In India, metal utensils have been used since ancient times. Copper, brass, and bronze utensils are known for their Ayurvedic importance. Ayurveda claims that metals like these cure various diseases such as anemia, diarrhea, inflammation, etc. Hence, even today, brass and copper utensils are commonplace. Brass can be used to cook, serve, eat, and even store water.
What is Brass?
Brass is an alloy that is yellow in color, and is a mixture of two metals: Copper and Zinc. It is composed of 70% Copper and 30% Zinc and is called Pital in Hindi. In addition to its own properties, copper and zinc also have the ability to cure certain diseases within the human body, and brass is a good place to obtain both of these benefits.
Health Benefits of Using Brass Utensils
Improves Food Quality: Some chefs and culinary enthusiasts believe that brass utensils can enhance the taste of food. The slight metallic properties of brass are said to impart a unique flavor, especially in traditional Indian cooking.
Chemical-Free Cooking: Unlike non-stick and other metal cookware that can sometimes release harmful chemicals at high temperatures, brass is a safer alternative as it doesn’t leach chemicals into food.
Versatility in Cooking: Brass utensils are suitable for a wide range of cooking techniques, including slow-cooking, sautéing, and frying, making them versatile tools in the kitchen.
Preserves Food Nutrients: It’s often claimed that cooking in brass utensils helps preserve essential nutrients in the food, although this is more of a traditional belief than a scientifically proven fact.
Cultural Resonance and Storytelling: Each of our brass utensil can carry a story, especially if it’s handcrafted or features traditional designs. This aspect can appeal to customers who seek products with cultural significance and stories behind them.
Therapeutic Value: In Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, brass is believed to have therapeutic properties. Cooking in brass utensils is thought to balance the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in the body, contributing to overall well-being.
Precautions to be Taken
- Utensils made of brass should not be used to cook or store sour or acidic foods.
- Brass cooking vessels should be coated with tin (kalai).
- As brass reacts with oxygen in the outer atmosphere, brass utensils should be cleaned regularly.
Brass Utensils: How to Clean Them
Copper and zinc are the two metals that make up brass. Therefore, brass reacts with air or oxygen over time and oxidizes or tarnishes, turning black or green. The following tips will help you maintain brass.
- To clean brass items, Pitambari Powder is the best and most traditional method..
- The brass product that needs to be cleaned can be immersed in a solution of vinegar and salt in boiling water or vinegar and salt can be applied and cleaned.
- Rub the product with lemon and salt mixed together, or use Baking Soda instead of salt.
Kitchen Revamp Ideas
Brass utensils can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your kitchen. Here are some ideas to revamp your kitchen with brass utensils:
- Brass Drinkware: Serve your guests in style with brass drinkware.
- Brass Jug: Store water in a brass jug overnight and consume it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. These Brass utensils not only enhance the aesthetics of your dining table but also offer health benefits.
- Kansa Jug: Kansa is an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc. It is known for its Ayurvedic properties and is used for cooking and serving food.
- Drinkware Bowl: Brass drinkware bowls are perfect for serving soups and stews.
- Hotel Plates & Thali: Brass plates and thalis are perfect for serving food to guests.
Conclusion: Whispering Homes — Where Tradition Meets Innovation
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