How To Clean Copper Cookware

Need to know how to clean copper cookwear? Clean copper cookware after each use to preserve the beauty and usefulness of the copper pots and pans for years to come. Copper cookware is chosen for both its pleasing look in a kitchen and its unmatched even heating surface. Copper tends to require more cleaning than most other types of cookware, because of the nature of the metal. Choose any one of these cleaning methods to restore copper cookware to its shiny beauty.

  1. Use a non-abrasive product made especially for copper to gently clean tarnish away. Use a soft, cotton rag and follow package directions. Buy commercially made copper cleaning products in grocery stores and online.
  2. Use a green cleaning method. Cut a fresh lemon in half, pour table salt into a shallow bowl or on a plate. Dip the exposed end of the lemon into the salt and rub onto copper cookware bottoms and insides of pots and pans. Rinse with plain water and dry completely.
  3. To remove green spots or  copper patina; pour table salt into a small bowl, dip a clean, soft, cotton rag into non-sudsing household ammonia, dip the rag into the salt and polish away the green. A copper patina refers to copper oxidation with results in a green color. Wear gloves and work in a well ventilated room when using ammonia. Never mix ammonia with bleach, it will result in highly toxic fumes. Wash thoroughly and dry before storing or displaying.
  4. Use ketchup to clean away discolorations on copper cookware. Slightly unconventional, but it works. Dip a clean, soft rag into ketchup and apply to the copper cookware and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Wash, rinse thoroughly and dry well.
  5. To remove stuck on foods from the inside of copper pots and pans; add 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar and  an equal amount of plain water to the copper lined pot or pan to just cover the stuck on mess. Bring the mixture to a boil for approximately 5 minutes, allow to cool slightly and wipe away the messy stuck on food.

Copper cookware requires cleaning for more than sanitary reasons, copper cookware that forms black deposits of carbon will affect the even heat distribution and cause hot spots or cold spots on the cooking surface. Choose the method that works best for you and is the easiest to perform. All methods of cleaning copper cookware work equally as well as each other.

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