27 June 2012

Do You Know Copco?

I came across a set of vintage Copco cookware a few months ago at a local flea.  I didn't have much info on the maker but could tell it was a well made & beautifully designed collection.  And with that wee bit of knowledge, I made the purchase {sometimes you just have to go with your gut} and happily headed home.

I had a 50/50 chance of winning the vintage lotto on this purchase, & my research was going to tell me which way I landed - a win or a loss.  I felt fairly confident that this was going to be a win, as I had a slightly educated guess in the game.

I did well...

Aren't they pretty?  A classic modern design of the mid century.  Highly collectible, cooks love to use this original version for it's durability, easy clean-up, & its ability to conduct heat evenly.

My research shows that Copco began business in 1960 while creating the enamel coated cookware you see here.  Made on the island of Mors in Denmark, this region was known for its high quality cast iron.  When creating their cookware, industrial designer Michael Lax was charged with the design - hence the clean, modern lines & praticality.


Although still in business today, they unfortunately no longer produce their cookware.  I'm uncertain as to why, because with all the research I've done, it is by far a cook's favorite - even over La Creuset & Staub.  Made of a heavy cast iron {for it's durability & even heat conduction} & coated in enamel {for it's good looks, easy clean-up, as well as even heat distribution}, they also sport teak handles to eliminate a hot handle.  And the lid of the dutch oven also serves as a casserole dish {so practical}.

Quality constructed, their enameling process made their product much less likely to chip than the competitor's.  Today you can still find pieces in excellent condition on Etsy and other online sites. 







 I considered keeping the set for myself because of it's uber cool design.  But I inherited a set of MacDonald cast iron from my grandmother, which I LOVE, and and can't bear the thought of using anything but, so the set is listed in my Etsy shop.

If you appreciate the superior quality of the original Copco version (it's being reproduced in a lesser quality for Mario Batali) you'll be surprised that it is often less expensive as well!

Do go check it out.  I'd love for one of my readers to make this a part of their everyday happiness!

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3 comments :

  1. I totally agree with your appreciation of these pieces. My boyfriend was given a few pieces by someone for whom he worked and I absolutely fell in love with them when I cooked at his place using them. I have been searching in stores and everywhere for them for my own kitchen and haven't been able to, now I know why. Thanks for the background info. Now if only I canremember when I use his, to handle them with oven mitts even on the stove top.

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  2. Thanks for the history on these pans. I bought the exact same fry pan at a flea market today for $6.00 dollars. I am so excited to use it. It is orange and I believe from the 60's or 70's. I had no clue when I bought it that it was worth much more than what I paid.

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    1. oh, you are sooo going to love them! i've since sold the set i posted about here and regretted it ever since. i recently began collecting for myself + so far have a yellow sauce pot and an avocado green paella pan. coming from a die hard cast iron cooker, the copco cook wonderfully + i love their colors!!! enjoy!

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