Tips to Preserve the Beauty and Performance of Copper Pots and Pans's featured image

Copper pots and pans aren’t just good-looking kitchen tools, they’re statement pieces, prized for their beauty and exceptional heat distribution. The only downside is that to keep them gleaming and functioning at their best, they need a tiny bit of VIP care—but nothing too demanding. Here’s our top tips:

Avoid High Heat

While copper is great at conducting heat, it’s important not to expose it to extremely high temperatures for extended periods. Overheating can cause discoloration and damage the lining.

Don’t Use Metal Utensils

Use wooden, silicone, or nylon utensils to prevent scratching the interior lining of your copper pots and pans.

Regular Cleaning

Copper tarnishes over time, so it’s important to clean your pots and pans after each use. Gently scrub them with a mixture of equal parts salt and white vinegar, or use a specialized copper cleaner. Rinse and dry thoroughly to prevent water spots.

Don’t Machine Wash

Never put your copper cookware in the dishwasher. The harsh detergents and high water temperatures can damage the copper’s surface and lead to discoloration.

Polishing is Optional

To maintain the bright shine of your copper, periodic polishing is essential. A mixture of lemon juice and baking soda or a copper-specific polish will work wonders. Apply, rub gently, and then rinse thoroughly.

Seasoning May be Required

Some copper cookware, like copper pots lined with stainless steel, may require seasoning. Heat the empty pot over low heat, apply a small amount of oil, and rub it in with a cloth until the interior is evenly coated.

VIP Storage

Stack your copper cookware with care. Use pan protectors or soft cloths between each piece to prevent scratching. Hanging your copper pots on a wall or a ceiling-mounted rack is another attractive and practical storage solution.

Regular Inspections

Keep an eye on your copper cookware for any signs of damage or wear and address them promptly. If you notice signs of wear on the lining, consider having your copper pots professionally re-tinned. This process will restore their cooking performance and safety.


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