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Jan 7, 2013 08:33 AM

Infomercial Cookware that Works?

I have recently seen t.v. advertisements for a non-stick skillet with a green coating which is so non-stick that sunny side up eggs practically fly off the pan without oil or fat, burnt cheese peels away cleanly, and generally the pan promises to make one's life wonderful and complete.

This is in the realm of the Ginsu Knife. In fact, the pan(s) ("call now and get an extra pan, free!") come with a Ginsu-type knife ("but wait, there's more!") that can cut through a bolt and then slice a tomato like a surgeon's scalpel.

Has anyone ever bought infomercial kitchen ware and been satisifed?

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  1. At South Hills Village Mall during Chrismas of 1965, Ron Popeil was selling Chop o matics and Veg o matics. Chop o matic fit this 11 years old budget. Mom actually used it for years.

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      Gave my mom a veg o matic for mothers day when I was a teen. She gave it back to me when she moved out her house about 20 yrs ago. I still have it somewhere. It does a great job of cutting potatoes for French fries

      I use a turbo oven to roast coffee

    2. I think the Magic Bullet has taken on a life of it's own. I don't own one, but if I did I'm sure I would eat a whole lot better and be a more well rounded home cook.

      1. The Ronco Patty Stacker worked - your hands never touched the meat.

        1. Unfortunately, I have not, but I heard "ninja" really works.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I'll vouch for the Ninja. very sharp blades, I don't use it daily, but a year later and the moter is still running, and it still pulverizes stuff.
            Plus, costco sells it.

            for once, something that works!

          2. My mil swears by the magic bullet for her daily smoothie because it is the perfect chop/blend size for 1 smoothie. I will give that to her, making my smoothie in my regular blender is not working well and i could see it working better in a smaller container.
            But she bought at BBB, not on tv..

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            1. re: kirikara

              I know several people that LOVE their Magic Bullets due to the size (single serving) and the ease of cleaning.

              That green pan haunts me. I am tempted to buy one just to see if it actually works like on TV.

              1. re: cleobeach

                I too, am haunted by the green pan.

                1. re: EarlyBird

                  I have no need to cook fried eggs (or burn cheese) but I have an almost uncontrollable urge to prove the commercial wrong.

                  1. re: cleobeach

                    I don't know, the melted cheese puddles look kinda tasty...

                    I was sort of repulsed by the green pan, though. I found myself wondering WTH they coated it will to get that degree of non-stickability.

                    1. re: tcamp

                      I know! Surely there must be a CH out there that can educate us. (responding to tcamps comment about the coating of the green pan)

                      And +1 on the cheese, I love a nibble of cheese with the right amount of burn/melt!

                      1. re: cleobeach

                        I've been doing the melted cheese things and adding bits to my tomato soup. Yum.

                      2. re: tcamp

                        I have a green pan, and I love it. It is a ceramic pan which works just as advertised. No sticking, easy clean-up. I've never had to use oil. I use it a lot to reheat leftovers, but you can cook in it, no problem. I didn't get mine on tv, but from Amazon. It's an Ozeri. Every time I use the pan, I think, "I love this pan."

                      3. re: cleobeach

                        Every NS skillet ever advertised via infomercial shows those 2 items. Eggs and cheese patties. I'm in the camp that believes ANY new-from-the-box NS pan will do that. But will it do it 6 months later? For most, the answer is no way.

                    2. re: cleobeach

                      the green pan does not work. it works beautifully if you use some oil.

                    3. re: kirikara

                      Yes, I heard very good things about magic bullets too. Easy to use, inexpensive, easy to store. The main problems I heard are that they are not very powerful and that their motors get burned out.

                      <But she bought at BBB, not on tv..>

                      Doesn't matter. They are still infomercial products.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        My friend used one to puree her cat's food when it was ill. It was the only way she could get it to eat as it's illness was preventing it from eating food that contained any minute amount of solids. It worked great for that.... so, if you have a sick cat.....