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Considerations on Tin Lined Cookware.
If you see faint pink, bare copper or green verdigris it’s time for Re-Tinning!
Much can be found about the different grades of copper cookware.
Regarding standard sets of saucepans or part thereof, Saute pans or splay sided Windsor pattern, there are recognized grades to be made aware of. This is much the same for all copper cookware with exceptions of specialist wares.
Generally speaking, the thicker the copper, the better the pan!!!
Pots and pans are formed from copper sheets of various thicknesses, with those in excess of 2.5 mm considered commercial (or Extra-Fort) grade (THE BEST).
Between 1.5 mm and 2.5 mm wall thickness is considered utility (Fort) grade (Good). Please do not waste your time or money with anything thinner than 1.5 mm
Thicknesses below 1.5 mm often require tube beading or edge rolling to reinforce structural rigidity (Avoid anything with a rolled rim. Exceptions are made & two such exceptions are, large antique pot bellied cauldrons & large Turbotiere’s).
Less than 1.5mm wall thickness is generally considered decorative, with exception made for the case of .75–1.5 mm planished copper, which is work-hardened by hammering and therefore expresses performance and strength characteristic of thicker material. (Ruffoni Hand-Hammered copper cookware is one such maker. Please be aware that these types of pans are seriously, seriously, reactive to heat!!!)
Check the rivets. If they don’t look meaningful & robust, there not!!!
Poor cookware, in most cases, will always have small rivets that are often not even tight to the inside of the pan. Look at a few pictures online & it wont take long to see the difference.
As always, everything supplied by Newlyn Tinning’s Rubylane store will be the best available. Intended for hotel & restaurant use or the home cook that want the best!
Tin lined copper. The zenith of cookware sought after across millennia.