Cleaning Magnalite Cookware

Magnalite Professional Cookware was first introduced in the 1930s as an aluminum-based line of pots and pans. The aluminum will become stained or pitted if not properly cared for. Although the discoloration will not affect the pots and pans’ performance, it does not look appealing or appetizing. Cookware that is pitted or flaking should be replaced entirely. 

Magnalite Professional Cookware can be re-shined with a few common household items for discolored but structurally sound pots and pans. Furthermore, learning how to properly care for and use your Magnalite pots and pans will extend their lifespan and reduce the number of times you need to restore them.

Magnalite Professional Cookware is suitable for a wide range of kitchen tasks, including baking, boiling, and frying. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet any cooking requirement. Magnalite cookware has a long and illustrious history spanning more than 60 years. Magnalite has been used to cook for decades. Magnalite cookware is an aluminum-based brand of pots and pans that are designed to distribute heat evenly. These pieces can be used not only in the kitchen but also on camping trips. It must be nice to cook your favorite dish or even the most popular cheeses in the world with that cookware. Here’s how to restore a set if you’re one of the lucky ones who already has one.

How To Clean Magnalite Cookware

  1. You will need the following items to properly clean your valuable pans:
  • Warm Water
  • A toothbrush with soft bristles
  • Regular dish soap
  • Regular bleach
  • A sponge without scrubbers

Step 1 – Remove Excess Food/Debris

First and foremost, you’ll want to clean off any debris or food residue from your magnalite pan’s surface. Simply place the pan under warm running water to accomplish this. This will loosen all of the particles and leave you with a clean working surface.

Step 2 – Soak the soap in water

Next, apply some dish soap to the pan’s surface that you normally use for regular chores. Massage the soap all over the surface with your hand. Allow the soap to do its job by setting the pan aside for a few minutes.

Step 3 – Use Soft Brush and Sponge to Rub

Now is the time to brush your teeth with the soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also use a sponge that does not have any scrubbers on it. This item will be rubbing against the surface of your pan, so make sure it isn’t too harsh.

Step 4 – Soak In Warm Water

If you see stubborn food debris stuck on the surface, soak your pan in warm soapy water and wait for a few minutes. This is an important step because it will make it easier to remove any remaining food particles.

Step 5 – Rinse Under Warm Water

After that, rinse your pan under warm running water to remove any remaining dish soap residue. It’s important to remember that letting the dish soap dry on the pan’s surface will ruin the finish and material.

Step 6 – Soak In Bleach To Sanitize

This is the most crucial step. Add two teaspoons of unscented bleach to a couple of gallons of warm water that you use regularly. For one minute, soak your magnalite pan in this solution. This step will sanitize your pan similarly to how you would sanitize your dishes in a dishwasher.

Tips That Help in Cleaning Magnalite Cookware

  • When using the bleach treatment method, put on gloves and wash Magnalite pots and pans after each use. Once a week, disinfect with a bleach mixture. 
  • Always use a soft material to rub to avoid any scratches/ scuff marks.
  • Cooking tomato-based dishes in an aluminum pan is not recommended because the acid in the tomato will corrode the metal and leave holes that are impossible to repair.
  • Only use a soft linen towel to dry them after washing.

How To Restore Magnalite Cookware

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Scrub the discolored areas of Magnalite pots and pans with a wool pad to restore them. Rinse with warm water after that. If necessary, repeat the procedure by making a paste with cream of tartar and water and scrubbing it all over the pan. Then rinse and dry the cookware with cream of tartar paste.

If the discoloration persists, fill the pot halfway with warm water and add a couple of teaspoons of white vinegar. Bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat and set the pot aside to cool completely. The temperature change in the vinegar should help to lift the discolored areas. Remember that soaking an aluminum pot in water will cause it to discolor, even more, so drain the water as soon as it cools and towel dry.

Finally, Barkeepers Friend, a cleanser and polisher for removing discoloration and restoring shine to a variety of household surfaces, can be used to restore Magnalite Professional Cookware. Although Barkeepers Friend is safe to use inside dishes and cookware, rinse your pots and pans thoroughly after using them to remove any residue or abrasive materials.

How To Season Cast Aluminum

Seasoning or conditioning cast aluminum is simple and should be done when using new Magnalite Professional Cookware or when the old seasoning has been removed. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Then, using a paper towel, thoroughly wipe some olive or vegetable oil onto all interior surfaces of the pot or pan. After that, bake the oiled cookware for one to two hours.

This method applies to anycast aluminum product, including a Magnalite Dutch oven or Magnalite roast pan. After using seasoned cookware, immediately clean it by rinsing it with hot water and thoroughly drying it with a towel. Any grease or oil leftover from your meal is simply added to the seasoning. Complete the seasoning procedure again if you decide a dab of soap is required.

Preventative Care for Magnalite Cookware

Cast aluminum cookware, like cast iron cookware, will oxidize and deteriorate under certain conditions. Tomato-based dishes, for example, should not be cooked in aluminum pots because the acid content of the tomatoes can eat into the metal, resulting in pits that are impossible to repair. Do not put your Magnalite pots and pans in the dishwasher or soak them in water. Scrape out large food remnants, rinse with hot water, and dry with a towel to properly clean Magnalite cookware. If desired, a small amount of soap can be used to remove dried food, but this will also remove the “seasoning” from the Magnalite cookware, which will result in a nonstick surface and better-tasting food. It will also be less prone to oxidation damage.