A chemical process, which converts the natural oxide coating on aluminium, is used when making hard anodised pans. This process is not a coating - it's an integral part of the pan, making it extremely durable.
- Hard Anodised aluminium is extremely hard (twice as hard as stainless steel) and very resistant to abrasion by cooking implements or scourers
- It is an excellent heat conductor and allows you to cook your food to perfection
- They are easy to clean.
- Hard Anodised finishes have a low resistance to the alkalis used in dishwasher detergents, and it is recommended not to put hard anodised in the dishwasher. However, some hard-anodised pans now have an exterior coating intended to protect the anodised aluminium from the effects of these detergents. Check the pan maker's literature.