Hard anodized cookware is made from aluminum processed by a series of electro-chemical interaction process. The addition of an acidic chemical compound and electrical charge to the aluminum forms a hard aluminum ceramic-like layer and that is what makes hard anodized cookware durable – it is even 30% harder than stainless steel. However, there are also some drawbacks of using this material for your cookware. Learn the pros and cons of using this kind of cookware before deciding on purchasing it.
1. Stronger and more durable
Compared to regular aluminum cookware, kitchen utensils made of electrochemically altered aluminum is stronger. Hard anodized pans are also resistant to dents and dings. With proper handling, they can last for years.
If equipped with metal handles, these pots and pans can be used for cooking food in the oven.
3. Require less oil for cooking
Since hard anodized cookware has a stick-resistant surface, you don’t need to use lots of oil for cooking. Still, you will need a little oil or butter to lubricate the food. Not only is this more economical, less oil in cooking is also healthier for you.
4. Easier to clean
The non-stick surface makes the utensil easier to clean. No need to worry about burnt or stuck food anymore. If you get stains or caked-on food, apply a paste of baking soda with warm water for 30 minutes and then wash with warm soapy water to remove them easily.
5. Cook faster
The base material, being aluminum, conducts evenly and faster not only to the bottom of the utensil but also to the sides.
1. More expensive
The production of a deep anodized surface requires processing time. It’s no wonder that hard anodized cookware will cost you more than the regular stamped-out pots and pans.
2. Aluminum contamination
Although still unproven, some experts believe that some aluminum can leach into and contaminate the food despite the hard anodized coating. Too much aluminum in our body is suspected of having a link to Alzheimer’s disease. But so is paracetamol linked to AD, and everyone pops this headache remedy on a frequent basis.
Aluminum itself is quite lightweight; however the electro-chemical coating makes these heavier. Always be very careful when carrying a hot hard anodized pot full of food.
4. Not suitable for storing food
The lids for hard anodized cookware are not designed to be tightly shut. Remove the food immediately from the pan after cooking to prevent your food from becoming spoiled.
5. Not dishwasher-friendly
The chemically harsh detergent used in dishwashers can damage the aluminum coating. The best way to wash these utensils is by using warm water with mild soap and a dishcloth or soft sponge.