Pros and Cons of Copper Cookware

So you see the famous cooks on television and you wonder why almost all of them use copper cookware.  Is copper cookware only for the stars, or is it fit for regular cooks, too?  Even if you think you’ve made up your mind, you should read these pros and cons of copper cookware. The superior heat distribution and conductivity of the copper cookware make it the leading candidate among cookware options.  Ever wondered why it’s copper electricians use?  Copper conducts electricity and heat like no other metal.  When used in cookware, the copper material reduces heating time and overall cook time for your meal, while cooking evenly. The copper surfaces of the pots and saucepans are a breeze to clean.  Even though you cannot put them in the dishwasher, you’ll have no complaints for the clean up time involved. Finally, copper cookware has a classic, ever-popular look.  You will want to display your copper cookware for all to see.  Everyone will be convinced that you must be a professional cook when they see your cookware. 

There are downsides to copper cookware, however.  Copper is the most expensive type of cookware.  For many people, it’s simply out of their price range.  It’s also extremely heavy, the heaviest of cookware.  These are two major downsides to copper sets. But the most striking downside of all is that what you buy isn’t necessarily the same product that you’ll have in months or years.  Even though copper cookware is so heavy, it is easily dented.  Scratches too will mar your once perfect pots.  And if you cook acidic meals frequently, the inner lining of the pot will tarnish as the metal is leached into your meal.  This effect can even be toxic.  In this case, you must find an expert for specialized polishing and repair. In many ways, copper can be the best cookware, superior to the other choices in many ways.  Before you make your purchase decision, it’s important to keep in mind both the pros and the cons of this material.  For some, it can be a very good decision, for others, it would be a poor choice and one they would regret.

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Use a Wok for Authentic Asian Cooking at Home

Do you want to cook those great Asian meals at home?  Do you want to cook healthier?  If you say yes to either of these questions, a wok is just the tool you need for your kitchen.  Having a wok will allow you to make plenty of great tasting food that is at the same time surprisingly healthy and exciting.

The wok is designed to be used with a high heat for a short duration.  There is a relatively small area which is directly under the heat source and sloped sides.  Cooks toss the meal contents from the bottom area to the sides and back again to avoid burning, while at the same time cooking in the flavor they add.  The shorter cook time saves you time on the one hand, but surprisingly reduces overall fat content in the food, making it a much healthier meal.

The wok is the perfect way to encourage yourself to eat vegetables you know you should eat, but rarely do.  After all, how many recipes for broccoli are really enticing?  And if they are, they are probably drizzled in that cheese you know you shouldn’t have.  But adding broccoli and other vegetables to your stir fry can be the perfect way to include them in your diet.  If you have a great sauce, those extra vegetables will seem all the more acceptable to you.

Finally, unless you are going to head down to one of the Mongolian stir fry restaurants every time the urge hits, you need to learn how, and have the proper tools, to make your own delicious Asian meal.  The wok is the only way to go here.  Trying to cook a delicious Asian meal in a saucepan simply won’t do.

Once you realize the benefits of a wok, you really can’t afford not to try using one yourself.  You will be a happier, healthier cook once you give it a shot.


 

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Your Questions About Copper Cookware

Susan asks…

What’s the fuss about titanium cookware?

Yesterday, I saw this commercial about titanium cookware. I can’t remember the brand name. Did anyone use those? They claim to never burn your food, never stick and they say they cook without water or oil. Is any of this true? I mean seriously who would pay $220 for a small saucepan???

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I would personally have to borrow a titanium pan to test all those claims myself. Cooking equipment (or anything else in life) rarely lives up to the hyperbole of advertising.

I have some stainless steel copper-bottom pans that have lasted 15+ years without a scratch. Other people I know have had these pans for 20+ or 30+ years. The whole 10-piece set was about $75-80 back in the day– I think is is about $130 now. You don’t need to constantly replace them like you do with teflon pans. On the other hand, I have some great Caphalon pans that don’t need much oil (or any) for cooking and are very durable but they are hardly in the $200/pan range. Also, most people use a little bit of oil and some moisture for cooking….recipes call for it, and it makes food taste better.

I don’t know about you but except for barbeque I do not cook outside. Unless you go backpacking every weekend where you need to lug a small set of cookware around…I am not sure it is worth the price. The features you mention make a lot of sense for backpackers would need as little weight as possible. They can’t lug a bottle of olive oil and a can of broth around in their packs and they need something that heats up quickly over a campfire.

So if you are a frequent backpacker and willing to spend the money, titanium cookware is for you. Note– I mention backpacking and not camping, which can involve cars, cabins and RVs. Pan weight is not a factor in those cases.

Maria asks…

How to clean a copper hip flask?

I bought an antique copper hip flask from Portebello market (London), when I washed it out with water loads of grime came out. Is it safe to drink hard liquor from it or will I get some sort of copper poisining? I’ve washed it out with boiling water and fairy antibacterial washing up liquid, what would you recomend I do? thanks in advance 😀 xx

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Is the flask lined with another metal other than copper, IF NOT, don’t use it as you could get cooper poisoning…yes I am serious….If it is lined then use a vinegar,soap &water solution and let it set for a few hours to a day, then rinse it out and clean well, repeat if necessary,if possible use a bottle brush to help get inside…. Be CAREFUL if the flask is not lined, adding liquor (whiskey)is similar to adding bleach to it and drinking it as the alcohol will have an adverse affect on the copper. IF needed contact a copper smith..contact PAUL REVERE COOKWARE as they use a lot of copper in their products for advice.

Steven asks…

Who knows of a good heavy duty copper cleaner?

My husband built a copper baking rack about 10 years ago, which has been sitting outside. I’ve been trying to clean it with Brasso and Tarn-x, but it takes too long, and by the time I get around to working on it again, the parts I’ve cleaned before have already started to change. I’d like something that will clean it quickly so I can do it all at once and lacquer it when I’m done

admin answers:

Western Metal Doctor is a heavy duty brass and copper cleaner. It quickly removes heavy tarnish and oxidation from copper boilers, copper and brass fire extinguishers, cookware such as the bottom of pots and pans, lamps, doorknobs, stair and bar hand rails, antiques, and many other items. Metal Doctor also works great on marine applications such as brightwork trim, portholes, bells, cleats, etc., on boats, ships, and docks.

Most metal cleaners found in stores will remove light tarnish, but aren’t designed to remove heavy oxidation. Metal Doctor has the strength to remove black and green corrosion.

Ruth asks…

What would be the best alternative to aluminum cookware?

I want a wood burning stove or to be able to cook over a hearth or fire pit, but I don’t know what kind of cookware would be up to the task. I also want to be able to use it to make lye soap, but I will keep the pots for soap separate from everything I use for food of course. Don’t bother asking me why I want this just help me figure out what’s best for all I want to do. apparently aluminum is bad for soap and open flames. so what then stainless steel? cast iron? copper sounds waaay to expensive. suggestions please 🙂

admin answers:

Cast iron is good for cooking on a wood stove.
People made home made soap years ago in cast iron pots.

David asks…

Can the uneven bottoms of my Revere Ware pans be made flat?

The bottoms of my old copper bottom pans are almost bowl-like, but only gently rounded. They won’t sit flat on my glass top stove.

admin answers:

You can make them flat, but they will return to the slightly rounded shape in no time flat. I had to purchase all new heavy bottom cookware when I purchase a ceramic top range.

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Your Questions About Cookware

Charles asks…

cookware???

What is a good set of cookware?

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My friend worked at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and recommended Calphalon to me. I got it for my wedding seven years ago and it is still going strong. I love it. Major downside? Not dishwasher safe.

George asks…

What cookware is safe to use and which one is actually good for you?

I know that most of cookware on the market is made in China. Is it safe to use? How nickel in stainless steel affects health if so? Which is the best health and maintenance wise cookware? Thank all.

admin answers:

Good old cast iron. There isn’t anything on it that you didn’t put there when you cured it. You can find it almost anywhere, it is made the USA, Australia and Mexico. When cured properly, it’s non-stick also. It works very well with olive oil and other vegetable oils that are good for your diet and you can bake with them without fear of ruining the finish.

Daniel asks…

What type of cookware should I purchase?

I am looking to buy some cookware. I want it to be long-lasting and great quality, but I am not sure where to start. I heard that Kitchen Aid, T-Fal, and Faberware has great cookware but even if this is so, I am not sure rather I should get stainless steel, copper, hard anodized, cast iron, or whatever else is availble. Does anyone have any recommendations? I heard that caphalon was decent too. I need something that is dishwasher safe.

admin answers:

I would go with a kitchenAid. Its great, long lasting and does a great job on all your foods. I’ve never used Farberware, but T-Fal I dont like because it does poor jobs on almost everything

Jenny asks…

What type of cookware is best for gas stoves?

I’ve recently switched to gas and my cookware gets really gummy at the bottom of my skillets and really burned. I’m not sure why this is happening. I didnt have the problem with electric, but I hate electric stoves. What is the best cookware for gas. Mainly I have these problems with my wok and skillets. I already have T-fal and Faberware. Any suggestions would be great.

admin answers:

I love cast iron. Add some to your collection. They are great and not that hard to keep up.

Mary asks…

What cookware is the best and most affordable?

I enjoy cooking and will be replacing my old set of cookware. What are some recommendations to brands?

admin answers:

I would suggest going to a restaurant supply store and buying aluminum cookware. It is inexpensive and will last a long time. Just look up “Wholesale Grocery” in your local yellow pages. These stores are open to the general public and you do not have to be a member to shop there. I have several pots and pans I have purchased from one of these places. I don’t think I’ve spent more than $35 for any one piece. “Vollrath” is one brand name. There are several others. Http://www.restaurantsource.com

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Your Questions About Cookware Brands

Linda asks…

What are some brands of high quality cookware?

I want to buy some high quality cookware. I like everything about Saladmaster except the price. Does anyone know any other brands that I could check out?? I am looking for something stainless steel with a copper or aluminum core for even heat distribution.

admin answers:

Pyrex for glassware like cassarole dishes, ect. And for your pots and pans the VERY BEST is made by Volrath. They are professional grade, double walled stainless steel with an aluminum core. Quite pricy but they are amazing. I buy nothing but professional grade kitchen equipment now. You can go to any restaurant supply house for really great products.

Laura asks…

What other brands of cookware are made by Tramontina?

I know they make Members Mark for Sams Club but do they make other brands?

admin answers:

They make several: http://www.tramontina-usa.com/global_innovations.pdf

Steven asks…

between these Nonstick Cookware brands is the best one. t-fal, Farberware,Cuisinart Advantage, or Mainstays?

i need somthing that has a gd nonstick surface and will last me a while. dishwasher safe is a big plus but not necessary.

admin answers:

My personal opinion is that non-stick cookware is not good for MOST cooking. I have two non-stick skillets and I use them for specific things. I get oven safe skillets so they can go stovetop to oven (which means metal handles). I also replace them every 2 years. Spending more than $15 on a non-stick skillet is a waste. Buy great stainless, cast iron, enameled cast iron pans and go cheap with the non-stick

John asks…

What are the brands that sell 100% stainless steel cookware(interior and exterior)?

Also, what is the top best slow cooker that is 100% stainless steel? Thank you!

admin answers:

You do not want 100% stainless steel cookware, because it’s a poor conductor of heat. All high quality “stainless” cookware is layered with stainless steel only on the exterior and interior surfaces, while having at least an internal heat spreading core of aluminum or copper. Not all stainless steel is sufficiently ferrous (magnetic) to work with electric inductive cooktops, so some “stainless” cookware adds an additional layer of ferrous steel in addition to the thermal cores. You also wouldn’t want a slow cooker that’s 100% stainless steel, because the uneven heating would cause food to burn more quickly. They are usually made of ceramic stoneware for a reason, even heating. Besides, a “stainless” pressure cooker (with alum/copper) core can in less than an hour everything a slow cooker does in 3+ hours, with better flavor, color, and nutritional content. By the way, the Prestige “stainless” cookware isn’t 100% stainless, of course, and that’s a GOOD thing.

Richard asks…

What are the best brands of cookware?

Cutlery, Pots & Pans, etc. What does Hell’s Kitchen chef Gordon Ramsey use? Food Network and Iron Chefs?

admin answers:

One of the best and also somewhat affordable brands is Pampered Chef. Their products are all high quality and will last a long, long time. I have many things from Pampered Chef including a pizza cutter, cutting board, muffin racks, a couple of pots, and a chef’s knife. All of them have worked extremely well, especially the knife. Here’s some user reviews on the things I mentioned and a ton of other Pampered Chef products. Http://www.viewpoints.com/search?N=28+4294527703&q=pampered+chef

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Your Questions About Pots And Pans Plus

James asks…

How do I revive the beauty of my stainless steel pots and pans?

So use and time has made my pots dull. Plus there are some odd stains on some of them. What is the most effective, yet safe, way to scrub these clean? I don’t want to scratch them, but they need more than soap, water and elbow grease.

admin answers:

I found this link for you on thriftyfun.com. Read the entry I think it’s the 2nd one down where they were saying they have Saladmaster pans they’ve had for over 53 years. They use a powdered cleanser and a paper towel. I hope this helps. I wouldn’t recommend the first one where they use a torch myself but you could try it. Lol.

Mary asks…

need to find tieried pot and pan holder that was on tv this morning and will not be sold in stores?

it goes under the cabinets it is not a hanging pot holder and holds up to 14 pots ans pans plus lids

admin answers:

I don’t know what you are talking about, by try asseenontv.com

Laura asks…

i need help with pots and pans?

I need to find something for my mom for her birthday, and i know she wants a set of pots and pans because she is constantly hinting at it. My problem is that there are so many things to choose from, plus there are all these different types of pots and pans such as stainless steel, cast iron etc. can someone tell me which ones are the best or at least better and why they think so.

admin answers:

This is a tough one! Every one likes something different, and there is nothing worse than getting an expensive pan that you hate. I got a 200$ calphalon pan for wedding gift… Hated it!! Giver her a gift certificate to a place like Bed bath and Beyond so she can pick out what she wants, then take her out for lunch, and take her there to buy the pans.. If she is like my mom she would let the cert expire before she got the pans!!! BBB is great cuz the sometimes have coupons for 20% off purchase, and a good set of pans can cost a few hundred bucks. You might even try a store like Foleys, dillards, May Co.. The will have great sales at times too.

John asks…

What kind of pots and pans do you use?

What are some good ones? I have Williams-Sonoma dishes and glasses and flatware that are not too expensive but their pans are outrageous! I am still using old castoffs handed down to us after we were married sixteen years ago plus some Wal-Mart crap we bought in between to get by. Now I am desperate for new pots and pans and want good stuff but have a low budget. Any ideas???? LOL @ Plain Jane. 🙂

admin answers:

Go to the QVC website, click on kitchenware (or housewares), then click on Todd English products, then look at his “Green Pan” products. They are available in sensibly-grouped sets, along with a few additional/optional items. Teflon falls apart above say 500 degrees, but a hot frying pan can get to 800 or more…the “Green Pan” products are coated witha ceramic that can withstand those hi temperatires. There are pots, pans, frying pans, griddles, etc., in the “Green Pan” line. Just be sure to follow the use-and-care instructions, among the most important are: *use ONLY wooden or other non-scratching utensils and cleaning pads *do NOT put the hot pots, pans or lids in cold water, as the glass lids will break. The ceramic interior of the items can be cleaned just by wiping a cotton or paper towel around them; they truly are non-stick. *a 5-or6 piece set of various items is +/- $100. BUT: his stuff sells out fast. Also, be sure to check his “closeouts” which ‘sometimes’ feature one or two of those products. If that doesn’t suit your taste, needs or budget, you could look at Costco for a stainless steel set, a lot of pieces at a good price.

Maria asks…

im going camping and need a grill grate….something that can go over a campfire to put down pots and pans.?

i dont have any extra ones from a grill or fridge..plus i could’nt find one at the salvation army..any make at home remedies for me? thanks for your time and help

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What I found was a large fan,works great.Its big and curved so it fits around the fire just right and its steal,A fridge has a coating that has to be burned off b4 u can cook anything on,

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Your Questions About Farberware Percolator

Robert asks…

Have a USA farberware coffee percolator – how can I make it work in UK? An US to UK adaptor does not work.?

I’m told the US power cord is a 3 pin P/N 31496 if this helps. Can I just buy a UK one to plug in and go?

admin answers:

500W UK to USA Voltage Convertor
only £99.99

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=227637

or

A new coffee percolator suitable for UK use would be cheaper to buy from amazon:

Dualit Cordless Coffee Percolator Chrome 84036
£52.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dualit-Cordless-Coffee-Percolator-84036/dp/B0000TZ8OE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1230304491&sr=1-1

Maria asks…

How do I remove the main heating element from a Farberware percolator?

It is an older model 142B-12 cup. I have replaced the thermostat, heating coil and fuse link, but I can’t figure out how to remove the main heating element. Any ideas would be appreciated.
I appreciate the answers so far but maybe I need to clarify further. My percolator is an older model with a replaceable heating element. The element screws into the base of the pot. There is also a coil type element that I believe is for maintaining the temperature, once the coffee is perked. I already have the fuse link, but thanks for the tip. I think that I need some sort of wrench to remove the heating element. There is a nut inside the pot and it turns when I try to remove the element from the bottom.

admin answers:

I may be misunderstanding your question, but I had always thought the heating element and heating coil are the same thing. But usually the element is in a ceramic housing fastened to the base of the pot. You cannot just remove the element. You have to replace the whole ceramic housing with the element as one unit. The Element itself is permanently fastened to the ceramic. And the ceramic is usually just screwed to the base housing

EDIT: OK they are probably the fasteners that hold the element in, you will need to be able to hold one end of it while You turn the other. It may be easiest to hold the end iside the pot and turn the exterior portion, be it with wrench, pliers, or a socket wrench then, looking at the bottom of the pot with it upside down turn that screw counter clockwise this should undo the fasteners.
Socket wrenches, or nut drivers are good for reaching down onto something, like you are describing

David asks…

Can an electric percolator be adjusted (to make the coffee stronger)?

I have a Farberware electric coffee percolator. It works fine except the coffee is very weak. I don’t think it is perking long enough. Can the timer inside be adjusted?

admin answers:

U could add more coffee to make it stronger if there is no adjustment to it.

Donald asks…

does any one know the warranty on farberware percolators my does not work seems that is electrical ?

admin answers:

The first thing you should check is the connection between the cord and the prongs on the side of the coffee pot. This is a weak spot on all percolator’s that have a removeable cord, and after awhile they get burnt, the holes in the cord looks burnt and then one of the prongs gets burnt and it eventually doesn’t make contact when it’s plugged in. So if your cord plug looks discolored or one of the prongs looks bad, that’s probably the problem. Otherwise there is a thermal fuse in the bottom that can be replaced by a repair person.

Mary asks…

what is the best rated coffee percolator?

i love electric coffee pots but my farberware isnt hot enough i have only had it maybe 10 months, is there a better one out there. I use it everyday sometimes twice aday. coffee is now tasting bitter

admin answers:

Mr. Coffee.

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