Why I Chose Mauviel Copper Cookware
For a long time I was looking for some decent cookware to replace the cheap pots and pans I'd purchased in grad school. I looked into Calphalon but didn't like the fact that these non-stick pots were often lined with Teflon, which is known to flake off and/or leach into food with high heat. I also checked out the non-Teflon coated Calphalon pots but didn't like their aluminum core; to me this meant that the aluminum might eventually become exposed and start leaching into my food. I did NOT want any aluminum in my food. There were also stainless steel cookware sets that were lined with tin, and which would need to be re-tinned after a certain point in time. I did not want tin getting into my food.
After some searching, I discovered a French company named Mauviel that makes copper cookware and bakeware. Mauviel's copper pieces do not contain an aluminum core and neither are they covered in Teflon or tin. Instead, the company uses bilaminated copper/stainless steel to create their best pieces. The copper makes up 90% of the bilaminated layer and the stainless steel (the cooking side) the other 10%.
Mauviel has been making cookware out of copper since 1830. The Mauviel cookware sets are beautiful as well as durable, and many families have used the same Mauviel pieces for three or even four generations. Even when well-used, Mauviel items still retain their value and command a good price both online and in stores.
There are several lines of Mauviel cookware, moving from affordable to professional. One of the best lines that Mauviel offers is called the M'héritage line, which consists of fused copper and 18/10 gauge stainless steel. The copper is located on the outside of the cookware, while the stainless steel lines the inside, or cooking side, of the piece.
Here are some features of the Mauviel M'héritage line of cookware:
- Cookware is bilaminated in copper and stainless steel, with pans having 90% copper and 10% 18/10 stainless steel
- There are three types of M'héritage thickness grades: the thickest grade, or M250C, has a copper skin that is 2.5 mm thick. These pans can be recognized by their cast iron handles. The next grade has a copper skin that is 2.0 mm thick. These pans have stainless steel handles. The next grade of pans, or the M150C, has a copper skin that is about 1.5 mm thick. These pans have bronze handles.
- The 18/10 stainless steel interiors of Mauviel items provide an ideal and non-reactive cooking surface. This helps preserves the true taste of food. Also, stainless steel does not need to be reapplied after several years of use.
- Copper cookware is very versatile and can be used with gas and electric stoves. It can also be used inside the oven. Induction stoves can also be used with Mauviel's own induction stove top interface disc.
My Personal Experience with Mauviel 1830 M'héritage Cookware
So far, I have purchased and use the 10.2" Mauviel frying pan/skillet, a 1.9 quart saucepan with lid and a 3.2 quart sauté pan with lid. The set cost me $650 on Amazon and its retail price through Mauviel is $1,125. Obviously, this was not a cheap cookware set. However, I've been so pleased with this set that I plan on adding to it in the near future.
What I love about the Mauviel pieces is that they heat up very quickly on my electric stove, as opposed to the cast iron or even stainless steel/aluminum skillets I own. When I turn the heat off on my stove, those Mauviel pans return to room temperature very quickly, preventing me from burning my food after the fact.
Mauviel cookware pieces are solid and heavy. Three stainless steel rivets hold the cast iron handles of my cookware to their bases. There is no wobble or flimsiness to these durable pieces. I love the fact that I can pick up my cookware with certainty and not worry about something falling or chipping off even when I accidentally drop a pan.
In terms of "stickiness", the Mauviel items that I own are not Teflon-coated; however, I have not had any problems with food sticking to my skillet or sauté pan. The stainless steel that makes up the interior of these pots and pans if very finely brushed, allowing me to lift and flip food in an instant. Also, when it's finally time to wash my Mauviel pieces, all I need to do is soak my cookware for maybe five minutes in some lukewarm water and the food starts coming off the steel when I use my sponge on it.
The one thing that I wasn't expecting out of copper cookware was its discoloration from heat and food. I've seen my Mauviel skillet acquire a rainbow-like underside thanks to my stove top. Also, after scrubbing out the food from the stainless steel side of the pans, I'd often notice discoloration or streaking of the metal.
At first, I wasn't sure how to get rid of this problem and I scoured my pan unnecessarily, scratching it just a bit. Then, on a whim, I decided to try some Tarn-X on the pan. The metal's discoloration and streaks came off instantly, saving me from a ton of work. Eventually, I purchased the CopperBrill item that Mauviel recommends and sells with its cookware. If my pans start looking too dull or discolored, a quick brush with my Copperbrill sponge perks their color right up. I show how quick and easy it is to use Copperbrill in one of my included photos.
How to Care for Mauviel
As I mentioned before, I paid over $600 for my three Mauviel pieces. Obviously, Mauviel is not cheap. It should be taken care of by people who value nice things and would like to one day leave these things to their children or grandchildren. As a result,it is imperative that you follow these care instructions when using or cleaning your Mauviel cookware:
- M'héritage products can be used in the oven.
- Only salt should be added to Mauviel cookware once the water has boiled.
- Mauviel cookware should not be left empty to overheat; this can damage the piece.
- Cookware should be used with low to medium heat.
- If using Mauviel over an open gas flame, make sure the fire is controlled and does not go above the pan's base.
- Never use bleach; this can damage the pan.
- Soak Mauviel pans to remove stuck-on food; do not scour.
- To restore Mauviel cookware to its original brilliant copper color, use Copperbrill cleaner.
Cleaning Mauviel Copper Cookware
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on April 28, 2012:
Wow, what great information here and you really made the review your own by adding in your personal experience. Mauviel would be happy with your descriptions!