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How Copper In The Kitchen Makes Sense – But Does It?

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Cooking and Kitchen Cookware Advice

Copper cookware is one of the best conductors of heat and this makes it very useful for cooking on top of ranges at precisely controlled temperatures.

However, copper cookware tends to react with foods and can be toxic in large amounts because of which copper pots and pans are lined with materials such as stainless steel.

Having said so, maintenance of copper cookware is an issue. It can discolor when air dried or washed in a dishwasher and it dents and scratches easily. Polishing can help with tackling discoloration.

Read on to discover more about this sensible cookware.

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THE BASICS

BENEFITS

RISKS

Copper cookware is a good conductor of heat, making it easier to control the cooking temperatures.

Greater amount of copper leaching is a possibility with the making of acidic foods in copper utensils. This can result in illness from chemical toxicity.

HIGH QUALITY FOOD PREPARATION WITH COPPER COOKWARE

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HEAT DIFFUSIONCopper cookware provides a fast and uniform heat diffusion across the bottom and sides of a pot or pan. This is an important feature to prevent lumpiness while making food items.

SCORCHING - Scorching of copper cookware can be prevented by adding liquid or fat in the pan before you place it on a heat source.

COPPER COOKWARE FOR DIFFICULT DISHES

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  1. HEAT DISTRIBUTION - Whether it is sauteing or stir-frying or for preparing crepes or delicate hollandaise sauce, copper pots are best owing to the important even heat distribution it provides.

  2. MEATS - In fact, even meat will heat up faster in copper cookware, giving it a better overall sear.

SOME HOME COPPER CLEANING TIPS

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  1. SALTED LEMON - Either rubbing with a cloth dipped in vinegar or a piece of salted lemon can be used to clean and polish copper cookware. Don't use the lemon if you have cuts on your fingers or palms.

  2. SUDSY WATER - Lacquered ornamental copper can be washed in sudsy water followed by rinsing with warm water and dry wiping. It is not advisable to polish this copper.

MODIFICATIONS AND COPPER COOKWARE ?

COPPER COOKWARE MODIFICATIONS

ACIDIC FOODS

  1. Since copper has a tendency to react with acidic foods like citrus juice based or tomato based red sauces, it is often lined with stainless steel or tin.
  2. Without it the food can get discolored and cause internal body discomfort.

TIN

  1. While tin conducts heat better than stainless steel, it can wear out over time, even melting away when subject to high temperatures.

UNLINED COPPER

  1. Unlined copper is best for whipping cream or egg whites or in general items that use sugar based, non-acidic ingredients.                                      
  2. Traditionally, food items like jam, jellies, chocolate, caramel, etc. that have to be cooked at precise temperatures, use copper kettles.


ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES OF COPPER

  1. Certain copper alloys have  antimicrobial properties which means that products made from these alloys benefit us by their contribution to hygienic design.
  2. Note that, cookware made from antimicrobial Copper are not a substitution for standard infection control practices. 

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