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Our Guide To Cookware...What's The Fuss About Copper?

Cookware - Copper

 

Copper homewares are very on trend at the moment, and we are big fans! However this blog will talk about the benefits of cooking with copper pans and other copper cookware.

 

Copper homewares are very on trend at the moment, and we are big fans! However this blog will talk about the benefits of cooking with copper pans and other copper cookware.

 

Highly prized by chefs, copper is not only extremely beautiful, it is also one of the most conductive materials found on earth.

 

This means that copper cookware provides the user with the ultimate control of temperature and the optimum rate of cooking and browning. Pure copper reacts with substances found in many foods to produce mildly toxic oxides, so for this reason almost all modern copper cookware is lined with a thin layer of inert material.

 

Today’s copper cookware generally has an ultra-thin layer of stainless steel applied to the inside which is totally unreactive with food. Old school copper is lined with tin which has a similar effect, but be careful if using with very acidic foods or at excessively high temperatures, as it could potentially cause the tin to blister.

 

Unlike their standard cooking counterparts, copper sugar pans are unlined - as the metal will not react with sugar when in use.

 

Another unexpected benefit of copper is that unlined copper beating bowls actually help to reduce the effort required to beat egg whites into stiff peaks.

 

Copper pots and pans should always be washed by hand and dried thoroughly after washing and remember that it will need regular polishing to maintain its fabulous looks – don’t we all!

Posted: 08 Sep 2016

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