Watch any cooking show produced in the last few years, and you’ll likely see the chef wielding beautiful copper cookware. Thanks to its TV fame combined with its functionality and beauty, copper cookware is certainly trending. Here’s why you should treat your kitchen to a few of these fabulous pots and pans.
Professionals prefer to use copper cookware not because it’s gorgeous but because it offers superior conductivity (heat distribution). In a copper pot or pan, you’re less likely to get nasty hot spots. And you’re less likely to burn whatever you’re cooking.
However, copper cookware has a few disadvantages that you should be aware of. First and foremost, it requires special care. Copper is corrosive and therefore it needs to be hand washed and hand dried after every use. Copper’s reactivity also means that cookware needs to come with a lining, be it stainless steel, ceramic or otherwise, so that your food with be safe to eat. Finally, genuine copper cookware is expensive, but it’s our opinion that its cool factor and functionality make up for the high price tag.
If you’re convinced that your kitchen needs a few pieces of copper cookware, take a look at the list below. These pots, pans and sets all sport the attractive appearance and superior cooking abilities provided by copper.
1. Martellata Copper 10-Piece Set
If you’re looking to replace all your cookware with copper, look no further than the Martellata Copper 10-Piece Set. These pots and pans are made with three layers: copper on the outside, aluminum on the interior and stainless steel on the inside. Together these layers ensure conductivity, precise control and a safe cooking environment, creating cookware that’s both beautiful and highly functional. This set includes sauce pots, saute pans and more.
2. Red Copper Flipwich
BEST FOR SANDWICHES
Take advantage of the heat conductivity of copper to make the best sandwiches ever with the Red Copper Flipwich. This device is a standard panini maker that uses the heat of your stove to cook both sides of your sandwich. The copper-infused ceramic cooking plates are complemented by aluminum induction plates. Plus, this piece of copper cookware comes with its very own recipe book.
3. Almond Nonstick Ceramic Copper Frying Pan
Sporting a unique design, this skillet is as functional as it is beautiful. The ceramic interior is complemented by a copper exterior for ideal heat distribution. The frying pan comes with a tempered glass lid and is oven safe up to 500 degrees.
4. Copper Chef 12 Piece Bakeware Set
BEST FOR BAKERS
As copper cookware trends, the Copper Chef brand has quickly become one of the hottest kitchen names around. That’s because the company creates durable, gorgeous copper cookware. And in this 12-piece bakeware set, they’ve ensured that both chefs and bakers can benefit from using copper in their trade tools. The set includes a loaf pan, a baking sheet, a muffin pan and more.
5. Old Dutch 887 Teakettle
Unless you have above-the-stove racks for your cookware, your kettle is probably the only piece constantly on display in your kitchen. Make sure it’s gorgeous enough to fulfill its duty by buying the Old Dutch 887 Teakettle. This attractive copper and brass kettle has superior heat conductivity thanks to its copper interior. It’s also lined with nickel to keep your boiling water safe for consumption and to make cleaning the kettle quick and easy.
6. All-Clad Copper Core Saucier Pan
BEST FOR CHEF WANNABES
Although you won’t benefit from the trendy copper look with the All-Clad Copper Core Saucier Pan, you will get a saucepan suitable for professional-level cooking. That’s because this pot has a copper interior for superior heat distribution. The interior is lined with stainless steel that will help it last for years to come. A stainless steel handle and lid complete the set.
7. Ruffoni Symphonia Cupra 3.5-Quart Soup Pot
Beautifully suited to go from kitchen to dining room table, this copper soup pot is very durable thanks to its triple layer construction. On the inside, you’ll find a stainless steel cooking surface. The middle layer of the pot is made from aluminum, and the exterior is hand-hammered copper. Not only does this create an attractive jewel-like appearance, the layers also mean this soup pot is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
8. Cuisinart Copper Tri-Ply 8-Piece Cookware Set
Although the price tag might look high, the Cuisinart Copper Tri-Ply Set offers great value considering you get 8 genuine copper cooking items. Like many of the other pots and pans at the high end of copper cookware, the Cuisinart versions boast three layers: a copper exterior, an aluminum middle and a stainless steel cooking surface. This set comes complete with sauce pans, skillets and more.
9. PRIMA MATERA Round Copper Saute Pan
BEST FOR INDUCTION COOKING
Many copper cooking utensils aren’t compatible with induction stove tops and can only be used with gas and electric. So, if you have an induction stove, consider purchasing copper cookware from the PRIMA Matera line. This saute pan is durable thanks to its mix of copper and stainless steel, and it offers superior cooking for sauces thanks to innovative heat distribution.
10. Mauviel M’Heritage Copper Stockpot
Made in France and designed to stay in use for generations, the Mauviel M’Heritage Copper Stockpot is beautiful to look at and use. The 6-quart pot boasts durable bronze handles and is ideal for soups, sauces and more. Plus, the copper exterior and stainless steel interior ensure everything cooks quickly and evenly.
11. Falk Culinair Copper Classical Line Starter Set
It may be the most expensive copper cookware on our list, but the Falk Culinair Copper Classical Line Starter Set is simply wonderful. The pots are made from 2.3mm of heavy duty copper lined with just 200 microns of stainless steel to produce cookware that feels heavy in your hands and makes the most out of copper conductivity. The hands are made from cast iron, and the pots and pans come complete with a brushed copper finish that makes these pieces of cookware easier to maintain than other copper pieces. Altogether, this starter set would make a great addition to your kitchen or a great gift idea for newlyweds.