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I've been looking at anodized aluminium cookware of late, and I'm confused as to why so much of it is hard anodized then coated with some non-stick material? Is bare anodized aluminium sticky? Doesn't coating the pan basically nullify any advantage the hardness of the anodizing provides, since once the coating starts wearing off you are left with a useless pan?
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  1. In my limited experience plain hard anodized is like enamel when it comes to stickiness. Low stick that is not hard to clean.

    On many pans the anodizing is mainly for cosmetic reasons - it lets them color the outside.

    1. Have you been stalking me online? I've been considering the same cookware. I figure that since I'm such a weakling, aluminum is a nice pan material for me. Even a thick pan won't weigh a ton, and it has the added bonus of being very responsive. But I'm unable to find any that aren't coated and will work on induction. It would be nice to have the option.

      Have you considered the plain cast stuff, like Club? They're plentiful and dirt cheap on eBay.

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      1. re: DuffyH

        Maybe... :)

        I'm just asking because I got an email from WS this morning touting their new line of copper-disc anodized aluminium cookware, which I was quite interested in until I saw it was coated with nonstick. Meyer has a couple of lines of non-coated anodized stuff if you are looking for that.

        I have considered the plain cast stuff, but I was more interested in it to cook acidic stuff where my cast iron won't do the job, and from what I gather you can't do that in cast aluminium.

        1. re: Sirrith

          <Meyer has a couple of lines of non-coated anodized stuff>

          Calphalon should also has the plain anodized cookware as well.

          <and from what I gather you can't do that in cast aluminium.>

          Well, the plain aluminum will discolor over time. Some people do it regardless. You can definitely do it with the anodized aluminum though.

        2. re: DuffyH

          my mother has arthritis and has the tiniest hands. We got the hard anodized aluminum braiser & 6 qt pan from sur la table. They are incredibly light and make perfect rice with very little oil

        3. Yeah, it seems most anodized aluminum pans are coated with nonstick Teflon. Is hard anodized aluminum sticky? Everything is sticky in comparison to nonstick Teflon. I have used hard anodized aluminum before. It is not as nonstick as Teflon, carbon steel or cast iron, but it is more nonstick than stainless steel.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            < It is not as nonstick as Teflon, carbon steel or cast iron, but it is more nonstick than stainless steel.>

            Indeed. Mom and my aunt both had bare aluminum pots at one time. Aunt Shirley's were the hammered Club stuff, Mom had the painted. Both sets were pretty well seasoned and not very sticky at all.

            They're awfully chunky looking, not attractive to me at all, but they cook well.