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Mexican Pewter is a combination of various alloys, consisting mostly of lead-free, non-toxic aluminum. It is different from American and English pewter, which are made primarily of tin and are more delicate. Mexican Pewter is often compared with the look and durability of silver. But unlike silver and other pewter, Mexican Pewter does not tarnish and requires very little maintenance.
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Each piece of Mexican pewter is separately sand cast by hand. Molten metal is poured into molds made of sand. The item is then carefully polished by metalcraft artisans, leaving it with a bright and shiny finish that is also slightly rustic. Each piece is an individual product of the craftsman's hands, and slight variations, minor imperfections, and artisanal touches are therefore to be expected.
Mexican Pewter can be used for any type of food, including salads. It can be used in the oven and kept in the refrigerator. Most Mexican Pewter items are approved for a maximum temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, although it is not recommended for baking. Due to pewter's ability to retain heat and cold, foods served in this product will maintain their temperature.
For the first use, it is recommended that the product be treated with a light coating of cooking oil and washed in a mild dishwashing liquid. Pewter does not need to be polished, but simply washed using warm water. If desired, you may use a mild aluminum cleaner to enhance its brilliance. Never wash in a dishwasher, as cleaning and rinsing agents may damage the highly polished surface. Do not use household cleaners, as they may tarnish the piece. Do not use abrasive cleansers or sponges. If for any reason the surface of this product becomes dull or scratched over time, a good quality silver or brass polish may be used according to directions to revive its original appeal. Always hand wash and towel dry your pewter to avoid water spots. Avoid cutting directly on the surface, it may leave scratches. Do not use to store acidic foods (such as those containing lemon juice or vinegar) for an extended period of time as this may discolor the finish.
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