My home-canned applesauce has an aluminum taste. Is this harmful?
Cooking acid foods, like apples, in aluminum utensils can cause a leaching out of small amounts of aluminum as well as a metallic taste. You may have also noticed that your pan shined up. Although this is not harmful, you can avoid this reaction by cooking acid foods like apples and tomatoes in a nonreactive utensil made of stainless steel, glass or enamelware.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional
Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009