Product Use and Care
How to Clean and Care for Copper Cookware
While copper cookware is known to be the best at heat conduction, it requires more maintenance than other types of cookware. Nevertheless, it is fine to let the exterior of a copper cookware darken (verdigris), but in order to retain the warm beautiful glow that coppers have, a quality polish is recommended.
Cleaning the interior:
However, it is important to note that removing the verdigris inside the cookware is essential. To this you will need the following:
-vinegar mixed with salt
-lemon sprinkled with salt
Pick either one of the two and rub it on the cookware until the verdigris is removed.
For iron-handled pan:
Rust may form is your pan’s handle is made of iron. To remove the rust simply scrub it with a light gauge steel wool. Then lightly oil it.
-DO NOT use the dishwasher when cleaning your copper cookware
-DO NOT use any soap that contains bleach since it is corrosive.
Following these steps will extend the lifespan of your cookware.
How to Clean a Ceramic Frying Pan
Ceramic frying pans are one of the most popular types of cookware because:
- It is nonstick
- It is nonreactive-- it won’t contaminate food with chemicals
- It uses less oil
- Cooks evenly
- Easy clean up
Even though ceramic pans are easy to clean up, there is a certain way they should be clean.
To remove stains and to keep the beautiful appearance of the ceramic pan, you must periodically perform this deep cleaning technique.
- Immerse the pan into a hot soapy water and wash with sponge
- Pour some (amount that you desire) baking soda in the desired area of the pan and let it sit there for 15 to 20 minutes.
- With a plastic dish brush, lightly scrub the pain in circles until the stain is removed
- Rinse with warm water
- Towel dry the pan
A Cloudy or Stained Vitamix Container and how to clean it...
When you first purchased your Vitamix machine, the whole entire set is still nice and clear. But as you use it often, the container can become cloudy or stained. This happens because the mineral from fruits and vegetables cause to produce a film inside the container. To clean this, follow these simple steps:
-1 cup of white vinegar
- Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the container
- Fill the rest of the container with warm water
- Let the container soak with these liquid for several hours
- Then pour out the contents
- Use a soft pot scrubber to clean the container
Warning: When cleaning around the blade, be careful for they are extremely sharp.
Caring For Your Japanese Cutlery
Japanese cutlery like Shun, Global, Kai, Miyabi and etc. are a little different than your average Western knives. Both types of knives are sharp, but there is a special way to maintain Japanese knives since they tend to be more delicate in build, especially the edge of the blade. Just follow these simple guide so you can use your knife to its best of its ability.
Cutting Surface & Cutting Technique:
When using these types of knives a good cutting board such as soft woods (like hinoki) is preferred to retain the sharp edge of the knife. Remember to NOT use these types of cutting boards:
- Synthetic Marble
- Glass of any type
These knives are also use in a smooth, slicing motion not is a chopping movement. They are also not meant for stabbing or piercing.
- Hand wash your knives. Do not use the dishwasher
- Use a gentle dish soap and make sure it has no citrus extracts or bleach since these can cause corrosion
- Don’t use scouring pads, steel or gritty cleanser
- Rinse and towel dry immediately
- Air dry the knives for a few minutes
You can store your knives within:
- A knife block
- A knife case
- In a drawer tray
Honing and Sharpening:
- It is recommend to hone these types of knives weekly with a honing steel
- When it is time to sharpen these blades it is recommended to either:
- Use a whetstone
- Use an electric sharpener
- Professionally sharpened.
Practicing the right way to caring for these types of knives will ensure their longevity and usability…
Maintaining Your Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron cookware is one of the most useful and durable items you can have in your kitchen. However, in order for it to last you a lifetime you will have to maintain it since iron is susceptible to rust. To prevent your cast iron from rusting, you will have to know how to season it. Lodge Co. describes seasoning to:
“Simply oil baked onto the iron that prevents rust and provides a natural, easy-release finish that continues to improve with use. Seasoning can refer to both the initial finish of the cookware as well as the ongoing process of maintaining that finish.” (All About Seasoning, ¶1).
By following these steps and procedures you will be able to learn how to season your cast iron cookware.
-Cast Iron cookware
-towel or rag
Steps to Seasoning
- Wash your cookware with warm water. Make sure to remove any food particles that are left in your cookware. You may scrubb it out with a sponge or a brush and make sure not to use a lot soap.
- After washing your cookware, towel dry thoroughly until it is completely dry.
- Use a towel or a clean rag to lather the oil of your preference (although, it is suggested to use vegetable oil) on the cookware
- If your pan is still sticky from the oil make sure to place your cookware upside down inside an oven at the top of rack. Then bake it at 400 degrees for an hour. After that take it out and allow it cool.
All About Seasoning. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2018, from http://www.lodgemfg.com/use-and-care/what-is-seasoning