How to Use and Care for Copper Pots and Pans

Copper pots and pans are loved for their quick cooking and even distribution of heat. Other than normal day to day cooking, copper pots and pans are often preferred for heat-sensitive recipes such as jam making and candy making.

Though copper pots and pans are on the expensive side, for those who love to use copper pots and pans it makes for a worthy investment. And contrary to the popular belief, copper pots are not at all difficult to take care of. The key here is to understand the material and work with it accordingly.

Copper is a highly reactive metal and is not at all food safe. This is the reason why copper utensils should be lined with non-reactive metals such as tin, stainless steel, etc. also while purchasing copper pots or pans always ensure that the copper lining is intact and is not broken from anywhere. As a part of the aftercare of your copper-ware, always try to maintain this lining.

Copper is a highly conductive metal and thus should be used sensibly. It heats up much faster as compared to any other metal. When cooking in copper utensils, it is always better to reduce the heat by 50% of what you would use otherwise. For example, if for any other cookware you use medium-high heat for copper you must use medium-low. This way you will not burn the food and the lining of the pot will also stay intact.

Your copper pots and pans will tarnish over time both due to natural reasons as well the cooking process. To keep your copper pots and pans looking as good as new ones, make sure to clean them regularly. A solution of lemon and salt or salt and vinegar is perfect for polishing your copper-ware. You can also use tomato juice or tomato ketchup for getting rid of the tarnish as well. Always use a soft cotton cloth or sponge to clean your copper-ware. Rinse the copper-ware with plain water and make sure to wipe off the excess water from the surface to prevent water marks.


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