Why Choose Cast Aluminum Cookware?
Cast aluminum is the resulting product created after molten aluminum is poured into a mold. Aluminum cookware was originally created by machining each pan from a solid block of aluminum. This ‘raw’ material, however, was softer and more sensitive to heat, plus highly reactive with alkaline and acidic food. This caused both warping and pocking. Casting successfully created a harder, more durable aluminum product, addressing both issues.
The Elephant in the Room: Is Cast Aluminum Safe for Cooking?
A safety question regarding cast aluminum cookware has been lingering in the subconscious of cooks everywhere since the 1960s and 1970s when aluminum was proposed as a suspected cause of Alzheimer’s.
The question: Does cooking in aluminum pots and pans lead to Alzheimer’s Disease?
The answer: An unequivocal no.
Based on hundreds of studies confirmed on the Alzheimer’s Association website, there has been no proof that aluminum has any role in causing this terrible disease. Everyday sources of aluminum like antiperspirants, aluminum cans, and aluminum pots and pans do not pose any threat.
We hope this helps remove any residual doubt. Putting that to rest, let’s take a look at the many positives to cast aluminum cookware.
The Cast Aluminum Advantage
The third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust after oxygen and silicon, aluminum is used in the aerospace, transportation and building industries. From its entry into mainstream use, it was both desired and celebrated for its low density and ability to resist corrosion, and by the mid-20th century, it became an essential ingredient in housewares.
Here are 10 reasons to love cast aluminum cookware. Cast aluminum cookware:
1. Is lightweight
2. Cools quickly
3. Can be used on the stovetop and in the oven
4. Can be washed in the dishwasher and soaked in the sink
5. Is superior to stainless steel in heat conduction
6. Resists scratching
7. Is durable
8. Won’t rust
9. Releases food easily
10. Is ideal for low and moderate heat applications
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