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Love That Copper !

We love copper.  Nothing looks like copper.  Nothing cooks like copper.

Anyone who has lived with and used beautiful copper pots for cooking, knows they are well worth the small amount of trouble one goes to in keeping them gleaming.  No other cookware, no matter how trendy, enhances a kitchen like the warm tone of copper pots with golden brass handles.  They are so outstanding, in fact, that those who own them rarely put them away as they would other pots and pans. 

Copper pots are usually displayed proudly on shelves and hung from racks as decorative focal points in the culinary laboratory.

When copper cookware is new, it comes to you with a durable transparent tarnish resistant coating to keep it in sparkling condition at the store, or at home, when it is intended to be used for decorative purposes only. (Note: If the latter is the case, DON’T remove this coating, or you’ll be polishing your decorative piece for the rest of your life!)

Removing this protective coating has always been a challenge for me…
I remember, once, long ago, before I knew that there was a coating to be removed, I just went ahead and sauteed and simmered away, literally burning the exterior coating onto my exquisite new sauce pot, turning it a blotchy and impossible black.  It took weeks to scour it clean, and produced a prematurely scratched finish in the process.  Now that I know better, I would like to pass along an excellent method to easily prepare your copper cookware for the many years of service it was designed to offer.

Remember:  Before using your pieces for cooking the coating MUST be removed.

Method for Removal:

Mix 3 parts water with 1 part baking soda.  Bring to a boil, then immerse your copper in the hot solution.  Let it simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.  Rinse and dry.  If the item is very large, you may have to immerse one side, then turn it upside down and repeat the process with a new solution of water and baking soda.  Repeat the process if the first dipping did not remove all of the coating.

To remove any bits or difficult areas after this process has been completed, spray the areas generously with Fantastic or Formula 409.  Let stand for 5 minutes or so, and wipe gently with a sponge.  Rinse in hot water and dry.

From this point on it is safe to cook with your new copper pots.  Of course, they will tarnish from food preparation and oxidize from sitting dormant over a period of time.  Using a good quality paste copper cleaner after each use will keep them bright and gleaming.    Be sure to rinse and dry them thoroughly each time, to prevent water spots.

To start a collection of outstanding copper cookware, or to add useful pieces to what you already own, click on www.surlatable.com, and enter copper cookware into the search box on the Home Page.  Their copper is awesome!


-Karen Saloomey
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