The Guide to Copper Cookware

Posted by Abby on 3/26/2013
Copper is very good for cooking because it conducts heat very well! It is actually the top metal in conducting heat, that is why so many top chefs use copper cookware! As long as you use copper correctly, it is very easy to clean and maintain, and it looks great compared to other materials. Copper does scratch easy, which is why you need to be sure to use the proper utensils on it while cooking. Copper is very expensive, so if you're planning on getting some copper cookware, be ready to put down some money! Most chefs will say that the price is very worth it though! Some manufacturers are making cookware with copper bottoms, so you still get the great conductive heat, and using another metal for the sides and handle. By doing this, it lowers the cost. It also makes the cookware lighter, considering copper is a heavy metal, and full copper pots and pans can be quite heavy. One of the most sought after copper cookware is from France. French copper cookware is known for being top quality and great for use in the kitchen! Tips for keeping your copper cookware in tip top shape! 1. Never put copper in the dishwasher. The detergents, along with the long, slow drying method can deteriorate copper very quickly. 2. Do not use abrasive cleaning products or scours to scrub the copper pans. Warm, soapy water with a soft cloth works just fine. 3. After washing, dry your copper cookware right away by hand. Water residue left in pots can cause it to 'oxidize' turning it to a green color. When purchasing copper cookware be sure that the pot or pan is lined with stainless steel or some other metal. Unlined copper can be dangerous when it reacts with acids produced when cooking food, which can lead to food poisoning. Be sure the metal lining your copper is intact and whole. To keep the lining in good shape, do not cook at high temperatures unless the cookware says otherwise. When using copper cookware, be sure that you know what you are doing, and if you don't, get instructions to be sure you are cooking safely and you don't mess up your cookware!