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After a few years, thin aluminum pots and pans get all bent out of shape: the bottom is no longer flat, which means one has to go out and blow $10 on a new one or spend time during each meal preparation positioning the pan 'just so' on the stove.
The idea is a hand-press, with various-sized inserts,
that simply squishes the bottom of the non-conforming cookware back into flat.
Takes half a minute, costs $2; a sideline at a keycutters or cobblers.
Using aluminum may be problematic
Perhaps more research is needed, just to settle the issue, one way or the other. [Vernon, Jul 23 2013]
||It's much easier to just buy cast iron pans. They last (almost) forever.
||Can't you just use your mother's steamroller
to flatten the pans ?