Someone once asked a question while trying to play down the importance of quality cookware. He asked this: “Will a $1000 cooking pan make your food taste two times better than one that costs $500?” Of course, the answer was a resounding no! While this is true to a large extent, if you think deeply about it, you will agree that top quality cookware can affect the quality of your cooking and therefore its taste.
Take this for example, if you use low quality kitchen equipment
and one of your cheap pots is made of a material that adds some unwanted taste to the food, will this affect its quality? Of course it will. Okay, let’s look at another scenario. You use another low quality pan that does not distribute heat evenly. The result is that while some part of the food is done, the other may be burnt, over-cooked or under-cooked. Will this affect the taste of your cooking? It certainly will. These points show how important your cookware can be to your cooking.
It is recommended that every serious cook keep a variety of cookware. One of the very important ones to have in your selection is the copper pan because it’s a great conductor of heat and will evenly distribute temperature for balanced cooking. Copper will also save you energy costs as it makes efficient use of heat. Apart from all these, it is also very lovely to behold.
When choosing a copper pan or set, there are a number of things to consider and we will, in this guide, show you some of these things. If you use a gas stove top
, there are some types of pans that will be best for you. If you use a cooktop hot plate
, you will need to know what types of pots to avoid and which ones to get.
Getting the best copper pan will be easy for you after you have gone through this guide. Stay with us on this journey through the world of copper cookware.
The price of a copper pan will be affected by factors such as the number of pieces in the set, the thickness of the copper, the size of the pan and other features. Depending on what you need, you can pay as little as $20 or as much as $1000 for good copper pans! Like we noted earlier, the number in a set among other factors will affect the price.
The range we’ve have just given should give you an idea of how to adjust your budget. You can of course shop above this range for top end models. If you decide to stay with the range we gave, be assured that you will get good value for your money. However, whatever you do, steer clear of cheap copper pans. The poor quality of these cheap products will make you wish you had totally avoided them.
To get the copper pan or set of copper pans right for you, you must consider certain features and factors. This is important because needs differ from person to person. We will list some of these features and factors so you can know exactly what to look out for and how they can affect your choice. Some of the factors to consider include:
- Non-stick or not
- Rim type
- Cookware surface
- Lid and lid type
- Oven safe?
- Care instructions
Let’s elaborate on these.
Construction and Design
The first thing you need to decide is what kind of copper pan you need. You could get a single pan of your choice or you could go for a set. If you want to go for a set, you need to decide how many pieces you want. If you aren’t certain, you can simply work with a budget. On the other hand, if you want to get just one, you will want to look at the type and size of the one you want to get. Is it a frying pan or another kind of pan? What size will be best for you? These are some of the questions you will need to answer.
Another very important thing to consider is the surface of the pan. Generally, copper reacts with certain foods. It will react with any food that is acidic or alkaline, adding a metallic taste to it. Therefore, when choosing a copper pan, you need to be aware of the kind of surface it has so you will know what you can and cannot cook on it. Better still, you can simply opt for a copper pan with a stainless steel surface. This way, you will be getting the non-reactive feature of stainless steel and the heat conductivity of copper. Nonreactive simply means that stainless steel does not react with any food and therefore will not add any taste to it.
Most copper pans are flat-bottomed. While this may not appear to be very important, it can increase or reduce the efficiency of your cooking. If your cook top is a smooth range, then the flat bottomed pan will work perfectly with it. If, however, you get a round-bottomed pan, it won’t work well with your cooktop range. This is something to be considered.
Performance and Ease of Use
For the easy use of your pan, you need to know what pans are best for what. The rim type of your pan will tell you what it is best suited for. If you are going to be pouring liquids from your pan, then you certainly need a flared rim to avoid spills. If, however, you will be tossing food, a straight rim will be better for you.
Another thing that can add some convenience (and inconvenience) is the cover or lid. Do you need a pan with a lid? If you do, are you looking for the convenience of having a glass lid through which you can see what you’re cooking? While this is great, you need to know that glass lids will increase the weight of the pot. You also need to be aware that glass can easily break so you MUST take necessary precautions.
One thing that many people look out for is whether a pan is non-stick or not. If this is what you want, look out for it. However, understand that while it is a great addition to your cookware, this is a coating that will eventually wear off, especially if you use abrasive cooking utensils or washing scourers.
After you’ve spent a lot of money ordering your copper pan, you want to ensure you take proper care of it. The manufacturer’s instruction is very important. Did the manufacturer stipulate clearly that it is oven safe? If it is, double check to ensure the handle (if it has one) is not made of plastic or rubber. If it is, this is a sure way of knowing that it is not oven safe. If it is made of silicone, then it is oven safe only to a certain degree. Your manufacturer should make this clear.
Finally, before you toss your pan into a dishwasher, know if it is dishwasher safe. Copper pans are high maintenance and in many cases should be hand washed. To ensure your copper pan lasts, take the time to go through your manufacturer’s guide.
A copper pan is not a one-stop solution for all your cooking needs. To be sure of the pan you need, you must know your exact cooking needs. It helps to know what kind of cooking you’ll be doing, cooking fire you’ll be using etc. These are some points that we’ve already raised in our buying guide. With this information, it will be easier for you to identify the copper pan that is best for you as we begin to review our top five selections below.
It’s been a great journey so far. Thank you for taking it with us. We hope we’ve been able to provide you with information to help you understand exactly what you need. Armed with this information, go right ahead to place your order and begin to enjoy your copper pan.