Owning copper cookware is an investment in your cooking skills. For this reason we show you how to care for copper cookware and keep it in top condition.
There are many benefits to owning copper cookware in your home. Besides the beautiful shiny finish, many will argue that copper cookware makes cooking easier and has a better end result. It also requires a lower cooking temperature, about half the heat you would normally use.
Copper pans are often exclusively called for in candy making due to their even temperature distribution. As well as professional candy makers, chefs from all different kitchens love to use copper cookware, claiming it makes cooking just about anything much easier.
Copper is a soft metal which conducts heat quickly and evenly, and also cools quickly. When copper is in cookware, copper is lined with a non-reactive metal such as tin, nickel or stainless steel to make it safe for cooking. It is very important to maintain this lining. If your cookware is not covered in a protective lacquer, oxygen and water causes it to tarnish over time, turning it a bluish green. This is called copper oxide. Continue reading to find out how to maintain your copper cookware and keep it looking shiny and new.
Here are some tips on How to Care for Copper Cookware:
Firstly, only ever use wooden spoons when cooking with copper pots and pans, never metal or hard plastic. Metal spoons and spatulas can scratch the delicate coating.
Wash your pots and pans whilst they are still hot, using warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Never put your copper cookware in the dishwasher, only ever wash by hand.
If you have hard cooked on food, soak the cookware for an hour before using a soft scouring cloth to remove it. Never use steel wool or hard scourers as they too can damage the delicate coating.
Owning copper cookware means you will need to invest in some polish, keeping the pots and pans clean with a polish is a necessity. Some copper cookware will have protective coating and which you will need to treat gently when cleaning and polishing so as not to remove or wear the lacquer.
To keep the natural shine on your copper pans, you will need to polish them every 6 months or so using a metal cleaner or polish. These polishes and cleaners are available just about anywhere or you can try making your own at home. If you have some vinegar and salt or lemon and salt, try making your own polish. You can find correct measurements by searching the internet, but the key is to make a paste that you can apply to your copper and polish using circular motions. If you buff the pans afterwards with a clean soft cloth, the copper will have a shinier finish. Use some elbow grease, the more you buff, the better the result!
If you decide to invest in some beautiful copper cookware simply follow the tips above; and you will enjoy these shiny, eye catching products for many years. If you no longer use yuor pans for cooking, or if you decide to upgrade, use as a decorative item. Try mounting them on the wall or hang them up and they become interesting decorative pieces in your home.
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