When I first started shopping for Copper Pots and Pans, Falk always seem to have a special introduction pricing for their saucier. It seems like it is the model that they are most proud of. Given how versatile a saucier is, I would also try to advertise my best performing pan. However, their saucier, like most of their cookware, seems to follow a design characteristic. That design characteristic is usually a very sharp and abrupt angle. For a saucier, a sharp abrupt corner is detrimental to cooking. Whisking and emulsifying sauces together becomes harder when you are trying to incorporate all the sauce together. This review will discuss the design features and characteristic of Falk Copper Saucier. We will talk about how it function as a traditional saucier and as a actual pan.
Saucepan vs Saucier vs Chef Pan vs Windsor Pan
Often time people are confused about the different type of pans and shape. Their names vary but they also look the same. This discussion will hopefully give you a better idea of how each pan varies.
-Saucepan: A saucepan is a traditional pot with a straight wall. The diameter of the bottom and the top will be the same diameter. It is often time easy to mass produce these pans because all you need to do is press a sheet of metal through a press.
-Saucier and Chef Pan: They both refer to the same pan. The bottom diameter of the pan is smaller than the rim diameter, often time around 2 inch or more. It curves upward to the rim with a slight belly to the side. It promotes evaporation of liquid by expanding the surface area of the liquid.
-Windsor Pan:A Windsor pan (sometimes called Fait Tout) serves the same function as a Saucier. I suppose you can call it a predecessor to the saucier considering the similar design. The bottom diameter is smaller than the rim diameter. Again often time by around 2 inch. Instead of having a belly, it is a straight angle. It promotes evaporation of liquid by using an increase surface area. Interesting enough, Falk use to manufacturer Windsor Pans, but I do not see it on their website anymore. I have two smaller pieces by them.
Design of Falk Copper Saucier
Classic Cast Iron Handle
Falk Copper Saucier comes in two type of handle, the classic which is the cast iron version and the signature series. I recommend that you get the cast iron version because it looks better and it feels more ergonomic. The signature handle design is similar to All Clad handle where it has a center divot to improve grip. It definitely is not as painful and abusive as all clad though. Other than that, it does not rust and it stays cool.
The cast iron handle is designed cleverly so that no material is wasted. The length of the handle just covers my hand and it will feel like you have more control over the pan. It forces you to grip near the base of the handle. Aside from that, the color just looks right with copper. Mauviel M250c line actually thought of that and what they did was they covered a stainless steel handle with black paint. It is the best of both world.
Falk Culinair Saucier Shape
Unfortunately, this is the major issue that I have with Falk’s Copper Saucier. Subsequently it is also the most important as well. As stated before, like their frying and their saucier, they have a weird disposition to have a very straight and tall sidewall. This is even true with their saucier. The sharp corner on the bottom interior of the pan makes it hard to whisk sauces properly. If you do not actively target the corner, a whisk can easily miss that portion. Imagine if you are making a roux and all of it sudden that portion will start burning. There goes your roux. Interesting enough, Mauviel Saucier also have that same issue, their saucier has a sharp corner in the edge.
Companies like Le Creuset, Matfer Bourgeat and All Clad make their saucier to have a soft gradient curve to their saucier. In my opinion, that should be one of the defining feature of a good saucier.
Falk Copper Thickness
Falk, like most company advertise their cookware to have a thickness of 2.5 mm (2.3 copper and .2 stainless steel). What is good about them is that they actually provide what they advertised. A lot of other copper cookware manufacturer will say that their coookware thickness is 2.5 mm but what I find is that their smaller sized pots and pans will be often time less than that. I find that it is often time 2.3 mm or lower on the sidewall. Then again, this is the sidewall thickness, the bottom thickness might actually be the advertised thickness.
To be fair to the other manufacturer, I have older versions of Falk Copper Cookware, those have the same issue with the thickness as well. I am guessing that sometime down the line, they must have changed their manufacturer process. To get an idea on how their cookware is made, check out their video.
To be sure that you are getting their newest line of cookware, you can check to see if they have their logo engraved onto the base of the handle. Those older version only have their logo stamped onto the base of the pan.
Falk Culinair Brushed Copper Finish
Falk should be praised highly for this design. Traditional french copper cookware always have their cookware polished. The issue with this is that over time, you will loose the mirror finish. There is no way to bring that back unless you use a rotary buffer. Either that or a lot of elbow grease. Having a brushed exterior lets you forego the laborious task of cleaning it.
Mauviel actually started their own line of cookware with the brushed finish. Initiation is best form of flattery right?
Fit and Finish
Fit and Finish on Falk Saucier is excellent. Everything is executed perfectly and I do not see any flaws anywhere.
Note:These measurement are done by me with the tools that I have on hand. The manufacturers have their own measurement guidelines and that should be assumed to be accurate. What I find on this review can vary widely due to several factors, such as ambient temperature, location, water, tool calibration, stove btu, etc..and should only be considered as my opinion.
Weight:1830 g Lid Weight:394 g
Rim Width:Around 8.25 inch
Base Cooking Width:Around 5.5 inch
Height: Around 2.9 inch
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Falk Copper Saucier Conclusion
Everything on this saucier is done right except for the shape. Which is unfortunately the most important part. If you manage to find this on sale, it might be worth buying. But if there is no deal and you want a copper saucier, getting Matfer Bourgeat Saucier might be better choice. They do not have the same pitfalls that Falk has and it should conduct heat just as well.
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