Cleaning Your Copper Cookware
Posted by Carol Corke, Last modified by Neil Corke on 19 May 2014 05:08 PM
Falk Culinair's copper and stainless steel surfaces have been brushed to create a satinated surface as opposed to a mirror finish like other brands. What this does is reduce the work necessary to keep your cookware glowing like new.
For general cleaning after cooking, washing by hand in warm soapy water is normally all you will need. For baked on food debris, soak in hot soapy water for an hour then wash as usual. That's all that's needed to lift away even stubborn cooked on foods.
Copper oxidises, which means that the atmosphere we breathe affects the electrons in the surface of the metal, causing a greenish colour to coat the exterior of the copper. This is referred to as patina and is actually prized and preferred by many professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts. Just as some chefs "season" cast iron cooking vessels, this patina indicates that solid copper cookware has been seasoned. To remove the patina, use a Scotch Brite pad or similar scrubbing pad, along with a cleaning paste intended for copper, to restore the bright copper colour. This darkening of the copper on your cookware or other copper household items does not mean the copper is wearing off or that anything at all is wrong. It does not affect the cooking experience or performance of the cookware and should be considered an aesthetic preference only. This oxidation is a natural phenomenon due to the way carbon dioxide in the air interacts with the metal.
We're happy to provide a sample cleaning pad for you to try upon request. We've discovered that a light touch is more effective than vigorous rubbing, scouring in the direction of the pattern brushed into the metal, much as you might rub along the grain of wood. Avoid circular scouring motions.
Wire wool and other metal based scrubbers are not suitable for cleaning your beautiful copper cookware as these can etch the brushed texture of the stainless steel and copper.
Also, the dishwasher is not suitable for copper of any kind as the detergents and salts will tarnish, etch and corrode the copper.
The cast iron handles may be rubbed with olive oil to keep the iron from turning black.
As copper conducts heat more efficiently than other metals, it's important to use slightly lower heat settings than normal. This will avoid unnecessary scorching and reduce the clean up work involved.
Your Falk Culinair cookware is designed and crafted to last a lifetime, and by observing a few practical care procedures, it will remain in as-new condition indefinitely.