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All types of aluminum pans

 
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Christine
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:13 pm    Post subject: All types of aluminum pans Reply with quote

Hi. I hope you guys can help. When I had an anodized aluminum pan, I could see when the anodized coating was wearing off and I knew I was cooking on aluminum with no protection. Now I have a pan that's layered stainless steel/ aluminum and I've realized that if the stainless steel layer wears down, I won't be able to see it! How can I tell it the surface is worn down to the aluminum anywhere?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stainless steel on your pan isn't a thin layer only a few molecules thick - it's actually a sheet of steel bonded to the aluminum (assuming you're using a clad pan). For example, on an All-Clad Stainless pot, the interior stainless steel is supposed to be 0.38mm thick - it's doubtful you'll ever be able to rub through that. Even if the steel pits (due to rust, salting, prolonged exposure to acids), it is unlikely to penetrate the entire layer.
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