Anodized Vs. Teflon in Cookware

by Emily Weller

Different cooks want different styles of cookware. Some people swear by cast iron while others want something a bit lighter, such as anodized aluminum or non-stick, Teflon-coated cookware. Here are some factors to consider when choosing between anodized and Teflon cookware.

What is Teflon?

Teflon is the brand name for a polytetrafluoroethlyene fluoropolymer used to coat some non-stick pans. It is manufactured by Dupont.

What is Anodized Aluminum?

Anodization occurs when a metal, such as aluminum, is placed in a bath containing electrolytes, and an electrical current is run through the bath. A thick, protective layer forms on top of the aluminum, making it resistant to corrosion and rust.

Advantages of Teflon and Anodized Aluminum

Both anodized cookware and Telfon-coated cookware allow cooks to use less fat, when cooking, as they are non-stick. They both cost less than other types of cookware, such as stainless steel and enameled cast iron.

Safety Concerns with Teflon

In 2006, many people discarded their Teflon-coated pans due to concerns that the coating released dangerous fumes when heated beyond 680 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if a cook is careful, their cookware will never reach that high a temperature.

Care of Teflon-coated Cookware

Never use metal utensils in Teflon-coated cookware as they scratch the coating off. Only use the cookware over low or medium heat. Wash the pan in soapy water using a sponge or dishrag.

Care of Anodized Cookware

Anodized aluminum is scratch-resistant, so blunt metal utensils may be used on it. Anodized cookware retains heat well, so only low or medium heat is needed. Wash in soapy water.

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