Cookware Review: Calphalon 10pc Tri-Ply Cookware Set

calphalon-tri-ply-10pc-cookware-set-reviewWe have just added our latest cookware review and this time it is for the Calphalon 10pc Tri-Ply Copper Cookware Set.

If you have always wanted a set of copper cookware, but like me have thought twice about spending thousands of dollars for the privilege, then this is the cookware set for you.

We have found this set on the net
for under $450
which is exceptional value for money.

The Calphalon Tri-Ply range is stylish and durable and should last you a lifetime.

Read our full review of this cookware set here: Calphalon 10pc Tri-Ply Copper Cookware Set

Or check out our complete list of Cookware Reviews.

Tips for Cleaning Your Copper Cookware

copper-cookware-set-3-pieceHow to Look After Your Copper Cookware

Copper is great for cooking, beautiful to look at, and a real pain to keep clean. Here are some tips on cleaning your copper cookware so that it keeps is lustrous look throughout a lifetime of use.

1. Remove Lacquer Before Using Copper Cookware

In order to protect it from tarnish, most copper cookware is shipped with a layer of lacquer over it. This lacquer can melt if used while cooking, which can damage your stove and cause horrible stains on your cookware. Remove the lacquer by boiling the cookware in a mixture of 1 cup of baking soda for every 2 gallons of water.

2. Abrasive Washing Damages the Lining of Your Cookware

Copper reacts with many foods, which alters the taste and can cause toxic metals to leech into your body. In order to prevent this reaction, most copper is lined with stainless steel, tin, or silver. Be sure never to use abrasive cleaners or metal implements on this lining.

3. Never Machine Wash Copper

Cleaning copper in the dishwasher will cause it to degrade very quickly. Instead, rinse it in warm water along with mild dish soap. Use a soft cloth or gentle nylon scrubbing sponge to remove stuck-on foods.

4. Dry Immediately After Washing

Water droplets from washing can cause unsightly streaks and stains on your cookware. Dry your pots and pans thoroughly with a soft cloth after washing.

5. Use Home-Made Copper Cleaner

Store-bought copper cleaner can be expensive and inconvenient, but you can bring out the same bright shine by rubbing your copper cookware with lemons cut in half and sprinkled with salt, or by mixing equal parts salt, vinegar, and flour.

All-Clad 5-pc. Cop-r-Chef Cookware Set

All Clad 2qt Cop-R-Chef Saute Pan

all-clad-2qt-cop-r-chef-saute-panAll-Clad 2-qt. Cop-r-Chef Saute Pan

Ask any professional chef about which cookware to choose and he or she will quickly sing the praises of All-Clad. For years, All-Clad has been the choice in 4-Star kitchens all over the world. And it’s no wonder, given the cookware’s triple-ply construction, impeccable balance and meticulous hand-finishing.

From their Cop-R-Chef Collection, this 2-Qt. Saute Pan with Lid features an extra-thick copper exterior, an inner core of pure aluminum that covers the bottom and up the sides, and a hand-polished 18/10 stainless steel interior that never reacts with food — all bonded together to distribute heat evenly.

The pan features a long, stay-cool stainless steel handle attached with non-corrosive rivets. Maintains it’s best appearance when hand-washed.

Mauviel Copper Tarte Tatin – Tart Tatin

This elegant Mauviel Cuprinox Tart Tatin is made in France, and is specially designed for luscious apple desserts. Mind you there is nothing stopping you from using other fruits to make an upside down fruit tart.

The pan is available in two sizes  – One measuring 9.5″ across and the other 11.2-inches in diameter.

The story goes that the upside down apple tart or Tarte Tatin was first served in the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France in 1889.

The tarte was the result of an accident when one of the Tatin sisters, being overworked forgot about the apples cooking in the butter and sugar. When she realized that the apples were burning she attempted to save the dish by putting the pastry base on top of the pan of apples and placing the pan in the oven.  When the dish was turned out the dessert was presented with the apples on top of the pastry.

The hotel guests liked the dessert and it became a standard feature of the menu.

The restaurateur Louis Vaudable tasted the dish when he was traveling through Sologne and was so impressed he included the dessert on the menu of his restaurant, Maxim’s in Paris.

So that is apparently how an ordinary apple pie became a new delicious creation in its own right.

And now you can create your own delightful tarte tatin in the Mauviel tarte tatin pan. This pan is made from copper which is the best material for conducting heat and it. Copper is 2 times more conductive than aluminum and 10 times more conductive that stainless steel, making it the best material for cooking with.  It’s ability to heat up evenly and quickly as well as cool down quickly gives you complete control and gives you excellent cooking results plus, it caramelizes sugar perfectly and evenly over a low heat.

The pan has a traditional tin wash interior which makes it easy to clean and non-reactive with food.

There are a pair of small copper handles so that you can easily lift and carry the pan around. To keep this pan looking lovely, hand washing is recommended.

Mauviel have a limited lifetime warranty on their copper cookware.

So there you have it, the perfect pan for the perfect dessert.  There are a number of variation on the Tarte Tatin recipe available and I found one in this delightful book  Caramel: Recipes for Deliciously Gooey Desserts which also includes a whole range of scrumptious desserts.

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.