Natural Aluminum Bakeware
I own Nordic natural aluminum bakeware. Is it safe? I just replaced all my teflon coated bakeware and am now wondering if the aluminum is safe. If not, what is safe to use as bakeware? I've tried glass from anchor hocking and don't like the way it cooks things like brownies. Also, what is a cookie sheet alternative.
POSTED BY RENEE CUPPS :: OHIO USA :: 02/26/2009 10:18 AM
I called Nordic Ware to find out what "natural aluminum" means and they said it is just heavy duty aluminum without any finish on it.
I asked them about the dangers of aluminum exposure from aluminum cookware, and they pointed out, rightly so, that acidic foods react with the aluminum cookware to release aluminum, but ingredients in cookies, cakes, etc do not.
Personally, I use glass on those infrequent occasions when I bake brownies or cakes, and aluminum/steel baking sheets for most everything else. But I line these baking sheets with either a silicone baking mat or unbleached parchment paper, so the food doesn't actually come in contact with the metal (and the pan is easier to clean).
For a very thorough discussion of the health effects of aluminum and sources of aluminum exposure in products, see Q&A: Aluminum Cookware and Alzheimer's Disease. This will help you sort out for yourself whether you want to use aluminum bakeware or not.