I was cleaning out some drawers and found a small Visions Cookware skillet. I want to be able to use it. Most of the research I've done on it just shows people that are selling theirs as "antiques." Does anybody have any experience using this brand?
MrsT, we had a Visions skillet and a matching pot decades ago. At that time, we had only a coil-top electric range.
Our experience was that the Visions cookware was useful only with a long lead time. We had to warm up the skillet or pot for at least five minutes before the inside transmitted enough heat to the food to perform any work. Then we had to get the heat just right, because the Visions pieces were slow to respond to changes of the control of the range. Undershoot and overshoot were a problem.
Visions works very well reheating thick, starchy foods in the microwave - mashed potatoes, refried beans, grits and the like. I have no experience using a Visions skillet for browning.
I have a small Visions skillet which I use to make one grilled cheese sandwich. I also use it for toasting almonds. Works great.
Wow! blast from the past. I've used this and other Vision cookware. Takes time to heat up and if you're using coils will tell you whether yours are consistent or have hotspots (because that's where everything will burn). I remember that it seared okay but couldn't be used for eggs or pancake/crepe applications. The pots worked really well in the oven for braising.
I have an old visions sauce pot I bought in college. It was horrible for um actually cooking. But if you simply need to boil veggies or hard boil eggs it works great. In fact I keep it around for hard boiled eggs as they can stain my metal cookware and I can't seem to find those old glass double boilers like my mom used for boiling eggs.
I got a set of the saucepans as a wedding present and used them for the duration of the marriage even though I disliked them. The only advantage is that it is easy to see when you've scorched something, which is often...but they were durable. Never broke or chipped. I was happy to combine households with someone whose kitchen included "real" pans so I could finally retire them without guilt!
Visions, how I hate you, let me count the ways.
If you get the skillet hot enough to sort-of sear the food, which takes forever, it will stick no matter how much oil used, so you end up ripping off any nice browned bits trying to rip it off the pan. (I think they later had a Teflon lined version because of this.)
Boiling takes so much longer in them.
They weigh a ton.
They will break, and they break weirdly, somehow managing to sort of shoot shrapnel about in a most alarming manner.
Try to fry an egg in the skillet, no matter how much oil, half will be left stuck in the pan.
As you might have guessed, I had some bad experiences with this product. The defining moment came when I tried to heat up some oil to fry a cheap, pre-breaded chicken fried steak up in an effort to save money by eating something at home between school and work. Accustomed to it taking forever to heat and not realizing husband had started to heat the pan of oil but shut it off this particular day while waiting for me to arrive with a fresh supply of cheap, commercially pre-breaded chicken fried steak wanna-bes (we were very poor students, don't judge), I turned the pan on as usual and went to go fix my makeup for work. I sniffed an unusual burnt smell and raced at breakneck across our tiny apartment, rounding the corner just in time to become a target via the bar opening onto our living room for the shrapnel as the smoking pan exploded. This after only 5 minutes but maybe the heat, cool, heat had somewhat to do with things. At any rate, ended having to scrub the entire wall space of our up-to-that-point seemingly minuscule apartment. Luckily managed to escape with only one tiny scratch, but would have been much worse had I actually managed to round into the tiny kitchen. Several items in the room were impaled by slivers of glass. Tossed every last piece of the Visions in the trash that very moment. At least cheap Teflon-coated pots don't explode on you.
Think cast iron. The cooking properties of Visions are very much like cast iron, and I think it's great.
You can get it as hot as your stove is capable of without damage. There used to be an ad in which they showed another piece of cookware, not Visions, melting inside of a Visions pot on the top of the stove.
I greatly miss it, and I'm quite surprised the negative comments.