Courtesy of Williams Sonoma and Hestan
If you’ve never cooked with copper, this might be the year you decide to give it a try. First, of course, is the aesthetic value. Whether hammered or polished copper, there is a certain appeal for shiny pots and pans that look elegant when in use or stored away. Some chefs even choose to give up dressing their dishes and serve them directly at the table in their copper pots. Aside from its visual value, copper has unique properties that make it excellent for cooking. As a metal, copper offers maximum conductivity. This means it responds quickly to temperature changes, allowing you to heat and cool with precision. It also means you can generally use less heat because it heats more efficiently. Note that to be food safe, copper cookware must be lined (think: stainless steel, aluminum, etc.), so don’t go for 100% solid copper items. The other thing to know about cooking with copper is that the thicker it is, the more efficient and durable it will be. (And so, the more expensive it will be.) Whether you’re trained in the art of French cuisine or you’re new to this area of cooking, rest assured there’s something for you. From the best sets to non-stick models handcrafted in Italy, here are 10 of the best copper cookware.
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For a rising brand, Made In has already established a reputation for excellence. Their cookware is designed by chefs and crafted by artisans. The pieces in their copper line, including this versatile roundel, are 90% copper and 10% stainless steel. The stainless steel liner makes them easy to clean, but what really sets these pieces apart from the competition is their high heat threshold – they’re oven safe up to 800 degrees.
Martellata Hammered Copper Cookware Set
Lagostina is one of the most popular and affordable copper cookware suppliers. Featuring hammered copper and a three-layer construction of hammered copper, premium stainless steel, and an aluminum core, these high performers offer great value whether you opt for individual parts or a set like this. The pots and pans in this collection are oven safe up to 500 degrees.
M’HERITAGE 150s saucepan with lid 140 mm
The precise temperature control that copper offers makes it ideal for cooking more delicate dishes, such as sauces, which can easily be spoiled. So, investing in a copper pan is an especially sensible option for those just looking to dip their toes into the realm of copper cookware.
Whether you’re buying just one piece or splurging on a set, Mauviel is simply unbeatable when it comes to reputation, history or performance. Everything is handcrafted by artisans in a French village known as the “city of copper”, due to its 800-year history specializing in copper craftsmanship. Mauviel products come with a lifetime warranty, and they also sell copper care products such as their CopperBrill cleaning paste to help your cookware last longer.
Viking Copper Clad 3-Ply Hammered Cookware Set
For products built to last, check out Viking, a company on a mission to bring professional-grade products to home chefs. This set, which is oven safe up to 500 degrees, comes with two skillets, two saucepans, a sauté pan and a stockpot, so you’ll have a full arsenal. The 3-ply model features a stainless steel interior, aluminum core and copper exterior, and handles that stay cool to the touch. Additionally, items are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Essential Induction Copper Casserole
Many options on the market are not compatible with induction cooktops, but Hestan models have been designed specifically for induction use. Beyond this unique feature, Hestan cookware is loved by chefs and regular customers. Their CopperBond collection even won an award for its innovative design, which offers all the benefits of copper cooking but with greater durability and less maintenance required. Sounds pretty good, right? With five layers of stainless steel and thick copper, they’re durable, easy to clean, and oven and broiler safe up to 600 degrees. They are handmade in Italy and are guaranteed for life. As the name suggests, this versatile pan (available in two sizes) is essential to any kitchen.
Matfer Bourgeat is a French cookware brand that has been catering to chefs since 1814. With that kind of heritage, you can imagine they’ve pretty much mastered this art form. They offer professional-grade casseroles, stir-fries, and casseroles that are sturdier than many other copper cookware. Made with a copper exterior and stainless steel interior liner, plus heavy cast iron handles, they’re oven safe and customers rave about their durability and nonstick bottom.
Historia Hammered Copper Casserole Dish with Acorn Handles
High in the Italian Alps, there is a family workshop where Ruffoni’s expert craftsman crafts and hammers copper pots and pans by hand. Ruffoni is renowned for his ornate and detailed pieces such as this frying pan with decorative bronze handles. Another benefit of Ruffoni’s copper products is that they carry stainless steel lined items (oven safe and compatible with induction cookers), they also coat some of their models with tin, which is more durable and less prone to sticking, making it the benchmark. choice for some chefs. A gratin dish like this is perfect for cooking dishes that require a crispy top, such as baked pasta, casseroles or even cobblers.
Triple-ply copper cookware
There’s a lot to love about this set. The stainless steel interior and non-stick coating make cleaning easy. The 3-ply copper, aluminum and stainless steel construction cooks quickly and evenly. It is compatible with induction cooking. But the thing to love the most about these beautiful hammered copper pots and pans is that they are dishwasher safe. In a market where almost all copper items are hand washed only, these are real standouts.
We know what you’re thinking. These do not see like copper. Only this thin line that reveals the thick copper core around which these pieces are built. While most pieces feature a copper exterior and non-reactive interior (stainless steel being the most common), this collection reverses that. The copper core is surrounded by layers of aluminum and stainless steel. The result? You still get the precise conductivity of copper, but you also get the ease of maintenance of stainless steel. You won’t have to worry about wear and tear on the exterior like you would otherwise. To make you feel more comfortable, All-Clad is one of the best cookware brands. They are trusted for their high performance and ultra durable parts.
Thermo-Clad™ Copper Cookware
Maybe you would prefer a name you already know, a name you know and love, like Williams Sonoma. This best-selling line from the brand actually offers the best of both worlds. You see, the Williams Sonoma team actually collaborated with the experts and boilermakers at Ruffoni (remember them?) to create this exclusive Thermo-Clad Copper collection. Handcrafted in Ruffoni’s Italian workshop, these models combine the nuance of copper with the practicality of stainless steel and feature handles that stay cool to the touch.
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