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How to Clean Copper Pots & Pans
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Cleaning Copper Cookware
I need some advice. How do I clean copper pots and pans with cooked-on food? I have tried Bar Keepers Friend®, salt and vinegar, salt and lemon juice, a Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser®, and various cleansers, but nothing has worked. These are very expensive restaurant copper pots, but I can't let anyone see them because of all the "crud" around the handles.
Nancy in Santee
Clean with Ketchup
Ketchup works wonders on copper pots! Put on a thick layer and then wash off. This is just another use for all of those extra ketchup packets from fast food restaurants!
Melt Away the Greasy Grime
I have used my household steamer (like the ones you see on TV for cleaning) on the grunge that builds up around cookware handles. The hot steam just seems to melt away that greasy grime.
How to Clean Copper Pots with Ease
I use a product called "ORIGINAL Louisiana Hot Sauce." This may be a local brand, but the ingredients are simply hot peppers, vinegar, and salt. I have not tried any other hot sauce, but I imagine anything with these ingredients would do as well. Simply pour the sauce on the copper and watch in amazement. I do believe it's a chemical reaction. You hardly need to scrub at all.
Mom Recommends Twinkle®
My mom used a product called Twinkle® to clean her copper-bottom pans. The pans always looked wonderful. She liked it so well that when a bride and groom had copper-bottom pans on their gift registry, Mom gave them a supply of Twinkle®.
Baking Soda and Dish Soap Clean Copper Pots
Put a thick paste of baking soda and liquid dish soap on the "crud" and let it sit overnight. Scrub off as much as possible in the morning and then repeat until the following morning. If it is stuck in the crevices around the handles, using an edge to scrape it can help.
Two Approaches with Magical Results
A few years ago, I discovered the amazing power of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda made into a paste and a scrubber. Apply the paste over the area that you would like to clean and scrub. The food should come off easily.
Another approach is ketchup. The acidity in the ketchup will help to dissolve the food. It's also great for shining the bottom and inside of your copper pots. You won't recognize them. Leave the ketchup on for a couple of hours and let it do its magic.
A Product Worth Trying
I would recommend Amway's Legacy of Clean® Metal Cleaner. It works great on kettles! Just go to Amway's website, type "metal cleaner" in the search bar, hit "enter," and it should come up.
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