copper cookware

wildplumDecember 29, 2006

I am a bit confused. It is widely recommended that copper pans be lined with tin or stainless steel. Yet an unlined copper jam pan is regarded as being the absolute best pan for cooking jam. What gives? Having just received such a jam pan, I would like to know why this is so. Also, unlined copper mixing bowls are also widely used. What else can unlined copper cookware be used for? What are the rules for using unlined cooper?

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lindac

Sugar and egg whites do well with a little copper in the mix....tomato sauce does not.
It's a matter of what the pan will be used for.
Linda C

    Bookmark   December 29, 2006 at 11:25PM
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texas-weed

The reason for lining them is reaction t acidic foods. Copper like cast iron is highly reactive, and if you cook acidic foods or liquids in them will leave a nasty taste to your food and cause extreme color changes to the food and pan.

I am no expert but my understanding a copper linned pan or ketle is ideal for candy making assuming it is not acidic. Jams could be problematic with the acidic issues.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2007 at 12:07AM
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lindac

Old time jelly kettles and apple butter kettles were traditionally copper...
I have eaten apple butter out of an unlined copper kettle...tasted fine, and didn't seem to hurt me....and wow! Was that kettle ever clean on the inside!! That apple butter removed every trace of tarnish!
Linda C

    Bookmark   January 6, 2007 at 6:31PM
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solarpowered

"That apple butter removed every trace of tarnish!"

That would mean that all the tarnish ended up in the apple butter. :-(

    Bookmark   January 7, 2007 at 3:57PM
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