A Guide to Copper Cookware

copper-cookware-setMany cooks proudly display their gleaming copper cookware, hanging them from decorative pot racks instead of hiding them away in closed cupboards and cabinets as is the fate of so many other kinds of cookware. But is there more to copper than just a pretty appearance? Is it worth the expense? Find out in this guide to copper cookware.

Why is Copper Such a Popular Material for Cookware?

The popularity of copper cookware does not totally stem from its beauty, but also from the unique properties of this handsome metal. Copper is a great conductor of heat, which means that it offers a gentle, even heating which avoids hot spots, sticking, and burning. It also heats quickly, saving cooking time, and cools quickly, preventing delicate foods from becoming overcooked. Furthermore, the efficient heating means that you won’t need as much heat, letting you save money on energy.

What Should you be Cooking in Copper Cookware?

Delicate sauces, risottos, and sautés are great to cook in copper pots and pans, because you can keep such a light touch with the temperature. Copper responds so quickly that you can reduce a sauce from a boil to a simmer in just a few seconds. Although you can cook any kind of food in copper cookware, there is no better type of material for cookware that requires a very precise touch.

Is Copper Cookware Safe?

Copper alone is not a safe material to use in cooking. It is toxic, and can actually poison you, especially when cooking with acidic or vinegary foods. For this reason, most copper cookware is lined with a layer of tin or stainless steel, which prevents the copper from leeching into your cooking.

Tin adheres very well to copper, and if the lining begins to wear away, it can be professionally restored. Stainless steel linings might bubble or warp over time, and if they do, the pan is ruined.

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How Can You Select High-Quality Copper Cookware?

If you are choosing cookware for your kitchen, you want to be able to discern which pieces are truly high in quality without relying solely on sticker price. Aside from the lining, a good copper pan should be thick and heavy, and it should have a strong handle that will be able to withstand the weight of the copper pot or pan for years to come

All Clad Double Boiler and Inserts Review: Compare Prices

all-clad-double-boiler-reviewIf you are a seasoned cook then you already know how important a double boiler is for getting perfect cooking results especially when it comes to melting chocolate and preparing those delicate sauces. The All Clad Double Boiler is a must have in this respect.

The All Clad Double Boiler comes with a 2qt stainless steel saucepan and a 1.5qt ceramic insert so already you are getting a multi-purpose item. Even if you aren’t one for using a double boiler on a regular basis you will still get plenty of use from the saucepan so it’s definitely not something that will sit unused in your

What makes these doubleboiler work so well is the ceramic insert. It ensures that foods are heated
slowly and gently without burning. We all know how scorching delicate sauces even slightly can alter the final outcome so using the right tools for the job can really make a difference to your cooking.

What We Like:

  • Lifetime warranty.
  • The  versatility of this cookware.
  • We can use it as a saucepan and as a double  boiler.
  • The sturdy  construction.
  • The elegant good  looks.

Other Things to Consider:

We were hard pressed to find something we didn’t like about the All Clad Double Boiler. The price may put
some people off but you have to remember that All Clad products are strong and durable and will last a lifetime if looked after properly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you want a quality product then stick with All-Clad – You just can’t go wrong.

You can also purchase the All Clad double boiler insert on its own if you already have an All
Clad stainless steel saucepan. Just ensure that you check the specifications prior to purchasing to ensure you have chosen the correct size insert.

And where can I purchase the All Clad Double boiler online:


Cookware Review: All Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set

all-clad-stainless-steel-9pc-cookware-set-reviewWe have just added our latest review for the All Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set. In my opinion this is one of the best sets available on the market today for all round functionality.

All Clad have an amazing attention to detail with their products and you can’t beat them for quality and good looks.

I like the fact that although it is a stainless steel set they have also thrown in a non-stick skillet. Personally I can’t survive without non-stick for frying but I like the rest to be stainless steel so this is a perfect set in my opinion.

Read the full review hereAll Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set

The All-Clad Round Covered 3Qt Cassoulet Cookware

all-clad-stainless-round-covered-cassouletHow often do you need a pan that is suited to making one dish meals?

This pan is suitable for making paella, arroz con pollo or any other one dish casserole on top of the stove or it can be placed in the oven, and it makes a most attractive serving piece for the table.

The handles are flared and the good width ensures you have a good grip when carrying the pan to the table. Talk about combined good looks and functionality.

You will find that this beautiful All-Clad pan has a hand polished 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface that won’t react with the food you are preparing.

The 3 quart cassoulet will allow you to prepare a hearty meal for two with leftovers or a meal big enough for 4 servings.

We love the All-Clad range of cookware for it’s good looks and versatility.

Note:This piece is not suitable for use on induction stoves.

If you need inspiration for using this pan, visit Simply Recipes or Smitten Kitchen for great tasting arroz con pollo.

And where can you purchase the All-Clad round Cassoulet?
Metro Kitchen.com



What is 18/10 Stainless Steel Cookware?

all-clad-stainless-steel-cookware-setHave you ever looked at the bottom of your cookware and noticed a set of numbers? I know I have, but before I started this website I didn’t really think about what they actually meant.

You might see something like 18/10 or 18/8 imprinted on the base or the side of the pot or pan. What you are looking at is an indicator of the mix of metals that have gone into the manufacturer of your cookware.

Stainless steel is not just made up of steel. It is actually an alloy or mix of different metals. Stainless steel gets it’s ‘stainless’ qualities because of the other metals mixed in with it.

You can read more about this topic in our latest article: What is 18/10 Stainless Steel Cookware?