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Chef's Guide to Copper Cookware

 
copper kettles Many of today's cooks are choosing copper pots to cook with.  While copper pots are more expensive than pots of other materials, copper is an excellent heat conductor, and is especially suitable for range-top cooking.  For this reason, chefs often prefer copper cookware for delicate sauces and foods that must be cooked at precisely controlled temperatures.  Copper pots are also beautiful to look at and can be proudly displayed in the kitchen.

copper cookware and green vegetables In addition to common pots and pans, copper is used for fish poachers, fondue pots, crepe pans, and a whole host of other cookware.  Copper pots vary in price from about $60 for a small pan to about $500 for a large pot.  The best copper cookware is very heavy.  Lighter cookware is less costly but is inferior in quality.

Small amounts of copper are good for everyday health.  However, large amounts in a single dose or over a short period can be toxic.  Furthermore, a study at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that copper may play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease.  For these reasons, copper cookware should be lined with another metal, such as nickel, stainless steel, or tin.  Small amounts of the coating can be dissolved by food, especially acidic food, when cooked or stored for long periods.  Therefore, anyone allergic to nickel should avoid nickel-coated cookware.  Don't use badly scratched or uncoated copper cookware to cook or store food; even coated copper cookware can lose its protective coating if scoured.  Also, when the copper begins to show through the lining, you should have your copper pots and pans relined.  There are companies that specialize in relining copper cookware.

Copper pots can tarnish over time, especially if they are not used regularly.  Use a commercial copper cleaner, or a paste of salt and lemon juice, to restore copper to its original state.

Copper Cookware Dealer

  • Fantes
    This Philadelphia kitchen wares shop features copper cooking utensils from France.
    www.Fantes.com

Copper Cookware Manufacturers

  • Falk Culinair
    This Belgian firm offers commercial-grade copper pots, pans, kitchenware, and cookware.
    www.FalkCulinair.com
  • Ruffoni USA
    Find several lines of classic copper cookware from northern Italy.
    www.RuffoniUSA.com
  • Mauviel
    This French cookware designer features copper, aluminium, stainless steel, and black steel cooking and baking utensils.
    www.MauvielUSA.com
  • All-Clad Metalcrafters
    This premium cookware manufacturer offers several collections including copper-clad stainless steel cookware with aluminum cores as well as copper-core cookware.
    www.All-Clad.com
  • Calphalon
    Calphalon Copper unites centuries-old culinary tradition with premium performance and distinctive style.  Offering superior conductivity and precise cooking control, it will satisfy your appetite for fine food as well as your eye for quality design.
    www.Calphalon.com

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