With the so many hard anodized aluminum cookware been advertised, is it safe to use them in the kitchen? We may not give you a yes or no answer, but you should be extra careful and make use of all the safety measures you can while using this cookware in your kitchen. Hard anodization is an electrochemical process that makes aluminum hard and makes it a good heat conductor.
Here are some tips that will come in handy to ensure you use your hard anodized cookware properly and ensure you keep safe while at it.
Do not store food in these containers
By all means, do not use this cookware to store food. The containers are not airtight. Storing your food in such containers will only spoil the food. Additionally, if the food is acidic, it can result to surface peel off of your cookware.
Although the ability to conduct heat in this cookware can have its advantages, for a person who is not knowledgeable about this cookware, it can be dangerous. Begin with low heat and then slowly depending on what you are cooking, increase the heat temperatures.
The frequent use of anodized aluminum may cause toxicity. This can cause severe health issues. Additionally, quantanium, a substance that is used in coating hard anodized aluminum is similar to Teflon. This material easily wears out and if that happens, people can easily consume it with food. Thus, it’s very important to be careful while using this cookware and dispose it off immediately you notice any wear and tear.
Since this material conducts high heat temperatures, while cooking, one can easily get burns if safety precautions are not observed. To avoid burns, ensure there is no splashing of hot liquids or oils as you cook. Use very little amounts of oil so as to avoid flare-ups.
Do not use sharp objects
Avoid using any sharp objects such as knives or immersion blenders while using hard anodized cookware since it can cause peeling of the upper layer coating. I love feeding my big fluffy dog in a hard anodized aluminum tin. Learn more about big fluffy dogs here. I usually pour his high fiber food in the tin, then mix the food with a wooden spatula to avoid abrasion on the anodized tin. What makes me feed my dog with this tin is that it is very easy to clean.
Room It In
If you want to cook food that was in the fridge in an anodized cookware, it is wise to thaw the food and bring it to room temperature first. This ensures that food is not only evenly cooked, but that food does not get stuck on the cooking pot.
Wash anodized cookware after buying it
After buying your new anodized cookware, it is important that you first wash it carefully before using it. The simplest, yet effective way to wash it is by using hot water and mild soap and then rinsing it thoroughly. After it is clean, let it dry then you can begin using it after it’s completely dry.
These simple but essential tips will ensure you last longer with your anodized utensils, while keeping safe at the same time.