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de-rusting a copper pot?

ndl Sep 8, 2006 04:31 PM

so, my mom recently let me take a lovely copper pot from her basement. but it is pretty rusty. the good thing is that the rust is mostly on the top of the lid so it should be salvageable. i'd love some tips, though. thanks!

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    totalcolour RE: ndl Sep 8, 2006 05:11 PM

    I found an old copper bowl, pretty badly rusted and stained, that now looks almost as new as my new set of copper bottom pans. Try BKF -- available at your local Safeway store. (Bar Keeper's Friend -- powder like Comet) I only found it 6 weeks ago, and it's now my best kitchen friend. Follow directions and it should take only a few minutes. DON"T scour, rub gently with cloth or sponge. It reaaly works!

    1. David Kahn RE: ndl Sep 8, 2006 08:36 PM

      When you say "rusted," do you mean that there's green copper oxide formed on the outside of the pot, or just that it's really tarnished. If the former, you may need to use some steel wool or other real abrasives to get down to metal that will take a polish. If the later, your job is easier; it just takes time and elbow grease and some good copper cleaner.

      The inside is tougher. Assume if it's old, it's tin lined? How does the lining look? If it's corroded through or otherwise in bad shape, it should be re tinned before you cook in it, and re-tinning can be expensive. (I keep wanting to try this myself, but I'm not sure what flux to use.)

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        rootlesscosmo RE: ndl Sep 12, 2006 04:32 AM

        Tarnish (though not green oxidization) can be removed with ketchup. Honest. Slather it on, let it sit for ten minutes, rinse it off. The copper won't be all shiny and bright but it will look like copper, not dull brown like an old penny.

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          ndl RE: rootlesscosmo Sep 15, 2006 07:43 PM

          ooh, that's a good tip! thanks. i think i have some of both so i'll try it out.

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