Of all domestic chores, cooking would have to be the most bipolar in nature. Nothing can be more rewarding or the most frustrating depending on the situation. Many homemakers will agree that this seemingly simple job can be a bit of a challenge without the proper tools. One of the most frustrating situation that can be encountered in the kitchen is the sticking of food on pots and pans and even food trays. For these situations, most would carefully line these cook wares with oil or other specially coated materials. This method is so time-consuming and unreliable in most cases. Various solutions have been employed to remedy this situation. The answer? Non-stick cookware.
One of the methods employed in making cook wares such as these involve oxidation, acid soaking, cooling and electric current. The result is a hard-anodized cookware made from aluminum. This makes the aluminum harder than steel, non-corrosive, non-chipping, non-toxic, heat resistant and best of all, non-stick. By hard-anodization, this relatively soft material is transformed into one of the most useful material for cook wares.
One of the joy and challenges in cooking is making pastries and cookies. Imagine trying all your best to come up with perfectly formed and heavenly tasting cookies only to have it come out burnt and sticking to the pan. With a hard anodized cookware, this will not happen ever. The anodized aluminum can be quickly heated and distributes the heat evenly so uneven cooking is prevented.
Other practical usage of this material apart from pots and pans are woks, grills and waffle irons. Some non-stick cooking utensils and tools are a nightmare to clean because of permanently attached electronic component. With the hard-anodized aluminum cookware, you can just simply soak them in water and you are almost done. Non reactive to acids, this expands its usefulness considerably since it can be used for a wider variety of dishes.
For the top of the line anodized cookware, nothing beats Calphalon DSC9DC Commercial 9-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set. The makers of this set have been on top of the pyramid since anodized utensils have invaded the market and although many manufacturers have now flooded the market with cheaper versions, the Calphalon brand is still considered king. Features of this excellent cookware set include:
- Covered shallow saucepan
- Open skillets
- Covered chef’s casserole
- Riveted handles made of stainless steel for comfort and relative safety.
- They stay cool for stove top cooking and will provide comfortable and reliable grip
- Lids are concave to allow moisture to return to the pot thereby preserving the taste
- All are oven-safe
- Hand washable
- Broiler safe
- With a lifetime warranty
Previously restricted to commercial cooking and only to some elite circle, hard anodized cookware is now a common household item. Thanks to a price drop that even if it still doesn’t match ordinary cook wares, it made this technology reach almost every home. Now, safe and enjoyable cooking are not confined to the commercial, affluent-only realm.