In a few weeks I will be moving to a new apartment. Sadly, this apartment doesn't have the option to install a gas stove and I am forced to choose induction. I also need to buy new pans. I had been ogling Mauviel copper pans. Is there a way to make copper pans work on induction? And what are the other options you would recommend? I have looked at stainless steel, but it just lacks the personality (and in a lot of cases the quality) of copper pans.
Also, when buying pans, which do you recommend to start with? I was figuring I should buy a large skillet, a small and medium saucepan and a large stockpot. Would you add any other necessary pots or pans to that?
Sent by Bart
Bart, we do not know of any copper cookware that is suitable for induction cooking. This may depend a bit on the induction cooktop, though, as it is technically possible to make an induction stove that works with copper. This hasn't been really common, though; most are calibrated to work best with iron. Here's an excellent explanation of induction and cookware needs:
• Induction Cookware
at The Induction Site
If you just want handsome pots and pans though (and we like your starter list, by the way) what about a few good All-Clad pans? They will last a lifetime. If you have some extra cash, the Demeyere line at Sur La Table is also very, very good looking.
Readers, any tips or advice for Bart?
Related: Good Question: What Is Induction Cooking?
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