A cataplana is an original casserole because of its spherical shape that allows the steaming of large quantities of food, providing a healthy, natural and nutritious character to all dishes prepared.
Consists of two spherical halves that are joined by hinges that achieve a hermetic seal that allows the steaming of their food. It has a closure system similar to that of the lunchboxes of a few years ago, the cataplanes being also the precursors of the modern pressure cooker that we all know.
As with all steaming, the main advantage is the fact that the original aromas and flavors of the ingredients are always maintained. As the cataplana is hermetically closed, the stews that are cooked in it will always enhance and squeeze all its flavor.
It begins with a sauce of oil, garlic, peppers, vegetables and potatoes, which is then added fish or meats to be prepared with a splash of wine and some leaves of laurel or other herbs, to bring you that Plus of taste that we like so much. It is at this point where we would cover the cataplana with its top piece and close it to end the steam cooking of all ingredients.
There is something magical about the moment when the cataplana arrives at the table.If you want to taste an original cataplana you must travel to the south of Portugal to order it in any restaurant, because every corner of the Algarve has a section dedicated to cataplanas of all kinds.
Now, if you want to bring the best-kept secret of the Algarve to your home, you can learn to use and perfect the art of cataplana by your own means surrounded by friends or family. Its use is very simple, and the types of food and dishes you can cook are many, to be sure to the taste of most of your food.
HISTORY OF THE CATAPLANA
The Cataplana is a special and unique Portuguese cooking device, whose origins are not well known because there are no official historical records about its origin, appearance, and creation. In order to find the of the Cataplana, we are almost bound to deepen the Arabic influence from North Africa, which is well over 500 years away (VIII century to century XIII) sought the major goals of the Algarve region, and to this day still fresh in their culture and crafts and to find again is reflected.
What Makes the CATAPLANA Special?
Once the cooking is finished, the presentation of the dish keeps its secret until the last moment, since the whole cataplana is taken to the table and covered, and only opens to start the meal at the moment in which it will start to serve and eat.
The cooking process used by the Cataplana prevents the loss of the ingredients and aromas, ensuring a full and excellent flavor.Furthermore, cooking in the Cataplana is healthier since the recipes use less fat, and thus contain fewer calories.
Why else should you use and own a Cataplana?Cooking a cataplana is an art that you will improve over time, and a ritual that surely captures the attention of all your diners.
Our cataplana is the original copper cataplana because we don't stray from tradition. We’ve brought back the cataplanas in their natural state, the same way they were in olden times.
Copper is Timeless Beauty
Copper is one of the oldest metal known to mankind and has been used for centuries. Copper is a living metal and will change according to its surroundings with character and beauty.
This innate feature with hammered artisanship gives the kitchen a timeless feel.
Health BenefitsCopper is a necessary trace nutrient, but, like grandma used to say, you can have too much of a good thing. That’s why smiths have been lining copper cookware with non-reactive tin for centuries. You never have to think about what could be going into your food other than what you put in the cataplana.
Copper Cookware has been the gold standard in cooking and the top choice among professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts for centuries. A quality copper cookware set is an investment that will stay in your family forever.
The more you work with the cataplana the more you will realize this dish isn’t just for seafood. It can be used for vegetarian stews, chicken, rabbit and shellfish, rice,pasta and a variety of different fish dishes like a Caldeirada de Peixe (fish stew).
Cooking in the cataplana makes the flavors richer by not allowing the juices to go to waste by evaporating into the air and instead continuously sinking back into the food and creating a luscious liquid in the bottom.
FUN, SAFE & EASY TO USE
Cataplana is perfect for the cooking device because it efficiently contains the flavour and heat of the contents in the dish to provide a uniquely flavoured and scented dish, simply without any fuss.
Shaped like a clam with two domed halves, the pot seals in moisture like a Dutch oven, encouraging a steaming effect inside the vessel. The latches on the side lock the dome closed, emulating a pressure cooker.
The pan is a refreshing combination of form and function, and easily the most eye-catching addition to your kitchen.
KATAPLANA EXPERIENCE APP AND RECIPE BOOK
We partnered with professional chefs in the Algarve region and nutritionists to create an evolving library of recipes tailored to fit a broad range of diets, appetites, and health goals.
We are really excited about bringing the KATAPLANA APP and the RECIPE BOOK to life. And not without reason more than a simple recipe bank, the app and the book will help you regain control over cooking, hit health goals, and enjoy amazing meals with friends and family.
Our app’s UI design is clean, is easy-to-navigate, and is cross-device functional. Plan your meals on your iPad, then get your shopping lists on your iPhone and Android devices too!
The most famous cataplanas are fish or seafood with rice or potatoes, and can also be made alternatively with meat or poultry more sweet, including pasta, mushrooms or other mushrooms.
Why we need your help
Back us and get your cataplana and help us continue to keep this family tradition alive.
Our product is ready for production - now we need to funds for the first production run. All the funds raised will go directly towards the materials,packaging and expert labor needed to create these handmade cataplanas. We have the suppliers and the factory lined up and ready to go, we just need your help to bring the KATAPLANAS EXPERIENCE to life.
Copper was one of the first metals to be spun and the tradition continues at KATAPLANAS. Copper is the perfect metal for spinning because it is very malleable and ductile, meaning copper is resistant to breaking or cracking during the metal spinning process.All the tools are organized, clean and ready to work.The tools are made by the artist himself and many are passed down from generation to generation.
How We Got Here
We’ve tested our cataplana with both chefs and home cooks to develop something that feels intuitive for everyone. After more than 6 months of redesigning, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing samples we’re ready to reinvent this hallmark cooking device of Portugal and go to production. Dozens of revisions have helped us to develop a tradition that now we can’t wait to share with the world.
KATAPLANAS is a family team dedicated of craftsman that decided it was much better to build a small company and make products that make people happy. We love work with copper and brass, our father and grandfather Jorge Silva has more than 40 years of experience working with copper cookware and passed all is knowledge to his sons Humberto and Marco and now Tiago his grandson is also following his steps.
Risks and challenges
We have many years of experience designing and manufacturing copper houseware products. Therefore, we understand the risks that can occur in the production process. As with any physical item, flaws not picked up in the rigorous testing phase are possible. That may result in a delay in delivery.
One challenge is coping with a larger direct-to-consumer delivery than we're used to. That’s why we have already planned for this and have lined up several options for third party logistics, all of whom have crowdfunding expertise.
As the cataplanas gets geared up for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made.
If any issues arise, we'll communicate them to you as soon and openly as possible so you wont be left in the dark.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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