Bronze and Brass Cookware- is a cookware that is completely recommended for your cookhouse. These were some of those utensils that were inside every Indian Kitchen around 50-60 years back. With the rise of Aluminium and Steel Vessels coming to light, they lost their existence and now are somewhere lost.
But do you know that they are one of the healthiest Cookware available from medieval times? Our body requires metals, minerals, nutrients, and micro-nutrients for better health, but our body does not produce these from within, hence we need to take it in, from outside.
So utensils made with these metals ( Copper, Zinc, Tin) are a good source for consumption. Some part of these metals leech into the food while cooking and hence our body gains, the much-needed metals, that go through food in our system.
Further, they retain back almost 93 to 97% of the nutrient value of the food that is cooked into it, whereas the Aluminium vessels retain back only 13% of the Nutrition Value.
LET’S DIG DEE
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- FEATURES OF BRASS COOKWARE:
- ADVANTAGES OF BRASS COOKWARE
- DISADVANTAGES OF BRASS COOKWARE:
- CLEANING OF BRASS COOKWARE
- FEATURES OF BRONZE COOKWARE
- ADVANTAGES OF BRONZE COOKWARE
- DISADVANTAGES OF BRONZE COOKWARE:
- CLEANING OF BRONZE COOKWARE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRonze AND BRass
Most of us get confused between Brass and Bronze Cookware. Let me clear out the difference first.
- What is Brass?
“Brass” also known as “PITAL” is a metal alloy made with a combination of Copper and Zinc. It contains approx. 60-70 % Copper and the remaining 30-40% consists of zinc.
When you are cooking in these vessels you get the benefits of both Copper and Zinc.
- What is Bronze?
“Bronze” also known as “KANSA” is a Metal Alloy made with a combination of Copper and Tin. It contains approx. 78% of Copper and 22% of Tin.
These vessels which are declared as the “Shuddha Dhatu” by the Vedas are researched as one of the best Metals that you can have in your kitchen.
To sum up:
“COPPER” IS THE COMMON METAL PRESENT IN BOTH- BRASS AND BRONZE, WHEREAS A PART OF“ZINC” IS PRESENT IN BRASS AND A PART OF “TIN” IS PRESENT IN BRONZE.
Both Brass/Bronze Cookware are good for health.
Let’s understand the health benefits of these metal alloys.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE METAL ALLOYS THAT BRONZE and BRASS cookware ARE MADE OF
Copper- Health benefits
You will be amazed to know that Copper includes these benefits:
- Helps with the growth of the body in a proper way,
- Utilizes Iron in an efficient way
- Helps with enzymatic reactions properly,
- Improves the health of connective tissues, eyes, and hair.
- Prevents premature aging and increases energy levels.
- Regulates the rhythm of the heart
- Balances thyroid glands
- Reduces the symptoms of arthritis
- Quickly heals wounds
- Increases the formation of red blood cells
- Reducing cholesterol
Copper benefits us with our overall health. The mineral in association with amino acids and vitamins enables a normal metabolic process. As our internal system does not produce it from within, therefore we need to add it through food sources externally, hence should be included in our daily diet.
Tin is again very essential for the production of hemoglobin in the blood and our general health welfare. Researches conducted in the past have shown us, how the efficiency of tin in our body, can have the following effects:
- Increased growth
- Increased hearing abilities
- Hair Growth
- Acts as a catalyst for many body functions
- It boosts up the energy levels and removes fatigue as tin helps to maintain adrenals.
It can help with mood swings and people suffering from depression as well. So a reasonable amount of tin intake will definitely boost our health.
Zinc- Health Benefits
Did you know that zinc has a very important role to play in the protein synthesis of our body?
- Immune and digestive systems work properly, by regulating the production of body cells.
- Controls diabetes
- Reduces Stress levels
- Metabolizes energy
- Very good for the eyes
- Heals wounds and acne
- Also helps with minor conditions like Loss Of Weight, Night blindness, Loss Of Appetite, Eye Care, Cold, Hair Care, Health during Pregnancy and Eczema
Be it the strongest muscles of our body or the white /red blood cells, Liver, Kidney, Bones, or even the Pancreas – you will be able to find a significant amount of Zinc everywhere.
ALL ABOUT BRASS COOKWARE
As mentioned above Brass originally is a combination of Copper and Zinc which has its various health benefits, however when we use Brass as a cookware , then they should be tinned (also known as the process of Kalai), so that it does not get oxidized or rusted.
The Brass Cookware is not only good for making rice and curries but anything that you would like to cook. It retains back the nutrition of the food that is cooked in it. However, if it’s not properly tinned, then probably our vessel can turn toxic.
So we should make it a point to have our brass vessels re-tinned before they lose their coating (maybe every 6-8 months)
Features of Brass Cookware
- Retains back almost 93% of the nutrient value of the food that is cooked in it.
- Brass utensils should only be used when there is a coating of Tin on it
- It’s best if Acidic or Sour items (Like Lemon, Curd, Tamarind) be avoided in brass vessels. ( especially if the vessel is not tinned).
- Over a long period, it’s best, if used at medium temperatures for slow cooking.
Advantages of Brass Cookware
- Brass helps to pacify burning sensation and aggression
- Builds immunity
- Improves digestion
- Increases Hemoglobin
- Improves the texture of the skin.
Disadvantages of Brass Cookware
- The Cookware needs to be tinned before usage, hence proper maintenance of the vessel is to be taken care of, otherwise, it turns toxic.
- Usage of Acidic items is prohibited.
- Best if not used for frying as well.
Cleaning of Brass Cookware
I clean my Brass Cookware just like all the other utensils using a dish-wash Liquid/ Bar and a scrub pad. However, if you see its shine fading away then the following method could be used. It works wonders:
- Make a mixture of Baking Soda and lemon
- Take a cloth, dip it in the mixture and apply it to the cookware
- Wait for a few minutes and wipe it off.
- Then rinse it in running water, and your vessel is clean.
Brass Cookware is very easy to use, and even if some of the metal leeches into our food while cooking, then it will not harm us. So it’s a recommended purchase and you should go for it, for a better kitchen.
ALL ABOUT BRONZE COOKWARE
As already mentioned above Bronze is a combination of Copper and Tin, and as cookware can be stated as one of the best Cookware in the market.
With people turning towards healthy eating, I really don’t know if all of us realize that Cookware plays a very important part, for the health benefits gained by eating right.
Bronze -also known as pure metal can be stated as one of the best inventions of our ancestors, which has no bacteria.
Features of Bronze Cookware
- Retains back almost 97% of the nutrient value of the food cooked inside it.
- The Food Cooked in these vessels tastes AWESOME, especially Milk. (Try it out)
- Do not store food for a very long time in these vessels. Empty the contents in a separate bowl after the food is made.
- Bronze comes with a coating of tin, though like the brass utensils we do not need to get it re- tinned often, yet, if by any chance you see any damages, immediately get it repaired.
Advantages of Bronze Cookware
- As per Ayurveda, eating in bronze utensils increases intellectual capabilities.
- The combination of Copper and Tin helps in maintaining the PH balance, as it has this amazing capacity of alkalinizing the acids, thereby helps a lot with acidity and boosting the energy of the body.
- Bronze (Kansa) detoxifies internal organs thereby improving the immunity system.
- As Bronze retains heat well, it keeps the food warmer and maintains the nutrient value of the food for a very long time.
- It cures Pitta and Vata ( Dryness in the Skin, Irritability, nervous temperament)
- Reduces Obesity
- Improves eyesight
- Conditions the skin.
Disadvantages of Bronze Cookware
Not having many disadvantages in its kitty, here are some of the things that we can avoid.
- Avoid using ghee in a bronze vessel
- Avoid using acidic foods (Vinegar. Tomatoes. Citrus fruits) in this vessel.
Cleaning of Bronze Cookware
I clean my Bronze Cookware with a dish-wash Liquid/ Bar and a scrub pad on a daily basis. However, there is this traditional method to clean brass utensils and it works wonders:
- Make a mixture of salt and Vinegar with a generous amount of flour mixed into it to make a paste.
- Apply the mixture on the bronze cookware
- Let it remain like that for 15-20 minutes.
- Then rinse it in running water, and your vessel is clean.
- Do not forget to pat it dry with a soft cloth.
Above is a method that can very well be used, however whenever you buy a Cookware, cleaning instructions are mentioned in the manual, referred by the manufacturer. You can very well follow those instructions for the best results.
Good health is a right that everybody deserves. Life is long, so why not live healthy by eating healthy. Let our awesome recipes do their magic of taste and leave health benefits for the utensils to retain.
These utensils have everything to keep the body functioning, the way it should be. It’s just about reviving our culture which has so much to give us. After all, we have our future generations coming up. Let them also witness the magic, that our grandmothers and Great Grandmothers were so proud of.
A slight change in your cooking utensils today will definitely have a brighter and healthier tomorrow for you.
Kudos and Happy Cooking.