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Copper Care

James Beard spoke from experience when he said...
"If the pot is heavy and if it is properly weighted, then it is a delight to use. But it could be hell to clean."

How do you clean copper? In the days when August Escoffier employed a young boy whose only job was to press the trout for trout mousse Quality Copper Cookware through a sieve, he also employed another boy whose only job was to scour copper pots all day with vinegar and coarse salt.

Quality tin lined copper cookware should always be treated with respect. The exterior of the copper pot is true pleasure when it's brightly cleaned. Many professional cooks still maintain that amber glow with liberal amounts of vinegar and coarse salt, which clean the copper gently. However, if the copper is heavily oxidized, or you desire a brighter sheen, use a commercial cleanser. Today's various copper cleaners are better and faster working than the old salt and vinegar standby, but remember that even a recently polished pot can discolor within hours on a particularly humid day.

Truthfully, a tarnished copper exterior will only slightly diminish its conductive properties. We know many cooks who would rather cook than clean. For them exhibiting well used copper cookware hints at a status that holds more pride.

Tin is ideal to keep acidic foods from interacting with copper. However, tin is a softer metal than copper and the tin lining can melt if left over a high flame or high electric coil setting, or placed over any flame or hot coil when empty. Therefore, it's best to do your stirring with wood, nylon or rubber utensils to avoid cutting through the tin lining during extreme situations. In the clean up process, when you find something is stuck to the inside surface, soak the pan overnight. The next morning use a sponge or plastic-net covered sponge, rubbing gently until the pot is clean. A slight darkening of the tin is the result of normal use and does no harm to food.

Our quality copper cookware is tinned by skilled craftsmen. Because it was poured on and finished by hand, irregularities in the surface of the tin lining are not uncommon. These spots and wipe marks are most obvious in thicker commercial-grade tin linings, such as Chelsea Kitchen provides. They won't disrupt the superior qualities of your copper cookware and are part of the charm of a hand-crafted piece.