Care and Cleaning Checklist
Posted by Carol Corke, Last modified by Neil Corke on 07 November 2013 07:31 AM
Seven Step to Cleaning Success
1) Fill It - Don't Drown It
Never submerge your beautiful copper cookware in water for extended periods of time. The cast iron handle will rust if left to soak in water and the copper will become tarnished.
Instead, pour hot water into the vessel and add some washing up liquid.
Let this soak inside of the cookware while you enjoy your meal and the clean up should be simple when the meal is done.
2) Make A Stir!
Avoid pitting and marking the stainless steel interior by stirring in salt, don't let it sink to the bottom.
Add to boiling or simmering and stir till dissolved.
3) Not All Utensils Are Created Equal
Use the best tools for the job.
We recommend the use of wooden or plastic utensils as sharp metal utensils can mark your cookware.
4) Chill Out!
Use hot water inside of your hot cookware when cleaning, as cold water in a hot vessel can cause metal to warp.
5) Prevent Overheating
Match your pot or pan to the right hob ring, especially on gas hobs.
The flames can lick the sides of your vessel during cooking if you put it on a hob ring which is too large. This causes marks as well as overheating the vessel.
And remember, with copper cookware you will require slightly lower heat settings as copper conducts heat more efficiently than other metals.
6) Never Allow To Boil Dry
Keep an eye on simmering liquids and foods- Never allow the fluid to boil dry.
This is the quickest way to damage all cookware. Not to mention ruining a decent meal!
7) Use the Right Cleaning Products
You needn't be a chemist to know your basic chemistry.
Never use harsh chemicals or chlorine based products to clean your copper.
Use washing up liquid and when desired, a polish intended for copper for best results.
Never use wire wool as this will etch and scratch the lovely brushed finish on the copper and stainless steel.
A rigid plastic scraper can be useful in removing stubborn food debris like scrambled eggs, then follow up with a Scotch Brite, or similar scrubbing sponge.
After washing and drying, a periodic polish with olive oil on the cast iron handle will keep it looking great. Buff vigorously.
Always dry your cookware thoroughly after cleaning.