Copper is one of the ancient metals known to mankind, that has been used across countries and civilizations, ever since its discovery. This metal is immortalized in the kitchens even today, for the following reasons:
- The beauty and shine of copper cookware is undeniably attractive.
- Its unrivaled heat conductivity translates to shorter cooking times. So, restaurants often favour the use of copper utensils.
- It is also known for its natural anti-microbial properties.
- As one of the essential micro nutrients, trace amounts of copper has its health benefits.
- In addition to being expensive, it takes effort to maintain their look and shine.
- Copper utensils cannot be used for cooking acidic foods as they leach, introducing unwanted toxins into the food.
These days copper vessels are lined with less-reactive metals like silver, tin or stainless steel, utilizing its heat conductivity, but avoiding its toxicity.
The mini-copper pot or kadai seen below is a recent addition to my kitchen. Though they require extra caring, I simply adore them. Lined with tin, these are oven-safe and broiler-safe. They are perfect for serving individual sized portions.What better than copper. What do you say?