Posts Tagged ‘cookware made from copper’

The Pleasures of Copper Cookware

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Dream as you have forever. Live as if you have only today. Bearing this saying in your mind, I finally chose to ditch the old for something sparkling new.

Hell no, I’m not talking about my partner. I could not live without her for just one single minute. She’s my own reason for being infinitely quite happy with life itself.

Copper cookware

And no, neither am I talking about some cheap, unclassy & seriously overrated x-rated stuff. Believe me or not, the real deal surpasses the fakeness again and again.

I am actually – and there goes my rock ‘n’ roll credibility, see my other articles – referring to, euh, cookware. Sounds mindblowingly boring, I know, but provide one minute. I will try to explain.

These modern days, coloured by its optimised innovations, your kitchen in general and also the cookware we use within specific, almost needs to be practical. If not, they will not make any chance of surviving the manic fashion dance. Not really a single doubt about this. And because of the immersing globalisation there’s a vast ocean of choices open to cater for all the varying tastes and preferences alike.

There is additionally another side to ‘la cuisine quotidienne’, the 21st century kitchen: its aesthetical value. And that is exactly where the copper cookware appears. Whether you are a fan or not, a (semi)-professional chef or a passionate amateur cook: copper pans and pots do look sexy. Am I serious here? Yes. Am I exaggerating? I seriously don’t think so.

Ever wondered why so many people insist on having their copperware presented in the kitchen as prominent as possible? Ask any qualified interieur designer: since it does look the company. Displayed copper cookware sets feed the attention. Authentic, hand-finished copperware has an aesthetic its own and impossible to duplicate from cold stainless steel.

You do not trust me? Fair enough. But next time you’re browsing a glossy magazine or watching a chapter of the favourite high society soap, possess a little peep in the details. If the kitchen is featured, chances are huge you’ll see walls with neatly placed & hung copper saucepans, pots, skillets, frying pans, etc. As though there is no tomorrow.

So, for all your well-documented talk of warmth conduction and longevity – the obvious benefits associated with copperware – I gladly raise a glass from the finest Bordeaux (a Petrus 2000 will definitely do) to the simple beauty of the handbeaten copper pan with its riveted cast-iron handle. Because I just decided to buy a fresh group of French copper cookware. And there is even more to celebrate: we now have the option of creating our very own preferred set, so both my spouse and i can pick & choose our very own little favourites. Every day life is far too short not to enjoy it where & whenever you can, don’t you find it?

If you like, try this unique option yourself: choose the copper pans & pots YOU like and create your own personalized set. Surely, there’s hardly a better way to discover everything you want to know about authentic, local French copperware.

So next time when you relish a romantic rendez-vous in your kitchen, remember you read about it here first. This luxury of being able to pick & choose your copper cookware set & therefore to make your own preferred choice is truly a unique + absolute worldwide first for authentic French copperware. Dream as if you have forever. Live as if you only have today, indeed.

Copper Cookware Sets – Take Your Cooking to a New Level and Create Perfect Dishes Every Time

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Among the cookware sets available on the market today, copper cookware sets are fast becoming the most popular ones. They are simply indispensable for making that perfect meal. Compared to stainless steel or glass cookware, copper pots and pans conduct heat about ten times better.

You will want to make sure that the cookware sets you consider have the pots and pans you need for your style of cooking. For high-heat, fast-cooking techniques such as frying or sauteing, copper’s ability to heat evenly gives much better cooking results. A frying pan is essential for cooking eggs, sauteing onions and pan frying fish, etc.

A saute pan, on the other hand, has higher edges than a frying pan, so it’s essential for cooking meats on the stove, and for creating thick dishes like stews, paella, or jambalaya. Some copper pots and pans are made to be oven safe as well, great for dishes that start out on top of the stove and then need to be finished off in the oven.

Compared to other steel or aluminum made utensils, copper is ten times a better conductor of heat, which is especially useful for range-top cooking, where the food has to be cooked at precisely controlled temperatures.

It conducts heat quickly and uniformly, and because the thermal and heat absorbing quality helps to cook food faster, easier, and more evenly, it’s usually the top choice for professional chefs and gourmet cooks.

The benefit of copper cookware sets is that they distribute the heat evenly throughout the pan, instead of just on the bottom where the thicker metal is in most of the others. However, a lot of copper pots and pans are now lined with stainless steel.

This is important because unlined copper can react with certain acidic foods. Lining the pots and pans with stainless steel or tin prevents those unwanted reactions from happening, and as an added bonus makes cleaning them easier too. The copper on the outside will still provide the superior heat conductivity that you want even when they’re lined on the inside.

Copper kitchenware has all the features necessary that you could want in a great cookware set, and come in a wide variety of designs, shapes, sizes, and prices. You will also find that copper is available in 2 thicknesses – the 2mm thick copper exterior, which gives you superior heat conduction, and the 2.5mm, which is valued for it’s quick heating and cooling properties.

Sets can start with two or three pieces, or can have as many as five, seven, or eight. Mauviel copper cookware offers a 5 piece set that is lined with stainless steel, (easy cleanup), has cast iron handles, is oven safe, and includes a 2 quart saucepan, a 3 1/2 quart saute pan, both with lids, and a 10″ fry pan.

Mauviel’s 7 piece set includes an 11″ fry pan, 3.4 quart saucepan, 3.3 quart saute pan, both with lids, and a 6 quart stockpot with lid. This is a great starter set containing the most useful pots and pans for most kitchens. Other pieces can be purchased separately as you discover what you’ll need for your cooking endeavors.

Copper cookware is easy to clean and maintain. With a little extra care, the copper exteriors will remain beautiful during their lifetime. They shouldn’t be put in the dishwasher, because harsh detergents can darken copper, or if left to air dry, you may find you’ll need to polish them more often, so handwashing and drying is recommended.

Copper cookware sets are always going to be more expensive than other cookware. You can choose to buy cookware that costs less, but the quality of the food that is prepared with it will reflect the attempt at saving money, from hot spots that burn food to lumpy sauces or gravies resulting from uneven heating, and all kinds of other mishaps that can quickly turn a perfectly planned meal into a culinary disaster.

Find out for yourself why copper kitchenware has been the preferred choice of cookware for centuries, and start enjoying dishes that turn out perfect every time.