First of all, I must admit I simply adore my hard anodized cookware set. Hard anodized aluminum cookware is cookware that has very good properties for cooking and is a good heat conductor. I cook everything I can in those pots: soups, tortilla dishes, vegetable/vegetarian dishes. I will fry meat with very little oil, and none is I fry bacon. It beats every other set when it comes to frying.
I have a set with pots and pans having silicone handles to prevent those from heating up. That way you do not need a potholder, you can use your hands. I never buy cookware that doesn’t have some kind of protection on handles. You don’t want to burn your hands if you don’t need to. You can also use gloves, but why would you want to do that? It just gives you more chance to drop your pot because the grip will be bad.
It is not like this is some super special cookware set that you can only get in one place on Earth. It has become so popular in demand that almost every cookware store is going to have some kind of hard-anodized pots or pans.
Hard Anodized Cookware Properties
One good thing is that anodized aluminum cookware is very durable, and it has a film of materials making sure you can cook safely. You would have to try very hard if you want to scratch or dent such cookware. Food doesn’t stick to it, so it’s easy to clean. Although you must clean it with a rather gentle sponge and not the iron brush.
But, unlike standard non-stick cookware, you don’t have to worry about scratching it, because you simply won’t be able to do it with normal sponge cleaning. It means you can use a metal spatula or other metal utensils with it when cooking. And all that without worrying that scratching your pots and pans will get you their material in your food.
In most cases, it will look similar to cast iron cookware. But, when you take it in your hand, you will see it is nothing like that. That is because it is made from aluminum and thus much lighter. And you can buy all kinds of anodized cookware: pans, skillets, big and small pots and even cookware that can go in your oven.
There are numerous advantages of hard-anodizes cookware to cast iron. One is that it has cool handles. This is of course great so you don’t have to think about putting on kitchen gloves every tie you handle it. It also needs so seasoning, unlike cast iron. And most importantly for me, it is so easy to clean. Cast Iron is not non-stick and you must put some effort into cleaning it. It also might require to be soaked for hours.
But, as no cookware is perfect, there are issues with hard anodized pots as well. Unfortunately, anodized cookware is not dishwasher safe. But it is nonstick, there is not much problem cleaning it quickly and efficiently. Also got to remember that you can use aluminum on your induction stove if you own one.
Anodized Cookware Purchase
Again I have to repeat myself. Don’t worry about coating safety, it has been thoroughly tested at high temperature and it doesn’t release any toxins, as some claim. The most important thing is that you will have a lot of fun both cooking and taking care of your new pots and pans set. It is easy to cook and easy to clean – but you have to do it by hand. and that is the only problem I can think off.
So if you want a lifetime guarantee and don’t mind manual cleaning (which will be easily done), then you don’t have to look any further. Your obvious choice is this relatively new type of cookware set,