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Is Copper Cookware Worth It

Step into many high-end kitchens, and one of the first things you will notice is the gorgeous copper pots in racks hanging on the walls. It’s enough to make you want to become a world-class chef just to have the opportunity to prepare exquisite meals using them. Before you run to your nearest luxury kitchen store to pick up some Copper Chef copper pans of your own, keep in mind that an entire set could easily run you thousands of dollars, with a single pot well over $100. Just what is it that makes copper cookware a must-have for some of the world’s top chefs?

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HEAT

Put any pot or pan on the stove or in the oven, and it’s sure to heat up – as long as you have properly set the temperature, of course. However, not all pans are made alike. The efficiency with which a pot or pan conducts and distributes heat depends on the material of which it is made. And when it comes to conductivity, copper wins first prize hands down. Because of the efficiency with which copper distributes the heat, even the most inexperienced cook can prepare foods with only the most minimal risk of hot spots and scorching. A copper pot responds to even the smallest adjustments in temperature, allowing you to prepare even the most delicate of jams or sauces without burning them. Copper is also ideal if you want to perfectly braise and brown foods. Items prepared in copper pots and pans also stay warm for longer because of the metal’s conductive properties.

GERM-FREE

Have you ever wondered why many surfaces such as doorknobs in hospitals are made of copper? The answer is that microbes cannot live on copper’s surface because it is toxic to them. At the same time, it has no poisonous potential for humans and is perfectly safe for us.

WEIGHT MATTERS

Some cookware, particularly pots made of cast-iron, are extremely heavy and unwieldy. They can be quite a challenge to lift safely. On the other hand, some aluminum items are so light that they can be inadvertently moved off the burner while you are stirring. Copper strikes just the right balance, neither too ponderous nor too skimpy. With copper, you can rest assured that it will stay put on your burners, yet you can easily lift the pot or pan with one hand when the need arises.

LONGEVITY

If you care for it well, the copper cookware that you buy today can be passed on to your children and down through the generations. Most copper cookware is lined with tin, ceramic or stainless steel to keep the metal from reacting with the foods Read More

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