Are you tempted to treat your copper cookware like fine china? You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? You just want to display it on a shelf for the guests to admire and then only use it for special occasions. You don’t have to worry. You’re not alone.
When you look at your copper cookware, it does seem to be a crime to use and abuse its beauty. But you have to know that its beauty is half of its well, beauty. The other half is its ability to perfectly conduct heat and save energy. So you’re now at a two-pronged fork. Should you just preserve its beauty or fully utilize the cookware?
Luckily, you don’t have to choose. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can enjoy looking at it, and cooking with it. Here are some tips to ensure that you’ll enjoy your copper cook ware for a lifetime:
Is it dishwasher safe?
You have to understand that copper is a fine piece of art that requires some TLC. It doesn’t really go well with some dishwashing liquids and putting it in a dishwasher can result to pitting and spotting. So whatever you do, do not put your copper pots and pans in the dishwasher.
So Einstein, how do we wash it?
Washing your copper cookware by hand is the perfect ending for a job well done for you and your cookware. It feels so fulfilling that it’s almost enjoyable to wash it. Besides, it makes perfect sense to wash it by hand. Use hot soapy water and mild detergent and never use chlorine bleach. It also goes without saying not to use steel wool in cleaning your copper pots and pans. Use a sponge or a dish cloth when washing them to prevent abrasions. It’s also important that you don’t air dry them. Doing so will leave spots on your cookware. So immediately after washing, dry it with a soft dish cloth.
How do you maintain its bright finish?
Just purchase a professional copper cleaner to get the job done. Rub it using a soft dish cloth in a circular motion and then rinse with warm water afterward. Even if you’re not using it, it’s important to clean it with copper cleaner to prevent discoloration.
Is it scratch free?
Well it’s not a diamond so carelessness may scratch it. Just remember to use wood utensils, if cooking with your copper pots and pans. This will preserve the stainless steel inside and also prevent you from accidentally scratching the outside copper surface. Although you’re quite tempted to deglaze the pan after pouring that pinot noir, do so gently with a wooden spoon.
If you follow these tips and use common sense, it’s hard to imagine your copper cookware not lasting a lifetime. There is a saying that you’ll never miss something unless you lose it. So take care of it and enjoy it with your family. After all, a lot of great family memories happen in the kitchen.
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