Copper Cookware Recipes: Classic Strawberry Jam

As with all simple recipes, the path to delicious and superior results lies in the details. It turns out, unlined, 100% solid copper jam pans go a long way in making perfectly textured and exquisitely fruity jams. Per usual, here’s a simple and classic strawberry jam recipe, followed by a quick summary of why copper has been used to make all sorts of jams, that’s right -  for centuries!





  1. Put a small plate in the freezer to use later on for gel test (a test to perfect jam texture).
  2. In a wide bowl, crush strawberries and add sugar and lemon juice to the mixture.
  3. Add mixture to the copper pan and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved, around 7 minutes. (Adding the fruit in the pan only after combining it with sugar will prevent toxicity - the fruits will not react with the copper.)
  4. Increase heat to medium high to bring the mixture to a boil. Increase gradually so that you can see if medium heat is enough to get the mixture boiling. Your copper pan may bring the fruits to a boil on a lower heat than you might expect!  
  5. Keep boiling and only stir to prevent scorching - for 10 minutes. Lower and adjust the heat if there’s scorching. After around 10 minutes, the foaming should ease off. Use a stainless steel spoon to remove any remaining foam at the surface.
  6. Continue cooking until foaming has eased and bubbling has slowed, the jam should start getting thicker and looking shiny. If you have a candy thermometer, it should read 220 degrees F.
  7. Perform a gel test: Place a small amount of jam on the cooled plate and put it back in the freezer. Wait 1 to 2 minutes and remove plate from the freezer. If the jam wrinkles slightly when you press on it gently with your fingertip, the jam is ready! If not, it needs to cook some more.
  8. Remove jam from heat. Transfer jam to jars (making sure to leave ½” headspace) and seal! Once they are cool, refrigerate and enjoy as you please!


Why use a copper jam pan?

Speed - Your strawberry jam can be prepared faster with a copper pan - preserving flavor and texture! Why? Copper is THE best heat conducting cooking material. This means that your copper pot will heat up faster and more evenly than cookware made of any other material. Speed is key as overly boiled fruits will lose flavor, and the jam quality will diminish.

Heat Control - Your fruit won’t break down any more than you want it to - again, preserving the flavor and integrity of the fruits - with a copper pan! Having exceptional heat conducting properties also mean that once the heat is taken away, copper cools immediately. When you have determined that your fruit mixture needs to stop boiling, you can turn the heat off and the jam in your copper pot will stop boiling immediately.

Size & Shape - Copper jam pots are large, shallow and wide. As a result, your fruity mixture will be spread out in a thin layer in the pot (thanks to the pan’s wide  surface area), with minimal time needed for moisture to cook off (thanks to the pan’s shallow sides). This, again, means all of the fruit mixture will be able to cook away speedily - preserving that flavor!

Less Stirring - As mentioned above, copper’s superior heat conducting properties mean it not only distributes heat immediately, but also extremely evenly. This means more even cooking for your fruits and less stirring for you!

No Added Metal Flavors - Unlike other cookware materials, copper doesn’t affect flavor.


This recipe and commentary combines advice from pastry chef Nicole Krasinski, author of “Blue Chair Cookbook” Rachel Saunders, and baker Jennifer Latham.


Copper Cookware Recipes: Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas

Risotto is a rich and elegant dish to serve to guests or to spice up a weekday dinner. This specific one is delightfully vegetarian too! It's also one that requires precise heat control. Below is a well received risotto recipe from NY Times Cooking with added copper cookware commentary. 

Copper cookware is ideal for recipes that require immediate heat changes and lots of stirring! With risottos, you can't shy away from stirring! However, a copper pan's even heat distribution means less stirring for you since the ingredients will be cooking away much more evenly than they would with other cookware. Plus, copper's heat conducting properties allow the cook to have maximum heat control over the cookware. The moment you turn the heat up, the heat in your copper cookware will change then and there - no lag time with copper! This is especially true for tin-lined 100% solid copper cookware. However, copper cookware with steel lining (or tri-ply copper cookware) will also perform quite well. 


Copper Cookware Recipes_Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas





  • 6 to 7 cups chicken, vegetable or garlic broth or stock, as needed
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion, or 2 shallots, minced
  • ¾ to 1 pound wild mushrooms, cleaned if necessary and torn or sliced into smaller pieces if thick (small wild mushrooms should be left whole, mushrooms like maitake can just be separated into small pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or chopped sage
  • 1 ½ cups arborio or carnaroli rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or a mixture of Parmesan and Pecorino Romano 
  • Kuprum Copper Saute Pan 2.2 Qt is a great choice for this recipe!
  • As you cook the recipe, your broth of choice will be simmering next to your saute pan. A copper saucepan will get you to simmering temperatures faster than other cookware but any other saucepan will also be sufficient to get the work done. 



  1. Bring stock or broth to a simmer in a saucepan, with a ladle nearby. Make sure stock is well seasoned, and keep it simmering on the stove.
  2. Heat oil in your copper saute pan over medium heat. For tin-lined solid copper cookware, medium heat is a little lower than the medium heat level you would use for other cookware since it conducts heat extremely well. Using wood or silicone cooking tools will help preserve the tin lining. Add onions or shallots and cook gently until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Turn up heat and add mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until they begin to sweat, about 3 minutes, then add garlic and thyme or sage. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Season mushrooms with salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium heat until they are soft. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Add rice and stir until grains begin to crackle. Add wine and cook, stirring, until wine is no longer visible in pan. It's perfectly safe to cook with acidic ingredients like wine in copper cookware as long as your cookware is tin-lined. Stir in enough simmering stock to just cover the rice. The stock should bubble slowly. Cook, stirring often and vigorously, until stock is just about absorbed. Add another ladleful or two of stock and continue cooking, not too fast and not too slowly, stirring often and adding more stock when rice is almost dry, for 15 minutes.
  5. Add peas, if using, and continue adding stock and stirring for another 10 minutes. Rice should be tender all the way through but still al dente. Taste now and adjust seasoning.
  6. Add another ladleful or two of stock to rice. Stir in parsley and Parmesan, and remove from heat. Season with black pepper and serve right away in wide soup bowls or on plates.


The original recipe is taken from NY Times Cooking