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What to ask for from Pampered Chef?

Okay, I know not everyone is crazy about Pampered Chef, but I think they can be fun parties and I like some of their gadgets, and well, I always *need* gadgets! ;-) Anyway, on Saturday, we threw a Pampered Chef wedding shower for one of my friends because that's what she wanted (I like it because everyone brings a recipe, which I think is special.) She needs $68 to be bumped up to the next level to get more free stuff, and her mom wants to buy me and my fiance a wedding present, and knock out two birds with one stone! The problem is, is there's not much else I want from there... I have their garlic press, which is the best garlic press I've used, a Chillzanne bowl, citrus press, ice cream scoop, can opener, and I think that's about it. I, as I'm sure all Home Cooking Chowhounds, have numerous spatulas, whisks, spoons, etc. I absolutely hate all of the stoneware! Does anyone have any recommendations of useful things I can get totaling to around the $68?

http://www.pamperedchef.com/

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  1. The one thing i bought is the baster that comes with the wire brush to clean it out. The baster is as good as any, but that skinny wire brush comes in handy for a multitude of things. I think it was only around $12 though.

    1. I'm not a huge fan either, but there are a few things I like.

      I really like the pizza stone that I have. I'm assuming that you hate the stonewear dishes? The pizza stone is great, we eat alot of pizza, and the stone is fab for making your own. It's also the only way I'll reheat leftover pizza now, too!

      The funnels are cute. Which reminds me I need funnels.

      I like the cherry/olive pitter I got from PC.

      And I have the prep bowl set too. A small set of six bowls, great for small left overs, prep, etc.

      Good luck and congrats!

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      1. re: geg5150

        Thank you!

        Yeah, my parents have the pizza stone and love it, but it's too heavy for me... I know, I know, I need to work out more, but I am short and little, so it's hard for me to heft that thing around!

        1. re: Katie Nell

          The pizza stone rocks. Yes, it is heavy, but I just leave it in the oven all the time; you can put regular pans on top of it. Or just put stuff on foil, then slide onto the pizza stone (biscuits benefit from this treatment).

          I have some of the other stoneware items, but the only thing I use regularly besides the pizza stone is a stoneware loaf pan. Ordinary loaves are immeasureably improved by this stoneware pan...even flabby banana bread becomes a crispy-crusted wonder when cooked in the stoneware loaf pan.

          The garlic press is pretty good, too. If PC sells an ice cream scoop with an antifreeze compound inside the sealed handle, I'd get that too. I have the Zeroll version, but I think PC makes one too.

          Aside from these things, I can't find much else that's worthwhile in their offerings.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Actually, the loaf pan is a great idea, because I only have one loaf pan, and how many recipes actually just make dough for one loaf pan?!? I usually just bake in shifts! And a loaf pan can't be *that* heavy! That might be what I go with! Thanks!

          2. re: Katie Nell

            I have no idea how much the stone costs but I'm sure it's more than ordinary unglazed quarry tiles you can buy from Home Depot. They cost around $5 for a box of a dozen or more 6" x 6" tiles. We have 6 in the oven semi-permanently. These are still from the original box we bought about 4 years ago. They are great for baking pastry crusts, cakes, cookies as well as pizza.

            1. re: cheryl_h

              Be careful using these for they may contain lead. I would check with the company that produces them to make sure they are lead-free and approved for cooking food on. Many of the stones you find out there are made in other countries that do not have the same lead-free laws that we have, yet they are imported for sale in the US.

              1. re: kellyemojo

                Lead is contained in the glaze, not the clay. Stoneware bakeware is unglazed, or at least it should be. Earthenware on the other hand is sometimes, if not often, glazed. I believe all of the stoneware on Pampered Chef is unglazed. Could be wrong though.

            2. re: Katie Nell

              Katie Nell, just put that stone on the bottom rack of your oven and leave it there. No need to be taking it out even when using the cleaning cycle.

          3. I love love love my PC garlic press too! I do also have the utility knife from them which comes with (or used to come with) a sharpening sheath, 5" blade. Knives are very personal items, though, I know that; I was able to hold one and test it out at the particular party I was at, so maybe if the hostess brings one, check it out for yourself. It's been a great knife for me, though, I must say.

            1. I know the stones are heavy but they are so good - I even use mine for cookies - you'll never have a cookie that is burnt on the bottom they'll cook evenly all the way through.

              1. I rather like their microwave rice cooker. I think the rice is as good as a conventional rice cooker, but it is much smaller and very easy to clean.