batterie de cuisine

Batterie de cuisine. English translation, pots & pans. I have plenty from my years with Williams-Sonoma however, my favorite is my French copper. 

While many American chefs have copper, it's often used for display rather than for cooking. I try to use mine as much as possible and in more ways than one. My fish poacher comes in very handy for corralling oils & spices.

My training at Williams-Sonoma taught me a valuable lesson about this cookware’s unique attributes beyond its elegance and durability. Quick, uniform heat diffusion across the bottom and sides of a copper pot guarantees a heavenly sauce!

 Often handed down from generation to generation. Some prefer the patina of a much-loved piece. Every once in a while, though, it may be in need of a good cleaning.

I have a method that is simple and green…...lemon and coarse grain salt. 

All it just takes a little elbow grease and a nice day!

This method takes much less time and I think works better than commercial copper preparations but it's messy so I choose to do it outdoors. 
A quick rinse and dry and you are finished.

French copper is traditionally the highest in quality and remains the standard by which other copper is measured. Chuck Williams introduced Mauviel copper cookware to American home cooks in 1962. Today Williams-Sonoma carries two of the finest brands of copper cookware in the world.

All-Clad and Mauviel.

A French original, since 1830 Mauviel copper cookware is my favorite and has stood the test of time. For more than 175 years, it has been the choice of the world's leading kitchens, from hotels and restaurants to the cooking schools of Paris. 

When I'm antiquing I often see nice pieces like this beautiful 19th-century French copper cooking pot! They wouldn't budge from $800 ~ Like I said, I love my old copper!


Karena said...

Lisa I love copper pots, and your collection is beautiful!! The tips for cleaning are priceless.

I think you will like my latest post!

Art by Karena

Juju at Tales of said...

How lovely! I've never owned a copper pot.

Renae said...

You have a very nice collection Lisa! I don't own any copper, I grew up seeing my mom use the copper bottomed saucepans and skillets. I would imagine getting your copper all cleaned up is much the same as getting the silver all polished! I love your garden, so lush and green and I spied some nice slate!

Michelle said...

I love this post Lisa! You are right, North Americans typically don't use them, which is a shame, because you should have your hand all of the beautiful things in your house, and use them for what they were created for.

I say, usse your china too!

Great post...happy spring to you!


kellytirman said...

My husband wants copper pots - I think your post just sold me on them as well.

sophiedahydesigns said...

My husband gave me several beautiful Mauviel pots for Christmas years ago. Talk about a much loved gift! My mother used to clean her copper with lemon and salt. I had totally forgotten that until I read your post.

Michelle said...

So glad you linked over at my blog:-)
That is A LOT of work- cleaning all those copper pots! But the end result is always so gorgeous.
Hope you have a fabulous week!

Debra Phillips said...

wonderful post lisa and your collection of copper....swoon! to die for, a feast for the eyes and soul

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Angie said...

You are so lucky to have been with Williams-Sonoma. I can get lost for hours in that store. I love copper pots and so drooling over the pictures :)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

You my friend taught me much. So this is why for years my folks loved there funky old Revere ware with it's copper bottoms?! Such a great, informative post Lisa. Jean-Marc Fray looks like a store to not miss next trip to Austin. Do I dare set foot in?

Thank you Lisa & happy Derby Day tomorrow!! xxx

Alicia said...

Too funny as I had my stint at WS as well!!! God bless discounts. My last Christmas with them was 2007 season & I can say I had a full set of Mauviel sale along with 2 huge stockpots. I made the store quota in one sale that day & still love my pieces too. God bless the discount!!!

Francine Gardner said...

I am feeling so guilty......i gave away all my copper pots and pans (yes even the ones from william Sonoma..) and all my antique ones going back to a few generations from our farm in France!!! I guess I have lucky friends who were the recipient of my yearly spring cleaning...My mom never forgave me.