If you’re like many cooks, you probably appreciate the advantages of a good set of non-stick belgique cookware reviews. However, finding a set that’s just right can be a frustrating experience. You finally decide to make the investment, and you head to the store where you find an inexpensive set of non-stick cookware and buy it. But before you know it, whatever non-stick coating your new cookware has begins to chip, or scratch, or just simply disappear.
The problem is that even an inexpensive set of ordinary aluminum cookware can have a pretty short lifespan which can be even shorter because it’s manufacturer created it from an indeterminate aluminum alloy just to keep the price down.
That being said, aluminum cookware provides the cook with some genuine advantages and when manufactured properly is among the best non-stick cookware available. Here are a couple of reasons why.
1) Aluminum is a superior heat conductor. As a result, it takes less energy and time to heat the cookware, to the required temperature.
2) For the same reason it provides better heat distribution. That means it spreads the heat evenly across the cooking surface thereby avoiding hotspots and the problem of food burned in one place and undercooked in another.
Of the aluminum cookware available, anodized aluminum cookware offers the best investment. It’s aluminum cookware that’s specially treated during the manufacturing process to harden the aluminum’s surface causing it to have non-stick properties that last for a much longer time.
Essentially then, the process used to make the cookware results in it keeping its non-stick properties longer without compromising the other great properties of the cookware.
Hard anodized aluminum cookware can be even stronger than steel, but it is much lighter and therefore easier to handle. It’s very scratch resistant, and yet it’s typically less expensive than stainless steel cookware. Any of these features would be reason enough to think seriously about buying a quality set of anodized aluminum cookware. But wait, there’s more.
3) Eat healthier – Cooking with a quality set of non-stick cookware means that you won’t need to use nearly as much oil or fat to keep your food from sticking. Non-stick cookware allows you to eliminate unhealthy fats from your diet.
4) Avoid food possible contamination – After testing some of the of the chemical based non-stick surfaces, some researchers claim that chemically based non-stick surfaces contaminate food with cancer causing carcinogens. This problem does not exist with anodized aluminum cookware sets. Your food won’t even acquire the metallic taste some cookware causes; none of the metal treated in this way can contaminate your food.
In short, here’s a category of cookware that’s less expensive than stainless steel, provides at least two very strong health benefits, makes cleanup easier because it’s non-stick, and can be tougher yet light than steel.
Take a look at the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware and the Anolon Professional Hard Anodized Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set. They’re two anodized aluminum cookware sets offering a range of prices but which still provide all the benefits we have discussed.