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How to Care for Copper Pots

Extend the life and luster of your copper pots with a few items that are probably in your kitchen.


  • : Never heat copper pots lined with tin over a high flame – it will cause the lining to melt and toxic copper to seep through to your food.
  • Step 1: Store your copper pots Prevent tarnishing by storing copper pots in a low-humidity area.
  • Step 2: Clean the tin lining Use a soft cloth, mild dish detergent, and warm water to clean the tin lining inside a copper pot.
  • TIP: Gently rubbing the inside of the pot in a circular motion helps maintain the tin's quality.
  • Step 3: Clean the copper Rub the outside of the copper pot with a paste made from one part lemon juice and three parts kosher salt. Wash thoroughly with soap and water.
  • TIP: For really tough stains use ketchup and a steel wool pad.
  • Step 4: Re-tin copper pots Have your copper pots professionally re-tinned after a long period of use.
  • Step 5: Use your copper pots Get cooking! Copper pots may look attractive, but they're really made for frequent use!
  • FACT: The Copper Age dates from 5500 to 3000 B.C.

You Will Need

  • A soft cloth
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Warm water
  • Lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Ketchup
  • A steel wool pad

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