Copper cookware is a worthwhile investment, which is why it is important to take the time to learn which pans are best suited for your needs and habits. We collated some frequently asked questions to help you narrow down your options.
How do I clean and maintain copper cookware?
You can clean copper cookware with regular dish soap and water. Avoid hard scourers, as that could scrape the exteriors of the pan. (Copper is a relatively soft metal and is thus more sensitive.) Copper catches fingerprints, blemishes and rust easily. While many believe this is part of its rustic charm, an occasional polish to bring copper back to its original sheen is a good idea. Mauviel’s Copperbrill Copper Cleaner does the job efficiently and well. For more on how to care for copper pans, read our guide.
Are copper pans dishwasher safe?
Copper pans should never be placed in the dishwasher.
Can copper pans be used on induction?
Unless specified as induction compatible, most copper pans are not usable on induction hobs.
What are the benefits of copper cookware?
Copper provides a great amount of control over cooking, thanks to its ability to conduct heat efficiently and respond to changes in temperature in an instant. It also distributes heat around the pan evenly, so that no part of your dish cooks slower than the other.
Can I use copper pans in the oven?
All the copper cans we sell at Borough Kitchen are oven-compatible.
Where are your copper pans made?
All our copper pans from Mauviel and De Buyer are made in France. All-Clad Copper Core pans are made in the USA.
How long does a copper pan last?
A copper pan is meant to last a lifetime.
What should I look for when buying a copper pan?
Primarily, you should check whether your copper pan is compatible with your hob, as most traditional copper pans are not ferritic (magnetic), which is a requirement for induction hobs. Mauviel M’6S, De Buyer Prima Materia, and All-Clad Copper Core are all suitable for induction hobs. Then consider how you want to use it: Do you want to use copper pans heavily, such as for a catering business? Then a range like Mauviel’s M’200, which has an extra-thick layer of copper, is best, as this extra copper is designed to withstand frequent use. However, if you’re only cooking at home, a range like Mauviel M’150 or De Buyer Inocuivre is lighter in weight and provides excellent heat responsiveness.
Are copper pans nonstick?
Unless specified as having a non-stick coating, copper pans are generally not non-stick. They are usually lined with stainless steel or tin.