Naturally Antimicrobial: Copper in the Kitchen

Naturally Antimicrobial: Copper in the Kitchen

Regina Yunghans
Jan 4, 2011

Did you know that copper can naturally resist bacteria? So can many brasses, which is one reason brass has been used on doorknobs and push plates for so long. So, how can this germ-fighting material be used in the kitchen? Here are a few ideas:

From Wikipedia: "Copper and its alloys (brasses, bronzes, cupronickel, copper-nickel-zinc, and others) are natural antimicrobial materials. Ancient civilizations exploited the antimicrobial properties of copper long before the concept of microbes became understood in the nineteenth century. In addition to several copper medicinal preparations, it was also observed centuries ago that water contained in copper vessels or transported in copper conveyance systems was of better quality (i.e., no or little visible slime formation) than water contained or transported in other materials."

Related: Gorgeous Recycled Copper Sinks from Native Trails

(Images: Mauviel, Quality Copper Works, JAG Fabrication, Williams Sonoma)

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