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Whisking in a Tin-lined Copper Pan?

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I have a 3 Qt stainless-lined saucier that I can use for making larger amount of sauces, but sometimes I want a smaller amount of sauce that would be better made in a smaller pan, like a Hollandaise to go with a meal. My smaller flared pan is a tin-lined windsor, and I am wondering what folks with tin-lined copper do about whisking. Do you use some sort of wood or bamboo whisk; do you keep other pans specifically for whisking; or do you just whisk away and figure its part of using tin-lined copper (and it's the only time metal touches your tin!)?

On a related note, I am struck by how often cookbooks, written by chefs who I assume would never actually do such a thing, are illustrated with images of food in tin-lined copper pans together with metal utensils. See here: http://www.amazon.com/Sauces-Classica... or see Tanis, Figs, p. 84 or Tanis, Artichokes, pp 44-45 (with a metal fork!). Is this odd to anyone else, or have I just become too sensitive about protecting tin linings?

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  1. Hi, Jeremy:

    I use bent birch whisks in my tinned copper. They're about $3 at Fante's. The silicone-coated metal ones work well, too, but the all-plastic/silicone ones I've tried seem uselessly flimsy.

    Re: metal whisks in cookbook photos... See how tinned pans get a bad rap for needing to be retinned "every couple years"?

    Aloha,
    Kaleo

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Do mean this:
      http://www.recipetips.com/glossary-te...

      (Fantes is out of them.

      )

      They say no good for cream sauces, etc. Baloney, right?

      They are excellent for blood circulation (the larger, unwrapped branches) when whipped on your back in the lobster-cooking Russian saunas, so there's always that.

      Worth the extra $15--another guy has to do the whipping--from personal experience.

      1. re: rbraham

        Hi, Rob:

        I'll leave the Russky sado-masochism to you, but no, I don't mean the twig bundles. I mean the one Fantes has, #98162, this one: http://fantes.com/images/98167whisks.jpg

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

    2. On the subject of twig bundles, I have seen two kinds. One has stouter twigs and was probably concived for scouring things. The other has more the texture of a broom. They don't last long because are just tied together, but they make the silkiest roux imaginable.