Cooking With Copper or Aluminum Utensils

Whether you bought them yourself or inherited them, copper and aluminum utensils should be prized possessions in your kitchen. You will find that they are as useful as your cast iron skillet, and if used properly, they will last long enough to be passed down to your grandchildren.

Instructions

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      Cook any type of food you like with your aluminum or copper. These metals are the best conductors of any other materials used for cooking utensils.

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      Use a pot holder if the handle of your aluminum or copper utensils are not coated with rubber, silicone or plastic.

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      Stir your food in an aluminum or copper pot or pan the entire time it is cooking. Aluminum is such a good conductor of heat that your food might burn if it is not constantly in motion in the pot.

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      Note that if you are baking in an aluminum dish which has a darkened surface, this means that the pan was likely anodized and will heat faster but more evenly. For this type of pan, reduce the cooking temperature of the oven by 25 degrees F to prevent your dish from burning.

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      Do not worry about aluminum or copper being leached into your food from using aluminum utensils. The amount is insignificantly small. If it concerns you, you should not keep your aluminum utensils in contact with very hot or acid foods for extended periods of time.

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      Treat your aluminum and copper utensils properly by keeping them clean. Do not use harsh abrasives and do not put them into the dishwasher. Hand-wash all pieces in soap and water, and dry thoroughly.

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