Tinning Cookware With Silver
Q: Silver metal is cheap. Would it make sense to "tin" cookware with silver instead of tin? I know some chocolate molds are "tinned" with silver -- I presume either to improve release from the mold or avoid giving the chocolate an off flavor. The device I wish to "tin" is antique cast iron, and is actually a meat or juice press, so no cooking will be done with it.
A: Why not use the original cast iron piece as a pattern, and cast a new one out of solid silver? Take it a step farther -- make a cast silver frying pan, patterned after your favorite old Griswold skillet. Just imagine how evenly it will heat! Seriously though, you might take your iron pieces to a place that does custom automotive *chrome* plating (bumpers, intake manifolds, etc.) Good for you! Some people may think it's crazy, but I find that many foods taste different whether eaten with stainless steel or silver/silverplate flatware. Speaking of dental... IIRC, amalgam fillings used to contain small amounts of mercury, another heavy metal that can be very toxic. Apparently, it is stabilized in the composition.
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