Care Instructions for Cast Aluminum Serving Bowls

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Cast aluminum is used for a variety of purposes, including cookware and serving dishes. Serving bowls made of cast aluminum should be cared for in a particular way to avoid damage from pitting, staining, discoloration and safety. Aluminum can be a reliable, versatile and visually appealing material in the kitchen as long as you know how to take care of it.

Safe Handling

  • Serving hot food in cast aluminum serving bowls can be a hazard since aluminum conducts heat so well. The outside of the bowl could become hot to the touch and burn the skin.

    If an aluminum bowl is hot, allow it to cool before handling if possible and always wait until the bowl has reached a cooler temperature to begin washing. The quick change from hot to cold can also warp the aluminum, according to KitchenAndRestaurant.com

    Never place aluminum bowls in the microwave or attempt to heat foods on a stovetop or oven while they are in aluminum bowls. The aluminum (or any metal) will cause microwaves to reflect, meaning foods wouldn’t heat properly anyway and the aluminum may also produce an arc inside the microwave that could cause a fire. Heating foods in a bowl on the stove or in the oven will make the bowls extremely hot and dangerous.

Keeping Aluminum Clean

  • Hand wash your cast aluminum serving bowls. Water combined with detergents used in automatic dishwashers may stain aluminum because of the mineral content. Use a mild dishwashing soap and water in the sink to properly clean the aluminum and retain the nice finish.

    Wash your aluminum dishes immediately after every use and dry with a towel completely for the best results and to make your aluminum kitchenware last longer.

Salty Cooking

  • Salt on aluminum causes pitting in the surface of the bowls. Salt should be added in dissolved form only. Prepare salty foods completely, dissolving as much of the salt as possible before placing it in cast aluminum serving bowls.

    Do not store acidic or salty foods in the aluminum bowls for long periods of time, to avoid pitting.

Stains

  • Aluminum bowls may become stained from minerals in food or water or if a hot food was placed in the bowl and cooked itself onto the sides. Treat these stains just as you should treat the stains found on aluminum utensils.

    Remove stains and discoloration by boiling the bowls in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil and add three tablespoons of cream of tartar or lemon juice for every quart of water that is in the pot, according to JohnsonRose.com.

    Continue to boil the bowls for 10 minutes and then carefully remove them with tongs and place them in the sink. Use a soap-filled non-abrasive scouring pad to rub the stains off.

Proper Utensils

  • Use wooden or plastic utensils to avoid scratching aluminum bowls. Use metal utensils only if they have rounded edges. Using sharp-edged items such as knives or eggbeaters in an aluminum bowl will scratch the finish easily.

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