Cleaning Copper Cookware

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How do I clean my copper cookware?

Cleaning Copper Cookware

Copper cookware is a classic, both for its superior heat qualities and its beauty. But it does require special care to keep it looking its best. Most copper pots and pans feature a copper exterior with a stainless steel interior surface for ease of cleaning and durability.

Although the heat qualities of copper are safe for cooking, these pots and pans are not non-stick so you'll want to keep your cooking temperatures lower to avoid discoloring the exterior.

Rinse and wash with warm sudsy water to prevent foods from sticking. Then wash with a brass/copper cleaner available at local grocery stores or online.

Dry immediately to avoid hard water stains and discolorations.

Some copper brands are dishwasher-safe; however certain parts may tarnish or discolor and need to be polished. Hand-washing and following manufacturer's instructions carefully can prevent tarnishing and discoloration.

A homemade mixture of flour, salt, lemon juice and ammonia mixed into a paste may be applied with a soft scrubbing brush to keep copper looking its best.

Always polish to a clean, dry luster.

Never use steel wool, alcohol, abrasive cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners or metal implements to scrape copper cookware

   

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