Cooking in Copper Vessels

Copper pots really look nice in the kitchen, but nowadays they are being more as decorative items rather than being used. Cooking in copper pots is different from the usual cooking and hence people desist from doing it. But it is real fun cooking in theses shiny pots and to top it all the food cooks more uniformly in a copper pot. Cooking a meal in a copper vessel and then drinking out of a copper tumbler is the best way to detoxify the body.

Here are some tips to cook in a copper vessel, and mind it all is essential for good cooking.

Be ready with everything before cooking – Copper is a high performance metal when conduction of heat is concerned. So, you should be ready for quicker cooking with all the ingredients ready for cooking. One thing is for sure that you will get quick and consistent result with copper.

Cook on low flame – Low flame gives the best results with copper pots. Copper with its high conductivity heats up quickly and does not need high flame cooking. Another feature of copper is the uniform distribution of heat which makes cooking easier.

Use wooden cooking spoons – Copper can be easily scratched with hard steel spoons. Hence, use wooden spoons and ladles for stirring and moving the food while cooking. Also use wooden ladles for serving. It gives a royal touch and your copper ware remains scratch free.

Preheating is not required – Copper heats quickly and needs no preheating. So turn on the flame only when you are ready to pour the oil and start the cooking.

Do not sear in copper pans – Copper cooking pots are lined with tin and tin can melt and mix with your food if you are required to sear as in case of mutton. For searing use cast iron pots or earthen ware to get better results. Since, it heats too quickly searing is not to be done in copper vessels.

Oven cooking in copper is great – The belief that you should not cook things in a copper pot in an oven is nothing but a myth. Rather, the cooking is more efficient with less time in the oven, and that saves electricity!

Use bamboo scrapper for cleaning – For removing the grease after cooking use mild soapy water. Warm the water in the pan and then gently scrub to remove the grime and grease using bamboo scrapper which is hard enough to remove the grease but does not scratch the copper.

Polish with salt and vinegar – The copper cooking vessels should be polished regularly to keep it shining. It does not cost much and you can use salt and vinegar found in every kitchen.

Keep the copper vessels away from the stove – Copper picks up heat very quickly, and it should be stowed away from the stove.

Keeping these tips in mind while cooking in copper vessels will be fun. Try and be an expert cook while the copper ware becomes a darling of your kitchen


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