While Copper Cookware are considered to be the best cookware around, they do have drawbacks. The tin lining wears down and needs to be replaced and the handles gets hot. Mauviel M250C Copper line of Cookware combines the benefit of stainless steel with the traditional look of cast iron. As a result, the handle stays cool to the touch and the inner lining wont wear down like tin. However, purist will tout how Stainless Steel impeded the performance of copper. And the handle, while a good idea, is not that great once you use it. This review will look at how the Mauviel M250C Copper Skillet captures the magic of traditional french cookware while using modern technology to improve it.
Mauviel M250C Copper Skillet Review Quick Summary
|Categories||Mauviel m250c Fry Pan|
|Brand Awareness||Europe and America|
|Thoughts||The best copper skillet on the market. The low sides promotes evaporation and makes flipping food with a spatula easy. The solid copper construction will sear food better than any pan out there. Finally, the stainless steel lining will ensure that this pan will last a lifetime.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Mauviel Copper Frying Pan (Stainless Steel Lined)|
Mauviel 150 vs 250
The difference between the m150 and the m250 is the thickness of the copper. The m150 has a thickness of 1.5 mm and the 250 has a thickness of 2.5 mm. The general idea is that thinner copper cookware is used more for table-service cooking. They are usually used by cooks who prepare food right in front of guest. Thicker copper cookware are used for the back house chef, where performance really matters. They generally hold more heat and have a more well distributed heat pattern.
However, there are some advantage to thinner copper cookware that most people overlook. A thinner copper pan heats up faster and its actually better for boiling water. Thickness also matter less when you bake food like in a Gratin. So even though 3mm thick copper cookware are desired by collectors, they arent necessarily the best.
Mauviel M250C vs M250B a History of Handles
Traditionally, French Copper Cookware comes with two type of handle, Brass and Cast Iron. Some claim that a Brass handle means that it is a consumer grade and that cast iron is meant for professional. In my experience, this is not true at all. I have copper cookware with brass and cast iron handle that are thicker than 3mm. These were cookware that was used in Grand Hotels in France.
The type of handle you choose should be more of a personal preference. Both handles get hot, with brass being the worse of the bunch. I personally like both, they each have their cons and benefit.
The handle Mauviel M250c uses a stainless steel electroplated black handle. This makes it looks like its cast iron when its not. While this may sound good in theory, the execution was pretty poor. After a while, the black coloring on the handle wears out. What is interesting is that beneath the black color, the handle is actually gold color. I do not know if this was intentional but it is definitely unexpected. Overtime, you will get a a black and gold patina color.
The M250b looks just like a traditional brass handle. It shares the shame shape but the logo is different. On the m250b, its just a round M and the m250c it has Mauviel 1830 engraved onto it.
A Note about Rivets
You can usually identify the lining of a copper pot by its rivet. Usually, when you have copper rivets, those pots are lined with in. Cookware with Stainless Steel rivets usually means that its made with a stainless steel lining. Sometimes those copper rivets will become loose due to its soft nature. On some vintage pans, Tin smith will hammer those rivets to make it tight. Which is why you see some rivets that look like pancakes…
On older models of Mauviel pans, they use three rivets. Newer modern pans uses only two rivets. I am assuming they are trying to save cost on production. Quite a step backward in my opinion. But as long as it wont become loose, I suppose its ok. In place of the center rivet, now you get a logo…
Angle and handle Ergonomic
The angle of the handle is slightly raised and bent downward to give it parallel angle. I find that a parallel handle actually cause strain to my wrist. A handle that is tilted upward slightly will give you the best leverage on the frying pan. Traditional copper pans are angled better, its a wonder why they changed it.
Traditional French Skillet Shape
Older models of Mauviel Pans have a sharply angled sidewall with a rolled lipped. The m250c copper skillet has a more gentle slope with no rolled lip. It resembles that of a traditional French Skillet. While its easy to cook in, I suspect this was mostly done to save cost. If only they added a rolled lip, it would be a much better design.
Mauviel M250C Copper Skllet Thickness
The thickness of sidewall comes in at around 2.4-2.45 mm. The sheet that they used is probably 2.5 mm and got stretched out a bit. Nevertheless, at this thickness its heavy enough to store heat and thin enough to be responsive. Its my go to pan for searing steak and creating sauces.
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.
Rim Width:Around 10.3 inch
Base Cooking Surface:7.25 inch
Height: Around 1.7 inch
Thickness: 2.45-2.40 mm
Mauviel M250C Copper Skillet 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.
Below you can see how the test was performed.
The results are very good. The color on the toast is perfectly uniform. Meaning that the heat distribution on it is perfect. At the 2 minute interval, the shade of the toast is pretty moderate, meaning that it heats up fairly quickly. As a frying pan, Mauviel seems to have a hit a home run with this skillet.
To give you a comparison with Falk, their skillet performed well but it was not as even as Mauviel. The picture below, you can see that it is slightly more blonde on the bottom portion.
The weight of the two skillets are also pretty similar, only a 50 gram difference between the two.
To see the cookware in action, check out a demonstration that was done by William Sonoma.
Overall, Mauviel M250C Copper Frying Pan is an excellent pan. It heats up quickly with a near perfect heat distribution. The handle stays cools to the touch and it looks like cast iron. However, it will wear down with use. In my experience, this is the Best Pan to sear food like Steak. While it may be a little more expensive than other pans, its well worth the investment.
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