This Matfer Bourgeat copper stock pot is one of the best kitchen purchases we have ever made, and it just gets better with age.
This heavy pot (about 8 pounds) is also the most expensive pot we have ever purchased. When I bought it back in 2011, it was nearly $400 and I had to take a deep breath before I plunked down that money.
Now, over ten years in, and it still makes me smile every time I cook in it. It’s copper on the outside (now nice and patinated) and stainless on the inside. The heavy weight means that it changes temperature slowly, so it’s perfect for holding a low simmer for hours.
It’s also nearly indestructible, and we’ll have it as long as we live. You can throw it in the oven at any temperature, one any heat range and it handles it like a trooper. The lid is tight-fitting and makes a great sound when you clunk it down. With just some hot water and a short soak, anything you cooked in it will clean out nicely.
You can use a copper cleaner or soak it in a warm water bath with salt and vinegar to remove the tarnish, but we kind of like the “old world” look of the semi-tarnished surface. The pot is made of 2.5mm pure red copper bound with an 18/10 stainless steel interior lining. The handles are cast iron and riveted to the pot. As I said – indestructible! Cooking with it makes me very happy! I used it last night to make Boeuf Bourguignon, and I felt like a true chef (and it came out incredible!).
I guess I should think of it as an investment – now, the same pot is selling for over $700 on Amazon!