Yesterday a friend wrote to me with links to some gorgeous copper bowls that she's planning on purchasing for making egg dishes. That, as well as my recent mention of Mauviel copper cookware in my article on the Julie and Julia movie, got me to thinking about a small Mauviel copper saucepan that is currently gathering dust on my pot rack.
This pot, given to me years ago for a birthday, used to be one of my favorites. It is the ideal size for making oatmeal (which I do on a daily basis in cold weather), heating up a can of soup, or cooking a sauce or a custard. So why did it fall out of favor? The aforementioned constant use caused the tin in the pot's interior to wear away. At first, I was still using it, even though I could see copper through what was left in the lining, but then I started reading disturbing reports on how copper is mildly toxic. Since then, I haven't used the pot.But my friend's email made me wonder again about getting my pot fixed, particularly since she sent me a link to Atlantic Retinning and Metal Refinishing, a retinning service in New Jersey. The site has instructions on how to calculate the cost for the service and shipping. My little pot will cost around $64, including return shipping. Is it worth the retinning, or should I just spring for a new one? I wasn't sure what kind mine was, but a little research online led me to discover that my pan is a Falk 1 quart Chef's Pan, and it sells for around $190. Retinning it is! (Not to mention, it would be a shame to just throw away such a lovely pan, particularly since it was a gift.) I will keep you posted on how good a job Atlantic Retinning does with my pan.