Copper pot maintenance and repair
July 28, 2008 1:57 AM Subscribe
How do I know if a tin-lined copper pot really needs re-tinning? Are there reliable re-tinning services in or around Seattle?
The copper pot I have has some light circular scuff marks and very light (visible by tilting the pot at an angle) scratches at the bottom of the pot, but there's a 5mm dark spot around the inside edge near the bottom.
I generally use it to make custard bases and wine-based sauces, nothing too acidic. I use wooden and non-stick stirrers so I'm honestly a bit surprised at the damage — is the tin lining really this fragile?
Ultimately, I'd like to avoid copper poisoning when using this pot, but from what I have read about the marks I see, it seems inconclusive whether re-tinning is needed. Will re-tinning be necessary, and, if so, is there a competent, non-sloppy re-tinner in or around the Seattle metro area?