What is Anodized Cookware?
How Does Anodization Work?
When air touches aluminum, a chemical reaction takes place which causes the aluminum to create a thin protective layer which resists corrosion, rusting, and pitting. Over time, however, this natural coating will decay meaning that even the highest quality aluminum cookware will eventually become pitted and useless. Furthermore, most cookware is not made of pure aluminum, and alloys oftentimes have a weaker natural protective layer.
Anodization involves placing the aluminum or aluminum alloy in a chemical bath consisting of electrolytes like sulfuric acid, and then running an electrical current through the bath. The result is a protective layer that is thicker than the naturally-occurring oxidation process, and which resists corrosion for a longer time.
What Are the Advantages of Anodized Aluminum Cookware?
The anodization process gives aluminum cookware a hard inner layer with a smooth, non-stick surface. Furthermore, this layer is highly non-reactive, which means that it won't be discolored as easily and it won't pass on any strange flavors to your foods. Some other advantages of anodized aluminum include:
Finally, the anodization process allows aluminum to hold dyes, so that pans can be made in festive outer colors.
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