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How to use and care for copper pots and pans

Moscow Mule: The Royal Cocktail from Russia

This cocktail made from vodka, ginger beer and lime juice was invented in 1941 by John G Martin in Manhattan. So, contrary to popular beliefs that it is a Russian drink it is in fact a drink made in America. The birth place of this exotic cocktail was Chatham hotel and that too just to quell the curiosity of what will happen when vodka, ginger beer and lime were mixed. When the mixture was tasted it was good, and five days later it was named as Moscow Mule.

The Moscow mule was traditionally served in a copper ware later popularized as Moscow mule mug. The inventor of this drink was pioneer in popularizing the use of copper mugs. Martin suggested the bartenders to pose with Vodka bottle and a copper mug and clicked a picture. These photos were later used in display windows. TheMoscow Mule copper mugstill remains the most popular serving vessel for this amazing cocktail. The drink is most popular in Los Angeles and is one of the top cocktails of the world. The slight ginger flavor this c…

Benefits of Copper for Skin

Beauty-conscious men and women men will do anything to slow down their aging process. It is just so hard to accept the appearance of those fine lines on your temple and other parts of face. It is really only understood when you reach that stage; however, even though it is not completely possible to reverse the clock of aging, it is certainly possible to slow it down. It is important to resort to natural methods as using those chemical laden creams in a bid to eradicate those fine lines may not just work, but may also prove dangerous to your health.

When it comes to natural methods to slow down the aging process, copper is considered a very significant ally in aging skin care. It is not surprising to find copper as one of the ingredients in a number of lotions and creams formulated to do away with wrinkles.  Since ancient times, people have been using copper utensils like copper kettle and copper jug as they were believed to be helpful in promoting well-being. Many health conscious fami…

Health Benefits of Using Copper Utensils

Copper is one among the essential minerals that are found in our body. It helps in making of red blood cells in our body, maintaining our immune system as well as keeping our nerve cells in a healthier condition. Do you know copper also acts as an anti oxidant reducing the free radicals? These free radicals may be damaging to the DNA cells in our body. Copper is a necessary nutrient that our body requires for proper functioning of the body, thus in order to live a healthier and full life, we need to make sure that we have enough of this important mineral in our body. A trace of this mineral need to be replenished daily as our body does not synthesizes it. When it comes to getting copper for our body, it is important to notice that our body cannot produce this mineral on its own and thus we need to source it from our diet. Copper is present in many different food sources including whole grains, beans, nuts, beets, avocados etc. One of the others significant ways to source copper is usin…

Copper Cookware : Must Know Information about Cooking and Maintenance

Copper Ware used for cooking is quite different from the steel and aluminum alloy vessels commonly used in kitchens. For instance copper pots bottoms are prone to deforming unlike steel cookware. Generally it is seen as manufacturing fault, but it is not. IT is the natural way copper behaves to heat due to it being sifter than steel. The copper is hammered to increase its strength. The copper pot bottom should be inward curved for stability. This is the reason copper pots look different.

Copper Vessels and Cookers -Copper vessels can be used on any kind of cooker and works very well with induction cookers. A little bit of ferrous coating bat the bottom makes it perfect for use on induction cookers. Gas cooker are the best for the red metal kitchenware as the heat is distributed evenly, which means thin walled pots can also be used. Only with ceramic cook top thick walled vessels are required as the heat distribution is uneven.

Color of Copper – Heating changes the color of copper and th…

Using Copper Utensils in the Kitchen -The Pros and Cons

Copper as a metal has played an important role in history. It was in fact one of the earliest metals known to man. It was used in many ways which included as vessels for storing water and also to make equipment used in wars. Copper Ware is now only found in restaurants and used for serving exotic dishes. It was used in kitchen for cooking by our ancestors but the coming of steel changed this. Now most of the vessels we use in kitchen are made of steel. We will try and examine the reasons for using copper in the kitchen (Pros) and the reasons why its use was discontinued (Cons).
Pros of Use of Copper Ware for Cooking /Serving

Superior heat conductivity – The cooking vessels we use nowadays made of alloys of aluminum and also of steel develop hot spots and lead to uneven cooking of food. Copper pots did not have such problems due the superior heat conducting capacity. Even distribution of the heat is essential for proper braising and browning foods, and the main reason behind copper vesse…