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DISHWASHER DAMAGE? SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE.
We manufacture our bakeware from Alsil, a high quality alloy which has been anodised to produce a smooth, easy clean finish.  Alsil does not need to be seasoned before first use. An initial wash in warm soapy water is all that is required.
 
Various fats and oils may be used to "grease" our pans. Which one is best depends largely on the recipe being prepared, but here are a few basic hints:
 
 
For Bread:
 
When our pans are new, they need to be greased for the first few uses. Thereafter, a "Patina" will develop on the surface of the pan, and they will require progressively less grease. We usually recommend ground-nut oil as the best greasing agent, as it suits vegetarians, does not flavour the food and is pure i.e. no added ingredients. You can use butter or margarine, but differing brands contain additives which can effect release  properties.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have made extensive enquiries about ground-nut-oil in relation to nut allergies. Our understanding is that PURE ground nut oil will not affect sufferers. However, we cannot currently recommend it as totally safe.
 
 
For Pastries:
 
Usually no grease required, as the fat in the pastry itself will do the job. However, unsalted butter should not affect flavour and may improve release.
 
 
For Sponge Cakes:
 
Grease with unsalted butter. A light dusting of plain flour (knock-out after dusting) will also help, though this will create a light golden crust which may not suit some recipes.
We have also had excellent results with ground-nut oil, applied as a thin film with  kitchen paper.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have made extensive enquiries about ground-nut-oil in relation to nut allergies. Our understanding is that PURE ground nut oil will not affect sufferers. However, we cannot currently recommend it as totally safe.
 
 
GENERAL
 
Lard is an excellent release agent and can be used in most circumstances. (Avoid if baking for vegetarians).
 
Olive Oil: Although many savoury recipes include olive oil as an ingredient, it is a poor release agent and if used to grease pans may build-up to form a sticky film which is difficult to remove. AVOID.
 
Commercial release sprays:
There are several cooking release sprays on the market, often available in aerosol form. Although apparently designed to be used on bakeware, after frequent use some of these sprays will build-up a residue which will spoil the release properties of bakeware (even causing traditional PTFE non-stick to fail). We do not currently recommend any commercial release spray.
 
 
After Use
 
After use, wash in warm, soapy water, rinse and dry. Avoid using sharp utensils and knives. Cooking with certain fats and oils may produce a light discolouration on the surface of the pan.  This is quite normal, and is not hazardous to health.  Some professional chefs encourage a 'patina' of this nature to build-up on their bakeware.
 
NOT SUITABLE FOR DISHWASHERS 
In common with many high-quality products, anodised bakeware should never be put in the dishwasher. Some dishwasher detergents contain caustic cleaning agents which may chemically attack and damage the surface of your pan irreparably. Similarly, avoid the use of oven-cleaners and other harsh chemical cleaning agents.

IF YOUR PAN HAS BEEN DAMAGED IN A DISHWASHER:

The damage is caused by the aggressive, caustic chemicals often found in dishwasher detergents (tablets) which attack the anodic film of the pan.
The discolouration and mysterious "fingerprints" which sometimes appear are basically areas that were partially protected from attack by deposits of protective grease. The effect is that the pan is then "preferentially etched", which means that the level of chemical attack varies according to the barrier provided by food deposits. Where there is no barrier, the pan will be attacked more, but in a relatively even way.

There is no practical way to restore the surface to its original finish. In fact, in the factory we can chemically strip the surface, then mechanically smooth it with a controlled abraisive before finally re-anodising. However, as the damage is purely aesthetic and has no detrimental effect on cooking or health, its not something you need to worry about.

We often get calls from terrified partners who have thoughtfully helped-out with the washing-up, only to find that shoving everything into the dishwasher does not always result in positive matrimonial feedback! Fear not: the pan is not a write-off, its just been given added character!

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