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Which Copper Pots are REALLY Worth the Additional Cost?

Hi Jeremy,

I might be interested in buying one of these pans from Jim, but I like Kaleo, was skeptical of their source. How does Jim make them?

It's one thing to be a professional retinner of copper cookware. I imagine it's a totally different thing to be able to fashion these shapes from sheets of copper, and to make iron handles to attach to them, etc. If there truly are hand made in an artisanal fashion, I might spring for one.

alarash

p.s. I love old copper cookware, but I just can't quite relate to the slightly sensitive-new-age-guy degree of emotion expressed in his video at this site: http://www.eastcoasttinning.com/

about 5 hours ago
alarash in Cookware

Farmed Fish at Costco

As much as I would love to be snobby about my palate for fish, and as much as I want to be responsible about eating fish caught from the sea rather than that raised in a fish farm and fed some sort of colorant to turn the meat the expected pink hue, I find myself actually loving the flavor of farmed atlantic salmon and farmed steelhead that I have been buying from Costco.

I've been buying these two fish for the past 3 years from them, and I've never been disappointed with the freshness or the flavor.

I also buy large amounts of troll caught king salmon and sockeye salmon from Costco when these fish are in season, as well as halibut filets, and occasionally other seafood. The wild salmon varieties and halibut have always been delicious as well. And I do love the divergent flavors of sockeye and king salmon for each of their own virtues.

But I can't hate on the farmed salmon and steelhead they seem to stock all year. Many on CH say it's not worth eating. I can't agree. I dig it. What's your experience been?

about 5 hours ago
alarash in Home Cooking

Ebay copper pans buy, help with likely manufacture.

drooling.

Apr 14, 2014
alarash in Cookware

duck press

Silverplated.

For that kind of cash, you could have two made of solid sterling.

Apr 08, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Never buy a fast food breakfast sandwich again..........................

My wife abhors fast food and weighs under a buck soaking wet. But, she has an achilles heel for egg mcmuffins. After reading this thread and the amazon reviews, I pitched in the $25 to get one of these. After using it for 3 breakfasts, I think it's worth it IF you are an egg mcmuffin fan, and you don't want to pay $3.79 plus tax every time you have a craving for one. The machine pays itself off quickly, though the ones we make don't taste identical to the drug dealer's version, mainly because we just refuse to keep processed american cheese slices in the house.

Apr 08, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Ebay copper pans buy, help with likely manufacture.

The saute pan and smallest sauce pan are both stainless steel lined and look to be Mauviel to me, 2.5 mm, non-hammered... which is their current top of the line.

The two larger sized sauce pans are tin-lined hand hammered, also Mauviel, probably 2.5 - 3.0 mm. It took me 10 minutes of careful examination of the photos to discern there are 2 different hammered tin lined sauce pans. Since the two are of the same proportion, and no single photo shows both pans, it's not trivial to recognize this.

Four Mauviel pans with lids sold individually on ebay would probably fetch $650. You've made a great buy. Good eye. Deals like this lurk around, so if you keep up the energy scour the ads, it will pay off. At some point though, I decided to leave some bargains to the next generation of copper lovers, as my wife has vowed to give away any more copper that I bring in the house.

Apr 08, 2014
alarash in Cookware

tri-ply vs copper core - worth the extra$?

i'll keep my eyes open for an old one somewhere, as this question really does deserve to finally be answered.

Mar 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware

tri-ply vs copper core - worth the extra$?

sjl24,

you are 1 simple question away from opening the door to cookware paradise.

now, sit back, and carefully decide if you want to ask Kaleo what other cookware you might want to consider.

You take the blue pill -- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.

You take the red pill -- you stay in Wonderland and Kaleo shows you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Mar 16, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Unknown origin.

I agree it is a Matfer. The symbol is that of a chef hat.

Can I buy it?

Mar 16, 2014
alarash in Cookware

T & R Taste of Texas BBQ in Sacramento

I drive by it often as I live nearby, and have thought of stopping. If you try it, please leave your impressions.

Feb 24, 2014
alarash in California

How to clean the copper strap of bain Marie?

Hi BonBon79,

Congratulations on the great score!

I hope you take the time to read a bit about cooking with copper. There's lots of good material on several threads here on CH which will help make sure you preserve the tin lining for a long time. Cooking with copper is such a joy. The heat control is unmatched.

best wishes!

Feb 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware

How to clean the copper strap of bain Marie?

Hi BonBon79,

I would clean it with a mild copper cleaner without removing it. It should shin up nicely that way without to much effort.

What other items were part of your mother load?

The Bain Marie looks to be Bazar Francais. Were the other items similarly marked?

Congrats on the great find!

Feb 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Le Creuset Japanese Grill

Thanks, Enigma3.

I am within driving distance of SF Chinatown. Next time I am in the city, I'll be sure to drop by to check it out.

My wife and I did develop a habit of buying pre-marinated pork bulgogi from our local Korean market when we lived in Baltimore (H-Mart in Catonsville, MD). Since moving out west we haven't tried making it ourselves, but maybe we should.

I have a preference for the old-skool. It's just in my blood for some reason. And the concept of a table top gas burner or induction cooktop both go against that, at least to my way of thinking anyway. Nor do I like the look of such devices.

I do appreciate the tip about the Wok Shop! And I'm glad you've gotten great use out of similar items in your household.

Feb 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Did I steal this Paella Pan

Thief!

"approximately never" : very clever.

The tin is nearly perfect. It will naturally discolor and become dark with use, and will develop mild surface irregularities with normal use.

Some tin-lined copper rules:

1. Don't pre-heat the pan empty on the stove. At a minimum, put in a layer of butter or oil on the bottom when turning on the flame, or the food you intend to cook. Heating it totally empty can melt the tin and ruin the lining.

2. Use wooden or silicone cooking utensils, because metal utensils will scrape the hot tin and ruin the lining.

3. In general, get used to using somewhat lower heat settings on your stovetop with this pan. The copper will conduct heat so well, that the same effect you get on HIGH with a steel or iron pan is achievable with a MED or MED-HIGH setting with this pan.

Feb 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware
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Le Creuset Japanese Grill

Hi BrianGillian,

Wow, thank you very much for the very helpful information! I bet this stove was designed to work with the same fuel.

Thanks again!

Feb 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Le Creuset Japanese Grill

Hi Chemicalkinetics,

I haven't tried the grill yet, but I am pessimistic about it working well with a Sterno or the OEM fuel container burning gel fuel.

If it seems it will require a portable stove, I'm going to go sell it. While I like the look of the LC base shown above, I don't like the appearance of a portable stove on my kitchen table. So, if it comes to needing such a device, I'll probably sell this grill.

Feb 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Le Creuset Japanese Grill

Thanks, Sid Post.

I'm not sure if it's a great post or not, but I did go through quite a long drive to pick it up. One of these days I'll fire her up. Meanwhile, I recently got a little copper stew pot that I'm trying out over the weekend with a simple braised beef recipe on the stove top.

Hopefully I'll try the Japanese grill next weekend. I'm not sure I want to get into induction cooking. I've always used gas, and I like it. For cooking on the table top, I'm going to try the sterno I bought. If it fails, I'll get gel fuel for the OEM heating chamber shown in the photos I posted. If that fails, I will probably sell it. I'm not sure I'm willing to invest more money into getting it to work with a portable gas hob.

Feb 23, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Storage of Enameled Cast Iron (Staub)

ECI claims another victim.

Feb 20, 2014
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Best omelet pan?

I'm not sure why, but these are about as common as hen's teeth. I'm thinking it's just tradition to use brass, kind of like the brass loop handles on stock pots and stew pans, which also only uncommonly are found in iron.

Feb 18, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Le Creuset Japanese Grill

I just bought this on craigslist and it is no longer made. Anyone have a PDF of the instruction manual, or know what type of fuel to use?

From what I gather, LC made them in 1992 for the Japanese market only. I imagine they didn't sell well, and probably didn't work well, either.

I bought a sterno gel fuel (commonly used for chafing dishes), which should work in the place of the fuel pan. My plan is to heat the cooking surface over a gas hob until it's hot. Then I'll transfer it over to the base, which I'd keep on the dinner table, with the lit sterno maintaining the temperature high enough to cook slices of meat and vegetables.

If I had to guess, I would imagine the sterno fails to keep the iron cooking surface hot enough to make this item functional, hence its brief life on the consumer market.

Any experience with this or similar items would be appreciated.

Feb 18, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Tramontina 160Q Stocker

I saw these in Sacramento, too. I don't know why they brought them in as a in-store purchase. Maybe the Pho restaurants buy them to make their beef stock?

Feb 16, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Breakfast and Lunch Suggestions in Centralia?

LOL.

Feb 15, 2014
alarash in Pacific Northwest

What is your favorite pot/pan/skillet?

oooh, i want one.

Feb 09, 2014
alarash in Cookware

How substitute bacon in a dish for Muslim guests?

I've used this as a substitute for cooking with wine. It doesn't taste exactly the same, but it does taste similar, and good.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

Why make assumptions about your guests? All of this might be a non-issue. A bit of tactful but direct communication will resolve whether or not cooking with alcohol and/or pork will matter to your particular guests, regardless of their religion or cultural background.

Feb 08, 2014
alarash in Home Cooking

Best Instant Coffee

Good question. Mainly because most drip coffee tastes aweful. Now, I am capable of producing all sorts of fantastic coffee from fresh beans i get from my local 'third wave' roaster, using my plumbed in double boiler espresso machine in my kitchen, or from a moka pot, or with my pour over filtration apparatus, or simply cold brewed.

But sometimes I don't have the patience for any more preparation than putting a teaspoonful of Mount Hagen Instant in a cup and pouring boiled water from the zojirushi on top of it with a spot of milk.

It tastes better than 95% of commercially available americanos, in my opinion.

Feb 07, 2014
alarash in General Topics

Pancakes - What's Your Favorite Type??

Plain old diner pancakes made with heavy cream in the batter, with real maple syrup. I would love a short stack right this second.

Feb 06, 2014
alarash in General Topics

Best Instant Coffee

Dapuma,

Recently I sought the answer to your same question and spent an entire afternoon reading reviews on various web sites, ordering somewhat obscure but highly recommended instant coffees on the internet, and have settled on:

Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee

It is, in my opinion, FAR SMOOTHER tasting than VIA. VIA is beats Folgers (ick!) by a long shot, and Mount Hagen beat VIA, head and shoulders. No bitterness, fantastic coffee taste, similar to how roasted coffee beans smell.

The following instant coffees are also delicious, but in my area I cannot find them available at any market, so instead of paying shipping fees, I buy Mount Hagen brand as it is available at Whole Foods Markets.

Nescafe Alta Rica
Nescafe Cap Colombie
Nescafe Kenjara
Nescafé Gold
Moccona classic & gourmet lines

An honorable mention goes to Whole Foods' generic brand (365 Everyday Value).

All of the above coffees are freeze dried, a different process than Folgers and the like. I think this makes a significant difference, though I am not sure why.

Feb 06, 2014
alarash in General Topics

Upgrading cookware

peed my pants.

Jan 30, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Please Rate my new Copper Pan

Dear DuffyH,

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

Lately, I think some of my posts have ruffled some feathers here and there, and I was beginning to wonder if I might be an a-hole without realizing it.

I really enjoy reading your posts on the cookware board, especially when you and Kaleo get going back and forth.

Thanks again, and be well!

Jan 30, 2014
alarash in Cookware

Dutch Ovens

In my experience, the Kirkland enameled cast iron (the ones made in France) perform equivalently to my many LC pieces. My most used LC dutch ovens have also discolored on the interior a bit, but my less used ones have not. I wonder, Cam, if you use your Kirkland more than the LC? Or perhaps more frequently at higher temperatures?

There is some cache to the LC brand to the lay public, and I will admit, it's nice to have nice stuff when company is over.

However, I don't think the ECI made for Kirkland is made by a new independent ECI cookware manufacturer. It's almost certainly made by Le Creuset, Staub, or another reputable company of which I am unaware, no?

Jan 30, 2014
alarash in Cookware