookware in a dishwasher the dish washing detergent can damage it. You must hand wash this type of cookware using warm water and regular dish soap. You will want to hand wash your anodized cookware after every use. You do not want anything to build up on your anodized cookware. If you do allow something to build up, it will become far less effective.

Provided that you follow the use and cleaning directives handed down by the manufacture a lot of anodized cookware comes with a lifetime warranty. If you remember these tips you should have extended success with your anodized cookware.

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4 Comments »

  • Becci said:

    So what can I do to repair the outside finish of my pans if I have placed them in the dishwasher?

  • Chef Kenneth Cole (author) said:

    What kind of finish is used on the outside of the cookware? Can you describe the damage caused to the finish? Who is the manufacturer?

  • sue said:

    I have the same problem. Someone in my home put my pans in the dishwasher. Now they have a white/grayish stain on them. They look like a pan that has had milk boil over.

    My pans were purchased at Sams Club and the bottom of them says…Members Mark Professional Quality Hard Anodized Nonstick.

    TIA,
    Suzanne

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