Copper pots have benefits and disadvantages. Copper is attractive and shiny when used on the outside of pots and pans and copper is an excellent conductor of heat. Because of its look and superior heat conduction, copper cookware tends to be considerably more expensive than other types of cookware. In addition, copper can be toxic when used on the inside of cookware, so it is usually reserved for use on the outside or with a lining of other materials.
This being said, if you have copper pots, pans etc. that show signs of wear on the inside, play it safe, take some photos and contact one of our refinishing professionals for a refinishing estimate. Cincinnati Brass is unique in that we re-line each piece of refinished copperware with silver. Silver is inert and completely safe to use in cooking/eating utensils: hence sterling silverware. The silver interior is easy to clean, a great conductor of heat and wow, your kitchen copperware pots and pans display looks great!
Not only are copper pots and pans attractive in the kitchen, but copper is an excellent conductor of heat and very good for top-of-range cooking. A trained chef will often use copper pots and pans to prepare delicate sauces and dishes that need to be prepared at strictly controlled temperatures. Our copper pots and pans are lined with silver, so you don’t need to be concerned with copper safety. Excellent heat conduction can be maintained through the lining.
Copper is an essential trace mineral in all body tissues. Copper and iron help form red blood cells. Copper also helps to keep your blood vessels, nerves, immune system and bones healthy. Copper is found naturally in certain types of shellfish, whole grains, potatoes, dried fruit and dark leafy greens. Most people get enough copper in their daily diets. The specific amount of copper needed daily depends on your age, gender, and health situation. MedlinePlus indicates that a safe amount of daily copper intake for an adult over 19 is 900 mcg.
Our refinished copper pots and pans are lined with silver, a completely safe metal that will serve as protection against any potential toxicity related to copper. According to the Food and Drug Administration, acidic foods cause copper on unprotected cookware to dissolve into foods. If you use unprotected copper-lined pots and pans, research the acidity of certain foods.
To increase the look and longevity of your copper/silver cookware, read the care and use instructions that come with the products. Use an anti-tarnish cream to clean the copper finish on your cookware. Don't use abrasive cleaners like oven cleaners or baking soda, as these may damage the copper/silver finish. Allow your cookware to cool before cleaning to prevent warping.