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Well, now I’ve gone and done it…I unexpectedly started a new collection. I blame it all on my friend Bambi. She flew into Atlanta from Tampa, and as soon as I picked her up at the airport – we hit the ground running. We spent the day having a wonderful lunch, catching up and antique and thrift shopping.
For some reason on this particular day I kept picking up copper pots and saucepans. I’ve never had any copper pieces before and for some inexplicable reason my inner Julia Child reared it’s pretty head. And I had Bambi egging me on to buy them 🙂 I wasn’t even sure if they were real copper, old or new…it didn’t matter, I just knew that I wanted them.
A few days later I had some free time to do research on copper – proper cleaning methods and cooking dos and don’ts.
I did learn that on three of my pieces there is a hallmark with the name Copral made in Portugal. The other pieces are not marked anywhere that I can see. All of the pieces have a bit of weight to them and the pan lining is in very good shape. Does anyone know what the small, two piece set is for? So cute…
I also tried a second form of cleaning copper…ketchup and kosher salt. Sounds crazy, right? To my surprise this method did work.
Not as fast as the lemon method, and not as deep of a cleaning. Also, the ketchup method did not clean the brass handles at all. I believe this cleaning method would be best suited for light cleaning. You can see the difference – the pan on the left was cleaned with the ketchup method…