Bonded cookware isn’t new. The practice of layering metals to optimize a pan’s performance and durability was invented by All-Clad decades ago. Using copper in cookware isn’t new either; among metals that are safe to cook with, its thermal conductivity is unmatched. A combination of the two isn’t particularly novel either — many high-end cookware manufacturers make steel pans with copper cores. So what does Material Kitchen’s new collection of copper-imbued skillets have that others don’t? Price tags below $200 apiece.
Legacy brands like Mauviel and All-Clad both make steel-copper pans that work beautifully and burn holes in wallets. Material’s start at $95.
For those unfamiliar with copper’s functional cooking benefits, think of it as more responsive steel. Because it’s a drastically better heat conductor than steel, aluminum or iron, it heats up more quickly and is less prone to hot spots.
The pans are available now through Material’s site.
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