Copper Cookware – Durability and Good Looks

One of the best metals for cooking is copper. And why is this? Well copper is the best conductor of heat and because its uniform conductivity surrounds your food with heat, it also cooks faster. This conductivity makes copper responsive to almost all your cooking requirements.

Keep in mind that copper has ten times the heat conductivity of stainless steel and glass and double that of aluminum. So you may find this a bit disconcerting until you become used to how quickly your copper cookware heats up.

Copper only requires a low to moderate heat to obtain the best results.
With a little care your copper cookware will last a lifetime, in fact many lifetimes.
As with all good things, there is one disadvantage and that is that copper is reactive to acidic foods. This is why copper cookware is generally lined with another metal such as tin. This also means that your pots can be refurbished if needed.

Copper cookware that is lined with stainless and nickel linings are very durable but this also makes them somewhat expensive. So for general use the less expensive tin lined cookware is fine but as it melts at approx mauviel-zabaglione-pan450 degrees F, it is better to use copper lined with stainless for frying and sauté pans. This will ensure that your pots aren’t damaged by overheating.

For your recipes such as Zabaglione which use egg whites you will find that unlined copper such as the Mauviel Specialty  Zabaglione  pan – UNLINED works best.

Unlined copper is also best used if you are making candy as it can withstand high heat and doesn’t react with the ingredients.


What’s For Lunch Honey – Blog of The Week

Whats For Lunch HoneyOur pick for this weeks Blog of the Week is
 ‘What’s For Lunch Honey’.

Meeta’s blog is a gorgeous array of recipes including ‘Bollywood’ recipes for those who like Indian food and her Pumpkin Polenta Gratin is not only very tasty but the photo is eyecatching.

In fact all her photos are a splendid splash of color that excites the senses and makes you want to dive right in and cook.

Another brilliant recipe is the Banana Brioche Pudding with Baileys Caramel Cream.

You should also take a look at the beautiful centrepiece she has constructed using a pumpkin as the base.

So if you are looking for a cooking blog that provides great recipes, beautiful photographs and lots of information then check out What’s For Lunch Honey.

A Girl Who Likes To Cook – Blog of the Week

girl-who-loves-to-cook.JPGThis weeks blog, Cooking is my Passion is by Su-Yin a Malaysian student who loves to cook.

She creates some pretty cute looking cakes for her friends and her story about the face cupcakes is amusing.

For those who like crab, Su-Yin has a very nice sweet and sour chilli sauce recipe that includes crab meat.

There are plenty of great recipes to try so why not take a look at her journal for some inspiration.

Pot Racks Show Off Your Pots and Pans

pot-rackI think it is such a shame to hide my cookware away in the cupboard where it can get dented and scratched. Especially as pots and pans are not inexpensive items to buy if you are going to buy good quality cookware.

My friend has a large pot drawer under her wall oven to keep her pots and pans neat and tidy, but unfortunately I only have the regular sized drawers and cupboards.

Many years ago I had a wall pot rack in the kitchen where I could hang my lovely set of copper bottom pots. But of course we moved countries and the kitchen I have now does not have space for a wall pot rack.

I am in the process of buying great looking new cookware and began to wonder what to do so that these new pots don’t just get thrown in the cupboard, not by me of course, but the rest of the family don’t quite appreciate the cost of these items.

There are wall fittings available but I was taken with the pot racks that hang from the ceiling such as this traditional lighted oval rack. This rack is finished in hammered steel and it has straight pot hooks and six angled pot hooks.

Traditional Lighted Oval Rack

Although there is a large range of great styles of pot racks  available I am quite taken with this one for my kitchen.