Copper pots

There are different perceptions about restaurant kitchens. However, there is a certain detail that is often present in each image. Even the image of a movie kitchen is complemented by gracefully hanging copper pots. What’s so special about them? Why are they so popular, and does the element of copper not affect health?

Copper pots were made as early as the 7th century BC by the Egyptians. Over the years, steel, glass, and Teflon dishes appeared. However, despite the centuries that have passed, copper pots are still appreciated.

Advantages of copper pots

You need to know that copper distributes heat evenly and heats up quickly. This means that, unlike steel or Teflon, food does not stick or burn even after many years of use. This advantage allows you to heat even the most delicate products without needing a lot of fat to fry or grill food. This means that you do not need to use a lot of oil or clarified butter so that ingredients do not stick to the bottom. Thanks to this, dishes are healthier, and vegetables retain more nutrients. Copper does not produce any odor, so prepared food smells and tastes exactly as it should.

How to take care of copper pots

They need frequent maintenance to keep their beauty longer. For this purpose, it is enough to wipe them regularly with vinegar or citric acid. Copper pots are easy to keep clean – with proper care, they will serve for years. However, you must remember to avoid one unforgivable sin – they must not be washed in the dishwasher. Strong detergents could damage the dishes.

Is it safe?

Contrary to popular belief, copper pots are safe for health. This has been confirmed by numerous medical studies. They do not react with food and do not affect its taste or health. Sometimes, trace amounts of copper ions may be released during the thermal processing of food products, but they do not pose a threat to human health and life. The only thing to be careful about is storing food in copper pots, which should not be done. With prolonged contact with food, a harmful patina may be released, which must be ruthlessly removed. All you need are natural remedies such as baking soda or vinegar with salt.

Typically, copper utensils, including pots and bowls, can also be safely used to filter water. Just pour tap water into a copper vessel and leave it there for at least 6-8 hours. During this time, copper ions will remove chlorine, bacteria, fungi, and mold from the water. They also penetrate the water and our bodies. Drinking such filtered and enriched water has a health dimension – it prevents inflammation, protects against anemia, improves the work of the digestive system and heart, has a beneficial effect on the skin, and regulates the work of the thyroid gland. Water with copper ions is a real elixir protecting against free radicals, and thus against cancer and rapid aging.


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