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How To Use Copper Mixing Bowls: An Ultimate Guide

Copper is not only a beautiful material that makes it ideal for cookware, it is also a naturally occurring metal we have been utilising for five millennia. First used by mankind 10,000 years ago, the earliest known use of copper dates back as far as 8,700 B.C. in the form of a copper pendant found in Northern Iraq.  

That is why Copper Mixing Bowls have been a classic tool in well-appointed kitchens for hundreds of years. Don't be fooled by its intimate and shiny glow--Copper Mixing Bowls are actually a powerhouse in the kitchen you are probably not aware of!

Anyone who loves cooking knows that a well made copper mixing bowl will take their baking to the next level along with making their kitchen look fabulous. 

Our copper mixing bowls are made for the modern-inspired kitchen, from the classic function of the ergonomic stainless steel handles riveted to the hammered, heavy gauge solid copper to the completely rounded bottom, and made to mix that inspiration in with everything you make with them.    

If you're wondering what is the point of bringing all this inspiration into your kitchen with copper mixing bowls, read on to learn more.

Why Copper Mixing Bowls Are Great For Baking And Cooking

Copper has been part of the human hearth and in family kitchens for thousands of years.  Cooking with handmade copper mixing bowls  is more than just for show, as there is a certain science behind whipping egg whites in copper bowls most are not aware of.

Sertodo Copper Mixing Bowls Hand Hammered

So, why use a copper mixing bowl for whisking eggs, making mashed potatoes and mixing dough? Here are some benefits of using copper mixing bowls  to consider:

  • Copper mixing bowls gives you stable, lush peaks of meringue
  • Super handy for mashed potatoes, mixing doughs for waffles, cakes, crepes and bread
  • Hangs beautifully on your wall
  • Ergonomic to use with solid handles for better grip

    When To Use A Copper Mixing Bowl

    If you are a prolific baker, or someone who loves cooking in the kitchen, ANYTIME is a great time to use a copper mixing bowl.

    Of course, the best time is whenever you are entertaining guests, family or friends during special occasions. However, you can use your copper mixing bowls pretty much as much as you like. Our heirloom quality copper mixing bowls are 100% handmade to stand the test of time! 

    Interested about why our copper mixing bowls are designed in such a unique way? Watch this short video of Sertodo founder Jonathan Beall explaining why and how he designed the 6 quart KitchenAid Professional 600 Copper Mixing Bowl here:

    What Is The Point Of Copper Mixing Bowls?

    If you're wondering what is the point of using copper mixing bowls instead of stainless steel or other materials, you need to understand the science behind copper's reaction with egg whites. 

    Why should eggs be beaten with a copper mixing bowl?

    When you whisk egg whites in a mixing bowl, the whipping action of your whisk forces the clumped proteins in the egg whites to loosen up from each other.

    As you continue to whisk, air is incorporated into the mixture. The proteins then rearrange and cause air to be trapped within the egg white foam. The proteins in the egg whites are bonded in a type of network that can be ionic such as disulfide bonds that form between two sulfur groups on the egg white proteins.

    In short, as more of these ionic networks form and the proteins tighten up, water gets pushed out. As a result, you will end up with whipped egg whites that are essentially gritty and dry.

    What happens when you whisk eggs in a copper bowl?

    The magic happens when copper discourages strong disulfide bonds that can lead to gritty, dry whipped egg whites. Copper reacts with egg whites in a certain way that allows for the fluffiest results for heavenly meringues, waffles, macarons and all kinds of delicious goodness.

    Basically, when you whisk egg whites in copper mixing bowls, some of the copper ions detach from the bowl and bond with a protein in the egg whites coined asconalbumin.

    This forms a strong, stable conalbumin-copper complex that delays any tendency in the expanding egg foam to deflate.

    Whisking mixes air with the egg, therefore creating bubbles that expand the volume of the liquid up to 8 times, as the egg protein uncoils and stretches. In short, copper strengthens the protein in egg whites so that it is able to hold the moisture within the air bubbles more efficiently. This means that the hard peak of your egg whites will not collapse and dry out due to the conalbumin-copper complex.

    The more the protein stretches, the stiffer the beaten egg foam which results in stiff, peaky points that are perfect for making delicious meringues or macaron. 

    What Can You Mix In A Copper Mixing Bowl?

    Our newest KitchenAid Professional 600 Copper Mixing Bowl produces some of the lightest, fluffiest and most delicious baked goods you can ever taste.

    As copper interacts with the acidity of fruits, vegetable and salad dressings, our hammered copper mixing bowls are NOT intended for tossing salads.

    In fact, tossing salads in our copper mixing bowls will turn them blue or green, as well as causing your salad to taste a little metallic---almost as if you tossed them with copper wires!

    So, what can you mix in your copper mixing bowls?? Or if you only have one, what should you use it for while in the kitchen?

    To make the most out of our handmade copper mixing bowls, DO use them for the following:

    • Mashing potatoes
    • Whipping eggs
    • Mixing pancake or crepe batters
    • Mixing bread and baked good dough
    • Whipping cream
    • Beating and whisking egg whites

    How To Use Copper Mixing Bowls

    While in France, Jonathan Beall who is the founder of Sertodo Copper observed the chefs at La Mère Poulard had a unique way of stabilizing their perfectly round bottomed copper mixing bowls.

    In this video, he shows you the best way to keep your traditional copper mixing bowls steady while getting the best whisking action in the kitchen. 

    >>Buy our Copper Mixing Bowls and start whisking eggs today!<<

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