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  • bear Nov 30, 2010 08:33 AM

Okay, so I guess I'm susceptible to the lure of the infomercials. I watched a commercial for this Chef Basket, and thought it might actually be convenient for some kitchen tasks. Any owners out there?

https://chefbasket.com/

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  1. Saw it also, but I'm not an owner. I had these questions: How big is it? The site, nor the ad, doesn't mention capacity, although it appears to hold possibly a dozen eggs, and do you have a pot/pots that it would fit in for the handles to rest on the outer rim? How sturdy it it? Why does the handle area stay cool, it's metal? It is due to the handle being located fairly far from the heat source? I think it's a bit more pricy than it's worth, including shipping, but it could definitely have a few uses around the kitchen, if you don't already own a colander, pasta strainer, rigid steamer basket, or a few wire mesh strainers, as I do. I have a feeling that if I bought one it would end up as a fruit basket on my counter.

    1. One thing I've learned from a small number of impulse buys is that items bought off infomercials are usually very poor quality. Not much to this mesh basket. Actually a neat idea. I suspect it won't last too long. Oh but you get two for the price of one. Oh and the S & H is usually too high so the item ends up costing more than you thought. Proceed with caution

      1. All right, I'm taking one for the team. I ordered one, along with the Just For This Limited Time Offer of the "free extra basket and the knife", and of course I went for the upgrade to the heavy duty stainless, sap that I am. So, it came out to $26.96 including S&H. I'll report back after using it a few times.

        1. Well,

          1) As a colander, I don't trust it... its one thing to rinse off a bunch of fingerling potatoes or pieces of rigatoni. Show me it can cook small penne, orzo, or some other pasta that's teeny.

          2) As a deep fryer, does anybody really "fry" a basket full of chicken in one batch? To be honest, I just have a large mesh scoop and a spider that I use to fish stuff out for deep frying. You don't just "shake off'" the grease - you need to throw the things onto a drying rig for a short bit to pull off more grease.

          They don't even mention deep frying battered items - you don't just "drop 'em in" - you slowly set them into the oil so the batter doesn't get stripped off..

          Polder makes a nice "Cook's Colander" that I think might be a better buy...
          The video shows it takes the place of among other things a Salad Spinner - really? What am I a supposed to do, stand in the middle of a kitchen and spin the thing around like a helicopter.

          Cheap toy? Perhaps.. but I don't think it replaces much in my kitchen..

          1. My main question - what keeps the handle in the open position while it's on a pot - basically what's to keep the basket from collapsing into the water/oil while in use? Also seems too pricey for a cheap wire basket.

            Also, I refuse on principle to buy any product whose commercial features some cretin (who is supposed to represent me, the consumer) failing to boil water for pasta (or some other stupid-easy task) without making a mess of it and breaking into sobs.

            1. It took me forever to find this ad. They keep giving me the run around in google. I was glad to see these posts, as I have many of the same questions...they are also not clear about the FREE shipping and never mentioned the sturdier basket(s).
              I usually wait on the scam reports and/or Walmart, walgreens, Bed,Bath, etc to have it on theire shelves.
              They (infomercials) never ship things differently...so why do they always want to add another $6+ to the order.?
              I was ready to try and order online, until I saw this blog
              I'd like to hear from someone

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              1. re: RickyP03

                Mine is on backorder and supposedly will ship soon. You might want to wait until I report back before you order yours.

                1. re: RickyP03

                  You might want to wait until I report back before you order. Mine is on back order and supposedly will ship within a week or so. I'll let the board know when/if I get it.

                2. Well, this is really just a wire basket which you can probably get one much cheaper. The idea that it will save you time from cooking pasta is probably untrue. The cleaning of these wire basket is never easy. Food residue can stick in the joints area... etc. It may well cause you more time.

                  Like most people said, these informercials can only have a funny way to charge you much more than you believe.

                  1. My mother-in-law gave me one of these about 42 years ago when I was first married. She bought it for a few dollars at the supermarket. I did use it in a big pot of oil to deep fry. Don't remember much else about it except that it rusted fairly quickly. I think the TV price is way too high!

                    1. They haven't processed the online order that I put in when I posted this thread. It keeps saying it will ship within 15 days, so I guess I don't have to worry about it. They haven't charged me, so no big deal. Not sure I'll bother calling.

                      I was interested in the versatility because I have a very small kitchen with limited storage and am always pleased when something can fill several functions.

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                      1. re: bear

                        Wow, since Nov 30? Do you think there's that much of a demand, or it's something else?

                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                          I think they lost the order, and I'm not sure that's a bad thing! I may give them a call and try again, though. It's not a ridiculously expensive risk.

                          1. re: bear

                            Ok, hope it works out in your favor, however it works out. I haven't seen that ad for some time now.

                            The one time I ordered something from an infomercial, a non kitchen item btw, it worked out very well; still have 'em (little battery operated stick up lights, twist off for flashlight type use) $10 for three.

                      2. i saw the infomercial on television and decided to buy it since it's pretty inexpensive. I've only used it a few times to make fries for my kids and harboiling eggs. I thought its a neat tool to have in the kitchen.

                        I purchased the Chef Basket from the following link: http://www.seentvcanada.com/chef-bask... .. and delivery didn't take long at all.

                        1. Some entrepreneur must have been cleaning out an old warehouse. This precise gewgaw was around in the 1970's. It wound up being used as a countertop produce basket in the homes of most buyers. It did not work as a steamer basket because it fell into the pot. Not worth more than a few bucks.

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                          1. re: greygarious

                            Hehe, oh boy, of course. You totally jogged my memory with that, and that's why so many of my friends had those produce baskets!

                          2. Well, I never did get my Chef Basket and didn't reorder. I did find this review on NECN's "Does it Work?" segment. The hostess liked it but found it flimsy. It seems like the upgrade to the heavier basket would be necessary.

                            http://www.necn.com/pages/video?PID=I...

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                            1. re: bear

                              I noticed they lowered the price from 14.99 when i bought it to $10 and they throw in a robostir, why do deals come out every time i buy something. Anyways if anyone's looking to get the new deal you can find it at http://www.buychefbasket.net

                            2. I got a Chef's Basket for $3.30 at a clearance store and I also bought the knife for $5.99. I washed and boiled fingerling potatoes and I found that it worked pretty well! The instructions say not to touch it until it is cool but it cooled in a matter of seconds. There is a bad thing, though. When you want it to steam something, The steamer basket is a little uneven. But it is a great product.

                              1. Also, the Chef Basket is pretty big