Kitchen Essentials Cookware- The Aluminum Guide

Published: 03rd August 2009
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Aluminum is one of the most popular choices for kitchen essentials cookware for several reasons. The greatest advantage to buying aluminum pots and pans is it's affordability. Other advantages are it's excellent ability to conduct heat, it's lightweight manageability and the ease at which it can be cleaned.

However, all aluminum kitchen essentials cookware are not created equally and it is important to know what to look for when making a selection. The different types of aluminum cookware include thin gauge, heavy gauge and dark anodized aluminum. Let's explore each type:

Thin Gauge Aluminum has poor heat distribution and dents easily. Also, it is highly reactive with acidic and salty foods such as sauces with tomato, wine or lemon juice. Sadly, the disadvantages associated with using thin gauge aluminum in the kitchen certainly outweigh the benefit of its low cost. This type of aluminum is therefore not a very good addition to your kitchen essentials cookware collection.

Heavy Gauge Aluminum is a slightly better option than thin gauge aluminum. It heats up quickly and evenly, but this type of aluminum cookware is still highly reactive with acidic or salty food. If you would like to add a pot to your collection to cook a specific type of non-acidic food, a heavy gauge aluminum pot may be a sufficient addition to your kitchen essentials cookware set without dipping too far into your pocket.

Dark Anodized Aluminum is the best of the three types of aluminum. The anodizing process seals the aluminum, preventing it from reacting with foods. It is therefore safe to cook all types of food in dark anodized aluminum pots. The anodizing process also makes pots harder smoother and easier to clean. These are the highest quality aluminum pots and pans and are usually still very affordable, making pots made of anodized aluminum a winner. We should be proud to add dark anodized aluminum pots to our kitchen essentials cookware collection.

The author of this article is one of the owners of a website with some of the best kitchen essentials cookware online.

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