A hard anodized product is an aluminum product that has been put through a process that makes it much more durable. It makes cookware so they do not scratch or dent as easily. It causes the lining to be a non-stick surface. Many cooks have switched over from the Teflon coated interiors to the hard anodized products because they believe they are a healthier alternative for cooking. After a while, Teflon will chip off and mix with the food you are preparing in the pan. This is believed to be a cancer causing compound by some researchers. So why take a chance when there is such a good alternative.
The aluminum in these cookware products goes through an electro-chemical process that makes it 30 per cent harder than stainless steel. Because it is made of aluminum, there is a more even distribution of heat in the pan when cooking. You can use metal cookware utensils with these pans and the surface will not be affected. But it is advised not to use anything with sharp edges, such as knives, on the surface or interior of the pans. Most of these pans are safe to use in the oven or broiler, but always read the manufacturer’s instructions first.
This type of cookware has a long life span if you care for it properly. Check each manufacturer’s instructions on caring for their product. Some recommend not putting it in the dishwasher, while others say it is ok. If you need to wash it by hand, it is really very easy to do because of the non-stick surface.
The main advantage of using hard anodized cookware is that it is non-stick; hence you need less oil for cooking. Also, with this cookware you do not need to use as high a heat setting as you might otherwise need. This type of cookware set makes a great bridal gift because it is so reasonably priced and it is easier to learn to cook with. If you do a lot of cooking you’ll find it so much easier when all the pans perform the same way. It eliminates most of the guess work.