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Jul 2, 2013 07:33 PM

Paula Deen Products?

There are now questions concerning what will happen, because countless companies have bailed on selling Paula Deen products that they have in fact already brought into production.

In case you wonder, I never liked her that much to begin with, but I think that the fuss is excessive and hyperbolic. And my curiosity is aroused.

Anyway, here's my mercenary query: are any Paula Deen products really worth searching out, for someone who wants seriously solid cookware? Presumably, deals are on the way...

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  1. I have never bought Paula Deen's product and I know her cast iron cookware got in trouble before. Of course, she does not really make the cast iron cookware. Rather, the cookware are marketed with her name on them.

    I would say that her wood cutting board and wood utensils look nice to me. I have never used them, but they look nice at a affordable price point:

    I don't like her cookware and knives.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      The three knife set from Wal-Mart is a heck of bargain. Typical European profiles but, it cuts and holds an edge like VG-10. All for ~$17. I think I need to buy another set before they are all gone.

      Wow! Only $13 now.

      1. re: Sid Post

        Thanks. Since I have never handled them, I am glad that you have shared your experience. Afterall, they are inexpensive even comparing to many inexpensive knives.

        They cannot be worst than Rachel Ray's knives.

        1. re: Sid Post

          Just ordered a set. Thanks! How bad can the deal be at $13 for three full-tang knives?

          1. re: Bada Bing

            Yes, in that price range you typically get soft stamped knives with poor handle scale fits with lots of blade flex. To be honest, these Paula Deen knives have performed better than more expensive non-premium knives out of Europe.

            The non traditional handle shape kept me from buying them for a long time but, after tossing another inferior cheap knife, I bought a set and was surprised. Granted, they don't match my "good" Japanese knives but, at ~5% the cost who's going to be picky about the subtle differences? Edge holding was good, hand feel was good for me (medium size glove), sharpen pretty easy when dull (really only done once with a couple light touch ups).

            Less than $20 for a set of three "chef's knives", very little risk there.

      2. Hi, Bada:

        Her stuff is made by Meyer, the largest U.S. maker, and second-largest worldwide. It's neither fish nor fowl. But I expect it's coming down in price as she goes down in flames.

        Self-inflicted wounds are always the worst, aren't they? If she'd just treated her staff decently, none of this would have happened. Oh well...


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        1. re: kaleokahu

          In the deep south, you find some really backwards and unenlightened closed communities. If that's all you know as a child, it is really hard to change those views over time as an adult. While that doesn't excuse poor behavior, society should let people "re-hab" their image as they change their ways later in life and grow as individuals.

          Most of us would be in a similar situation with different issues if the mass media or courts focused on isolated instances in our lives from 5 or 10 years ago and ignored the totality of our lives.

          1. re: Sid Post

            never cared much for her nor her cooking. but, gimme a break.
            this has got to be one of the most over blown/overreactions to
            the dictates of political correctness-ever

            1. re: Sid Post

              Most of us don't make millions of dollars based on our public image. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

          2. I feel the same way about Paula Deen products that I do about any "signature" cookware. I'm not interested in paying for the name.

            If you like the colors or it's a good sale, go for it.

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            1. re: ellaf

              SIgnature products can be all hype or solid products. You have to look at each for its own merits. In my case, had I dismissed the Paula Deen knives because they were a signature product, the loss would have been mine.

            2. Her wigs always look pretty nice on the show. Haven't tried one.

              1. Some of her cookware was recalled .

                Gets bad reviews.

                I saw it in some store (bed bath?) and it seemed shabby.

                No knowledge about the knives.