Brightly burnished copper makes some of the most beautiful cookware that you can have for your home. But is it the right type of material for your kitchen? We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of copper cookware, to help you make your decision.
Advantages of Copper Pots and Pans
Copper is used by many professional chefs because of its superior heat conductivity. Hot spots are pretty much unheard of in copper pots and pans, and you can reach very precise heats. What this means is that as you change the temperature on your stove top, the temperature of the pot changes almost immediately allowing you to braise and brown foods to perfection.
Cookware made of copper has a good weight – heavy enough to sit securely on your burners without being too heavy to lift easily with one hand.
Plus, there is no denying the beauty of a shining copper pan. If you have ever seen beautiful photos of kitchens in home decorating magazines invariably the cookware pictured in the pot racks are copper pots and pans. This is because of the richness and quality of the pots that readily appeal visually.
Disadvantages of Cooking with Copper
Copper is highly reactive with foods, so most copper pans are lined with either tin or steel. Tin wears out easily, and needs to be replaced every few years which is why you should consider purchasing copper pots lined with stainless steel. Despite the fact that stainless steel lined pots are more expensive than tin lined, in the long run you will appreciate its longevity.
Copper pots and pans must be polished frequently, even when not in use, to prevent the pan from corroding. Copper cannot be washed in the dishwasher and must be hand-dried thoroughly after washing to prevent spotting.
Finally, copper is among the most expensive types of cookware making it out of the range of many home kitchens.
To reap the benefits of copper conductivity without the high maintenance, some exceptionally fine cookware sandwiches layers of copper between layers of aluminum and/or stainless steel. This construction transmits heat beautifully, while preventing the copper from reacting with the air or with your foods.
In short, copper makes a wonderful material for cookware, but it is both expensive and requires some work to keep it in top condition. If you are willing and able to give it the attention it needs, cookware made of copper is a great addition to any kitchen.
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