The Paul Revere Collection had a couple of different labels over the years, with two different sets of instructions on removing the protective coating. One basically says to soak in hot water, and the other describes using 409 or some other cleaners to remove it, so I assume they have used various types of coatings over the years. You can read the instructions of both by clicking on each picture in this post. If you don’t know which kind you have, I would recommend soaking it in hot water first, and if that doesn’t work, try the cleaner. Keep in mind that these instructions were intended for removal of this stuff 40-50 years ago, so it might not work so well after all these years. It isn’t easy to remove, in my experience, but it must be done if you intend to use them for cooking.
Once the coating is removed, the copper will begin to tarnish. If you want to polish them back up again, try this copper tarnish remover. It is all natural, and works great in about a minute. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TEXAS-MAGIC-Sparkle-Green-Copper-Natural-Tarnish-Remover-Cleaner-Non-Toxic-Pan-/281162099784?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT
This is a great pan! Not just for chicken-frying, but for just about anything. It was made in Clinton, Illinois in 1985. They aren’t super rare, but they are not as easily found as some Revere Ware items. When it is full, it is pretty heavy, so the opposite handle is great for two-handed lifting. This is the newest piece of Revere Ware that I own, and one of the last made in the good old USA.
Super low heat is the key to cooking with this pan. As with all Revere Ware, the copper conducts the heat so much better than other metals, so high heat is a no-no. The Revere company put out several recipe books specifically for cooking with copper bottomed Revere Ware pans.
If anyone would like a free copy of this e-book, leave a comment on this post, and I will email you one. The book is great, but I have found one thing that removes copper tarnish even better than the cleaners mentioned in the book.
If I did all the technical stuff correctly, you can click on the picture of this copper cleaner “Texas Magic Sparkle” and the link will take you to where you can get some. It is all natural, and made from food-grade ingredients, and it isn’t a messy powder, it is a nice gel consistency, so it stays on the copper, and in about 1 minute or less, the copper tarnish is gone! No abrasives either, which I like, because there is only so much copper on the bottom of a Revere Ware pan, so why scratch off any when you don’t have to?