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How to use and care for copper pots and pans

Copper Water: How it Changes Water and its Benefits

How Copper Changes the Nature of Water
Copper is a metal that slowly reacts with water. There is no instant reaction but slow reaction. Copper slowly dissolves in water forming a mild alkali which raises the pH slightly. You just have to put water in a copper jug and leave it for 8 to 9 hours. The general practice is to store the water in copper ware overnight and drink on empty stomach in the morning.

When you store water for just 3 hours in copper jugs it is enough for killing the harmful bacteria. The ionizing property of copper is the reason for creating a substrate which kills the bacteria. The water is also beneficial for nervous and skeletal issues in the body. Ayurveda also mentions that copper has electromagnetic properties which enhance the prana Shakti in the body. The water stored in the copper vessel overnight is called Tamara jal by Ayurveda which literally means copper water viz. “Tamara” – Copper and “Jal” – Water. Even if you are storing the water in a copper vessel fo…

3 Homemade Solutions for Cleaning Copper Ware

Summary: Copper tarnishing is a common problem with things made of copper. The green grime on edges or black spots makes the copper articles look bad. But the common belief that impurity causes it completely wrong. Pure copper reacts with water to form oxides which are the reason for the tarnish and spots. Hence alloys of copper like Brass take longer to tarnish. Generally metal clears containing VOC (Volatile organic compounds) like Formaldehyde are used to clean the copper articles. But these chemicals are harmful for human health. Many things present in home like lemon and salt can be used to clean copper effectively. 3 simple methods are illustrated in this article. Try them to clean your favorite copper ware. Copper vessels will tarnish over a period of time developing spots of oxidation. This is generally confused as the copper being adulterated. In fact, pure copper will tarnish quicker than impure ones. The reason is the chemical reaction between copper and the moisture (water)…

The story of Copper Mule Mug

Copper has been used for drinking fluids for thousands of years. The Indian yogis drank water from copper vessels which they carried with them. These vessels are known as “Kamandal”. People from all around the world used to drink in copper mugs and pots as Copper looked Royal due to its shine. There are many other instances of copper mugs been used for drinking alcohol particularly in America like the Virginia tankard which was a large copper cup. There was another copper vessel named the flagon which had the capacity of three cups. Following in the footsteps was the Moscow Mule a cocktail which was born in America and has its own copper mug. It was a Copper Moscow Mule Mug which made the drink famous.
Most of the cocktails have their own glassware from which it is drunk. Similarly Moscow mule and the copper mug are made for each other. The story started when John Martin bought a small distillery called Smirnoff for $14000 in the 1930s. Vodka as a drink was not that popular in America t…

Cleaning and Polishing Copper Ware

Copper ware which includes copper utensils, jewelry, antique items and show pieces look the best when they are shining. However, copper is a metal that reacts with moisture in the air staining itself. Stained copper really looks awry. But it is not hard to clean the stains. It is rather easy using some things you can find at home. Today we will be taking one method of cleaning and one method each of polishing copper ware.

Cleaning Copper with Lemon and Salt

You do not need to buy expensive cleaners to clean copper ware. Both the articles are readily available in every home. Lemon and salt can work wonders in removing stains due to oxidation of copper. 

Cut the lemon in the shape of a wedge. Now dip the wedge shaped lemon into salt. Now gently rub the lemon on the copper utensils you are cleaning. As soon as you start cleaning you can see the bright red metal gleaming from beneath the stains. Repeat the same method for the whole surface area. You will get shining copper Jugsafter you hav…