I have an aluminum pot that's been through the dishwasher a few
times and looks like crap because of it. Will the smooth finish come
back if I hand wash it from now on? Is there a way to get the old
Bonnie in PA
Cast aluminum can easily pit, and once that happens there's little
that can be done to restore it. You can try an aluminum polish. Avoid
using anything acidic or alkaline.
Better yet, consider replacing the pot with an iron one for cooking
because as getting too much aluminum (in your blood) is a bad thing.
Years ago my brother became sick and it was discovered that he had a
high level of aluminum in his body.
Did they find the cause of his aluminum loading? Magnesium depletion is
the most common cause.
Acid foods can pick up aluminum from containers, but most people don't
put acid foods in aluminum because acids cause pitting. It has been
estimated that somebody who used aluminum for all cooking and storage
would ingest 3.5mg of aluminum per day.
By contrast, an antacid tablet may contain 50 mg and a buffered aspirin
tablet 20 mg.
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