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Jun 08, 2023
Bronze Small Pot Cookware For Your Kitchen Interiors – Beautiful Homes

Kaviya Cherian, founder of artisanal cookware brand Green Heirloom, takes us through her journey of setting up the business and crafting traditional utensils for modern kitchens

Walk into any supermarket or utensil store and shelves groan with stacks of non-stick pots, pans and skillets. Buy them once. Use them for a few years. Replace. Repeat. Not the wisest investment! (And we won’t even get started on the alleged health hazards of the questionable materials that go into that non-stick coating.) 

Kaviya Cherian, founder of Kerala-based artisanal cookware brand Green Heirloom, is here to fix the problem, with utensils made for the ages from traditional materials like bronze, cast iron, stoneware and clay. Her story involves finding herself and her calling through this idea. “I was working as an actuarial analyst in Bombay and wanted to branch out and do something on my own. I quit my job and took a one-and-a-half year sabbatical,” she says. During this time, she lived with her grandma and watched her cooking and serving meals in her traditional pots and pans. “She used bronze and cast-iron cookware, stuff that had been with her for 60-70 years, almost indestructible. And the food tasted better!”

 

Back home watching her mom using non-stick pans did not cut it anymore. “But those were the only kind you could find in supermarkets. I saw a gap and wanted to show people that there is another option, in the form of traditional cookware. I wanted to educate people about the kind of cookware my grandma used, the difference it makes to the food we eat, and how by using it, we don’t consume toxic non-stick coating with our meals,” she explains.

Kaviya Cherian, founder of artisanal cookware brand Green Heirloom – Beautiful Homes

Kaviya Cherian, founder of Green Heirloom.

We got more details from her about changing your kitchen cookware, and getting healthier from the inside-out. Edited excerpts from an interview:

Kaviya Cherian, founder of Kerala-based artisanal cookware brand Green Heirloom takes us through her journey of crafting traditional utensils for modern kitchens. Inspired by her grandma, Kaviya uses materials like copper, cast iron, stoneware and clay to make cookwares, which are long-lasting and retain maximum nutrition in the food. Utensils made from bronze or cast iron were usually bulky and meant for larger families - thus failing to make a place in a small home kitchen. Green Heirloom addresses this concern and is bringing back traditional cookware with smart design interventions. Now, be it a Dutch oven, skillet, pan or saucepan - change your kitchen cookware and get healthier from the inside out!

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Bronze pan by Green Heirloom.

Beautiful Homes: What are some of the benefits of cooking with bronze and cast iron?

Kaviya Cherian: According to Ayurvedic principles, bronze is one of the best materials to cook in. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin and is an excellent conductor of heat; it heats evenly. It can also retain up to 90% of the nutrients in food. Copper also has antibacterial properties…this is why water was put in copper jugs in olden days, to kill bacteria. This isn’t just a holistic wellness claim, it is science-backed! 

BH: You mentioned that the more you use your Green Heirloom utensils, the better they get. How?

KC: For a cast iron or bronze pan, the more you use it, it becomes attuned to you and your cooking needs. With regular use, the pan becomes more non-stick in nature. So, with continuous cooking and seasoning, you end up taming the utensil to your needs.

 

BH: How long can a Green Heirloom utensil last?

KC: A clay pot easily lasts for 6-7 years, unless it breaks. There’s not much you can do if it breaks, unfortunately. Cast iron and bronze can last a lifetime, if not more. These materials are quite indestructible. Even if it does break, these materials have good resale value and can be melted and reused.

 

BH: How have you adapted Green Heirloom to suit modern kitchens?

KC: Most traditional cookware made back in the day was bulky, meant for larger families and big kitchens…they didn’t really fit into a small home kitchen, which is one of the reasons people switched to non-stick and rendered them (almost) obsolete. As a brand, we are bringing back traditional cookware with smart design interventions. Traditionally, bronze was used for urlis only. But we are using it to make Dutch ovens, skillets, pans, saucepans. These utensils are ideal “cook and serve” pieces like Le Creuset pots and pans.

BH: Are you seeing more people move away from non-stick and embracing traditional heavy cookware?

KC: Definitely! People are a little apprehensive about the price point, though. But, this is where I say that a Green Heirloom piece is an investment, it lasts a lifetime. We’ve had to tell consumers about why the product is expensive, the value we are adding, and how it’s better. 

BH: Lastly, any special instructions to care for your Green Heirloom piece?

KC: For bronze, wash with regular soap and water. If it gets dull and loses its shine, you can buff it with Pitambari powder or tamarind. For cast iron, simply rinse the pan and use oil when you cook again. When it comes to clay pots, don’t use soap. Clay is porous and can absorb the chemicals in your dish soap. Instead, rinse your clay pot with water and lime, use a natural detergent, or soap nuts. 

Bronze Small Pot Cookware For Your Kitchen Interiors – Beautiful Homes

The utensils have antibacterial properties and can last a lifetime.

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