There’s nothing like a burnished copper cookware set to add a rustic feel to a kitchen, and the Calphalon Tri-Ply Copper 10 Piece Cookware Set is one of the best examples of a modern copper saucepan set.
It’s not quite a traditional cookware set in that it is not copper all the way through.
Instead Calphalon uses modern techniques to produce a tri-ply pan – you get copper on the outside (looks great, and it’s a very efficient heat conducting metal), there is aluminum core (another efficient heat conducting metal) and on the inside is stainless steel – which protects you as it does not react in any way with the food cooked in it.
The lids are precision fit stainless steel, and the handles are made of stainless steel that has undergone Calphalon’s patented Cool-V process to make them cool-to-touch. All the pans are safe in the oven to 450 F and the set comes with a lifetime warranty.
Here’s what you get in this set:
* Two skillets/frying pans pans, one 8 inch and one 10 inch
* Three covered saucepans – a one and a half quart pan, a two and a half quart pan and a 6 quart pan
* One 3 quart covered sauté pan
As you can see the lids are counted as separate pieces, so really six pans with four lids.
Is it worth spending the money on this set? Yes, if you are a serious cook. The pans heat up much faster than the equivalent ceramic and stainless steel pans. Because they are tri-ply they arn’t as heavy as a traditional all copper set (but they are safer to cook in, as the food doesn’t come into contact with the copper).
Do note however that you will need to take a bit of time to care for these pans. Only cook with wooden spoons to preserve the set. There’s an art to cooking without modern non-stick coatings – you need to make sure there is a bit of fat in the frying pan first, and wait till it gets really hot before adding bacon, eggs or whatever you are frying. Otherwise the food will stick.
When washing, add some soapy water to the inside of the pan first and let it sit for about half an hour first, so that the food lifts off easily without scrubbing. Copper discolors as it reacts with oxygen in the air – you can either let the patina develop, or you can polish your pans to keep them shiny bronze (a cheap way to do this is to rub with vinegar and water).
This set makes a lovely house-warming present or a wedding gift.
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