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A Guide to Copper Pots and Pans

Our collection of Copper Pots and Pans, tagines have been hand crafted by expert copper artisans at Netherton Foundry in Shropshire UK. 

The pan bodies are all spun in one piece from a heavy duty blank of solid copper; no joins, welds or seams. The interior of this cookware is lined with hand wiped pure tin, creating the most non-stick conductive cookware available.

Tin lined copper pans have been used in the kitchens of the world's finest restaurants since the 17th century and today are still found on the stoves of discerning cooks around the world.

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Why Copper Pans with Tin Lining So Effective ?

Copper is the most conductive engineering metal available rendering it quick to respond to heat changes and distribution evenly across the pan. It's twice as conductive as aluminium and 25 times more conductive than stainless steel.

Our tin lining is non stick and it protects the copper from acidic food and corrosion. Tin does not taint food or hold strong flavours and it is easily washed by hand.


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Are These Copper Pans Crafted From Genuine Copper?

Most copper pans sold today are in fact laminates of copper aluminium and stainless steel.This allows manufacturers to craft pans more affordably to sell at low cost but it means that they do not benefit from the heat conductivity quality of copper. Even a thin layer of stainless steel significantly reduces the superb performance.

Our range of copper cookware is crafted in the Uk with tin lining inside. The tin lining is simply one of the best non-stick surfaces available to pair with copper. 

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Traditional copper pans used by the World's Finest restaurants since the 17th Century are crafted From genuine pure copper such as our collection of Artisan Copper Pots and Pans.

Rare Copper Pots and Pans

Inevitably the supply of quality restorable pots and pans in sensible sets and sizes is limited and now dwindling in many countries. That is why Netherton Foundry in Shropshire UK has been crafting a range for chefs, restaurants, hotels and food loving supporters to cook with once again... new tin lined copper pans made with traditional methods available. 

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Netherton Cookware

  1. Handcrafted by a family run business in Shropshire UK.
  2. Spun from a solid 1.7mm genuine copper disc
  3. High Polish Finish
  4. Food grade approved tin lining
  5. PLASTIC, PTFE & PFOA free.
  6. Durable pure black iron pan handle fixed with three sturdy solid copper rivets. The handle is rough polished and delivered with a coating of bees wax.
  7. Copper lid with cast iron knob. The underside of the lid is tin lined.
  8. Perfect for range stoves, electric, gas, ceramic and halogen hobs.
  9. Do not clean in dish washer.

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Looking after Copper Pots and Pans with Tin Lining?

Cleaning:  After use, wipe the inside and outside of the copper saucepan with soapy water and rinse thoroughly Don’t use an aggressive scourer or you will rapidly wear through the lining and it will require re-tinning.

Temperature: Do not leave your pan on the hob unattended for too long, as if you boil it dry, the lining will melt (232º C / 450ºF), and it will require relining.  If you place your pan in an oven (some cooks seal meat on a hob, then finish in an oven), it is best not to go above 180º C / 356º F.

At home the tin lining should last for years depending on care and frequency of use. As a result we cannot guarantee the life of the lining against harsh or heavy usage The biggest causes of rapid wear are metal spoons and whisks, so please use a wooden or silicon spoon and silicon whisk.

Handy Tips:

  1.  If you are cooking meat or fish - oil the food, not the pan.
  2.  Be patient; allow the food to cook before trying to turn it over. 
  3.  Don't fry food straight from the fridge, allow it to come up to room temperature. 
  4. The pan bodies are spun by hand, so each one is slightly different.  They will not all be as flat as a billiard table.
  5. Use a hob the same size as the pan base, small rings WILL warp big pans.
  6. Never drop a hot pan into cold water. This will buckle it.

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Care Information

Cleaning and care.


After use, leave your pan to soak in soapy water to loosen any stuck on food.  Use a non-abrasive sponge or cloth and warm, soapy water to clean your pan. Rinse and dry thoroughly.   Do not use an aggressive scourer, or you will rapidly wear through the lining. Never put copper pans in the dishwasher.

Netherton Foundry copper pans are lined with tin. These linings may discolour over time. This isn’t a problem. Your copper pan may need to be re-tinned at some point over its lifetime.  This is only needed if you start to see copper showing through the lining.

Over time a greenish patina may develop on a copper surface. This is perfectly fine on your pan if it is not going to touch the food. If you want to remove this, the pan can be polished using a copper cleaner and a soft cloth, then rinsed with water and dried thoroughly. This should keep the copper looking shiny.  

The handle is made from raw black iron & will need thoroughly drying after use or it will rust. We suggest coating the handle with a thin wipe of olive oil or bees wax to prevent rusting.


Do not leave your pan on the hob unattended for too long; if you boil it dry, the lining will melt. The tin lining will melt at 232ºC / 450ºF.

If you place your pan in an oven, it is best not to go above 180ºC / 356ºF.

Wear & re-tinning

The tin lining is not covered by the warranty as we cannot predict wear and use. The biggest causes of rapid wear are metal spoons and whisks, so please only use wooden or silicon utensils.

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