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    Copper Chef cookware

    I am absolutely hooked on these pans, they are remarkable. I ordered a different make on Groupon because they were inexpensive and there is no comparison. Stick with Copper Chef, the quality is great. If you haven't tried these pots and pans, you are really missing out. They have a black friday special right now where if you buy 5 items, the price is only $8 each. Fantastic deal. I am replacing all my old cookware with these, even my old cookie sheets. Anyone else loving these ?

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    I'd be interested in someone who has used this cookware for more than a year. My non-stick skillets usually last about a year before food starts sticking even though I use a low to medium heat. I keep hoping I'll find a brand that is indestructible. That's a good price for 5 items however the only one I need is the skillet. I look forward to hearing what others have experienced.

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    I've had mine for a bout 6 months. My small skillet that I use every day is starting to get some nicks and spots. But it is still functional. Before I had a very expensive stainless set. Harder than 0 y754d349 to clean. I gave it away.

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    I ordered a 10 pc. set on QVC about 6 months ago but have not opened the box yet. Have been saving it for our new-to-us home......we recently moved in. ;-)

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    I have used them every day for at least two years. Even our FCS agent bought a set to try and we use them frequently. I have one Gotham Steel skillet, but prefer the Copper Chef.
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    I bought the square fry pan. It works good as far as non stick but the center always humps up a tad and all the juices run to the sides and the centers burn on. Don’t like it except for maybe toasting sandwiches

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    I bought another brand of copper skillet just to try out and I was hooked on copper pans. It has held up very well too. My copper chef boiled egg maker though has not held up well. Seems the spot that has discolored is probably where the heating element is closest to the copper section. Still works fine but has that hot spot (blackened). My sister on the other hand bought an entire set of copper pots on sale last year by another maker and she loves her pans too. I also bought another brand electric skillet as with this brand you can take the skillet off the heating element and use it on the stove or oven. I don't think Copper Chef's electric skillet you can do that. Have been looking at their cookie sheets though as it seems they're the only ones offering them so far.
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    I live near the Chantal warehouse and pick up my pans at their warehouse sales. My first set lasted 25 years even though I had boiled them dry a couple times. Still worked fine so I'm sticking with them. I used the plain ones. I don't like pans with coatings on them.

    I did have one copper pan that belonged to my husband when we got married in the 80's. It was a leftover from the last time copper was in style. It lasted a long time. I hope you enjoy your copper pans.
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    Marymo -- I have a friend who absolutely loves her copper chef so much that she got sets for each of her two (grown) boys after having hers for about a year. To be honest, she doesn't cook a lot so her year of use is maybe 3-4 months of what I would do so your mileage may vary.

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    I bought a set of stainless steel cookware (ALL CLAD). Very expensive but we got deals, coupons off, etc. After cooking LOTS for years with my non-stick cookware, I developed thyroid issues. I did some research and found that the non-stick cookware had strong connections with thyroid difficulties. Threw out the whole set!
    Bought a set of the ALL CLAD for my single son also. Love it. It is not always so easy to clean but the health issues are worth it.
    I am wondering what health issues are related to the copper pans???

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    My favorite pans have been a couple cheap sets one was the stainless steel set from the Family dollar 20 bucks for the set I used them till the handles fell off and got another set for 22.00 they have stainless steel handles and they do get hot but I can scrub these with steel wool and they are great pans the other favorite is the porcilen pans I used my first set for years and now have a hand me down set they do not stick and when they do an overnight soaking takes care of it. Not sure I want to adventure out. I hate the no sick pans they scratch and you can not scrub them clean

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailsablazin View Post
    I bought a set of stainless steel cookware (ALL CLAD). Very expensive but we got deals, coupons off, etc. After cooking LOTS for years with my non-stick cookware, I developed thyroid issues. I did some research and found that the non-stick cookware had strong connections with thyroid difficulties. Threw out the whole set!
    Bought a set of the ALL CLAD for my single son also. Love it. It is not always so easy to clean but the health issues are worth it.
    I am wondering what health issues are related to the copper pans???
    Wow! Good question. I wonder if there are any?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
    Wow! Good question. I wonder if there are any?
    I've often wondered that too. I have a lovely, small, French, copper, frying pan that needs re-tinning. I try not to use it much because the food is exposed directly to the copper. I should get that fixed.

    Years ago, I was in K Mart and saw a set of Martha Stewart Cookware. It was the last box on the shelf and priced at only $99. I grabbed it, even though it had been previously opened. The only problem that I found afterwards is that someone had swapped out one of the lids for another. The lid that was in my box was just slightly too small for its matching, large pot. Other than that, this cookware is wonderful, works great and looks like it did the day that I bought it. I've since found another lid that fits the large pot and it looks like it belongs. I later bought a Martha Stewart set for each of my kids, but the quality was not the same. Too bad. I don't think that the kids even have theirs any more. I guessed I lucked out with my set.

    I'm looking for more cookware right now. I need more pieces and the MS stuff isn't around anymore. I've thought of All Clad, but yikes! It's so expensive! I might try Ebay for some "old school" stuff. I'll look into Copper chef too.

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    I was gifted with one of the Copper Chefs but it warped, could have been my fault but my cast iron never warps. I never have an issue with sticking using my regular cookware which is All Clad. Heating metal or cast iron skillets to smoking high temp before adding oil is a must. I can cook an egg in my stainless or cast iron skillet and it will slide right out. For sticky stuff I use ionized skillet or pot. For baking using dutch ovens I like enamel cast iron. I haven't had to buy new cookware in decades. I line all my baking pans with parchment paper so no sticking at all.
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    I've thought of All Clad, but yikes! It's so expensive!
    I was given a small pot of All Clad when I got married. It was the best piece of cookware I had ever used. I watched the local high end store (no internet then) for sales and specials and would save my money just to get a piece of it. One day my DH surprised me with a complete set of it when he got a bonus at his job.

    The seven piece set is about $730 on Amazon. The copper core 5 ply. If young I would say buy it, it will be the best buy for the rest of your cooking life. If your big cooking days are mostly in the past then I wouldn't invest in it, just buy a couple of pieces.
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    I swear by my Le Crueset cast iron pans, they are at least 20 years old and still look like brand new. Worth every penny

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    I too only have the square Copper Chef pan and just like KnitnutBZ, the center is high and everything runs to the 4 corners. Rarely use it except for grilled sandwiches, not happy with it.
    I bought a set of West Bend waterless cookware way back in 1967, cost a fortune in those days and have used it ever since, except for the frying pans.....they disappeared at sometime in the past and I have spent another small fortune in frying pans and skillets trying to find the "perfect pan". Wish I had the money I have spent on non-stick cookware over the years.....but I digress.
    My daughter bought some All-Clad pans to replace her non-stick ones and is delighted with them. I found a set of 2 All Clad frying pans at QVC online. They were used in the on-air demos and offered for sale without a warranty and as is. I got the 8 and 10 inch All Clad both for 69.00 plus tax and free shipping! what a deal, the 8 inch pan had a few water spots that cleaned up with a quick rub of Bartenders Friend. The 10 inch didn't look like it had ever been out of the box. Been delighted with them.
    For those of you are wishing for All Clad but the price is out of reach, (like me) go to All Clad's website and sign up for emails. Once a year they have a warehouse "less than perfect sale" where the prices are exceptional.
    I too wonder about the copper chef pans, I don't believe there is any real copper in them at all but have no idea what that coating is.

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    This is certainly interesting. I got my copper cookware about ??? can't remember. Then I had a Hida Scan for gall bladder function. It had that radioactive dye, (contrast dye). The next time I had my hair done, the hairdresser said: What did you do to your hair? Now it is brittle and falling out, very frizzy. I used to have thick straight hair. She says it is not growing back in..... yet.

    I've had thyroid trouble in the past. Dad got us up to watch a nuclear bomb blast one a.m. We stood on the front porch and watched. Never saw a thing and we went back to bed. After that there were 4 of us that had thyroid trouble. Three (me, friend and her mom) had low thyroid, but my mom had high thyroid.

    I'm just trying to make a connection and it is a loose one at that. I took thyroid meds for 33 years and finally they took me off of it. Friend is still on it. Both Moms have passed.

    I bit on the $8.00 deal as I wanted the little egg cooker, so cute.

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    Looked it up. I have all the symptoms of low copper and only some of the symptoms of high copper. Good Grief!

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    Copper should definitely be re-tinned if food is coming into contact with the copper. Otherwise you run the risk of the acids in any food you are cooking causing corrosion of the copper and producing toxic byproducts. Having your pot retinned will assure that it is food safe.

    For most cooking involving sauces or making soups and stews or just general every day vegetable steaming or boiling I use heavy stainless steel with aluminum cores that go up the sides similar to all-clad. As long as the cores are sandwiched between stainless steel so there is no exposed aluminum or copper these can go directly into the dishwasher which saves a lot of time in kitchen cleanup.

    I also have old fashioned uncoated cast iron which I love. They also clean up easily (just a quick wipe to remove residue) as long as you keep them well seasoned and they are practically indestructible. Plus you can pick them up for cheap at thrift stores because people donít realize that they can be rejuvenated by removing rust with a wire brush and seasoning well.

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    My DD asked for a piece of Le Crueset every Christmas in the bright red color starting when she in college. She feel in love with it seeing it in the Le Crueset outlets. She had a larges set of it before she married. She laughs and said her DH married her for her Le Crusest. He likes to cook.
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