Caring for your Copper Cookware


Mauviel – Copper 3 Qt. Saute Pan

Although copper is a lovely type of cookware which has unparalleled temperature control and heat conductivity, it has one major disadvantage – it tarnishes extremely easily. Here are some tips on caring for your copper cookware that will help you to keep your beautiful pots and pans gleaming and bright.

Using Copper Cookware Safely

Copper cookware
is a pleasure to use, but it is also expensive to replace. Luckily, with proper care, copper pots and pans can be used for many years. Some tips to help increase the lifespan of copper cooking utensils include:

  • Avoid using metal spatulas or cutting food items in the pans with metal knives. This can damage the interior lining of the pans.
  • Salt can also damage the stainless steel or tin lining of your copper pans. Don’t let salt water stand in your cookware for an extended period of time. When adding salt to water for pasta and similar dishes, wait until shortly before the water boils to add the salt.
  • If your copper pans are lined with tin, be sure to keep the heat under 450° F or you can melt the lining.
  • If you have cast-iron handles on your cookware, season them with a thin layer of olive or vegetable oil regularly. This will build up into a protective layer over time, which will prevent corrosion of the handles.
  • Never put a copper pan over high heat when it is empty.Mauviel - M'Hertiage Copper 5 Pc. Set (Copper) - Home

Cleaning Up After You Cook
Copper should never be put into the dishwasher. Instead, it should be cleaned with a synthetic or nylon scrubbing pan and gentle soaps. Filling the pan with water when it is still hot and scraping with a wooden or plastic spatula will remove stubborn food. Be sure to dry your pans thoroughly, as water droplets on the copper can make unsightly stains.

Removing Tarnish
If you use copper cookware, it will tarnish with time. Some people do not mind the darker patina that forms with the tarnish, feeling that it is the sign of a true cook. If you would like to keep your copper bright, however, use a non-abrasive commercial copper cleaner or create a paste from flour, salt, and water to polish the outer area.

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Repairing and Re-tinning Copper Cookware
Over the years, the inner lining of copper pots and pans can become scratched or pitted. This puts you at risk of copper leaching into your foods, which can be dangerous for your health. The risk is higher if you are working with acidic foods.

If your pans are lined with tin, you can have your pans re-tinned and returned to their original usefulness. This is usually much more cost-effective than purchasing new pots and pans. You can tell it’s time for repair when the copper starts to shine through the tin.

A Guide to Copper Cookware

copper-cookware-setMany cooks proudly display their gleaming copper cookware, hanging them from decorative pot racks instead of hiding them away in closed cupboards and cabinets as is the fate of so many other kinds of cookware. But is there more to copper than just a pretty appearance? Is it worth the expense? Find out in this guide to copper cookware.

Why is Copper Such a Popular Material for Cookware?

The popularity of copper cookware does not totally stem from its beauty, but also from the unique properties of this handsome metal. Copper is a great conductor of heat, which means that it offers a gentle, even heating which avoids hot spots, sticking, and burning. It also heats quickly, saving cooking time, and cools quickly, preventing delicate foods from becoming overcooked. Furthermore, the efficient heating means that you won’t need as much heat, letting you save money on energy.

What Should you be Cooking in Copper Cookware?

Delicate sauces, risottos, and sautés are great to cook in copper pots and pans, because you can keep such a light touch with the temperature. Copper responds so quickly that you can reduce a sauce from a boil to a simmer in just a few seconds. Although you can cook any kind of food in copper cookware, there is no better type of material for cookware that requires a very precise touch.

Is Copper Cookware Safe?

Copper alone is not a safe material to use in cooking. It is toxic, and can actually poison you, especially when cooking with acidic or vinegary foods. For this reason, most copper cookware is lined with a layer of tin or stainless steel, which prevents the copper from leeching into your cooking.

Tin adheres very well to copper, and if the lining begins to wear away, it can be professionally restored. Stainless steel linings might bubble or warp over time, and if they do, the pan is ruined.

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How Can You Select High-Quality Copper Cookware?

If you are choosing cookware for your kitchen, you want to be able to discern which pieces are truly high in quality without relying solely on sticker price. Aside from the lining, a good copper pan should be thick and heavy, and it should have a strong handle that will be able to withstand the weight of the copper pot or pan for years to come

Handy Cookware – Solid Copper Polenta Pan


This great looking polenta pan is made of solid polished unlined copper and is designed to cook polenta quickly and evenly. The pot holds 5 quarts.

Ideal for preparing polenta, however it may not be suitable for cooking acidic foods such as tomato sauces, etc.

Copper conducts heat rapidly and it spreads the heat across the bottom of the pot and up the sides ensuring that the polenta is cooked evenly. The pot has a flared shape so that you can easily scrape the sides and bottom with a wooden spoon, ensuring that the polenta doesn’t stick and scorch.

The polenta pan has had a protective coating applied at the factory to prevent it tarnishing. This coating must be removed before you use the pan for cooking.

However as it is also such a nice looking piece you may decide to use it for decorative purposes only, in which case the coating can be left on to protect the pot from tarnishing.

Solid Copper Polenta Pan with Wooden Handle

Cookware Review: Calphalon 10pc Tri-Ply Cookware Set

calphalon-tri-ply-10pc-cookware-set-reviewWe have just added our latest cookware review and this time it is for the Calphalon 10pc Tri-Ply Copper Cookware Set.

If you have always wanted a set of copper cookware, but like me have thought twice about spending thousands of dollars for the privilege, then this is the cookware set for you.

We have found this set on the net
for under $450
which is exceptional value for money.

The Calphalon Tri-Ply range is stylish and durable and should last you a lifetime.

Read our full review of this cookware set here: Calphalon 10pc Tri-Ply Copper Cookware Set

Or check out our complete list of Cookware Reviews.

Tips for Cleaning Your Copper Cookware

copper-cookware-set-3-pieceHow to Look After Your Copper Cookware

Copper is great for cooking, beautiful to look at, and a real pain to keep clean. Here are some tips on cleaning your copper cookware so that it keeps is lustrous look throughout a lifetime of use.

1. Remove Lacquer Before Using Copper Cookware

In order to protect it from tarnish, most copper cookware is shipped with a layer of lacquer over it. This lacquer can melt if used while cooking, which can damage your stove and cause horrible stains on your cookware. Remove the lacquer by boiling the cookware in a mixture of 1 cup of baking soda for every 2 gallons of water.

2. Abrasive Washing Damages the Lining of Your Cookware

Copper reacts with many foods, which alters the taste and can cause toxic metals to leech into your body. In order to prevent this reaction, most copper is lined with stainless steel, tin, or silver. Be sure never to use abrasive cleaners or metal implements on this lining.

3. Never Machine Wash Copper

Cleaning copper in the dishwasher will cause it to degrade very quickly. Instead, rinse it in warm water along with mild dish soap. Use a soft cloth or gentle nylon scrubbing sponge to remove stuck-on foods.

4. Dry Immediately After Washing

Water droplets from washing can cause unsightly streaks and stains on your cookware. Dry your pots and pans thoroughly with a soft cloth after washing.

5. Use Home-Made Copper Cleaner

Store-bought copper cleaner can be expensive and inconvenient, but you can bring out the same bright shine by rubbing your copper cookware with lemons cut in half and sprinkled with salt, or by mixing equal parts salt, vinegar, and flour.

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