Copperware Types & Usage
Jul 29, 2022
The use of copperware by humanity in their daily household can be traced back to ancient times. Even recently one would have heard that some cookware or lined with copper or in short copper bottom vessels to facilitate fast cooking as copper is good to conduct heat. The presence of copper or copper bottom vessels in other words speeds up the cooking process thereby reducing the amount of cooking gas utilization.
It is not a myth but a fact that copper water bottles, tumblers, and pots were used and are even now widely used to store water. Studies reveal that the number of disease-causing bacteria in the water is killed when it is stored in copper vessels. Well, there is a catch here. It is not that we can store water in copper vessels for days together. It is very important to regularly clean the copper vessels in India at least once a day with salt and tamarind to remove the greenish tinge that scales on the copperware when left unattended for days together. The green-colored surface appears because of copper’s reaction to the atmosphere and moisture. This results in the formation of ‘patina’, the name for such green color coating on a copper vessel. Consuming water from such vessels will be harmful to health and it is strongly advised not to consume water from such vessels.
What are the types of Copper Cookware?
Copper cookware in India can broadly be classified as Lined and Unlined meaning that the copper cookware is either lined on the inner side with either tin or stainless steel.
Does Copper Rust?
Copperware doesn’t rust as the content of iron is too low. But like Iron rusts, copper would patinize if left to react with moisture for longer periods. This is a natural property of copper.
How to clean Copperware?
Copperware Utensils in India can be cleaned by using water, salt, and tamarind. Lemon can be used to clean the outer surface and not the inner surface as prolonged and rigorous cleaning could make the copper react with the citric acid present in lemon. Copper Vessels in India should not be cleaned or washed with soap or detergent or any cleaning liquid. Natural cleaning materials like tamarind, and salt is to be used. Soaking the copperware & copper utensils in tamarind water would also effectively clean the copperware. Metal scrubs are to be avoided while cleaning copperware as it would result in scratches and the sheen and shine fading away. Using a sponge-based scrubber is effective. Mixtures like gram flour powder with lemon, salt, and some water can also be used by using it as a paste. Even tomato-based sauce is also used for cleaning copper vessels.
Can chemicals be used for cleaning copperware in India?
While it is always advised to use natural materials using chemicals to clean copper glasses & bottles in India is not advised for clean copperware used for storing water. When it comes to some religious accessories made of copper chemicals can be used after exercising sufficient caution.
Can food be cooked in copper utensils?
Copper utensils or vessels should not be used for cooking. Copper would be used as a lining under vessels and such vessels would be either stainless steel upon which food would come into contact while cooking. Copper in this instance is used to transmit heat and speed up cooking. But pure copper vessels are not to be sued for cooking as the heat generated would speed up the copper leaching into food.
What is the frequency in which Copperware is to be cleaned?
Copperware is to be cleaned once a day with water, tamarind, and salt. Lemon can be used on the outer surface.
What Liquids can be stored in copperware?
Copperware should be used only to store water. Even fruit juices like grapes, oranges, etc should not be stored as the acid contents in such fresh juices could react with copper and small portions of copper utensils could leach into such juices. Milk, Curd, and Ghee should not be stored in a copper vessel.
Can Copper water bottles be refrigerated?
Copper water bottles are strictly not to be refrigerated.
Can Copper vessels be used to store food materials?
Copper vessels usually would be used as an outer layer in most vessels to either increase conductivity or to give an aesthetic lift to the utensil.
Is copperware microwave safe?
Copperware should strictly not be used in a microwave oven.