How crowded is your kitchen drawer? Is it starting to look like a garage sale gone bad? Do you honestly need all those pots and pans?
How about the cleanup process? Is it a disaster? Scrubbing and scraping is such a chore and it can eat up all your time instead of enjoying the cooking process.
Copper Chef pan to the rescue! This cookware system brags about replacing 6 pans and cooking food at half the time without the need of cleanup. Too good to be true? Read on.
What is a Copper Chef Pan?
Copper Chef is a flagship cooking system product manufactured by Fusion Brands and sold by Tri-Star Products. If you’re tired of having too many pans in your kitchen, this one is worth the second look. This copper infused pan works as a skillet, wok, steamer, roasting pot, baking dish and rice cooker in one.
While other non-stick cooking system use Teflon to prevent food from sticking while it cooks, this new comer uses Cerami-Tech, a copper infused ceramic coating to accomplish the non-sticking effect.
It can withstand temperatures up to 850 degrees Fahrenheit and it can be used on the stove top or the oven. Here are some advantages of Copper Chef.
Non-Stick and So Easy to Clean
Because of Cerami-tech, this pan boasts non-sticking capability unparalleled even in stickiest of food. Again, because of this, it also boasts as the easiest to clean of all the pans in the market. How easy is it to clean? Well, it’s easy enough that you actually don’t need to. Just wipe it with a clean cloth and it’s good to go.
Considered as one of the healthier ceramic, you can cook without the use of oil or butter and its totally free from PFOA’s or PTFE’s. Cerami-tech spreads heat evenly without any hot spots, and because of this, it is known to cook the food in half the time.
The One Pan to Rule them All
While most kitchen drawers are crowded with different pans, this cookware system is a 6-in-1 type, it can replace most pans in majority of cooking circumstances.
Regardless of what stove you have in your kitchen, this pan is not choosy. It has a round stainless steel induction plate in its bottom, it can work with electric, gas, ceramic and induction surface. You feel the need to use the oven, no problem. This pan is comfortable in the oven too.
Let me just clarify from the get go that this pan is not entirely made of copper. Cerami-tech is infused with copper allowing it to withstand temperatures to as high as 850 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot enough to cook whatever you want? Yes, I think so too.
Other Features that You Will Love
The typical Copper Chef set includes a deep square pan, steamer rack, glass lid, and a fry basket. It comes with a 60-day warranty although you will be responsible for shipping fees in the rare case that you are not satisfied with the product and decides to return it. You will definitely love the:
- Strong riveted handles
- 5-layer construction
- Volume capacity of 4.5 quarts
- Dishwasher safe
- A hefty recipe book that contains 25 dishes
The handle is hollow which means that it cools down faster than the rest of the pan. While this also means that you can lift it without using a cooking mitt, it wouldn’t hurt if you wear one just in case.
As you might have already guessed, this premium pan is more expensive compared to pans with similar styles and design. But what do you expect with such feature-rich item?
Does it Really Work?
As far as my experience went, I would say that this pan delivered what it promised. It cooked all the food that I tried to throw its way evenly, there were no hot spots as indicated by the absence of food burns.
Leaving meat and vegetable to cook at high temperature without the worrying that it would burn was a pleasant surprise.
Above all, the non-stick surface really works even if you use wooden or metal cookware. Before I tried Copper Chef, I need to use fat or butter whenever I fry or bake in the pan. Today, I don’t see the need to use any of these. In fact, thanks to Copper Chef, I have successfully switched to a healthier fat-free cooking.
Last update on 2017-10-16 PST - Details
My Top 7 Copper Chef Pans
Without further ado, here are my top 7 Copper Chef picks. If you are convinced that this is the pan that you have been looking for, then these picks are intended to make your buying decision less daunting.
Copper Chef XL 11" Casserole 5 pc Set & Induction Cooktop
If you need something that will de-clutter your kitchen, the Copper Chef XL 11" Casserole 5 pc Set & Induction Cooktop is what you’re looking for. The pans that it comes with can replace your rice cooker, frying pan, baking dish, roasting pan, and wok. It even comes with its own induction cooktop which works perfectly with the pans.
Prepping food for a huge family is not a problem with the 11-inch pan. This pan looks so good you can immediately serve from it right after cooking. The pan bottom is made of stainless steel induction plate which heats up evenly and rapidly spreads across the entire pan without any hot spot.
The induction cooktop comes with 5 presets, user-friendly digital display and timer. As far as de-cluttering my kitchen goes, this is the ultimate.
- High temperature threshold
- Highly versatile cooking implement
- The nonstick coating just works
- Even heat distribution and fast conduction
- High quality construction
- Don’t use the induction cooktop for serious cooking
Copper Chef fry pan 9.5 and 11 inch
For the health buff out there who wants to cook without the benefit of butter or fat, the Copper Chef fry pan 9.5 and 11 inch is what you’re looking for. These pans come in two sizes which gives you the versatility depending on the size of the preparation. For smaller occasion, the 9.5 inch pan will not disappoint. But when the occasion calls for a bigger pan, the 11-inch one is also up to the task.
The Cerami-tech non-stick technology is really at work here because it didn’t require some serious cleaning after I’ve used it with some really greasy casserole.
The riveted handle is really strong for some serious heavy lifting. The pans’ sturdy construction is beyond question and you can just feel it when you use it. The amazing part is, despite its sturdy construction, these are really lightweight pans.
- Cerami-tech really works
- Did not experience any hot spot when frying
- Two sizes allows for amazing flexibility
- Heat distribution is quick and even
- It doesn’t come with a lid, which to me is important because most of my cooking requires a cover. You can purchase it separately or you can use any existing one that fits.
Copper Chef 10" Round Pan with Glass Lid
If I can only have a single pan, the Copper Chef 10" Round Pan with Glass Lid is what I’d pick. I’m a minimalist and de-cluttering is an obsession. If I can have something that can wear the shoes of a lot of things, I would pick that. It’s just the right size for some serious frying and sauteing making it a worthy replacement for a lot of the frying pans I have lying around and gathering dust.
This lightweight pan sports a riveted handle which is sturdy enough to give you the confidence in handling your food. The non-stick Cerami-tech technology ensures that food just slides down to the serving plate without leaving much to clean afterwards.
Even heat distribution in frying is paramount because its only through this that you will have evenly cooked, professional quality fried food. With its stainless steel induction bottom, heat is evenly distributed to the entire pan at breakneck speed resulting in a well cooked meat.
- It comes with a lid
- Just the right size for some serious frying
- Dishwasher safe
- While food slides easily, I had a little bit of a hard time cleaning it
Copper Chef Square Fry Pan with Lid, 9.5 inch
If I can’t have the Copper Chef 10" Round Pan, the Copper Chef Square Fry Pan with Lid, 9.5 inch is what I’d get. I fact, I might even get this first because the square form factor is better at some serious frying than the round one. It also comes with a lid which to me is a deal breaker and it’s just the right size for my all my frying needs.
With the Cerami-tech non-stick technology, frying is even made easier because it doesn’t stick when you’re done cooking. You can fit more meat with the square form factor and when you’re done frying, food is so easy to remove. The aftercare is also easy because all you need to do to clean it is wipe it with a clean piece of cloth.
The pan is lightweight you can focus all your strength to the food that it contains and with a sturdy riveted handle, you are sure that it won’t fall off.
The same even heat distribution that you enjoy with the Copper Chef 10", you also enjoy with this pan. With my frying experience with it, I am yet to find a hot spot that caused some uneven cooking. So far, I’m unsuccessful.
- It comes with a lid
- Perfect size and form for some serious frying
- Dishwasher safe
- The corners are a bit difficult to clean since that is where sticky materials are found
Copper Chef 4 pc system, 6 in 1 pan
For those who want to replace a lot of their kitchen implements, the Copper Chef 4-piece system, 6 in 1 pan is a serious contender. If you are like me who want to use just one tool for a lot of jobs, this is an instant attraction. Can you imagine have a pan that works as a skillet, wok, steamer, roasting pot, baking dish and rice cooker? This is indeed the pan to rule them all.
Heat resistant up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s bottom stays flat to the stove top to ensure conduction of heat. Coupled with the stainless steel induction bottom of the pan, you are assured of an even and quick heat distribution resulting in lesser time spent cooking.
The set comes with a 9 1/2 inches-4.5 Quarts size pan, a glass lid, a fry basket and a steam rack. It is completely PFOA, PTFE, and PFOS-free you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals coming to your food.
- PFOA, PTFE, and PFOS-Free
- Versatile and multi-purpose
- So easy to clean
- Non-stick capability wears off really fast
Copper Chef 11" XL Cookware set
For a truly multi-purpose set, the Copper Chef 11" XL Cookware set is the best so far. The set comes in 7 piece which includes an 11" deep square pan, a tempered glass lid, a fry basket, a steam rack, a round pan with lid and a recipe book which contains a lot of goodies which are nice to try.
If you’re looking at a regularly huge food prepping, this is the pan to take. This is an extra large cookware capable of housing 60% more food than you garden variety pan. Completely free from PTFE and PTOA, you can be sure that there are no harmful chemicals getting into your food. You can tell that the Copper Chef is made with the health buffs in mind.
- Cerami-tech outer coating for non-stick capability
- No harmful chemicals getting into food
- Comes with a recipe book with a lot of goodies to try out.
- The fry basket is a bit elevated from the deep square pan
Copper Chef Round Pan- 10 and 12 Inch 2 Pack
If the Copper Chef fry pan 9.5 and 11 with square form factor is not available, the Copper Chef Round Pan- 10 and 12 Inch 2 Pack which is its rounded counterpart is a good substitute.
What this set lacks the rounded form factor, it compensates for the larger size. You don’t have to rummage inside your kitchen drawers for different sized pans, all you need is these two to deal with your different frying and sauteing needs.
With the same Cerami-Tech coating, you can expect even heat distribution and fast heat up time. This translates to faster cooking time without the need for fats and butter to prevent food from sticking
Heat resistant up to 850 degrees Fahrenheit and completely from any harmful chemicals that might get into your food, you can cook whatever you want with these pans.
Whether you have a gas, electric or induction stove, these pans are not choosy of cooking implements..
- Comes in 2 sizes for versatility
- Healthy option because it’s completely free from PTFE and PTOA
- High temperature resistance
- It doesn’t come with a lid.
While all the Copper Chef products reviewed here are good, it wasn’t difficult to see that the Copper Chef XL 11" Casserole 5 pc Set & Induction Cooktop is the most complete and hence, the obvious winner.
As if the collection wasn’t complete enough, the manufacturer even included an induction cooktop. While I won’t use it for some serious cooking, it’s good to be around as a lifesaver when the situation calls for it.
This is a good choice for those who are seriously planning to de-clutter their kitchens.
Have you tried any Copper Chef products before? Have you tried any of the products reviewed here? Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below.