Ruffoni Historia Décor Use and Care
Keep your Ruffoni Historia Décor tin-lined copper clad cookware looking and cooking at its best.
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MAINTAINING TIN-LINED COPPER COOKWARE
Exposed natural copper reacts with certain foods, and for a few cooking techniques and recipes, this reaction is desired. In most cases it is not. Historia Decor pieces are serving dishes that may hold all kinds of foods and recipes, so the cookware is lined with tin to prevent further reaction between the foods and the copper. Our tin linings are hand-applied by by craftsmen under intense heat in our Italian factory, creating a professional quality cooking surface.Visible brush strokes are a natural result of the hand application and in no way a product defect. The longevity of the tin lining depends upon the frequency and type of use. Over time the lining will wear away with use and need to be retinned.
TO PROTECT YOUR HISTORIA DÉCOR COOKWARE AND PROLONGING THE LIFE OF THE LINING, PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS:
- Use low to moderate heat for stovetop cooking and do not expose the cookware to oven temperatures greater than 430?/220°C.
- Never place empty cookware on a hot stove or in the oven; the tin lining could be severely damaged.
- Use only wooden or plastic utensils when cooking. Metal utensils will scratch and damage the tin lining.
- High temperatures, salt, and acidic foods such as tomatoes, citrus and wine will cause the tin lining to darken but will not affect the flavor of foods and cannot be considered manufacturing faults. Using acidic foods in tin lined copper will accelerate the need for retinning.
- Like all other pots, particularly in copper pots, salt must always be added only after pot content has reached boiling point in order to avoid staining.
- The knob and handles are made from brass and can get hot during use. Use caution when handling and always keep potholders available for use.
- Do not use metal cookware to store food; it is intended for cooking and serving purposes only.
- Never use abrasives such as steel wool, scouring powder or sponges with an abrasive nylon surface to clean the copper or the lining.
- Do not put the cookware in the dishwasher. Instead, hand wash with a soft sponge or cloth and mild detergent. To remove stuck on foods, fill the cookware with a little water and place over low heat. In a short time, stuck on foods will soften and be easily washed off. When cooking on low to moderate heat, sticking should not occur.
- With time you may notice stains or darkening on the tin lining. This is a natural and harmless process due to use and exposure to heat that does not affect the quality and safety of this product.
Warning: Discontinue use immediately if the copper becomes visible through the tin lining. Certain foods can react with exposed copper, which may cause illness if the food is then ingested. The cookware will need to be retinned before resuming use. Retinning sources can be located by doing an Internet search for “retinning”.
TO CLEAN THE COPPER EXTERIOR OF YOUR HISTORIA COOKWARE, FOLLOW THE SAME GUIDELINES AT “OPUS CUPRA: CLEANING the copper surface.”