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Copper is a beautiful element that creates beautiful, effective cookware. Copper is an excellent conductor of heat, a quality that allows it to cook quickly and more evenly than other types of cookware. Hot spots are virtually non-existent in copper cookware, and you're able to reach specific heat temperatures almost instantly. Copper reacts quickly to changes in temperature, giving the chef greater control over what they're preparing. It's also a lightweight material, which makes preparing any dish simpler. Restaurant chefs and home cooks alike enjoy using copper pots and pans to cook a variety of items, from delicate sauces to robust roasts.
Choosing the copper cookware that's right for you doesn't have to be challenging! When choosing copper cookware, it's important to consider:
Thickness. Pay close attention to the weight of the copper and how thick the copper portion actually is. It's best to look for copper that is at least 2mm thick or thicker. Generally, this thickness performs the best.
Appearance (Hammered vs. Smooth). You can find copper cookware with smooth and hammered finishes. Pots and pans with a smooth finish are more common, but the appearance of the copper pot or pan you choose isn't an indicator of quality. It's simply dependent on your personal preference!
Lining (Tin vs. Stainless). Copper cookware comes in a variety of configurations: bare, tinned, and stainless steel lined.
When considering buying a copper pot or pan, many people also consider purchasing cast iron. They’re two very different types of cookware, each with their own set of pros and cons:
Enamel coated cast iron is much easier to clean than traditional cast iron models. This cookware can be found in a variety of colors, making it especially appealing to homeowners.
Enamel coated cast iron cookware offers a variety of benefits to the chef, the most important being the variety of foods you can cook. Untreated cast iron can react differently to food depending on what you're cooking. Certain dishes may become discolored in a cast iron pan while others may lose some of their flavor. The enamel coating helps prevent these problems. In addition to making cast iron safer to use, an enamel coating can:
Stainless steel is an affordable cookware option found in homes and restaurants all over the globe. There are a variety of benefits that stainless steel cookware offers, including:
Induction cooking uses the transfer of magnetic energy to cook food instead of a flame or electric element. This allows for faster cook times and greater temperature control. It's a revolutionary way of cooking that has become increasingly popular in restaurants and home kitchens.
Induction cooking helps conserve energy. Using an induction cooking method, 90% of the energy produced is used to do the cooking. It provides a more powerful, effective cook, which means you can prepare a meal in a fraction of the time. Induction cooking is also extremely safe. The cooking surface never heats, and the dangers present around an open flame or electric heating elements are non-existent. The lack of heat present on the cooking surface also makes it easier to clean, as overflows or spills cannot cook to the surface.
Not all types of cookware can be used on induction cooktops. When you're purchasing cookware, it's important to look for a label that says "induction safe."
Because the induction technology sources power from magnets, the cookware being used must be magnetic. Similarly, it's important that the cookware have a flat bottom. This allows the heat to conduct. Cookware made from aluminum, copper, or glass won't work on an induction surface.
Induction safe cookware must be made of a magnetic material, like cast iron or stainless steel. The Mauviel M'cooks stainless series of pots and pans work on induction cooktops because they are magnetic.
Not sure if your cookware is magnetic? Try sticking a magnet to it! If the magnet sticks, you can use the cookware on an induction cooktop.