How to Restore Magnalite Professional Cookware

Magnalite cookware is known for its durability and the high quality materials used in its manufacturing. It is an award-winning cookware line with a long history in the annals of culinary lore. Traditional Magnalite cookware is made from cast aluminum. A hard anodized version of Magnalite was introduced as a cookware line for professional chefs.

Step 1

Hard anodizing produces a thicker coating of aluminum, but it is still just a coating and can be damaged. The final product has a dark brown or black surface. Hard anodized cookware is resistant to salts and abrasions from everyday use that can damage regular or cast aluminum cookware. It has special cleaning needs.

Step 2

Never wash hard-anodized cookware in a dishwasher. Dishwasher detergents contain salts that will damage the surface of Magnalite Professional Cookware. Hand wash your Magnalite Professional cookware thoroughly inside and out after every use. Wash with hot, sudsy water using a dish cloth or soft scrubbing pad. Rinse thoroughly, and dry with a soft cloth.

Step 3

Refrain from using steel wool to remove burned on food as it can scratch and damage the cookware. Let burned pots and pans soak overnight with plain water if necessary for easier removal of burned foods. Do not attempt to use a knife or other sharp instrument to remove foods stuck on your hard anodized cookware.

Use a soft abrasive powder cleanser like Bon Ami, or make a paste of baking soda and water to remove any burnt food still remaining in your Magnalite Professional Cookware after soaking.

Step 4

After cleaning, the pan should have an even color tone and return to its matte finish look. A dark or hazy spot on hard-anodized surfaces means that some food residue remains on the cooking surface. Repeat the cleaning process to remove these stains. Dry thoroughly.

To remove interior discoloration, fill the pan with water, add 1 tbsp. cream of tartar or 1 tbsp. lemon juice per quart of water. Simmer on a low flame on the stove until the discoloration is gone. Wash and dry your pans as usual.

Step 5

Do not let cooked foods sit in your Magnalite Cookware for long periods of time, or use the cookware to store foods in the refrigerator. Salt used in the cooking process can damage your cookware.

From time to time, coat the interior surface of your Magnalite Professional Cookware lightly with cooking oil as you would cast iron cookware, especially if you intend to store it for any period of time. Remove any access oil by wiping with a paper towel. The oil will capture any dust and with just a quick rinse will make your hard anodized cookware ready to use.

Marla Currie

Marla Currie has written professionally since 1995. She is editor and publisher of The Urban Shopper, an online magazine whose consumerist content is targeted to Black and Latino females. In addition to short fiction, Currie is author of "The Humours of Black Life," a nonfiction work. She has a master's degree in advertising.