Is Copper Chef Dishwasher Safe? (Find Out Now!)

Jessica Stone
by Jessica Stone

America’s top-selling cookware brand, Copper Chef is known for their Cerami-Tech nonstick coating that makes sautéing and pan-frying fast and simple. Believe it or not, nothing will stick to the surface of a Copper Chef pan, which eliminates the need for cooking with added fats and oils. Since nothing sticks, Copper Chef pans are incredibly easy to clean. Oftentimes, all you’ll need is one pass with a soapy sponge and cleanup is done in a matter of minutes.

However, is Copper Chef dishwasher safe? Fortunately, since their cookware is not made of real copper, Copper Chef is dishwasher safe. Though, since handwashing is so quick and easy, you likely won’t even need to waste your time with placing them in the dishwasher.

That said, let’s take a more comprehensive look at Copper Chef and how to care for this extremely unique and versatile non-stick cookware.

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What is Copper Chef?

Manufactured by Tristar Products, Copper Chef cookware is the #1 best-selling brand of copper cookware in the United States to date. The Copper Chef 9.5” Deep Dish Square Pan was the first offering introduced in the Copper Chef line of branded cookware, which was voted “Product of the Year” in the cookware category by consumers. Currently, Copper Chef offers three cookware collections:

  • Signature Series: Their original chef-style signature collection allows for fast, even cooking. They feature a Cerami-Tech non-stick coating that makes cleanup a cinch, and doesn’t require added fats or oils. This collection can go from stovetop to oven to your table, with heat resistance up to 850 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Black Diamond Series: The Copper Chef Black Diamond series is stackable, non-stick, and scratch-resistant. They are virtually indestructible and space-saving, with inverted flat lids that nest easily.
  • Titan Series: Created in partnership with Chef Jet Tila, the Titan Series the Cerami-Tech non-stick coating for cooking without added fats. It also includes stainless steel induction plates on the base of the pans, which helps distribute high heat quickly and evenly to the entire cooking surface.

What is Copper Chef Made Of?

Despite their name, Copper Chef products are not made of copper – which may be seen as a potential drawback to some people. Instead, the cookware is made of aluminum with two copper-colored layers that give it the signature Copper Chef look. While the color is a very appealing, light shade of copper, it certainly doesn’t stand up to the true elegance and style of real copper cookware.

Is Copper Chef Dishwasher Safe?

Since Copper Chef cookware is not made of true copper, they are all dishwasher safe. This includes their Signature, Black Diamond, and Titan line. In fact, the manufacturer recommends washing Copper Chef cookware prior to use, with either hot water and mild soap, or by placing it in the dishwasher.

When it comes to regular cleaning, although Copper Chef cookware is dishwasher safe, it’s important to understand that the debris and soil on other dishes may be abrasive. As such, make sure that you always load your dishwasher with care to avoid other dishes or flatware from marking up the surface of your Copper Chef cookware.

Over time, regular dishwasher cleaning is eventually going to scratch anything you place in the appliance. So, you may consider only hand washing your Copper Chef pots and pans to help extend their lifespan.

Removing Stains from Copper Chef

Whether food gets burned inside the pan and causes a stain or your stove’s burner has resulted in discoloration on the bottom of the pan, there are ways to return your Copper Chef cookware back to its full glory. If you’ve burned food in the pan, it’s not uncommon for a stubborn black residue to linger. While soaking may loosen up the stuck-on food, it doesn’t always work.

If not, your best bet is to try adding an inch of water to the pan and one tablespoon of non-lemon dishwasher detergent. Then, bring the pan to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Allow the pan to cool before draining the liquid and rinsing the pan. The residue should now loosen with a plastic spatula or sponge. Repeat this process, if necessary.

For removing stains on the base of the pan caused by the burners, you can use oven cleaner. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions first and brush or spray the cleaner onto the bottom exterior of the pan. If the instructions call for using the cleaner in a warm oven, heat up the pan before you apply the cleaner. Then, rinse the pan thoroughly after the stains are removed.

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How to Season Copper Chef Pan

Seasoning refers to the process of coating the metal surface of your Copper Chef pan with a thin layer of oil to close tiny pores and further prevent food from sticking. Though Copper Chef cookware is already non-stick, treating these pans with a stick-resistant coating helps improve the non-stick properties and eradicates uneven spots on the surface.

To season your Copper Chef pan, follow these simple steps:

  • Gently wash the pan using lukewarm water. Avoid scrubbing and, instead, use a soft cloth to carefully lather the pan with soap. Then, rinse the pan and let it dry completely before you proceed.
  • Once dry, coat the pan in about two to three tablespoons of vegetable oil. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to spread the oil evenly and gently across the surface, including the bottom and all sides.
  • Heat the oiled pan on the stovetop or in the oven – depending on your preference. For the oven, preheat it to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and let the pan cook inside for 15 to 20 minutes. For the stovetop option, set the stovetop to medium heat, then place the pan on top until it smokes.
  • Allow the oil to cool and dry evenly. Once it’s completely dry, wipe off the residual oil with a clean cloth.

Now your Copper Chef pan is ready to be used for cooking! We recommend seasoning your pan at least two times a year to maintain effectiveness. For best results, consider seasoning once every couple of months.

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Jessica Stone
Jessica Stone

Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.

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