Mauviel Frying Pan is one of the best pans that you can get in the industry. Throughout the year, Mauviel have came out with many different iteration of their frying pans. Both the shape and the material that they use change base on the current market demands. Newer version are typically made in a bi-metal copper and stainless steel configuration. Older version has a tin lined interior, with a thick layer of copper.
Which is better is hard to say as they both have their pros and cons. Some argue that tin lined copper provide the best heat transfer and has non stick properties. Other say that the stainless steel lined pan durability outweighs the cons of using stainless steel. I personally like the Stainless Steel Lined Version because I enjoy searing food on copper pans. The result that I get always turn out best on copper cookware.
With that being said, today we have a special review today. It seems like I have found a Frankenstein frying pan that was made with left over parts. The handle is from their Triply Cookware and the interior is lined with tin with a wall thickness is 2.5mm. For the life of me, I can not find this Mauviel Frying Pan anywhere online, so I can only assume this was just one of their seconds model. Either way, we will see how well the frying pan performs. Is the ergonomic design on the pan any good? Are the vintage copper and tin lined version better?
Mauviel Frying Pan Design
As mentioned before, this handle comes from the triply series that Mauviel sell. I have no idea why it is there but its worth taking a look into. In terms of look, I think that the stainless steel and copper combination gives the pan an elegant look. The handle is very well made and sculpted beautifully. The center has a divot where you can place your thumb for an ergonomic feel. And the raised edge on the side of the handle gives a more control feel when turning the pan to pour sauces. You can see a brass version on the right and the triply version on the left.
The stainless steel handle is bad at transferring heat so it should stay cooler than your traditional brass handle. At the base, the letter Mauviel 1830 is engraved into it. However, there is only two rivets though. I am not sure if they did this to save cost or to put their brand on it, possibly even both.
Mauviel Frying Pan Shape
The actual copper portion of the pan is not very exciting. It is a traditional french style skillet with no rolled lip. There is a very generous cooking surface that you rarely see with small 8 inch skillet. My measurement gave around 6.75 inch of cooking area as oppose to a similar All Clad skillet which has only 5.5 inch.
Copper and Tin
This pot is made in the traditional fashion with a copper and tin finish. For those of you who do not know, tin lining is the traditional way copper pots are usually made. Copper itself tends to be reactive with acidic food like lemon or vinegar and it can impart a metallic flavor. Tin covers the copper so that it can maintain a non reactive environment.
It has a more non stick finish than what you get with stainless steel or aluminum. The problem with it is that over time it will wear out. It will also bubble and damage the tin if you heat the pan over 500 degree. The first time I cooked on the pan, I was not too careful and the end result was the bubble that you see on the edge.
Fit and Finish
Fit and Finish on this pan is excellent. The tin is laid on thick and by hand. You can usually see if it is laid by hand if you see streaks of tin on top of the pan. The handle is beautifully sculpted and without flaw. All around, this is a well made frying pan.
Mauviel Frying Pan Specs:
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: 1275 g
Rim Width:Around 8.6 inch
Flat Cooking Surface Width:Around 6.75 inch
Sidewall Thickness:Around 2.55 mm then tapers to 2.66mm
Mauviel Copper Cookware Performance Test
To test the how well it distribute heat and how well it heats up, I perform a toast test where I place a piece of toast in the center than weight it down with a meat pounder. I heat up the pan for a total of 2 min then see the color of the toast.
The end result of this test is very good. I tested multiple 8 inch skillet to see what performance difference each pan has. This pan, came out on top in terms of heat distribution. As you can see from the picture, the color is almost perfectly distributed throughout the toast. Weight/Darkness ratio was also excellent, for such a heavy pan, it heated up fairly quickly.
To give you an idea on how great copper is at heat transfer we will compare the test result with an All Clad 8 inch skillet. This Mauviel Frying Pan is over one pound heavier than the All Clad Skillet. However, in terms of browning, it performed just a hair under the All Clad Skillet.
Considering that the Mauviel Skillet is over a lb heavier than the All Clad skillet, the browning performance is excellent. The heat distribution is also perfect on this pan, very rare to see a result like this.
I personally feel that I am lucky to have found this Frying Pan. I think this was a one off thing that accidentally got sent out for sale. Out of all the 8 inch frying pan that I have tested. This Mauviel Frying pan out performed all of them in terms of heat distribution.
This was also one of the heaviest pan in the line up. Which means that it will retain heat a lot better than either the All Clad 8 inch skillet or a light weight non stick pan. In general, you the heavier the pan, the better. Food steaming is less of an issue for heavy weight pan due to its ability to retain heat. If you have a light pan and drop cold food in, all the heat will be sucked out from the pan and food will steam.
Regardless, this should show you why copper cookware aficionado love the old vintage thick copper frying pans. If it was not for the weight and price I have no doubt that these cookware will be a lot more prevalent in today’s market. The closet thing you can get now are the Mauviel M’tradition line.
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