Myson Copper Cataplana

myson-copper-cataplanaThe Cataplana is as typically Portuguese as paella and tapas are identified with Spain and just as the Tagine applies to both the cookware and the recipe that is cooked in it, so to is the Cataplana the name of a Portuguese container and the name of the dish that is prepared in it.

Cataplana is a stew of clams, pork, vegetables and spices steamed in a handmade, airtight copper pot that has a broad domed shape resembling two woks hinged together and it is usually made from copper.

The Cataplana works similar to a modern day pressure cooker.  So you simply place the food in the bottom half of the pan and then close the hinged lid and let the ingredients simmer together to let the flavors develop.

Myson Corporation is a family owned and operated Cookware Company founded in 1982. In early 2004, they became the exclusive distributor for a Spanish Company who manufactured high quality Paella Pans. They decided to look for unique  Spanish and Portuguese cookware

The Copper Cataplana is manufactured in Portugal and distributed by Myson Corporation, a family business founded in 1982 as a distribution company. The growing popularity of tapas bars in 2003 led Myson to begin importing Spanish and Portuguese cookware.  After all, they reasoned,  who better to make a product to suit a particular style of cooking than the people who prepare that food as part of their everyday life.

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Mauviel Specialty 12 inch Crepe Pan with Cast Iron Or Bronze Handle


There is nothing quite like a creamy Brie and spinach crepe or sweet crepes with strawberries and bananas drizzled with chocolate sauce and dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

So if you enjoy the delicious mouthwatering taste of crepes for breakfast or dessert the you will love using the Mauviel crepe pan as it gives you excellent results.

The Mauviel Specialty 12 inch Crepe Pan pan has shallow sloped sides which stop the ingredients from spilling over. The stainless interior lining will not react with food,  and you will find that it will holds up to heavy and frequent use. It is easy to clean,  simply hand wash with mild dish soap and dry straight away.

The Mauviel Crepe pan is available with either a bronze handle  or a cast iron handle which is  fixed  to the pan by sturdy stainless steel rivets which are are easy.

The M’Heritage, Cuprinox Pour la Table line of copper cookware is designed for stylish good looks and functionality.  However, the range including the crepe pan are not suitable for induction stovetops.

You know you are buying quality when you buy Mauviel copperware after all the Mauviel family have been manufacturing professional copper cookware since 1830. Their business is located in Villedieu-les-Poeles in Normandy and they are considered to be the foremost manufacturer of professional copper cookware in the world today.

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Ruffoni Classici Stockpot – Saute Pan Combo – Copper Cookware

ruffoni-classici-stockpot-saute-pan-comboCopper cookware is a favorite of mine, even though it requires a little work to keep it pristine looking. Generally you can clean the outside with a copper cleaner. Never use an abrasive. You can also  rub the exterior with a cloth that has been moistened with salt and vinegar or salt and lemon juice to clean it.

Ruffoni have an excellent range of copper cookware that is very elegant as well as practical.

Take this Stockpot – Saute pan combination. How innovative is that!!

You have the convenience of your stockpot for all your boiling, simmering, blanching and steaming requirements and it is just right for making soups and stews. Plus you have your saute pan for searing, and of course to saute.

The Ruffoni Classici line of cookware is made has a 1.5mm to 2.5mm thickness of copper and the handles are made from cast brass or forged iron.

The Ruffoni Classici Stockpot/Saute Pan Combo is a two handled pot that measure 8 3/4 inches and is about the same in diameter as it is in height.

Things to remember when cooking with copper cookware:

If you have a new pan, then before you use it for the first time you should add some water to the pan and bring it to the boil, once it is boiling add some aromatic herbs such as rosemary, sage or bay leaf or you can  even just use some green vegetables.

Maintaining the durability of the tin lining:

  • Never heat the pan empty, always ensure there is a small amount of liquid or fat in the pan before putting it over the flame or heat source.
  • Never let the pan boil or go dry so don’t have the flame too high.
  • Use silicone, wood or plastic utensils for stirring or mixing. Metal will scratch the tin lining.
  • Copper is an excellent conductor of heat so food shouldn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, and it should come clean in warm soapy water. Never ever use abrasive cleaning products or scouring pads to clean copper.
  • If you do burn the inside of the pot or pan  either due to inattention or some error in cooking, simply immerse the pan in warm, soapy water and leave it to soak until the mark comes away easily.
  • Over time the tin lining will eventually stain or get marks which are caused by high temperatures or food acids, this will not harm you, or  the functionality and hygiene of the product.

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Ruffoni La Cremeria Zabaglione Bowl

ruffoni-la-cremeria-zabaglione-bowlZabaglione is an Italian dessert of light creamy custard made from whipping together egg yolks, sugar and marsala wine.

It is thought to have originated in Venice and was originally made with cyprus wine and honey.

You can find a recipe and instructions for making this delicious dessert at Simply Recipes.

This classic styled unlined copper zabaglione bowl is ideal for whipping up this custard.

The bowl measures 8 inches and has a brass handle.
Ruffoni La Cremeria Zabaglione Stand
This beautifully elegant Ruffoni La Cremeria Zabaglione Stand in matching copper, is available to hold the Ruffoni Zabaglione bowl.

Unlined pans such as the Zabaglione bowl are designed for use over very high temperatures.

NOTE: Because they are unlined you must make sure not to store food or cook acidic foods in the bowl.

Because Ruffoni copper cookware has excellent heat conductivity the pans are guaranteed to give you quick and even cooking even over a low flame and you will find that the food doesn’t stick or burn providing you maintain the right temperature and stir the food.

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Both these beautifully elegant and functional items are available from Metrokitchen.

Review: All Clad Copper Core Double Boiler Review

all-clad-copper-core-double-boiler1The All Clad Copper Core Double Boiler is a relatively new product from All Clad. Their copper core range is one of the best so it is nice to see they have included a double boiler in the range.  If you are looking for a less pricey All Clad Double Boiler then you can also see our review on the All Clad Stainless version – All Clad Stainless Double Boiler Review.

Double boilers are one of those must haves if you do a lot of baking and this All Clad Copper Core Boiler is one that you will have for a lifetime.

The good looks of the copper core range make this a beautiful piece of cookware to have in the kitchen and you will be proud to own this one.

The copper core range of cookware is made up of 5 layers of materials or what they call 5 ply construction. This is what makes it such a fantastic piece of cookware and why the price tag is so high.

The 5 layers are made up of stainless steel, aluminum and copper. The stainless steel comprises the inner cooking surface and the outer layer. Sandwiched between those two layers of stainless steel are a layer of copper and two layers of aluminum.

Both aluminum and copper are great conductors of heat which means foods cook evenly without hotspots. Copper is particularly good at reacting to temperature changes. So when you change the temperature on your stovetop the temperature of the pot immediately changes as well. This gives you greater control over your cooking.

This double boiler is fitted with a 1 1/2qt porcelain insert. This is an excellent material as it prevents burning and scalding of those delicate foods and sauces.

The pot itself is a 2qt and can be used on it’s own for other uses so it makes this set very versatile.

Both the insert and the saucepan itself come with lids.


We found the best price at MetroKitchen who also include free shipping on this item.