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Trangia 25 Hardanodised vs non stick review
on 23 November 2017
I was after a Trangia cookset but also wanted one that could be easily cleaned after use. So it was either the hard anodised or the non stick - I bought both and compared them side by side with a few cooked meals. Well both the cooking experience and the non stick performance between the two could not be more different !. The hard anodised frying pan not only was not "non stick" it actually acted like a magnet and seemed to cause stickiness !. This was a surprise to say the least. Even the basic aluminium pans seemed far easier to clean than hard anodised, food particles just didn't stick and harden to the surface on either basic aluminium or non stick as they did with the hard anodised pans.
After cooking, even an hour long soak could not dislodge small bits of food still stuck to the pan. You cant see them but you can feel the bumps of hard stuck food, like tiny bits of cement when you run your fingers across the surface of the pan. Not so with the non stick, the same foods were easily wiped away with a sponge and soapy warm water. The non stick also required significantly less soak time, if at all in most cases. Perfect for when you're in the field and you need to quickly clean your pans with limited resources. Suddenly this convenience of non stick puts into perspective
the oft lauded durability of hard anodised aluminium. I mean who cares if hard anodised lasts 20 years if its a nightmare to clean every time its used. Seems torturous to me !. Id rather pay a fiver and buy a new replacement pan in 5 years when the non stick wears out - and enjoy the non stick performance for those first 5 years !.
For the boil in the bag brigade and weight fanatic types, the hard anodised will still seem attractive - does it look good ? Sure it does. The hard anodised pans are thinner than non stick and easily develop hot spots leading to burnt food,. The extra non stick layer helps mitigate hotspots to some degree by dissipating the radiant heat over a greater surface area
If you enjoy real scratch cooking and easy clean afterwards, non stick is vastly superior over hard anodised version and surprisingly doesn't weigh that much more anyway.