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What to do with Saladmaster cookware?

Yes, I know this thing is a total scam.

But a very kind soul gave me a Saladmaster skillet (with a cover) for Xmas.

What's the best way to put this to use?

Paperweight?

Interior decoration?

Or can I actually use this thing to make something edible?

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  1. i guess you could start with the recipes on their website:
    http://www.saladmaster.com/index/Reci...

    i've [obviously] never paid attention the few times i've stumbled across anything about them, so i glanced at the website. from the little bit i just read, it appears the premise is to cook at low temperatures with no oil? is that about right?

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I think so.

      The darn thing looks awfully nice, but who knows ...

    2. I'm curious as to your impression of it. Is it voodoo or hype or decent cookware that seems to be overpriced?

      It definitely harks from a day when door to door salesmen were commonplace and some had products that had higher prices but sometimes much higher quality. Most of the cookware companies ended up being bought out by someone else for one reason or another. My mom has a set of HomeEc stainless steel pots and pans that were expensive when she bought them in the late 1950s but are still going strong today.

      The problem I have with the reputation of Saladmaster is I've never come across anyone who has owned any. It's easy today for a distributor to create an account for a site and extol the benefits of Saladmaster in response to someone's questions. Here is the opportunity for a review by a non-believer.

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        1. re: SanityRemoved

          Hey, if you didn't pay for it, just enjoy it. SM's are good for cooking well on low temps, so just braise away in it. Brown the meat, maybe the onions, put in whatever else you want with a minimum of liquid, put the top on and wait for the vapo valve to tell you it is ready to turn the heat down. And let 'er cook. The best looking old piece of cookware that I have is a waterless pot and lid that my mom got via Amway, way back in the 60's or 70's - I've used it a lot and it looks newer than everthing else. SM's are similar, probably made by the same company. Their distinction is their vapo valve that keeps foods cooking around 180 F, and in later models, the type of stainless steel that they use. Their 316 SS is definitely less reactive than their 304 SS models per my dh who uses those metals in his (non-cookware) industry, and their latest is a titanium mix that is supposed to be super non-reactive because of the molybdenum. I'm not sure what I think about titanium in cookware just yet, though....

          1. re: SanityRemoved

            I just sent a response. (See above) I have been a happy SaladMaster user for more than 50 years!!

          2. All I can remember was seeing the ad on TV with the guy denting another pot with the saladmaster pan. Your gift could make a good hammer!

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            1. How do you "know" it's a "total scam?" The cookware is made here, not in China, and the company has been around for a very long time. And no, I don't own any nor do I work for them. I realize that it's extremely expensive but you're making the rather elitist assumption that because an item is sold direct from a salesman rather than a brick-and-mortar establishment or (more recently) the Internet, it's necessarily a hustle. Vitamixes, Bamixes, Fagor Pressure Magic cookers (not the stuff they sell in Williams-Sonoma), and Thermomixes are all sold by demonstrators and are all extremely fine products that have stellar reputations for excellent performance and longevity; it's only recently that Vitamixes and Bamixes have also found their way into stores. Rather than continuing to look askance, I hope you did some research and got some use out of your (undoubtedly very pricey) gift.

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              1. re: MacGuffin

                Ok, if you do not believe it's a total scam, want to buy my Saladmaster set from me?

                It retails for $3,500.

                As a fellow 'Hound, I'll cut you a deal. 3000 even. Shipping to the CONUS.

                Deal?

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I think you need to reread. I didn't post that it wasn't extremely (and very possibly too) expensive. In order to qualify, at least to my way of thinking, as a "scam" it would need to be expensive, and junk, and not perform as advertised. This isn't the case; people have owned their same sets of US-made waterless cookware for decades and have apparently made use of their lifetime warranties as well. I don't think that's a scam and I wouldn't have responded if you'd posted only that you thought it was ridiculously expensive.

                  You're a Hound--be somewhat more open-minded! Someone, who I'm guessing knows you're into food, gave you an expensive cooking appliance he/she thought you'd appreciate. Do the research and see if you can learn to cook in it in the way it was intended. It's an opportunity to expand your culinary horizons and you might even come to enjoy it or at least appreciate its quality. Cookware junkie (a Hound, I'm guessing, after my own heart) seems to have hit the nail on the head.

                  1. re: MacGuffin

                    It's functional and works.

                    But as advertised? Nope.

                    Straight from the Saladmaster website:

                    "Saladmaster Solutions Health Systems can change your life. This cooking system enables you to cook low-fat, nutritious meals that taste incredibly delicious. When you eat healthy food, you look better, feel better and live longer. Saladmaster Solutions is more than just cookware, it's a commitment to a better quality of life--that's the main difference."

                    (Source: http://www.saladmaster.com/index/WhyS...

                    )

                    Sorry, no dice here. My quality of life is no different because of my ownership of Saladmaster products.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I have the same problem with a StairMaster I bought. It has been sitting in the corner of my bedroom for two years and I've yet to lose one pound!

              2. So what was the outcome? Do you like the pan?

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                1. re: andieb

                  It's ok.

                  It's functional and works.

                  My food cooks just fine. No better or worse than my $20 pan from WalMart.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Well, I wouldn't expect "life-changing" either--I've been into the "health" thing for MANY years now, have a science background, and tend to be cynical by nature. But what does interest me is the waterless method for reasons of flavor (not to mention that I like to learn new food-prep techniques) and the fact it's supposed to be of really stellar quality. Obviously one can use this stuff as conventional cookware but have you tried to use it as intended?

                    1. re: MacGuffin

                      My mother has a full set of waterless cookware (Lifetime brand) she bought in the mid-60s. She paid $350 at the time (not a small sum then) and still has it. Some of the handles wore out/broke off, but the company is still in business and replaced them free of charge, no questions asked. The pans themselves are extremely durable and fairly heavy. My mom has a virtual museum of vintage cookware and dishes - she takes extremely good care of things.

                      They do indeed work as intended with low amounts of water. The lids are designed to sort of seal onto the pot to keep the moisture from the food in so things like veggies will steam in their own juices. The pans work well "normally" too. That being said, I'd never pay the current prices for it. I'd rather buy a full set of All Clad and even that would cost much less! You can find some of it on ebay if you're interested in trying it out.

                      1. re: Jen76

                        I've seen it on eBay (of various vintage, not too much of their current line last time I checked) and even thought the warranty is only valid if you buy from one of their salesmen, I doubt it would matter much if the quality's that good (how much can replacement handles cost?). The prices through their salesmen are extremely high--their largest set (which seems to contain every item they manufacture) is $5000 or so. That's 5% of a $100K income! Health Craft might be somewhat cheaper and is also supposed to be excellent; they manufacture Vitamix's Neova line but to lower specs than their own.

                        What's your opinion of the food's flavor when prepared waterless?

                        1. re: MacGuffin

                          Tastes like the food I cook in my rice cooker's steamer basket. ;) Steamed, but not water logged. Like I said, I think the quality is good, warranty is excellent, but the price is insanely high, and you can achieve similar effects with "regular" cookware. Also looks like West Bend (the company that makes the Lifetime) also makes the Salad Master stuff, among others.

                          Below is a link to a vintage piece on ebay that's very inexpensive. It looks just like a pan that my mom has. Not sure how warranty transfer works. It may transfer, but I'm not sure. Either way, if you're really interested, I would recommend buying a piece used or looking for it in a thrift store to try out first. I really don't think it's worth the "new" price.

                          http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Lifetime-...

                          That's actually one of the neater pans she has with the part that can be used as a bottom or a top.

                          1. re: Jen76

                            Hey, thanks! I really want to try the newer stuff but this might be a good intro!
                            I'm aware that West Bend produces the cookware for a number of waterless lines but I'm pretty sure they're all manufactured to different specs. I guess an analogy would be when people discovered years back that one factory in Japan (those were the days) was producing electronics that were sold under a variety of labels; a lot of folks got burned because they bought cheap, not taking into account that the specs were different. That's not to say that there might be some waterless cookware of poor quality but that there might be variations. I happen to like the little feature on the lid that the Saladmaster line has to indicate when to turn down the heat (seems like a useful gimmick).

                        2. re: Jen76

                          Could you tell me the name of your mothers cookware? I have some but the name has worn off.

                          1. re: Jen76

                            Could you tell me what is the name of your mothers cookware? It sounds like mine. Mine seal when taken off the heat. It was made by West Bend but I don't know the name. I gave mine to my daughter and I would like to buy some more. Thanks