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Cooking with Copper Cookware

Updated on November 3, 2015

Copper cookware including bowls, pots and pans offers many advantages

Copper cookware is preferred by many top chefs for its many cooking benefits. It's also a beautiful addition to any kitchen and is well worth the investment for any household that enjoys cooking and baking. Bowls, pots, pans and molds can all be purchased in copper for a truly superior cooking experience. Using copper cookware will make recipes turn out better and is well worth the expense for any home chef that enjoys cooking or baking.

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History of Copper Cookware

In the 12th century knights returning from the Crusades introduced the craft of copper manufacturing. This originated in the city of Villedieu Les Poeles (the city of pots) which is still considered the center of the world's copper cookware manufacturing today.

Only wood utensils and spoons should be used with cooper pots and pans. This is so it doesn't destroy the interior lining. Low heats should also be used since copper has an extremely high transmission power.

Tradition states that the first time a copper pot is used that vegetables should be boiled for several minutes.

Copper Pepper Mill

Maximize flavor and aroma with this beautiful hand-made copper pepper mill from Greece. The Atlas mill is a unique European tradition that functions the best in the world.

Pepper Mill Imports Atlas Pepper Mill, Copper, 9"
Pepper Mill Imports Atlas Pepper Mill, Copper, 9"

This gorgeous copper pepper mill will add flare to even the most upscale kitchen.

 

Do you cook with copper cookware?

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Advantages of Copper Cookware and Pans

The superior heat conductivity of copper pots and pans make them the choice of many professional chefs. It's possible to achieve very precise temperatures which can be changed in a copper pot almost immediately because it will respond quickly. There aren't hot spots with copper cookware which is another reason they're a great choice. Food cooks more evenly for an overall better result.

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Tips on picking the best copper cookware

Most copper pans are lined with either tin or steel. Stainless steel is durable and will last much longer than tin which needs to be replaced every couple of years. Make sure to only purchase copper pans lined with stainless steel so you won't have to worry about replacing in a few years. Bowls used to whip egg whites should not be lined. The egg interacts best touching the copper.

Copper Pot & Pan Sets

These copper pots by Mauviel are top notch and sure to enhance your cooking experience. Mauviel is a leading brand in the copper cookware industry.

Benefits of Copper Bowls

A copper bowl is the absolute best way to beat eggs to achieve a fluffy egg white or meringue. There are many recipes that will produce much better results if a copper bowl is used. This is because the copper actually reacts on a molecular level with the egg whites. An ion in copper reacts with the protein in egg whites which strengthens them. So beating eggs in copper will result in more stable foam that is less likely to unfold and is harder to over-beat.

Mauviel Made In France M'Passion 2191.26 Copper 10-Inch/4.6L/4.9-Quart Egg White Bowl with Ring
Mauviel Made In France M'Passion 2191.26 Copper 10-Inch/4.6L/4.9-Quart Egg White Bowl with Ring

Mauviel 1830 has been a leader in the copper cookware industry for over 130 years and is used and loved by professionals and home chefs alike.

 

My siblings and I loved my Grandma's forgotten cookies. Once she passed my sister and I tried following her hand-written instructions however we could not get them to come out. They would never rise. We'd try adding more and more cream of tartar in an attempt to cheat, however still could not get the meringue to rise. Using a copper bowl makes all the difference!

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 5 hours 50 min
  • Ready in: 6 hours
  • Yields: 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2. In a large copper bowl beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add sugar 1 tsp at a time and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in the vanilla and chocolate chips if desired. (The traditional recipe calls for chocolate chips however I prefer mine plain)
  3. 3. Spoon onto a lined baking sheet and place sheets in the preheated oven.
  4. 4. Keep oven on for 2 minutes and then turn off. Leave in the oven overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours. Do not open the door at any point until done.
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Copper Jam Pan

Using a copper jam pan will produce a higher quality home-made jam. This is because the jams cooks more efficiently and quickly. This helps the jam to retain the essence of the fruit which cooks away with other types of cookware that has to remain on the stove for longer. The unlined interior doesn't react with fruits while cooking.

Cleaning Copper Cookware

After extended use copper tends to darken with time. To keep the cookware shiny it can occasionally be cleaned with a copper polish. These polishes can be pricey so an alternative is to clean with salt and either lemon or vinegar.

A copper pot or pan that has a lined tin or stainless steel interior should be cleaned with a non-abrasive material with a normal dishwashing liquid.

Copper Cleaner - Great for Copper Cookware

This will get your copper clean and shiny in no time.

Video on alternate way to clean copper pans

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Great tips! I have recently acquired some copper and am almost scared to try it. The tip on the bowl making the recipe work is encouraging. Thank you for sharing. Will give it a try and report back.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi love the look of copper cookwear. Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Impressive lens, keep the good work. :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Copper is beautiful, but I've always been a cast iron cook.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I've not used copper cookware before. Thanks for the information on the advantages of using copper pans. I've not heard of the egg white molecular reaction for fluffier egg whites and meringue. May need to try this out!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have heard that nothing works better on those egg whites than using a copper bowl and you proved that for yourself. I've never used copper for cooking but have heard just what you are saying, that it is preferred by many experts. You certainly have all the right informations for those wanting to dip into this level of cooking....and they can be part of the decor too, what a great deal!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I have some copper bottom pots, which are wonderful. My prize though is the round bottom bowl that my mother used for beating egg whites. Now that is fabulous.

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I never thought 'copperware' has so many benefits. Great overview!

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      My only concern with copper, and I could be wrong, is that doesn't it dissolve more easily into food than other metals? But these are some nice copper items, definitely something to think about. Nice lens!

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information. most of the people are using aluminium pots for cooking.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Since ancient times people have used copper cooking utensils. I live nearby one of the most ancient copper mines on earth: the copper mines of King Solomon. There are qualities to this cookware that have yet to be explored, something quite mystical I think.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have always wondered if they really made a difference. Time for an upgrade.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I would love to try cooking with copper pots.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed the background info on this lens.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      The hub, who is the resident chef, would love these!

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      GuyB LM 4 years ago

      I have a fry pan made out of old pennies. I glued them together with plumber's epoxy-which may explain why I see strange colors after cooking with this item. I like copper so much that I tattooed the periodic element Cu on my ankle. In hindsight, that was a monumental mistake.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I haven't tried cooking with copper pans before, but htese look great, and they should last a lifetime too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Tamarind too is an excellent cleaning agent for copper. Not sure if it is popular there!? Nice lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I hope I will have some copper cookware in my next kitchen...

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      I don't think I've ever cooked with copper.

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      Christmas-Gifts-Ideas 4 years ago

      I love copper everywere in my house. It looks like it can kill germs and viruses too. Great lens.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I love copper pots and bowls. They are not only the best for many times of cooking and baking, but they are so beautiful when cleaned. On the other hand they are beautiful when patina green too. LOL. Very nicely done lens. *Squid Angel Blessed*

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      I always wonder what was so special about cooking with copper. I think it is very pretty and would like some copper stuff.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Will make the investment when there aren't so many kids banging them around. Have never used copper before, and really didn't know much about it. This is the first recipe I've seen that calls for a specific bowl.

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      We used copper vessels many years ago and then switched to stainless steel. Your lens prompts a rethink! Thanks.

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      Cooper has a sexy look to it. Very cool lens.

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      CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

      Copper looks amazing in the kitchen, doesn't it?

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I do have some copper pots and they did take some getting used to. They use less heat, so they are quite energy efficient but it's easy to burn things if you don't know what you're doing.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These really are beautiful. If you have copper pots, you should display them.

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      gaser983 4 years ago

      Fantastic article, interesting reading!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I have always heard that copper is the best cookware. The copper metal chemically reacts with certain foods to give them something extra not found in other cookware. Great lens. I really enjoyed it.TonyB

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great info on copper, although I prefer stainless steel, these do look good . I always thought they were hard to keep shiny

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      hijess 4 years ago

      Interesting. I never see copper cookware or notice them at stores / people's homes. Are they mostly useful for cooking desserts?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is indeed a Difference in using Copper Cookware!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      I am always drawn to antique copper cookware. You have made me realise I should be looking towards copper for my imminent saucepan set replacement as well. Thank you for the cleaning tips too.

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      Srena44 4 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Squidviews 4 years ago

      I have always liked copper cookware for decoration, hanging in a kitchen, but have always been wary of using it to cook. Thanks for the great info.AJ

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      veldagtz 4 years ago

      I never use copper cookware, nice information thanks

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      Rudy145 LM 4 years ago

      I never knew you could

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Nicely done lens and information, Blessed

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for the cleaning tip. I'm so happy I have inherited my Mom's and my Grandmother's copper pans. My Grandmother had the same "Forgotten Cookies Recipe" but she called them Surprise Cookies because she would add all kinds of treats (sometimes chocolate chips, sometimes something else) to the batter and once they were cooked it was hard to tell what the treat inside was. Surprise!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I just purchased a copper jello mold. I have never used anything like this, but my daughter and her boyfriend are waiting patiently for me to figure it out so they can see the jiggly mass that is produced. Of course, they really just want to eat it. I understand I can also bake cakes with this pan, so must find instructions for that, too! Thank you for creating this intro to copper cookware.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      I always wanted a copper pot to do sugar art with. Great Lens and information.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I love copper for cooking! My french mother-in-law gave me her old copper pots and they get a lot of use here. She taught me to clean them with a mix of salt & flour: they come out good as new.

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      BestBuyGuy 4 years ago from Beekmantown, NY

      Love cooking with copper pans. Great lens.

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      roony672 4 years ago

      Interesting. Nice lens!

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      COUNTRYLUTHIER loves to cook grits in his favorite copper bottom pot. Great lens, blessed!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I love cooper cookware... by the way, the best ever coffee I drank was boiled in a copper pot in hot sand... it was a Turkish coffee in a Turkish quarter in Greece town. great lens Blessings!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I love the look of copper cookware, but have not ever used them for cooking.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much!

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness, looks like we have the same taste in rooting for copper cookware! First of all, I'm kinda "crazy" sometimes, because sometimes, I'd go for looks FIRST before its functionality when it comes to picking out stuff for my kitchen...but when I started having more kids, I just learned how to pick the right stuff without compromising my style. So now, I really, really think the Copper cookware, Copper bowls, etc. are visually attractive and at the same time very functional, and got lots of benefits, so it's definitely a wise, great choice for me! One of the things that I just learned from you is its superior ability to conduct heat...amazing! I love the way it looks, kinda Vintage, but modern at the same time, something like that...love the way it looks in my kitchen. Fascinating and very informative lens! Thanks for sharing and May God bless you!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Lovely lens - again. You presented a very thorough discussion of why we should buy copper cookware and the story about Grandma's cookies that would not rise cinched it for me: blessed and dugg.

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      HhaosThorngage 4 years ago

      excellent information though a word of warning, copper and acid do not really mix well, should you use a whisk or other tool made of a different metal the results could be slightly shocking!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I have some pans with copper bottoms that I love, but I didn't know all the benefits of copper. Now I want a copper bowl. Thumbs up!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      I have never cooked with copper but now I want to. Thanks for introducing me to this.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      We love copper cookware! Thumbs up!

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      I'd like to own a couple of sets of copper cookware.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I didn't know that meringues came out better when whipped in a copper bowl. And your forgotten cookies recipe sounds delicious!

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      fathomblueEG 4 years ago

      I love it when you go into a homemade candy shop and them using a very big copper pot to make sweets in. Yum:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the red-brown colour of the copper vessel and I do have some vessels with copper bottom, the dishes do get cooked quickly.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Copper look gorgeous!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @Auntie-M LM: Thank you!

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      Auntie-M LM 4 years ago

      Great info. Blessed!

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      Informative lens about copper cookwares. Thanks for sharing. And your grandma's forgotten cookies look yummy!

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I have only one copper pan. It was expensive, but it is great for sauteing and cooks the perfect omelet.

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      flm_online 4 years ago

      I love the idea of Copper but it has always scared me a bit. Your lense has given me hope that it is easier than I though. Thanks