How to Restore Copper Pot Bottoms How to Restore Copper Pot Bottoms

What You'll Need
Large pot
Tarnished copper pot
Clean rags
Lint-free towels
Salt
Vinegar
Tomato paste
Liquid detergent
Tongs
Lemon juice

A copper pot represents an expensive cooking item for your kitchen but not one that has many negatives associated with it. A copper pot is great for cooking because the copper allows for even heating throughout the entire pot, which means it will not have any cold spots. Other metals will have cold spots if the entire bottom of the pot is not on the flame or element. The expense with buying copper pots can be lessened if you purchase them from a yard sale or secondhand store. You can spend several dollars for a copper pot that would normally cost several hundred dollars. Do not worry if the copper is tarnished or covered with grime or if the bottom of the pot is charred. All of these issues can easily be solved and the pot returned to its original shine and usefulness. This article will show you how.

Step 1–Boil the Pot

When a copper pot tarnishes, the entire pot will tarnish, including the bottom, and this will occur even if the bottom is charred. Synthetic chemicals you could use can cause damage, so the best solution is an all-natural one. Place the pot inside of a larger pot. It needs to fit comfortably with room to spare. Mix together salt and vinegar at a ratio of 1:1 and put it in the large pot along with hot water. Place the pot on a burner and boil it for at least two hours. The smaller pot will float and this is fine because direct contact of its bottom with the other pot's bottom will not create the action needed to help clean it. Remove the copper pot with tongs and place it on a towel to cool down.

If the pot is too large to boil, then mix salt and vinegar and add it to the inside of the pot followed by water. Boil the water for two hours and then dump it out. Fill the sink with hot water as well as vinegar and salt and scrub down the pot.

Step 2–Cleansing

Even though you have removed the dirt and grime, there is a possibility that there will be residue left behind. To combat this issue, you'll add a few drops of liquid detergent to cold water in the sink. Wipe down the inside and the outside of the copper pot and rinse with cold, clean water.

Step 3–Removing Tarnish

The acid found in tomatoes is concentrated in tomato paste. Rub the copper pot with the paste and allow the acid to work for several minutes before wiping it off and rinsing the pot. Dry off the pot with a towel. If the tarnish is very bad, mix lemon juice with some vinegar and wipe the pot down. You will be able to see the tarnish fade. Rinse the copper pot off with water and then dry it with a lint-free towel.

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