Here is what they say about the pan:
(the following is quoted from the Red Copper website.)
Introducing Red Copper, the revolutionary non-stick ceramic cookware made of ultra-tough Copper! It’s lightweight yet super strong. It won’t scratch, chip, or peel into your food. It’s PFOA and PTFE free, so it’s safe for you and your family. You can use this 10″ fry pan for anything – flambé desserts, broil flakey fish, or bake chicken parmesan. All your food slides right out and it’s even oven safe up to 500°F. Red Copper is the most versatile pan you’ve ever used. Plus, it’s even dishwasher safe! Whisk it, biscuit, upside down it, all with Red Copper.
Well we couldn’t pass up the idea of a frying pan the would not scratch, and would not stick . We bought two and took them home. We have just seen so many people loading them into their shopping carts this holiday season, we thought we would post a review of the results we got when with using the fry pan.
We I took the pan out of the packaging material, I was impressed by the heft and solid feel of the pan. It looked and felt bullet proof. We began using the pan regularly and it really seemed to work as advertised. Food did not stick, and we did not see any scratches. Most of our cooking utensils are rubber or plastic because we have because have been trying to protect all the other non-stick pans we have tried.
Little by little as we gained confidence in the Red Copper pan, we began stirring and serving with ordinary metal spoons with no visible damage at all, at first.
If you had asked me about this pan after about a month of use, I would have given you a glowing report. After about 3 months of use things began to change.
First I noticed that it would require just a little bit of scrubbing to get pan clean after frying eggs or something. Soon after that, scrubbing became a regular thing to get the pan clean after use. It usually did not take a lot of scrubbing with the green woolly side of a typical kitchen sponge, but it gradually began to require a little scrubbing after each use, no matter what we had cooked.
Even with the scrubbing I still had a fairly favorable impression of the pan, until about 4 months in, when scratches began to appear. I also noticed at that time that the bottom surface of the pan had warped so it would no longer sit flat on the stove.
My theory is that the non stick, non scratch, magic of this pan, lies is some sort of coating on top of the copper surface. I believe once the surface needs to be cleaned by scrubbing after use, you probably begin gradually removing the magic coating. As you remove the coating , the sticking and scratching gradually get worse.
We have been using the pan for about six months now and here are some photos of the bottom of the pan. Numerous scratches are plainly visible.
(click thumbnail to see larger picture.)
Oddly, I still kind of like the pan. Is it everything it is cracked up to be? No. Is it worth the premium price I paid? It is great for about 90 days, but no, not in the long run. Having said all that, it probably as good as many of the other non stick pans we have used. Would I recommend it to others? I probably would not recommend it to others simply because I believe the people who market this pan must know exactly how it performs, and they continue to make claims that just aren’t true. I do not believe in rewarding that behavior with a recommendation.
I hope you find this review helpful.