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cooking with hammered aluminum ?

MeatMeat Posts: 233
edited 8:19PM in EggHead Forum
Anyone cook with hammered aluminum. I was given a large pot with a glass lid so it might not qualify as a dutch oven but should work for pot roast and chili. My question/concern is that I heard cooking with aluminum was a no-no. Anybody have any input? I have been looking at DO's but the ones I want are pricey. Thanks.


  • DrZaiusDrZaius Posts: 1,481
    My personal preference is to stay away from aluminum cookware unless it is coated with another metal. Most restaurant kitchens use a lot of aluminum cookware. So i am not sure why other than it is cheap. Aluminum is bad :sick: .
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  • Check T J Maxx. Get the enamel cast iron. A knock off of the Frinchie costly one. I don't use alum. any more. Smiles to you.
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Aluminum cookware is fine. I have several Magnalite roasting pans, they have excellent conductivity, but they say safe to only 350° (aluminum has a melting point of 1200°, where cast iron is closer to 2000°). A couple of companies make cast aluminum Dutch ovens. Aluminum heats up and cools down faster, cast iron has better heat retention. Aluminum is lighter.

    I personally like cast iron cookware over aluminum.
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  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    I do not have any aluminum cookware, but I do use disposable pans on the egg.

    I think that you want to stay away from acid foods like tomatoes, but I would use it for something like a pot roast.
  • costco now has knock off of frenchie ,, saw it in this weeks flyer $89
    e-bay the frenchie stuff lots available and at the right price,
    there are lodge outlet stores and amazon has a nice selection,,
    i have some old aluminum but the coating wore off i do not use it much..
    if you allow aluminum to oxidize it is safer and much less reactive [imho] they ship hydrofluoric acid in it... scrubbing alumin till it is shines is a bad move [imho]
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