1. What makes Hammersmith copper cookware unique?

  • Hammersmith’s copper cookware is handcrafted, 99% pure, and has been a staple in kitchens for centuries due to its superior heat conduction and artisanal quality. The formation of the pan by spinning ensures that the bottom is flat and true and no uneven bottoms or oil canning caused by stamping. Additionally, the sidewalls are planished to close the pores in the metal allowing for superior heat distribution. The inside of each pan is satined to create small groves that the tin can flow into and seal. More tin than the other guys allowing the tinned surface to last a longer life. Our rivets are affixed before the pan is tinned, ensuring no leaks. Made from three simple elements, copper, tin, and beryllium bronze handle. Beryllium is chosen for strength and durability. We now offer free retinning on our pans, just pay S&H.

2. How does copper cookware benefit cooking?

  • Copper cookware heats quickly and evenly, allowing for faster cooking without burning, making it perfect for searing meat or fish. Copper won’t pit, warp or rust. Copper requires less heat than stainless steel and other materials to prepare food. Copper affords precise heat control, ensuring flavors will blend evenly. Copper is antimicrobial, as the bacteria microbes that live on die within 30 minutes. Stainless steel holds these microbes for days. Copper is a natural element in our bodies.
  • Copper is completely renewable. We have been “green” for centuries without even trying!

3. Is Hammersmith copper cookware lined with any material?

  • Yes, each pan is lined with pure block tin, an organic material that complements the copper. Silver is an option and priced at market at time of shipment.

4. What types of copper cookware does Hammersmith offer?

  • Hammersmith offers copper saucepans, sauté pans, frying pans, au gratin pans, and braiser pans.
  • Mixing bowls, double boilers, tapered sauce pans, stock pots, sauce pots, jam pans and vegetable steamers.

5. How do I clean and maintain my Hammersmith copper cookware?

  • Regular cleaning and occasional re-tinning are recommended. Specific care instructions should be obtained from Hammersmith.
  • Vinegar and salt or ketchup and salt will remove oxidation from copper. Note that bright things retain heat and dark retains heat.

6. Are the handles on Hammersmith copper cookware heat-resistant?

  • No. I want people to be aware of the amount of heat being transferred to food at any given time so grab a towel and be conscious of heat and turn down. Save your food and energy. We find many users will dry out the liquids in the pan from over heating foods. Simply add oil to pan, turn on heat, pat moisture from food as close to room temp then add. Listen for the sizzle. When it stops either add more liquid or stop cooking.

7. How are the handles attached to the cookware?

  • Handles are attached with solid ¼ and 5/16 inch solid copper rivets for durability.

8. Can Hammersmith copper cookware be used for all types of dishes?

  • Yes, from sauces to stews, Hammersmith copper cookware is versatile for various cooking needs. On top of stove, under the broiler, in the oven and on a grill.

9. How does copper cookware react with acidic foods?

  • Tin is non-reactive, so acidic foods like tomatoes won’t affect its color or flavor. Tin is inert.

10. Will Hammersmith copper cookware tarnish over time?

  • Copper can develop a patina over time, but this does not affect its cooking performance. Cooks better.

11. Is Hammersmith copper cookware heavy?

  • Copper cookware is heavier than other types, but Hammersmith designs their cookware for balance and comfort and capacity.

12. Can I put Hammersmith copper cookware in the dishwasher? No

  • It’s generally not recommended to put copper cookware in the dishwasher. Hand washing is advised.

13. Does Hammersmith offer re-tinning services for copper cookware?

  • Yes, Hammersmith provides re-tinning and polishing services.

14. How does copper cookware compare to cast iron or stainless steel?

  • Copper heats more quickly and evenly than cast iron or stainless steel and is non-reactive, unlike cast iron. Stainless is a dirty metal with nickel and chrome. Add acid (tomato) to metal pores that have been opened with heat and that we are suspect of the food safety is being compromised during cooking process.

15. Is Hammersmith copper cookware suitable for professional chefs?

  • Yes, its quality and performance make it suitable for both home cooks and professional chefs. Chefs educated in the french style of cooking all use copper.

16. How does the cost of Hammersmith copper cookware compare to other materials?

  • Copper cookware is generally more expensive due to its superior qualities and craftsmanship.

17. Can I use metal utensils with Hammersmith copper cookware?

  • It’s generally advised to use wooden or silicone utensils to avoid scratching the tin lining.

18. How does Hammersmith ensure the quality of their copper cookware?

  • Hammersmith uses only the finest 99% pure copper and handcrafts each piece with attention to detail.

19. How does Hammersmith copper cookware enhance the flavor of food?

  • The even heat distribution and non-reactive properties of copper can enhance the searing and cooking process, potentially improving flavor.

20. Can I use Hammersmith copper cookware on high heat?

  • Copper cookware can handle high heat, but it’s best to consult Hammersmith for specific product guidelines.

21. How can I restore the shine to my Hammersmith copper cookware?

  • Hammersmith also offers polishing services.