Excellent Heat Conductivity and Lightweight Design
Because it is a great conductor of heat, aluminum makes a good choice for cookware. In fact, it heats faster than stainless steel. As an abundant metal, it also is affordable and its lighter weight makes the cookware easier to handle. Most aluminum cookware is coated with a nonstick layer or is anodized to prevent the metal from reacting with acidic foods and affecting the flavor. The anodized finish also prevents the aluminum from oxidizing when exposed to air. If choosing aluminum cookware with a nonstick coating, look for pans that are free of PTFE or PFOA chemicals which release toxic fumes when overheated. Aluminum cookware however is not compatible with induction burners as it lacks the amount of nickel needed to activate this type of cooktop.