Copper cookware not only makes your kitchen look stylish but is also the best option for cooking delicious meals. Copper is a great conductor of heat and thus helps with cooking the food faster while keeping it warm for a longer duration. Copper helps with even distribution of heat and helps cook your food evenly without burning it.
Now, a lot of people believe that copper is not a safe option for cooking. But in reality, copper is 100% safe to use and is also one of the most preferred options used and recommended by high-end chefs all around the globe. Often copper cookware is lined with non-reactive metals such as stainless steel, nickel and tin. If you are not comfortable with using unlined copper cookware, you can use the lined ones instead.
But there are certain recipes which call for unlined copper cookware/vessels only. Jam making and candy making requires cooking the mixture in pure copper vessels as it helps maintain a high temperature, which is critical to the process.
Cleaning your copper cookware
Another thing that copper cookware is infamous for being is extremely difficult to care for. But we would like to dismiss that rumor for you right now. Copper cookware is meant to do all that you can do with any other cookware. You can fry, boil, braise, sauté in them as you would do with any other cookware and your copper pots would come out just as fine after doing all this.
In order to keep your copper cookware looking as good as new and free of any tarnish or marks, etc. follow the below mentioned steps:
- Wash and dry your copperware as usual– Clean your copper cookware with warm water and soap. Make sure to dry them thoroughly before putting them back on the shelf as any sort of residual moisture may lead to watermarks and faster tarnishing.
- Buff away the discoloration and spots- Take a lemon slice and dip it in some sea salt/table salt. Start rubbing the salt dipped lemon onto the copper surface you want to clean and buff away the discoloration. The salt acts as a mild abrasive and helps get rid of the discoloration and spots. Once the pot is clean, rinse it with plain water and wipe off the excess water before putting it away.
- Use baking soda- Combine equal parts of baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste. Apply this paste onto the copper pot and buff away the discoloration, tarnish and spots using a soft cloth.