I'm new to this website, having discovered it after conducting months and months of research on copper pots. After much deliberation, I finally decided to buy the Mauviel 250c M'Heritage collection, although the Falk and Matfer products were equally oustanding and came in a "tie" for second!
I have a few questions that I was hoping some of the experts here might help me with. I understand that some copper manufacturers (for example, Baumalu) place a protective lacquer coating on their copper to prevent oxidation, and that the lacquer must be removed prior to using the pots. However, it is my understanding that Mauviel, at least with the 250C model, does not put any lacquer on their pots. I've already cooked with the pots and have not noticed anything unusual, other than what appears to me to be normal patina affect on the bottom from the fire, but nothing in terms of black marks or sticky melting of a coating. Am I safe to assume that there is no lacquer on these pots?
Second, the cast iron handles on my pots do in fact appear to have a clear coating on them, perhaps the lacquer coating? Am I supposed to remove this coating from the handles with acetone? Or am I supposed to leave it as is? I noticed that the handles, right where they attach to the copper pots, have melted and look like they have carmelized, if that makes sense.
Last, is it safe to clean the copper exterior with Bar Keeper's Friend? Is that too harsh for the polished copper finish that Mauviel uses? How about Wenol?
Thanks for any help I can get!