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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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    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

      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.

          http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Kitchen-S...

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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.....

                    4. The vacuum pack machines work well when you go to places like costco

                      1. The green pans are not good. Can't imagine cooking anything w/o oil in that thing. They also scrape just as easily as any other non-stick pan.

                        Save your money.

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                        1. re: JayL

                          These "not sold in any stores" pans were being sold at my grocery, and seemed cheap enough, so I bought one. Very light weight, poor outer quality, finish scrapes right off. Inner non-stick works, but it has all the problems of aluminum cookware.

                        2. My neighbor absolutely loves her Ogreenic (sp?) frying pan.

                          1. I would not buy the green pan. The cheese hing is bogus. Cheese is mostly dairy fat. Of course it comes off a non-stick skillet. Cook's Illustrated did a test of the 'green eco' pans and said they did not work all that well. Buy a regular nonstick pan and don't over heat it.

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                            1. re: John E.

                              I was suckered late one night into buying one of those GT Express sandwich maker things. It came with two units and a small spatula. I used it quite a bit and am tempted to buy another as mine seems to have gone missing and I gave the second one away. My only real complaint was that they kept sending me cookbooks, which were really just pamphlets, and charging me something like $13 each. I was finally able to get them to stop.

                              Oh, and the shipping was ridiculous, too. But I did enjoy the product so I'm not complaining too loudly.

                              1. re: Miri1

                                I would try to find it somewhere else, rather than buying directly. Amazon sells some of these things, and so do some brick and mortar stores. Save the outrageous shipping costs.

                                I was haunted in my childhood by an informercial for a sandwich maker (a different sort), with the woman making all sorts of things, including, most memorably, an apple pie from white bread, margarine, and pie filling. Years later I was so amused to see the same woman selling the same sandwich thing in a new ad, with equal passion for her triangle shaped foods!

                                1. re: willownt

                                  Hah! I remember that. I also remember the "pies" she was making from white bread were fairly hideous, including one "that makes the most out of leftovers. Stuff it with day old spaghetti!"

                                  1. re: EarlyBird

                                    Ugh--I got sucked into one of those sandwich turnover things--2 a.m., hungry, not thinking straight. After it came, realized: white bread with stuff inside. And I paid dearly for the s&h!

                                    1. re: pine time

                                      They intentionally run those late at night when you're bleary eyed and have weakened judgement. That's how I ended up with a "hand hammered wok direct from China!" that I used once to make popcorn before it disintegrated.

                                  2. re: willownt

                                    This website is fun if you're memory needs refreshing on As Seen on TV items:

                                    http://www.asseenontv.com/kitchen/ind...

                                    1. re: tcamp

                                      I actually tried those produce bags. I can't remember where I bought them (not from TV). Complete fail and a waste of money.

                                      My husband got suckered in by the Swivel Sweeper, I sent it right back.

                                      My son begged, begged, begged me for one of those Gryo bowels. He was well past the targeted age. I think his mind was blown by the "science" and needed to get his hands on one. Maybe I should have bought one and let him take it apart.

                                      1. re: cleobeach

                                        Your son might have a future in medicine if he studies those gyro 'bowels'. ; )

                                        Almost all of this stuff is available at Goodwill or some other thrift store for penniess on the dollar.

                                        1. re: John E.

                                          Ha. Well, I know we all make these errors, but that was too funny.

                                        2. re: cleobeach

                                          My grandmother actually gave all us grandkids (all adults) those green bags for Christmas one year, she thought they were the best thing ever LOL I didn't find them to work any better than regular bags though.

                                      2. re: willownt

                                        +1 Willownt, I share your curiosity about the lady who is passionate about "triangle shaped foods"! Here she is - I had to look this up and to my surprise, it is indeed the same lady that was on the infomercials of our childhood: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=5FvGah...

                                        1. re: kbjesq

                                          Read somewhere that this lady is a gazillionaire, but keeps her persona as the down-home-make-food-from-scraps, i.e., hardscrabble lifestyle. Marketing works.

                                          1. re: willownt

                                            That's Cathy Mitchell!!! I watch her like a train wreck

                                            1. re: C. Hamster

                                              I'm sure it was her I saw years and years ago, about 2 a.m., and Mr. Pine and I were both insomniacs and hungry. She made some pastry shells (and some from plain ole' white bread, if I recall correctly), plopped them in some cookery thing, added sweet or savoury fillings and baked. So, OF COURSE we ordered one.

                                              Weeks later, we realized we bought a gloried toaster.

                                              1. re: pine time

                                                Ah... The Snackmaster.

                                                My husband was flipping channels, we came upon it, watched for a bit, he started to change the channel and I yelped "No! It's almost at the best part!"

                                                Husband, dumbfounded "You've seen this BEFORE?"

                                                Me: "Oh yeah. Isn't it amazing?!"

                                                I then explained I was in awe of her salesmanship, not the device. He was very, very relieved!

                                      3. I've never actually purchased any items, mainly because I'm too lazy to go downstairs to get a credit card, but this one cracks me up. For those times when getting out a paring knife is JUST TOO MUCH TROUBLE:

                                        http://www.asseenontv.com/the-dog-dic...

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                                        1. re: tcamp

                                          I love how these commercials gin up a massive problem which doesn't exist, and which only the gadget can solve.

                                          I remember the in-the-shell egg scrambler. They show a harried mom on the floor with six or seven bowls, a dozen or so eggs and shells all over the floor, eggs in her hair, dogs running around, a bent whisk.

                                          "Whipping eggs. The fuss, the muss, the MESS. It's a KITCHEN DISASTER! But wait...!"

                                          1. re: EarlyBird

                                            This is a video tribute to infomercial idiots who can't do normal things without accident or injury:

                                            http://www.buzzfeed.com/catrocketship...

                                            I have a ginsu knife I got for a dollar somewhere years ago. It still works pretty well, but I never tried to cut a penny in half or anything. Someone gave me the spatula/whisk/tongs thingy as a gift - that worked fine for what it was, but didn't solve any real problems. And I have a vintage mouli grater - I don't know if that was a TV item, but I think it may have been - I still love mine.

                                            Edit: Augh - I almost forgot! Our college team was playing once on some weird channel that no one in town got - our cable company nicely turned it on for everyone for that one day so we could watch a big game. They apparently sold every ad spot to the Meatball Express - this plastic tray thing that you made meatballs with by spinning it around atop a pile of meat. I never wanted anything so much in my life. There was a family gathering the next day, and everyone who had watched the game mentioned the Meatball Express. Did anyone ever try it?
                                            Someone gave me a plastic bag resealer as a wedding gift (probably a gag gift? I wasn't sure) and it did absolutely nothing.

                                            Edit #2: My brother was once directing a production of Beauty and the Beast, and the cast was just a bit too large. They kept adding kitchenware to the "Be Our Guest" number just to give the cast things to do. So there was an oven mitt and a whisk and stuff like that. Then they got crazy and tried to add a pizza wheel. The costumer threatened to quit over the idea of a Rotato outfit.

                                            1. re: NonnieMuss

                                              I just checked out that video. Hysterical.

                                        2. SO received an enclosed rotisserie. I don't remember the name of it. You can put a chicken or hunk of beef on the spit and set it inside while it rotates while it's cooking. It actually works quite well and everything has turned out very good.

                                          The downside - It creates a LOT of heat, which is fine while it's cold (like now) but brutal in the summer. It usually resides on the covered porch. Eventually it will start to squeak. SO's solution was to spray it w/ WD-40. AAACK! I refused to eat THAT meal along with any others for about month until the smell was gone. The grease that drips down into the little removable pan almost ALWAYS overflows, so we've lined it with aluminum foil and angled it so it drips into another back up plan. Otherwise, there would be grease all over the porch.

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                                          1. re: JerryMe

                                            That may be Mr. Popeil's "Set It And Forget It!" rotisserie. My sister had one and loved it until it fell apart.

                                            1. re: EarlyBird

                                              My father in law sent us Mr. Popeil's rotisserie. It lives in our garage on old piece of marble. It makes awesome pork roasts, ribs, and chicken. When the weather is nice, we move it to a small table, pull up chairs and watch it while drinking gin martinis.

                                              1. re: Poochinator

                                                Another vote for the Popeil rottisserie!

                                                1. re: EarlyBird

                                                  I have a Ron Popeil rotisserie also... and it's certainly great for the price -- I got the "Platinum" model for $129.99 (they're never going to say $130!) including tax, shipping, handling.

                                                  I don't use it often, but it's worked well when I have pulled it out. I used it last Thanksgiving for the turkey -- so I could use my oven for other things. And it is indeed a fun conversation piece when it's running!

                                                  1. re: Poochinator

                                                    I'm more interested in the old piece of marble. I remember watching Julia Child and she said to get a piece of marble, I'm guessing 1/2" to 1" thick, sized to fit on a shelf of your refrigerator to use when making pastry, such as pie crusts or puff pastry, that includes a lot of butter or fat. I guess I'm more interested in it just because it would be cool to have such a piece of marble since we don't make pie or pasty too often.

                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                      You are correct about the pastry making. My mother gave it to me about thirty years ago. She got it from a large department store. One day I came home and Mr. Pooch was using it as a cutting board...argh. I cannot part with it and thought it was a good way to protect the surface of the table in the garage and class things up a bit.

                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                        Not a lot of refrigerator shelves are built to take the weight of a slab of marble. One that cold would produce a lot of condensation on its surface when taken out into a cold room also. Best leave it out of the fridge.

                                                        1. re: Leepa

                                                          You may be correct. The TV program in which Julia spoke of putting the piece of marble was produced close to twenty years ago. I don't know either the weight or size of the piece of marble or the weight capacity of refrigerator shelves, now or twenty years ago.

                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                            Just got back to town to check on the size of the marble: 14 X 18 X 1/2. It weighs about 10-15 pounds. It would easily fit into my counter depth fridge.

                                                            I do not know the weight limits for shelves; however, we always have between 12 - 18 bottles of beer; a brita carafe, and a 1/2 gallon of milk on our shelves. You could also chill a pastry on the shelf just above the crispers.

                                                      2. re: Poochinator

                                                        Garage spectator cooking plus cocktails! I am interested. We have a weekend cottage and I cannot use the oven in the summer, it heats the house to an unbareable level.

                                                        However, that rotisserie sounds perfect. How hard are they to clean?

                                                        1. re: cleobeach

                                                          Just got back to town and needed to check out the rotisserie before I got back to you. I have never cleaned the inside of it. It is pretty greasy BUT it lives in the garage so I am not really worried about it. I do clean the glass door so that I have good visibility. The meat is impaled on two large prongs attached to a disc at each end with a small broiler type pan below to catch the drips. We just rinse and throw everything into the dishwasher.

                                                          The weather is gorgeous here right now so I will be picking up a pork roast tomorrow. I have the prongs soaking in a large bowl to get rid of any dust or smutz.

                                                          Garage spectator cooking.....love. it.

                                                          1. re: cleobeach

                                                            Before I turn it on I usually pour some liquid into the drip tray (I leave off the top piece with the little broiler slits in it) so that whatever drips won't burn. The oven wipes out easily. The heating element reflector is the only thing I can't get totally clean, but I haven't tried to get aggressive with it. The rotisserie parts go in the dishwasher, as do the trays. Basically the entire thing comes apart, including the glass door. That doesn't fit in my dw, but a little baking soda cleans it up perfectly. I'm a clean freak and am satisfied with the ease of cleaning and how easily it goes back together. I will go over the parts out of the dishwasher to make sure nothing is stuck, and I've noticed that the holes where the rotisserie ends go into the toothed parts that turn can rust if not dried completely before reassembling. I usually just stick everything in the bottom of the oven to let them dry and put it away. It does take up a lot of room, so storage might be an issue. It does emit a lot of heat, so I'm careful not to use it underneath cupboards but pull it out well away from the walls and overhang.

                                                    2. The orgreenics pan is now at places like WalMart. While I won't be buying one, getting it there will save you oodles of s & h charges. And that: "Wait, wait--a 2nd gizzy for just 10 cents more." Except they don't tell you that you'll pay a 2nd time of the exhorbitant s&h charges.

                                                      1. Nah, but I have gotten that little paring knife for sitting through a live informercial at a home show, like it.

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                                                        1. re: wyogal

                                                          The one with a brushed aluminum handle?

                                                        2. Back in the late 80's I bought a hand-hammered carbon steel wok called "The Great Wok of China" off a late night infomercial. That thng was GREAT! Used it heavily all through college but it disappeared after graduation and I never found another quite as good. Recently I was in the market for an induction cooker to use in the office (I hate heating things up in microwaves) and was looking at the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop. Unfortunately the interwebs are full of complaints about their excessive shipping and handling charges that more than double the advertised price ($99.99 for the product and $140 for shipping and handling).

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                                                          1. re: Coogles

                                                            SO funny you mention that. I too bought a "hand hammered carbon steel wok...'The Great Wok of China'...!" (cue the "Gong" sound). I bought it at about 2:00 a.m. The very polite person told me that it would take "6 to 8 weeks to ship." From a warehouse in Ohio.

                                                            8 weeks later it had not arrived. I called and they said, "the company we sold your order to went out of business two days after they cashed your check." I had a high powered attorney I worked with at the time write a letter, an oila! a wok arrived shortly thereafter. After all that, all I ever used it for was making popcorn.

                                                          2. I've had both a Ron Popeil Pasta Maker & a Ron Popeil "Showtime Rotisserie" for many years now - both of which I've been very happy with.

                                                            The pasta maker was purchased back in the late '80's/early '90's, & is still going strong. (Unfortunately, they're no longer making them, although they do still sell some accessories & spare parts for it.)

                                                            The rotisserie was a sort of joke gift from hubby around 12 years ago because the commercials for it seemed to be non-stop back then. Remember the "Set it & forget it!" phrase? We were practically repeating it in our sleep. But frankly, I now rarely - if ever - roast a chicken or duck any other way. The results are always superb.

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                                                            1. re: Bacardi1

                                                              Mr. Rat bought the Pasta Maker right off the the TV. "Chocolate pasta!" To this day I have NO idea what he found so fascinating about the damn thing. We've used it maybe three times and it just sits there taking up space under the sink. A real Italian pasta machine or food grinder would have been so much cheaper and more compact.

                                                              1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                We got a Showtime Rotisserie about 18 years ago and it's still going strong. It's a godsend if you have one oven at Thanksgiving or Christmas. I've even lent it to friends who are hosting a holiday dinner from time to time. The plug began to overheat a few years ago so I called the company and they basically sent me an entire new oven. The silicone gloves are a pretty good deal, too, if you have to wrestle a hot turkey or roast from any oven type appliance.

                                                              2. I really like my Magic Bullet. I got it for a few bucks at a yard sale. I settled for that since I could not find a place to purchase the Super Bassomatic 76.
                                                                http://www.hulu.com/watch/19046

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                                                                1. re: calliope_nh

                                                                  I had a Magic Bullet about 6 years ago and it died the second time I used it. I finally bought a ninja on QVC and have used it for a year and a half consistently with no problems.

                                                                  1. re: calliope_nh

                                                                    I'd really like to find the Bag Hutch from GloboChem (not cookware, but can be used in the kitchen.)

                                                                    1. re: 4X4

                                                                      What? They're not making that anymore? It was genius. :(

                                                                      1. re: DuffyH

                                                                        "Take it from me, I LOVE you!"

                                                                        -Pit Pat

                                                                  2. It started almost before infomercials, sort of an extended commercial, but I have to admit I've been really happy with my Foreman Grill. I got a mid range one about a year ago as a gift. I thought it would join some other appliances in the back of my cupboard (deep fat fryer, ice tea maker, single slice toaster, 10 cup rice cooker- im single, etc.) Instead i've used it extensively. cooks many items in about half the time it would take in a skillet, and the fat really does drain off, just make sure you don't accidently knock that fat catcher away. LOL

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                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                      My mom bought a George Foreman for my grandparents when they got to the point where "real" cooking became too much for them. They loved it and it enabled them to cook hot foods every meal.

                                                                      1. re: cleobeach

                                                                        Rice cookers help with that, too. You can cook all kinds of things in them.

                                                                      2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                        I know a number of very happy George Forman Grill users.

                                                                        1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                          I had one of the earliest models & really liked it at first. Ended up tossing it because 1) even though I was extremely careful using & cleaning it, the non-stick coating began to flake off, & 2) those stupid plastic "grease catchers" were far too easy to bump into, & I nearly always ended up with a mess.

                                                                          1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                            Yeah, ours went to the Salvation Army. My own fault, though. Must have bought the version meant for a family the size of the Foreman clan (doesn't he have like eleventy-seven kids?), and there's just 2 of us. Huge surface area, set to cook 2 hamburgers.

                                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                                              I finally put my vintage, purple plastic covered (for bun warming) George Foreman grill out in the recycling a couple weeks ago, it had to have been somewhere between 15-19 years old. The insides were scraped & just couldn't be cleaned anymore, but I will miss it.

                                                                          2. re: EarlyBird

                                                                            Yep, I use my Foreman grill often.

                                                                          1. Bassomatic!!!

                                                                            Bwaahahahahaha

                                                                            We're on our second NuWav. I accidentally destroyed the original. *ahem* A frozen whole chicken, well seasoned and cooked inside the see thru dome makes the juiciest, crisp skinned roast chicken I've ever had.

                                                                            Also own a Bullet, a half circle shaped X Press thingy (which makes killer omelette/frittatas) a food-bag-storage-sealer whatchamacallit, a pasta boat, a steam cleaner, a V-slicer and a brand new set of Orgreenic!

                                                                            My husband, who is, in all other ways a frugal conservative, cannot be left unsupervised watching late night TV.

                                                                            But WAIT!

                                                                            The other rooms of our home are likewise blessed with As Seen on TV goodies...

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                                                                            1. re: ItalianNana

                                                                              This sounds like a great venue for the Supertaster to delve into ... Wish I didn't just reveal my great get-rich-quick-by-doing-fun-stuff-and-quit-my-boring-day-job idea!

                                                                              1. re: MrBigTime

                                                                                you've got some stiff competition with America's Test Kitchen, but go for it! Of course three bags of Lay's are a lot less of a capital investment than a LeCruset, an All Clad, and a Lodge.

                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                  K-man -

                                                                                  Glad to see you're a fellow supertaster fan. I used to live in your neck of the woods and got lots of great tips on where to dine - I think at one point you recommended Goma Tei as a good ramen place, it has since become one of my favorite restaurants, just wish it didn't take a 12 hour flight to eat there!

                                                                                  Mr. BT

                                                                                  1. re: MrBigTime

                                                                                    I am a Supertaster fan myself - but I preferred the text blogs to the video blogs. Rarely look at it now that it's so focused on video. Pity since that was my favorite column in Chow (as opposed to Chowhound).

                                                                                    1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                      +1 - More and more sites are moving to video stuff. I actually like to read.

                                                                            2. Yeah, and keyboards beat the point and slide illiteracy that is growing by the day!

                                                                              1. I have a knock off set of those oven safe gloves. Ove-glove or something like that. Gotta admit though, they work great and have become my favorite gloves for grabbing hot pots and pans with.

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                                                                                1. re: foxspirit

                                                                                  I've got 2 of the original Ove Glove, before they added the silicone strips to them. Mine aren't pretty, in fact they look downright grungy, but I use them almost daily.

                                                                                  I'd replace them with the same in a heartbeat.

                                                                                  1. re: DuffyH

                                                                                    My family replaced my Ove Gloves at Christmas, with the new ones with the silicon strips - I love them. The old ones were really dirty looking (despite regular laundering) and got hot really quickly. The silicon strips are a great addition - no more worrying about a heavy pot slipping out of my grip.

                                                                                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                      Be careful using those Ove gloves when handling things with hot liquid that can slosh around. I got a really bad burn when taking something out of the stove with them that way. Liquid sloshed on the glove and soaked in and I couldn't get it off quickly. Especially since I was holding a heavy hot pan. Mine went in the trash after that.

                                                                                      1. re: Leepa

                                                                                        I quickly learned (I've had mine for many years) to be very careful with hot liquids.

                                                                                        Still, the same holds true for the heavy cotton oven mitts that people have been using forever. And cotton hot pads, knitted/crocheted pads, etc...

                                                                                        1. re: DuffyH

                                                                                          That is all true. Not a unique problem to the ove glove. I don't use anything but flat pot holders now.

                                                                                          Just my PSA for people who have them (or other kinds of glove type mitts) to be careful. I actually cringe when I see their ad.

                                                                                          1. re: Leepa

                                                                                            < I don't use anything but flat pot holders now.>

                                                                                            That's a very sensible solution, enabling you to act quickly. I was very careful with my Christmas Eve lasagne, for sure.

                                                                                            One place my Ove Gloves rock is when I make pizzas. It's the best thing I've found for nudging a finished pie onto the cookie sheet I use for a peel. Sometimes the pie wants to slide off the back of my baking stone, but a little tap from my gloved finger gets it onto the "peel", with no worries about smearing the toppings.

                                                                                2. I bought a bread knife from Amazon that has one of those "AS SEEN ON TV" labels
                                                                                  on the box.

                                                                                  I bake a lot of homemade bread. I saw this bread knife with an attached slicing guide.

                                                                                  The bread knife has an adjustable guide to choose the thickness of the bread sliced. You turn a knob to adjust the thickness of the slice, by moving a guide closer or further from the knife blade. It also works great to make a thin slice of ham.

                                                                                  I was surprised at how well made it is and that it really works. It slices consistently even and straight pieces of bread. It's of a Ginsu like quality. Here are a couple of links on Amazon. One showing the box and one showing the knife. Price is $ 8.75

                                                                                  I also a have a $40 Henckels bread knife. I find myself using the $ 8.75 knife more often because of the slicing guide.

                                                                                  Picture of box
                                                                                  http://www.amazon.com/As-Seen-Deli-Kn...

                                                                                  Picture of Knife with adjustable slicing guide
                                                                                  http://www.amazon.com/Reizen-Pro-Knif...

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                                                                                  1. re: Antilope

                                                                                    The slicing guide sounds very helpful. It's not easy slicing bread evenly. Thanks.

                                                                                    1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                      I've since found out that this knife is a copy of a more expensive one.

                                                                                      Here's a Swiss made Dux Victorinox knife with a similar slicing guide at Amazon for $ 49 to $ 61.84

                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Browne-Foodserv...

                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-4596...

                                                                                      1. re: Antilope

                                                                                        <I've since found out that this knife is a copy of a more expensive one. >

                                                                                        It could be the other way.

                                                                                        Sometime a huge company will copy good idea from small companies. It actually happens all the time.

                                                                                        These Wusthof Gourmet Ridge knives are launched sometime in 2013, but this design has been circulating in 10 years in the cheaper knife arena.

                                                                                        That being said "As Seen on TV" almost always copies from somewhere.

                                                                                    2. re: Antilope

                                                                                      thanks! i just put the bread knife on my amazon wish list!

                                                                                    3. Oh! Just thought of something that worked. The Bacon Wave. They're still selling them at BB&B. We bought it many years ago. What you do is insert strips of bacon into vertical racks (think rib racks, but for one bacon strip). Then you stick a pair of skewers into the bacon strips to hold it in the racks.

                                                                                      Takes a while to set up, but it does work. Bacon doesn't cook in it's own fat. We quit using it after a while, because it was just too tedious.

                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Emson-Bacon-Wav...

                                                                                      1. I've never bought a piece of kitchen equipment from an infomercial, but...

                                                                                        A few years ago, I played the "mom" in a toy commercial (one of those annoying things on Nickelodeon where the voice-over guy sounds like he's on crack). The kids on set had such a great time playing with it that I ordered one for my daughter. What showed up in my mailbox was a complete piece of crap. When I called the company and explained the issue ("yeah right, lady, you were in the commercial"), the rep said that they must have changed manufacturers once it went into full scale production. Her explanation made total sense.

                                                                                        Long story short...it wouldn't surprise me a bit if the same thing happened with other informercial type products. Decent production, decent product, believable product demonstation then cut costs and sell junk.

                                                                                        1. the toritlla shell maker works. it's the one that makes the shells for taco salads.
                                                                                          i lke my magic bullet. it's great for small jobs and i don't have to haul out my food processor.

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                                                                                          1. re: ritabwh

                                                                                            The taco shell maker, otoh, doesn't work. A waste of my money. Not exactly ASOTV, but it should be.

                                                                                            http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Metalli...

                                                                                          2. My absolute favorite peeler ever is from the As Seen on TV at CVS/Eckerds. I think it might be called a Titan Peeler? Honest to God, I've never used a peeler that worked as well as that one.Whenever we have a huge amount of stuff to peel, my husband and I always compete to see who gets to use the As Seen on TV peeler rather than the generic one.

                                                                                            I learned to cook in college on a George Foreman grill. It just doesn't do it for me anymore, I really only used it for grilled sandwiches by the end (not that it did that overly well, as my tiny one would squish half the sandwich). I like cooking my food in fat, not having it all drain away. My sister has it now, and she really likes it. She is only just learning to cook now, so maybe that is more the intended demographic? That, and seniors who struggle with arthritis?

                                                                                            Lastly, my parents had a Magic Bullet. It was kind of convenient when I only needed small amounts, but personally, it didn't appeal to me. They had all the interchangeable pieces, which didn't nest together, so it also took up a good bit of cabinet space. The motor died out of the blue last year, but I know they've liked it for a while.

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                                                                                            1. re: Caerus

                                                                                              Titan peeler is awesome. We've had one for probably 6 years now and it still works like new.

                                                                                              Those stupid potato gloves were useless though.

                                                                                              1. re: swoll50

                                                                                                We have one of those Titan peelers but I find myself reaching for either an Oxo 'Y' peeler or a regular peelers made by Oxo. Mabe I should give the Titan another try. It seemed like overkill to me to use on things like carrots, potatoes, and cucumbers.

                                                                                                1. re: swoll50

                                                                                                  Ditto the Titan peeler. It works on tough items like butternut squash and other thick peel foods. However, it's got a tiny serrated edge that leaves a small set of grooves where it peels, so if you don't want that, you need to change to a Y peeler. It's my go-to peeler for tough jobs. It also came with a julienne peeler which is fun once in awhile, and makes great zucchini "spaghetti".

                                                                                              2. Many years ago, I purchased a "green pan" which was not the same brand as advertised on television now. The pan was made of very thin aluminum and I thought it would be useless, but it worked as a non-stick pan frying pan extremely well.

                                                                                                However, as with all my non-stick pans, I abused it by repeatedly placing it over high heat and after a couple of years of use, it started sticking. (The abuse of using high heat is warned against in the directions for both the green pan and teflon pans, but I see no point in owning a frying pan in which I cannot fry the hell out of something when I want. So I just ignore these warnings. Then, when they start to stick, I throw them out. I seem to be able to get about one to two years out of a pan before I need to toss it.

                                                                                                The green pan was better than the teflon pans because when I over heated it, no chemical fumes rose off the pan.

                                                                                                I'll buy one again, the next time I need a cheap non-stick pan.

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                                                                                                1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                  < .... I see no point in owning a frying pan in which I cannot fry the hell out of something when I want. >

                                                                                                  Have you considered a carbon steel pan? Almost like nonstick, and you can blast them with heat.

                                                                                                  1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                    <I see no point in owning a frying pan in which I cannot fry the hell out of something when I want.>

                                                                                                    As DuffyH said, I also recommend you to try either a cast iron skillet or a carbon steel fry pan. They are as nonstick as can be without being Teflon, and they can take on extreme high heat. Here is one video of a guy frying an egg on his cast iron skillet. Notice how nonstick the egg is. I don't recommend the hot sauce part though. :)

                                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgf-zf...

                                                                                                    and there is a video of a chef stir frying with a carbon steel wok. Notice that the egg and rice are completely nonstick to the carbon steel surface despite the high heat:

                                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehgnv3...

                                                                                                    < I seem to be able to get about one to two years out of a pan before I need to toss it.>

                                                                                                    That is probably longer than what many others have experienced. This is a good thing.

                                                                                                    <The green pan was better than the teflon pans because when I over heated it, no chemical fumes rose off the pan.>

                                                                                                    Are you sure about that? :)

                                                                                                    1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                      I agree with Duffy and Chem, try carbon steel or CI for high heat. I think the jury is out re green pans. I'm down to one t-fal 12" skillet these days. Most pans can be practically nonstick--hot pan, cold oil...

                                                                                                    2. Most of this stuff is just cheaply produced over priced crap.

                                                                                                      And l really object to the huckster/carnie tricks they use in the demos. Like squashing bread or tomatoes with their hand to prove how bad a regular knife is compared to their "wonder blade"

                                                                                                      Another is how burnt cheese doesn't stick in their pan. Burnt cheese doesn't really stick that hard to anything as it is full of fat. Now, I would like to see them burn some rice in it. Let's see how that releases.

                                                                                                      Worse yet I hate when they pull a chicken or roast out of the latest miracle oven and immediately slice into it and proclaim how wonderfully juicy it is! Of course the juice is running out, you didn't let the damn thing rest! BTW, they also use the trick on QVC and HSN all the time

                                                                                                      1. DH saw the Stone Wave about 2 months ago and had to have it. Have to say, it works great. If you follow the directions it makes a perfect "poached" egg, no oil and perfectly sized for an english muffin. He has now graduated to making a two-egg omelet, and due to the new toy is quite happy to make himself breakfast. I'd give this one a thumbs up.

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                                                                                                        1. re: blaireso

                                                                                                          I completely agree! I love mine. As someone who can't poach an egg to save her life, the Stone Wave has made me the happiest gal in all the land. It really cooks like it says it does. We use it a few times a week.