I've been a fan of copper cookware "forever" and in my early married days bought a $19.99 set (for display only) because I thought a kitchen needed copper!!! Gosh, how naive was I!!!
As my purse got fatter and my cooking skills got better, I realized that copper was to cook with -- not just for display and so began my quest for copper cookware.
The $19.99 set was donated long before I began my copper collection. I realized that it was poor quality and a poor choice.
Over the years, I've bought a piece here and there -- Estate Sales are great places to find copper and Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx have been good hunting grounds as well. I prefer French copper, but not all of my copper cookware is French. But the price has to be right! Alas, I've passed up many great pieces because they were too pricey for me!!!!
But with copper cookware comes the chore of polishing the copper. Last year, with surgery and all, it didn't get polished quite as much as I'd like.
This morning, the copper looked like this!
Alas, at least a year's worth of tarnish (I think the last time I polished all of the copper was last January because we were having a houseful of company to celebrate a birthday). I do polish it whenever I use it, but alas, not all of the copper is used even monthly!
My polish of choice -- Wright's Copper Cream. It is THE BEST. Unless you have a stubborn spot, just a wipe with the polish and it's bright and shiny again. I've not had any other copper (or for that matter, brass or silver ) cleaner that works as well. There is always a jar under the sink. (And whenever I polish ALL of the copper -- I buy a jar for that purpose!)
Polished copper on the island waiting to be dried and rehung. A casserole, my colander, a jam pot (which is polished on the inside as well as the outside!) and a wee pan for melting butter.
It actually doesn't take all that long to polish everything. And I really should do it more often and perhaps in 2011, I will!!!
For I love the sheen and glow of the freshly polished copper. It adds a great sparkle to the kitchen!
January is always housecleaning -- a total cleaning from basement to attic and today was spent in the kitchen which is why the copper got polished!
Tomorrow is the dining room which, alas, has all of those silver napkin rings and the tea set and some candlesticks. It doesn't take a crystal ball to see that tomorrow will also be a polishing day as well!!!!