• Never heat the pot empty​ – ​always add water, oil, butter or a fat of your choice, before turning on the flame.
  • Cook on low/medium heat ​and adjust the temperature as you go ​– high temperatures are not necessary and can damage your copper cookware. ​All our cookware can be used in the ​oven​ ​—​ ​do not exceed 450 F (230 C), or 430 F (220 C) if the copper is tin-lined.
  • Avoid​ scratching the inside of your cookware, especially if tin-lined, with ​metal utensils or scouring pads​ ​– ​use wood, plastic or silicon tools.
  • Always use oven mitts because handles and finials, especially those made of bronze, can get hot.
  • Do not store leftovers in your cookware​ ​– ​use it to prepare and serve your meals at the table, then transfer any leftovers to an appropriate storage container and wash and dry the pan as per instructions.


  • Wash your Ruffoni cookware inside and out ​by hand, with warm water, regular non-aggressive dish soap, and a soft sponge.
  • Sticking should not happen if you follow use directions and keep the cooking temperature to low-medium. If there is any food stuck to the inside, do not scrub with scouring pads – soak your Ruffoni with hot soapy water and any stuck-on food should soften and detach. After washing,​ rinse and dry well​ immediately to prevent water stains.
  • Do not wash your Ruffoni in the dishwasher​ – harsh detergents can seriously tarnish copper surfaces, tin linings and silver finials, dull the shiny surface of your pots and pans and cause rim corrosion.


  • With use, copper develops a rich ​patina​ that many love and cherish.
  • To restore a polished shine​, use a good copper polish (like Ruffoni Cleaner or Kleen King) or go for the tried-and-tested ​nonna’s remedy​: mix ​fine salt ​and an acidic ingredient (​lemon juice or vinegar​), rub gently all over the tarnished copper surface, then rinse off and dry well.


  • Tin will naturally change color over time, although it will remain equally safe and effective.
  • Depending on use, the tin lining will eventually wear off and require retinning.
  • Prolong the tin lining's life by not scratching it with metal tools, never overheating the cookware, and limiting the use of acidic ingredients.
  • Have your cookware retinned only when its tin lining wears out and copper becomes clearly visible through the bottom, as the copper may then react with acidic foods.
  • Have a look at our FAQs for more information about retinning and advice on where to re-tin your Ruffoni Historia nationally.

Silver care

  • The silver-plated finials will naturally tarnish over time: use a silver-polishing cloth to restore their shine.
  • For a more thorough polish, finials can be removed from the lids by twisting the special screw under the lid – always rotate the screw, not the finial, to prevent irreversible scratches to the lid.
  • Always hand-wash as dishwasher use causes severe silver tarnishing.

Download our Use & Care manuals for detailed information on how to best care for your Ruffoni.