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Fiona23 Oct 20, 2010 07:58 PM

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this set or had purchased it. It is very cheap for the pieces in it compared with lodge, etc. Thoughts?

http://www.amazon.com/Universal-House...

  1. Sid Post Oct 21, 2010 04:04 AM

    I haven't used it and with no reviews on Amazon, who knows. Cheap cast iron is typically pretty rough and underweight, leading to a subpar cooking performance.

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    1. re: Sid Post
      bushwickgirl Oct 21, 2010 04:07 PM

      Yes, without other reviews, hard to say anything about the quality; cheap cast iron doesn't last, and the good stuff you'll pass on to your grandchildren. The sizes in the set leave something to be desired, larger is better than a 6 1/4 and 7 7/8 inch; not very useful. The price for three is about the same as a piece of Lodge. It's noted that the set comes pre-seasoned, but that means nothing, in my experience with pre-seasoned Lodge. You end up doing it anyway.

      See if you can find some other reviews about this brand, or save your money and check amazon or ebay for new or used pieces of Lodge, Wagner or even Griswold, although you'll pay a pretty penny for that last brand. Flea markets, junk shops and used furniture places, Salvation Army, are great for locating low cost good quality cast iron, that might need a little care, but so what, unless you really want new. Shipping could be a killer from ebay, btw but you may save lots of the piece.

      1. re: bushwickgirl
        Jay F Oct 21, 2010 04:15 PM

        +1. Instead of the smallest pan, I'd want a 12". I know absolutely nothing about the brand, but I would not want this "set" configuration.

        1. re: bushwickgirl
          Chemicalkinetics Oct 21, 2010 04:17 PM

          Bushwick,

          I keep hearing this "the cookware can be passed down to generation to come", but this begs the question: does our children and grandchildren really want our stuffs anyway? My guess is no. 99% of the wedding couples want brand new cookware sets. Ok, I don't know if it is 99% or 90%, but I know it is very high.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics
            bushwickgirl Oct 21, 2010 04:37 PM

            Sigh, well, could be, I like to think ithat used CI will be appreciated for generations to come, but you never know. Maybe as one gets older, for example, my sister has my grandmother's, which I covet now, but didn't care so much about when I was 20.

            Actually, the expression "the cookware can be passed down to generation to come" is just somewhat of a marketing byline to indicate that the CI stuff, or whatever, will last forever; anything in this country can be passed down to grandchildren, old cars, chainsaws, washing machines, rocking chairs, lawn mowers, given their quality and longevity; it's just a popular expression to indicate quality.;-))

            Doesn't mean they want it.

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