Copper cookware has long been coveted for its beautiful color and excellent heat-conducting properties. Quick—think of a Hollywood movie with a scene set in a kitchen. Look closely and you’re sure to see rack of hanging copper pots and pans gleaming in the background.
Copper kettles and skillets have been used by chefs the world over for centuries. Ayurvedic tradition holds that rice is ideally cooked in a copper pot. The classic alcoholic drink, the Moscow Mule—a mix of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice—is traditionally served in a copper cup. But wait, you say, hasn’t consuming copper proved to be toxic? Indeed, there is much data on the subject.
According to the Alcoholic Beverages Division of Iowa, copper mugs often used for cocktails may give you food poisoning. They declare that copper and copper alloys can be poisonous when consumed.
But what about all those Hollywood kitchens? No doubt the cookware on display is lined with another metal, rendering it safe for use. Which is exactly why all of our copper mugs and cookwares are lined with tin. Now you can enjoy the superior beauty of copper and its excellence for cooking, worry-free, perhaps while sipping a chilled Moscow Mule.