includes sauté, sauce, frying, butter, and
au gratin pans, ranging from $50 to $650.
Making a new pot or pan is strenuous
work — it takes Hamann two days to complete a dozen. He starts with a ⅛-inch-thick
copper disk, the diameter of which varies
with the size of the pot to be made. (It takes
a 19-inch disk to make a 12½-inch sauté pan,
and an 8-inch disk to form a small butter
pan.) He spins the disk on a lathe fitted with
a mold in the size and shape desired, and,
using special handmade tools, he works the
metal into the correct shape.
Cast-iron handles for larger pans are
made at a foundry in Cumberland, Rhode
Island, while a jewelry company in Cranston, Rhode Island, casts brass handles for
smaller pans. Once all the pieces are back
in the shop, holes are drilled in the handles
and pans so the two can be riveted together.
The interior of the pan is then lined
with tin. The pan is heated over a flame
to about 500 degrees, slightly above the
melting point of tin. Hamann then applies
the molten tin with a cloth. A final buffing
and washing of the exterior complete the
“It is never a perfect piece after you
cook with it,” says Hamann. “The copper
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Tinned Copper Pans
• Do not preheat copper pots. Copper heats
quickly, and the tin lining will melt at just
450 degrees, a temperature that can be
reached in as little as 30 seconds.
• Avoid scrubbing. For cooked-on foods, fill
the pot with water and a bit of dish soap
and simmer for 15 minutes. Less elbow
grease means less wear on the tin.
• Do not sear meats in copper pans. The tin
lining melts at 450 degrees, so for searing,
which requires high heat, use another pan.
• Use wooden utensils. Metal tools can
scratch the tin surface.
• Keep your copper clean and polished.
Towel dry pots after washing to avoid
water spots. Jim Hamann uses a
homemade polish, which can be stored in
an airtight container, every time he uses a
pan. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in ½ cup
of white vinegar and add enough
all-purpose flour to make a thin paste. Dip
a moist paper towel in the polish, wipe it
on the copper, rubbing for about 30
seconds, wash with soapy water, rinse,
and towel dry.
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