As one of the first metals to be worked by human hands, copper pans were probably the first ever used in any kitchen by people preparing food. Whether by luck, coincidence or good planning, they managed to select a material that has an enormous range of benefits in the kitchen.
Even today, millennia after they were first used, copper pots still have a place in almost every professional kitchen in the world. Although it is more expensive, buying copper cookware has a variety of benefits. Copper is an excellent conductor, which means that it spreads heat evenly throughout its surface. This allows chefs to cook their ingredients more thoroughly and evenly. Copper heats up quickly too, which is ideal in a busy kitchen.
In many ways copper is the opposite of cast iron. It heats up quickly and cools quickly too, unlike cast iron which is slow to warm up but retains heat for longer. However, both are renowned for cooking evenly and producing food that is tastier than that made in some other materials. Copper pots are also more lightweight than cast iron, so better for quick cooking on a smaller scale.
The responsiveness of copper pots to heat means they are the preferred material for chefs cooking food that requires a delicate touch. So, when cooking seafood or melting ingredients like sugar and butter, when a few seconds or degrees either way can make a big difference, copper gives chefs that extra element of control.
This is why they are a popular choice in professional kitchens and why copper pots and pans have been used ever since they were first smelted thousands of years ago. Stock your kitchen with a wide selection of copper saucepans, frying pans and stock pots from our range and help to deliver quality, refined and delicious cooking time after time.
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