Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Foto Fun with Copper Cookware

It's time for Carrie's Friday Foto Fun!

I got an education this week. Did you know that there are uses for copper cookware other than hanging on the wall or from a pot rack? As an amateur baker, I was mostly interested in how copper cookware could help me in the kitchen:

Bain Marie: a fancy word for a double boiler. Copper heats evenly and that is important if you want your melted chocolate to be perfectly tempered (a.k.a shiny).

Egg White Beating Bowl: for whipping up egg whites into a frenzy. You need frenzied eggs for meringue and for some reason, the copper really aids in this. It's like science and stuff:-)

Sugar Saucepan: for caramelizing sugar. Apparently, copper maintains it's temperature better than other metals. My interest in sugar art is pique by the idea of this. If I had a nickel for every caramel I have broken, I could buy a bakery:-)

Zabaglione Bowl: for beating egg yolks and sugar together. Again, evenly conducted and maintained heat makes the perfect lemon curd (or any other curd for that matter).

I did not know that such beautiful things existed and I found a place to buy Ruffoni Copper Cookware. Now, I need to figure out how to make one of those wish lists for my side bar...

26 comments:

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

My husband loves copper cookware!

chitra said...

Copper bottom cookware, I do have 2-3 and what you said is right it heats and spreads heat faster than other metals.

Amy said...

Wow I learned something new today..

The Blonde Duck said...

I had no idea! How cool!

Heather said...

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I did not know all that about copper. Very very cool!

Alicia said...

"It's like science and stuff." lol!!

Ode to Motherhood said...

Wow. That's amazing! I did not know that.

Stopping by from Friday Follow.

Honey Mommy said...

I don't own any copper cookware... maybe I should look into it!

Braley Mama said...

I didn't know any of that either. Thanks for sharing.I would hardly call you an amateur though.:)

Kristin said...

Sounds like I need to invest in some copper!

mommytoalot said...

Interesting. Although I don't own any copper cookware i've seen it hanging at friends houses, I had actually just assumed they used it.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

WOW! Thanks for this lesson.

I think I'm going to go out and buy me some.

The Domestic Contessa said...

Wow - the day has just begun and I've already learned something new... Thanks for sharing!

Visiting you from SITS!

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Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, I've never had a piece of copper cookware, but you've made it sound like a necessity! :) Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

angie said...

I love copper cookware........I really want a copper surface if I ever have an island, too. :) I saw one in a home once and it was fab.

I'm doing beta testing for a company called ukumi that should be "live" in a month or so. They would be the perfect venue for getting a wish list. You just find the products you love or want, insert the url and your comments and it saves in your widget. I'll get you more info if you are interested.

Melissa B. said...

I've always wanted a kitchen large enough to have one of those hanging pot racks and a slew of copper cookware. Alas, space, time and budget have always thwarted my plans...

The Saturday Sphinx

cat said...

Now I have learned a lot!

Me, Myself and Pie said...

Awesome tips! Thanks!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Petite Little Bee said...

Hi, I just thought I would stop by your site. Really enjoyed it and love your picures. Hope to be back soon to read more. Cheers, Lia

Honey B. said...

I'm in awe of your cooking prowess!

blueviolet said...

I think copper cookware is the loveliest of all!

Alyssa said...

Following you from Friday follow please come back and do the same thanks!

Renee said...

I am so bad when it comes to cooking. THis is not one of my best qualities. But my mom has cookware that has copper on the bottom of them. She's had that cookware for like almost 40 years! We just recently had this conversation.

Thanks for the info! Trying to get better at cooking.

Amy said...

just stopping by to say Happy Sunday..

BoufMom9 said...

Learn something new every day :)

benbes said...

I am a fan of copper cookware, i think they are very useful in our kitchens.
all clad stainless


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