August 8, 2016

On Trend: Classic Copper

While gold and silver are kitchen stalwarts – it’s time to embrace a fresher, edgier metal. Many cooks have been switching out traditional metals for the more contemporary (and versatile) copper. Not only does copper look stunning on your table, but it’s also fully functional as cookware.

There are several benefits of cooking with copper, but its ability to conduct heat is most notable. You’ll save yourself time while cooking and cleaning since stuck food is usually caused by temperature fluctuations.

In the popularizing filed of copper kitchen tools, one company stands out: Coppermill Kitchen. After a trip to Europe, Beth Ann Sweeney was inspired to start restoring antique copper. Bright and shiny, her copper pieces are an antidote to the duller antique products that you may have seen at the market. Cooks love them for the hint of dramatic glimmer that they add to any kitchen.

Curating from Copper Mill Kitchen is another kitchenware standout, Polder’s Old World Market. The Polder family started their business at farmers’ markets, selling honey and small garden pieces. From there they grew an impressive assortment of pieces for the home including their signature hand-carved tools, ceramics, and, you guessed it…plenty of copper. Our favorite pieces include the vintage copper coffee pot and tea kettle.

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More often than not, people are deterred from using copper since it has the reputation of being difficult to clean. If Beth Ann Sweeney can restore centuries-old copper, you can definitely clean your pan! Here are some tips on caring for copper:

  • Always fully dry your item after washing it. Copper only starts to tarnish when it’s not dried properly, so take the time to ensure it’s dry right away.
  • Use a mix of equal parts baking soda and lemon juice. With this mixture of baking soda and lemon juice, the acidity gets rid of the tarnishes. Just grab a cloth, rub it in, and you’re good to go!
  • When in doubt, use ketchup. Yes, ketchup. Using ketchup or other tomato-based sauces and pastes on copper works as a polish! Put the sauce on your item, let it sit for a few minutes, wipe it off and voila…good as new.

For more copper care tips, read this article written by Food52

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Interested in learning more about our featured makers? Follow them on Instagram at @poldersowm and @coppermill_kitchen.