I mentioned a few weeks ago that I sent some of my vintage French copper pots off to be retinned. I wanted to share how they turned out.
After purchasing a beautiful copper pot from E. Dehillerin in Paris and a couple of beautiful copper molds in Lucca, I found myself window shopping for more copper pieces on Etsy and eBay. I realized the ridiculousness of those searches as I have several antique French copper pots hanging above my head every time I’m in the kitchen. Most of the pieces that were in my price range needed to be retinned, anyway.
While in Tuscany, Dana (the trip planner) mentioned having some copper pieces retinned and she referred me to East Coast Tinning. I ended up shipping off four pieces to have them polished and have the tin lining replaced. The lining was almost completely worn away in a couple of the pots, removed and replaced.
About two weeks later, I was excited to find a box from Rhode Island on my porch. I literally gasped when I opened the box and unwrapped the first pot. It was almost unrecognizable from how it looked when I sent it off.
Like an idiot, I didn’t take proper before pictures. But here is a picture I took of my copper pots when we first moved in…
You can’t appreciate the new lining, but you can see what a difference the polishing makes!
Tin lining makes it so they are functional and can actually be used for cooking. They are shiny and have a soft, hand-rubbed texture, but they will start to turn a dull gray with use.
They look so stunning on the pot rack that I had to polish up my stainless steel, so it didn’t look spotty and smeared in comparison. Polishing my cookware after each use was something I did before I had kids and started a business, but that’s something I had to let go of when life got busier. I’ve picked it up again because it’s a small thing that keeps the cookware looking its best.
(I just wipe them down with Bar Keeper’s Friend before the final rinse.)
I took the opportunity to clean and tidy up the entire pot rack.
Some people, I know, hate the pot rack and they think it looks cluttered. For me, though, it’s very functional since most of my daily cookware hangs from it. But it’s also one of those decorative touches that makes it feel like “my kitchen”. With all of the changes I made in my last house over the 11 years that we lived there, the pot rack was one thing that remained constant. I can’t imagine not having it hanging in my kitchen.
The funny thing is that I’ve been scared to cook in my copper pieces! I told my mom that the other day and she pointed out that I took the leap and started using my heirloom sterling silver daily (some pieces are almost 200 years old), so I need to get over it and just use them.
Mom’s aren’t always right, but they are right a lot.