Not everybody can afford an Aston Martin DB9, but when 007 drives one we all seem to have some form of envy, even though you know the bluetooth isn’t going to work, the navigation is gonna suck, and there are no cup holders to be found. In a way, owning a Ruffoni pot reminds me of this.
Sure, the main line of Ruffoni that most of us can afford doesn’t have 2 mm thick copper, but who cares. When you bring zuppa to the table in one of these babies, even the late Tony Soprano would shed a tear. Every kitchen should have a space for “style first” and “function second” .. and these gorgeous Ruffoni pots certainly have a prominent place in my collection.
When Curt and I were planning our kitchen remodel, we left space for the Ruffoni pots on the display shelf as I wouldn’t dream of hanging one on my pot rack! Not only are these pots beautiful, they are a pleasure to cook in. If I’m making a pedestrian dish, say, chicken noodle soup, the 3 1/2 quart stock pot works perfectly.
I came across a relatively inexpensive 3 1/2 quart Ruffoni on eBay. It was damaged in that it had a 2 “dimple” dent on the side, and a bent lid. Curt heated up the pot, took a mallet to the dents, and in no time it was ready to go.
Recently we found this beautiful stainless steel braiser on eBay, with a base made of hammered steel. There’s plenty of room for a LeCreuset and Mauviel to be jealous as they glance across the shelf to see the graceful leaf pulling away from the handle. It has a fennel bulb for the top handle .. so interesting.
I admit .. I’ve gotten a bit carried away with the Ruffonis but my husband says it’s like having a couple of Sophia Lorens sitting on the counter. We both appreciate fine beauty, and when it comes to performance, they’re good enough!
Having a copper stock pot is wonderful for dropping the temperature of a chicken stock quickly before it goes into the fridge. Because the copper is so quick to react, it works perfectly for cooling stock.
If you can’t tell, I enjoy driving an impractical 470 horsepower-premium-only car and cooking in a drop-dead-gorgeous Ruffoni .. two of my favorite indulgences.