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You Will Need
- Copper cookware
- Warm water
- Dishwashing soap
- A dishcloth
- Copper polish
- Ketchup (optional)
Hand wash and dry
Before using your copper cookware, hand wash it with warm, soapy water. Scrub the inside with care to avoid scratching the coating. Dry immediately with a soft dishcloth.
Use for sauces
When cooking sauces in copper, don't stir as often as you would when using other types of cookware. Copper heats more evenly than any other metal, so you won't have to worry about whether some parts of the pan are cooler than others.
Heat first when frying
When frying or sauteing, add the fat to the pan and cook on low for one minute before increasing the heat and adding other ingredients.
Use copper for candy
Use copper when making sugar syrups, preserves, caramel, and melting chocolate. Copper’s heat conductivity and quick reaction to temperature changes offers precise control over the different stages of candy preparation.
Whatever you cook, allow the cookware to cool completely before washing, or it may warp. Remember to dry your cookware immediately with a soft cloth.
As you're cookware begins to lose its luster, develops water spots, or turns pinkish, purple, or orange, polish it with anti-tarnish copper polish.
Store you cookware
Store your cookware in a dry place at room temperature. Keep it away from heat and humidity, which can make it tarnish faster.