Treating Anolon Nouvelle Copper before first use.
I recently received this set as a wedding gift and can't wait to use it as my current pots and pans are cheap and worn out. Problem is I lost the papers for it that explain the process to treat them before their first real use. For the life of me I can't find the info on the Anolon website or anywhere else.
Any help, advice or direction will be much appreciated.
Found the following on the Anolon website:
"How do I clean my copper bottom cookware?
If you have just purchased your Farberware or Anolon copper bottom cookware, a clear protective layer has been applied to the copper base to prevent tarnishing while in it's packaging. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you do the following before using the cookware for the first time:
BEFORE FIRST USE, remove the layer by dissolving 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 3 quarts of hot water and soaking each pan for 20 minutes. Then rinse with cold water and dry. If upon first use of your new cookware, the copper bottoms turn dark in color, this may be because not all of the clear protective layer has been removed. Please use any copper cleanser to remove the remaining protective residue. To keep your copper bottoms clean and shiny, we recommend using either lemon juice or white vinegar rubbed onto the copper pan bottoms with a soft cloth. Wash, rinse and dry. You may also use any standard copper cleaner. Be sure to wash, rinse and dry your pans after use of a copper cleaner."
Actually, I have a couple of pieces of Analon Nouvelle Copper cookware, and I never did this. No bad effects that I've noticed in a year or so of use. I just lightly rub the visible copper band with Barkeeper's Friend every now and then to keep it nice and shiny.
As for the nonstick coating itself, IIRC, some manufacturers say you should pre-treat it by heating the pan for a minute or two on low heat after rubbing a little cooking oil all over the inside with a paper towel. However, Anolon doesn't seem to recommend this. Also from the Anolon website:
"Do I need to season my non-stick cookware?
When using cookware with non-stick coating, it is not a requirement that you season your pan before first use. We do recommend that you wash the pan in warm soapy water, rinse and dry before first use to remove any packaging dust that may have accumulated on the cookware."
Hope you find this information helpful. Enjoy your new pans!