Tin-lined copper cookware is an excellent cooking utensil because food does not easily stick to its surface. It is also an excellent conductor of heat, making cooking a lot easier. Since tin is a soft type of metal, it may easily scratch when cleaned with harsh abrasives. Therefore, it is best to stick to soft and natural cleaning solutions like the ones below.
Step 1 – Preparing the Cleaning Solutions
There are several ways to prepare the cleaning mix. One way is to make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. Simply place a good amount of the powder in a container and add vinegar little by little until a consistent paste is made. Another way to make the cleaning paste is to mix vinegar, flour, and a little bit of salt. Make sure that the paste is mixed consistently as well. Other cleaning mixtures can be made by mixing one part of lemon juice to three parts of salt. For tough stains, use ketchup as a ready-made alternative.
Step 2 – Applying the Cleaning Mixture
Always make use of the natural solutions mentioned above. Do not use commercial cleaners unless they are proven to be safe to use on tin-lined copper cookware. To apply the solution, simply use a sponge or a soft cloth to spread a thin film on all the surfaces of the cookware. Allow the mixture to sit for about five to fifteen minutes depending on the severity of the stain.
Step 3 – Cleaning the Tin-lined Copper Cookware
Remember that tin is a very delicate metal and can be easily scratched when cleaned with harsh abrasive cleaners, such as acidic solutions and metal scouring pads. Always use soft cloth or sponge when rubbing the stains away.
When the natural cleaning solution softens the stains, gently rub the surfaces of the cookware until the stains are removed. Do not allow the paste or the cleaning solution to dry. Make sure to clean the copper cookware immediately after 5 to 15 minutes. Wash the cookware thoroughly with water and allow it to dry completely. To quicken the drying process and avoid rust build-up, wipe the wet cookware dry with a soft dry cloth.
Step 4 – Regular Cleaning
The steps above do not need to be followed every time the cookware is to be cleaned. Use the cleaning solutions only when the stains cannot be removed easily using dish soap and sponge. Use dish soap and a sponge for regular cleaning.
When some bits of food are stuck onto the surfaces of the cookware, do not clean immediately. Pour in some hot or warm water into the cookware to soak the stuck bits and then clean it afterwards. In addition, use wooden or plastic utensils when scooping the contents of the cookware to avoid damaging the tin lining.