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Help! Commercial Calphalon Hard Anodized finish wearing off?

The pans are hard anodized, not non-stick.

Maybe I will give them a call, you make a good point about alerting them to poor quality issues...in the meantime, I just bought a cheap Cuisinart stainless everyday pan off Amazon for $20 and I'm loving it. For the price it is wonderful. And if it gets ruined, who cares? This may be the way to go in my household until the kids are grown and hubby is trained to baby cookware.

Jan 12, 2008
chefaroo in Cookware

Help! Commercial Calphalon Hard Anodized finish wearing off?

Thanks all, for the tips. I think I'll trash it rather than trying to get Calphalon to replace it. That doesn't seem quite right after having used it for 8 years :) especially since I didn't baby it as much as I should when I was younger. Thanks again!

Glad I found these forums and I'll be doing a board search to scope out a new stainless pan!

Jan 08, 2008
chefaroo in Cookware

Help! Commercial Calphalon Hard Anodized finish wearing off?

Oh, I don't make a whole package--I only cook one serving at a time.

As for the other--never use metal utensils. In fact, I don't own any. Dishwasher, perhaps. I mostly handwash, but I did have an ex years ago who ran them through the washer a time or two. Nothing consistent though and not in the last 4 years. Ah well, I just saw some stainless All Clad at Marshall's today that I was mulling over.

Jan 07, 2008
chefaroo in Cookware

Help! Commercial Calphalon Hard Anodized finish wearing off?

I bought a set of hard anodized in 2000. Honestly, I rarely use them. The one pan that does see a lot if use is the 2.5 qt sauce pan that I use to boil water for noodles. The other day I made a batch of red lentils for my baby (which I had never done in this pan before, though I have made rice in it). I boiled the water on high then reduced to low-ish for 40 minutes or so. When I emptied the lentils into a container, the bottom of my pan was completely silver (rather than the black of a typical hard anodized pan). It's like the finish was completely dissolved in one use--needless to say, I trashed the lentils.

Has this happened to anyone else? Should I toss it, or is this normal for an 8 year old pan? I kind of thought it would go a little longer...thanks for any insight!

Jan 07, 2008
chefaroo in Cookware