Daubières, braisières, and cocottes
These are rectangular or oval pots with well-fitting lids intended for cooking braises or stews.
A poissonière is for larger fish like salmon, while a truitière is for smaller fish such as trout.
A gratin is wide and shallow, round or oval, with stick, loop, or ring handles.
A round pan that is wider than it is tall with two loop handles mounted on the sides. One way to envision a rondeau is as a sauté pan with side handles instead of one big stick handle.
In French they’re called casseroles or russes.
A round pan that is wider than it is tall and fitted with a stick handle. The sauté pan got its name from the French verb sauter, to jump— that is, to agitate the pan so that the food turns over and mixes with oils and flavorings and cooks evenly.
Often called poêle in French.
A cylindrical pot with side handles that is taller than it is wide. The tall narrow shape helps heat liquid without exposing too much surface area that would evaporate moisture.
A cylindrical pot with side handles that is about half as tall as it is wide, so that from the side it looks almost rectangular.
A cylindrical pot with side handles that is as tall as it is wide.
Windsors and sauteuses bombées
These are conical or bowl-shaped pans with stick handles.
Stamps and makers
The really big guys — 36cm (14 inches) diameter or more.
Some of my pots and pans have stamps that reveal an interesting story, and writing about them gave me a chance to learn about them.
I feature a few things that aren’t actually made of copper.
My focus is copper made in France, but I also have a few pieces that aren’t French. I’ve written them up for you because I think it’s useful to see the craftsmanship from other regions — and also because I love them, too!
A lot of my writeups are on pans fresh from restoration — and they look fabulous. But I use my copper pans too. These are pans I really love and cook with regularly, so you can see what copper in frequent use looks like.
Guest posts and showcases
I love it when readers share their copper collections and stories!