The first use of copper pans: what to do & what not to

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  November 15, 2020

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Everything you need to know about using copper pans for the first time and useful information about how to keep copper pans nice and clean for years can be read below. We give you a simple and simple step-by-step plan with a short explanation.

In the culinary world, copper pans have been used for centuries and are preferred over other types of pans. And this is simply due to the material: copper.

Copper is an excellent heat conductor and conducts the heat from the heat source evenly across the bottom and sidewalls of the pan.

The first use of copper pans

And as they say: “Good tools are half the battle!” It goes without saying that all top chefs have an extensive collection of copper pans in their kitchen.

Not only professional chefs, but also amateur chefs mouth water at the sight of the copper pans.

Copper pans are not only of excellent quality, but are also super handy and simply beautiful to have in the kitchen.

How do you keep copper pans so beautifully shiny and shiny?

Copper pans must be ‘seasoned’

What do you need for ‘seasoning’ your (new) copper pans? Below you will find a step-by-step plan.

  1. Pretreatment: wash the pan.
  2. Apply oil and coat the pan.
  3. Heat the pan on the stove or in the oven.
  4. Dry the pan and repeat.

What do you need if you want to enjoy your copper pan for years to come?

Also read: Can you put a copper pan in the oven?

Step by step instructions for handling your copper pan

A few more useful tips

What you can certainly do to preserve the life and quality of your copper pans is the following: Be careful! Be careful not to drop your beautiful pan or accidentally bump it here and there. Copper is sensitive and you could make an ugly dent in it. Usually the pans are hung to minimize the risk of dents.

Do not use harsh chemicals or detergents to clean your copper pans. These will corrode and damage your copper pan. The non-stick coating will also disappear.

Use your copper pan for what it is intended. There are several copper pans on the market that are specially made for certain uses.

So, for example, use a saucepan for making a sauce and a stockpot for making a soup and so on.

For keeping your cup shiny With the pan on the outside, you can brush the outside of the pan occasionally with lemon juice. Use a soft cloth with some lemon juice on it and rub gently on the outer walls, stem and bottom to get the pan nice and shiny again.

The seasoning process should be done at least once or twice a year to ensure the quality of your copper pan. For better results, it is still recommended to seasoning your copper pan once every few months. This will ensure that you keep your pan good for a long time and that the non-stick coating will not disappear.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.