Copper Cookware | Copper Pans and Pots | de Buyer

Is it healthy to cook with copper cookware?

It is quite safe to use copper cookware, provided it has been properly lined with stainless steel or tin. Copper cookware contains copper; unlined copper is unwise for everyday cooking due to the risk of copper leaching into food. Clear Givings Market and de Buyer offer copper chef cookware lined with high-quality stainless steel that is safe for everyday use and free from harmful chemicals like lead or cadmium.

There is no definitive answer to this question. Some people believe that cooking with copper cookware can be healthy because copper is an essential mineral that the body needs in small amounts. However, other people believe that cooking with copper cookware can be harmful because copper can be toxic if it is ingested in large amounts.

Is copper better than stainless steel for cooking?

Copper conducts heat more quickly and evenly than stainless steel, so it can be a better choice for certain types of cooking. With copper cookware, you'll get better results when cooking foods that require even heating or slow simmering. Stainless steel is more durable than copper and less fussy to care for. It also retains heat better than copper, so you can use it for recipes requiring more extended heating periods without worrying about losing heat efficiency or needing extra energy. Additionally, stainless steel cookware is less reactive than its copper counterpart, so food will not stick as quickly when cooked in it.

What is better, cast iron or copper?

Cast iron and copper are both popular choices for cookware materials. Cast iron is durable and can retain heat well, while copper is beautiful and conducts heat effectively. However, copper is reactive and requires special care when used in the kitchen, whereas cast iron does not need additional linings or special care. Cast iron heats slowly and is prone to hot spots, but once it does get hot, it holds onto that heat very well.

Daniel Gritzler from Serious Eats writes, "Cast iron's great heat retention also makes it ideal for slow-cooking dishes that require sustained, even heat, like stews and braises, especially when placed in an oven, where the cooking vessel is heated from all sides." Additionally, it does not require special linings or attention when cooking with it; however, if aesthetics are important to you, then copper may be worth the extra effort.

What are the advantages of copper cookware?

"Copper is famed for its ability to conduct heat and electricity. It heats quickly and evenly, but it loses that heat just as fast. This responsiveness gives it a nimbleness and agility that can be very useful for delicate proteins like fish and seafood, as well as sauces, caramel, and chocolate—remove a copper saucepan holding a delicate sauce from the heat. Its temperature will drop rapidly, reducing the chances the sauce overcooks or breaks from exposure to the retained heat in the metal" - from Serious Eats.

Can I get Copper cookware easily?

Yes, you can get copper cookware easily. Copper is an excellent conductor of heat and is often used in high-end cookware. It is also very beautiful and adds a touch of elegance to any kitchen.

Where Can I get Copper cookware?

You can get copper cookware at a number of places, but the best one is de Buyer.

"A well-made copper pan is an object of beauty in the kitchen, like a great piece of vintage cast iron, and that aesthetic quality can have value in and of itself. Its preciousness can remind you to pay more attention as you cook and, consequently, can help you cook better. At least, it does if you find meaning in the form of an object and not just its ability to accomplish a task." Daniel Gritzer/ Serious Eats

DE BUYER's MISSIONS happy times

 

For 200 years, authenticity, passion, and commitment have been the values at the core of our business, knowledge, and expertise. We design and manufacture copper utensils, continuously innovating to precisely meet the needs of both catering professionals and home cooks. Like all lovers of good food, we are passionate about tasty and nutritious cuisine. In contrast with today's culture of instant gratification and ready meals, we want to help each individual to achieve fulfillment by taking back control of their diet. We support a concept of cooking that requires time and effort. Awarded a "Living Heritage Company" label by the French state, we maintain our artisanal spirit and passion for precise, high-quality work carried out with care. We campaign for responsible and educated consumption: our products are made to last!

« Every recipe holds a secret.»

"Our true philosophy will consist of constantly relearning and looking at the world in general. Because, if life can only be understood by looking behind, it can only be lived by looking ahead."

Founder of de Buyer

Hervé de Buyer

THE COMPANY

Downstream the Combeauté river in the heart of Vosges, an industry is flourishing, born from a tale of heritage and skills passed down through the generations. Despite the bumpy passage of time, the de Buyer family company office and workshops remain a constant. Around 200 years ago, the company produced cutlery in a small smithy in Val d’Azur from metals mined in the local area. Working with culinary professionals to develop its industry knowledge and make ‘true’ utensils, the company is ahead of the curve when it comes to technical developments and is the only manufacturer to work with a range of materials (steel, coated aluminum, stainless steel, copper, etc.) corresponding to the different cooking methods that characterize traditional French cuisine. In addition, the evolution of consumer needs and the development of sustainable cookware drove the company to innovate to adapt and improve the quality of its household products.

 

OUR VALUES

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A commitment to making a positive impact

Making a positive impact on society and the environment while contributing to the region’s economic influence forms the basis of de Buyer’s responsible and committed approach to business. The factory has a wastewater treatment plant to protect the Combeauté river and its fish populations (trout, Arctic char, grayling, and huchen). It has also placed hives close to its fabrication shops as they are a good indicator of environmental health. This initiative also contributes to the restoration of bee numbers in Vosges. Finally, the company supports a circular economy model. It has incorporated a dismantling process for non-stick products into the business to enable the materials used to be recycled.

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Conscious of the intrinsic value of every individual, the company’s human resources policy hinges on the well-being of its employees, focusing on user-friendly working conditions, job security, and health. It contributes to employee skills development and promotes the concept of management ‘with a human face.’

Respect for the region's heritage and the French culinary tradition

Authenticity is a strong value demonstrated through a company’s commitment to its region, the French culinary tradition, and its desire to ‘do well.’ The company has a deep respect for its local heritage and that of Lorraine and the Vosges département. The region, with its mountains, character, and way of life, is integral to the brand’s history. The memories and tales of the de Buyer family, who founded the business, have helped create its story and forge a bond between the company, its employees, and customers in the local area. In addition, the company upholds the French culinary tradition, notably through the quality of its metal utensils.

Michel Roth

"De Buyer epitomizes all my values: faithfulness, simplicity, respect, work, craftsmanship, and commitment to the local region. They also demonstrate excellence without pride. These are rare qualities, and they are what makes the company stand out."

Michel Roth

Meilleur ouvrier de france et Bocuse d'Or 1991, de Buyer Ambassador

Having a passion for our work

The de Buyer firm is passionate about its work in the culinary sphere. The company works to meet catering professionals’ every need. It shares the same obsession with precision: ‘nothing should affect the quality of what we produce, neither for professionals nor private individuals.’

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Handover: sharing and passing on skills

The sharing and passing on of skills are strong values that help to promote inclusivity amongst de Buyer’s employees and its customers, from knowledgeable amateur chefs to masters of fine cuisine. NDA de Buyer employs the same care and attention in its relationships with its customers. The company seeks to assist each individual with developing their culinary skills, to help them find time and pleasure in sharing delicious home-cooked food with their loved ones. Learning about and how to use good utensils enables every amateur or experienced chef to reach their full potential, whether cooking at home or in a professional kitchen.

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OUR KNOW-HOW

The spirit of innovation

de Buyer develops office solutions that are both smart and functional. The company often works with professionals in the culinary field as part of the product design process. These real-life technical challenges help to develop the de Buyer’s firm’s knowledge and expertise and feed its employees’ passion for their work. A real-life approach to design also characterizes this spirit of innovation: the products, such as sauce pans, induction copper pans, copper cake pans, and copper baking pans.... are tested in a professional kitchen by both a chef and an R&D team to gauge their performance and to meet chefs’ high expectations as far as possible.

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Designed and made in France

To reach the level of excellence required by culinary professionals, de Buyer strives to create superior copper chef pots and pans and other products that are durable and technical in design to ensure the precision of use. French cooking places great importance on the high quality of the tools used. De Buyer’s secret also lies in the skill of its ‘artisans,’ in much the same way as within the culinary field. Manual skills are sometimes required in the manufacturing process to perfect the finish of our French copper cookware. Each artisan pays excellent attention to detail, conscious that they contribute to a great culinary tradition. de Buyer manufactures the majority of its sustainable cookware in its factory in Vosges. This allows the company to control the production process and guarantee quality fully. 

 

Designed and made in France copper cookware

"Half the job of a good chef is to have the right products, elaborated by passionate craftsmen who give us a chance to bring a recipe to the highest level." Michel Roth

A culture of fine work and durability for guaranteed precision

At de Buyer, every type of saucepan, knife, kitchen, or baking utensil is subject to a meticulous design process which is evident in the quality of the final product. This is a testament to its performance and guarantees success for the most demanding cooks. When it comes to copper saute pans, copper chef frying pans, and saucepans, a good product is well-finished, made with high-quality material and custom components, and has a simple but elegant design. Our copper saucepans are particularly carefully finished; the skilled hands of the artisan make all the difference! The manual polishing process brings out the copper’s golden shine. This culture of fine work is also expressed through the weight of certain products, such as steel frying pans. They feel solid in hand, lending the authentic product character. The handles are riveted for unwavering support; they are curved French-style and ergonomically designed to ensure a firm grip. 

Inpire designs

Inspiration in design

Baking utensils - ingenuity and creativity

As for baking utensils, the ingenuity of the techniques used is second only to the shapes' creativity and the product's practicality. Design is, therefore, just as crucial in the manufacture of utensils as in the recipes used. This is particularly true of innovative products such as the GEO forme mold for pâté en croûte (meat pies), developed in collaboration with Fabien Pairon, butcher-caterer MOF (best French craftsman in his field).

Material alchemy

de Buyer offers a complete range of copper set cookware, molds, frying pans with lids, cutlery, and utensils for all the different stages involved in cooking and baking.

The company draws on tried and tested methods to manufacture its best paella pan, stockpot, and copper roasting pans. Its product range is based on the cooking skills required to produce honest and tasty food: copper chef pans in oven for slow cooking, condensing, and flaming; stainless steel for boiling and preserving; and steel for searing and grilling.

It also manufactures products necessary for baking using non-stick materials for its molds that ensure even heat distribution. 

 

copper pan set

Inspiration for design

Inspiration for designing

Inspire living

Kitchen inspire

OUR COMMITMENTS

A commitment to making a positive impact.

Making a positive impact on society and the environment while contributing to the region’s economic influence forms the basis of de Buyer’s responsible and committed approach to business. 

 

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THE RESPECT.

The philosophy of de Buyer is respect. Respect for people, our partners, our customers, our employees, and respect for the environment. Today, de Buyer wants to last a long time, so we must pay attention to everything and everyone.

CSR-certified company

 

Inspire first

In April 2018, de Buyer became the first and only French company in the culinary sector to receive the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment label at a Confirmed level. Then in 2022, DE BUYER obtained the Exemplary level, the highest level, during its second evaluation.

Why this label?

We have chosen this label from AFNOR Certification to affirm our contribution to sustainable development. This label has strict requirements: over 50 criteria are examined according to the 26000 standard and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This is not simply a self-declaration or results from an online questionnaire; the label is only awarded following an on-site evaluation that takes several days and is re-evaluated every 18 months. We provide an independent evaluator with objective evidence of managing our activities' social, environmental, and economic impacts.

Safe and sustainable products

DE BUYER'S social responsibility is reflected primarily in its safe and sustainable cookware. Designed to last for generations, they are recyclable and made from materials sourced in France or Europe.

hard workers in copper cookware production

beehives

Towards biodiversity

As a nod to the patented MINERAL B ELEMENT, DE BUYER has installed five beehives on a plot near the factory on the forest's edge. Managed by a local beekeeper and forest ranger with the National Forestry Office of France, the apiary aims to provide a natural space for local wildlife. A common feature of the Nature Park where the site is located, bees are pollinators essential for the reproduction of 80% of plant species.

A particular emphasis on water treatment

For 20 years, our water footprint has continued to shrink—a firm commitment from DE BUYER, which takes a specific interest in preserving this natural resource. Consumption has been monitored since 1997, showing a continuous, progressive improvement. In early 2018, DE BUYER reached a new milestone with the commissioning of an industrial wastewater treatment plant. This wastewater is isolated, treated, purified, and reused in the internal network. Today, DE BUYER saves 50% of its water consumption. This also allows us to eliminate road transport of wastewater to a treatment plant 200 km away.

commercial water filtration system

reforestation

Reforestation of the town

The company de Buyer has pledged €15,000 to its local community, Val d'Azur, and the ONF Territorial Unit to replant new species on a wooded area damaged by bark beetles feeding on spruces.

In March 2022, 1,400 trees of four different species, which are more resistant to climate change, were replanted in a checkerboard pattern by ONF staff across a 1,000m² plot.

Doing more with less

De Buyer's commitment doesn't stop there...

Every detail has been thought through to optimize environmental commitment:

  1. Production waste (stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and steel) are sorted and sent to a processing facility,
  2. paper, cardboard, metal, plastics, oils, batteries, cables, wood, printer cartridges, coffee capsules, etc., are sorted and then recycled
  3. recyclable boxes are used (with less lamination and fewer black ink prints) for packaging,
  4. catalogs are printed on PEFC-certified paper,
  5. new buildings are integrated into the surrounding countryside, and historic buildings in old stone have been preserved during the planning process.
  6. prioritization of local subcontracting
  7. the involvement of staff in a CSR approach
  8. creation of new buildings equipped 30% with solar panels
  9. zero plastic approach
  10. implementation of a tool for measuring 21 pollution molecules, thanks to bees

SUSTAINABLE COPPER KITCHEN COOKWARE AT CLEAR GIVINGS MARKET / DE BUYER

ALUMINUM COATED: PRIMA MATERA - SAUTEUSE PAN WITH SKILLET

sauteuse panThe only sauteuse pan that performs flawlessly on all cooktops, including induction, Prima Matera combines copper's elegance and heat conductivity with a clean stainless steel interior. The copper provides rapid heat conductivity and responsiveness, while the stainless steel protects your food from the elements of the copper. Its precise heat control makes it the perfect vessel for reducing delicate sauces on the side. The rapid heating makes it ideal for pan searing.

INDUCTION COPPER: PRIMA MATERA - STEW PAN T

stew pan

The only stew pan that performs flawlessly on all cooktops, including induction,Prima Matera combines copper's elegance and heat conductivity with a clean stainless steel interior. The copper provides rapid heat conductivity and responsiveness, while the stainless steel protects your food from the elements of the copper. Its precise heat control makes it the perfect vessel for reducing delicate sauces with tahini. The rapid heating makes it ideal for meat searing.

CAST IRON COOKWARE: PRIMA MATERA - FRYING PAN

The only copper frying pan that performs flawlessly on all cooktops, including induction, Prima Matera combines copper's elegance and heat conductivity with a clean stainless steel interior. The copper provides rapid heat conductivity and responsiveness, while the stainless steel protects your food from the elements of the copper. Its precise heat control makes it the perfect vessel for reducing delicate sauces with salmon. The rapid heating makes it ideal for searing fish.

frying pan

TIN LINING: PRIMA MATERA - SAUTé PAN

saute panThe only saute pan that performs flawlessly on all cooktops, including induction, Prima Matera combines copper's elegance and heat conductivity with a clean stainless steel interior. The copper provides rapid heat conductivity and responsiveness, while the stainless steel protects your food from the elements of the copper. Its precise heat control makes it the perfect vessel for reducing delicate sauces for duck. In addition, the rapid heating makes it ideal for searing chicken thighs.

RUST PROOF: PRIMA MATERA - SAUCEPAN

sauce pan

The only saucepan that performs flawlessly on all cooktops, including induction, Prima Matera combines copper's elegance and heat conductivity with a clean stainless steel interior. The copper provides rapid heat conductivity and responsiveness, while the stainless steel protects your food from the elements of the copper. Its precise heat control makes it the perfect vessel for reducing delicate sauces with horseradish. The rapid heating makes it ideal for searing foie gras.

INOCUIVRE TRADITION - COPPER FRYING PAN

copper frying panInocuivre Tradition copper frying pan combines copper's elegance and heat conductivity with a clean stainless steel interior. The pure copper layers provide rapid heat conductivity and responsiveness, while the stainless steel protects your food from the elements of the copper. Its precise heat control makes it the perfect vessel for delicate reducing sauces for chicken. In addition, the rapid heating makes it ideal for searing chicken.

INOCUIVRE SERVICE - COPPER ROUND PAN

copper round pan

Inocuivre Tradition Copper Round Pan combines copper's elegance and heat conductivity with a clean stainless steel interior. The pure copper layers provide rapid heat conductivity and responsiveness, while the stainless steel protects your food from the elements of the copper. Its precise heat control makes it the perfect vessel for reducing yummy sauces. In addition, the rapid heating makes it ideal for pan searing shrimp.

SMALL SAUCEPAN

small sauce pan

This small saucepan with lid is perfect for serving savory sauces in style. It ensures an elegant appearance. 

COPPER POTS: PRIMA MATERA COPPER SIGNATURE COOKWARE SET 5 PIECES - NON INDUCTION

copper set cookware

  1. Whether you're spoiling yourself or your loved ones with this beautiful Copper set as a gift, the PRIMA MATERA Copper Signature 5-piece Cookware Set has everything you need to make decadent sauces, gravies, and strawberry rhubarb jam, sauté vegetables, sear fish, and so much more.
  2. The Cookware Set includes:
  3. 1 x PRIMA MATERA Copperbond induction Copper SaucePan with Assorted Lid 6.25" (Non-Induction)
  4. 1 x PRIMA MATERA Copper Sauté Pan with Assorted Lid 9.5" (Non-Induction)
  5. 1 x PRIMA MATERA Copper Fry Pan 9.5" (Non-Induction)

Choose Clear Givings Market/de Buyer for sustainable, ethical copper cookware from France.

Sustainability practices are Clear Givings Market/de Buyer forte. When you purchase de Buyer cookware induction, you're not only getting eco-friendly and sustainable induction cookware, but you're also supporting ethical employment connections. Clear Givings Market/de Buyer offers great gifts to inspire you and your significant other, friends, and family. 

Treat yourself now, and check out de Buyer at Clear Givings Market! We love how de Buyer is revolutionizing the non-toxic cookware industry and making a sustainable difference. Each purchase has a positive impact, providing life-changing employment in areas that lack resources.

Enjoy your purchase with a purpose at Clear Givings Market!

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