Yesterday afternoon the kids and I went to the Iowa City Home & Remolding show as our company (Oak Tree Homes) has a booth there. We have sat at lots of home shows and have walked around countless others, but I really liked this one, mostly because it was small and the Children’s Museum had a hands-on, interactive display that A & B really enjoyed.
While we walked around and enjoyed all the candy, West Bend Cookware fired up its display and started cooking. I’m always drawn to cookware shows. Especially when the cookware’s main promise is that it is safe and doesn’t leach anything into food. I constantly ponder the leaching aspect of cookware and worry about all the ways I’m poisoning my family. So I stopped, sat down and ate my 7 servings of vegetables in about 5 minutes! And I’m not going to lie to you, they were good vegetables (except a little bland)!
West Bend’s big selling point is that their cookware cooks safely (no leaching), at low temperatures in only water to retain more of the veggie’s nutrients. So, you don’t have to add unhealthy fats. (But I thought olive oil is good for us!?)
After their whole presentation, they gave us the prices. It’s their 100 year anniversary, so they have some FANTASTIC deals we’ll NEVER see again. For the bargain price of $2750, you too could be the proud owner of their cookware. You’d get 11 different sizes of pots & pans with lids, their 12 1/2 in electric skillet, food cutter (which I would LOVE to own), 5 qt. liquid Core cooker, 12 quart dutch oven with cover, and a griddle.
My biggest questions are, how many different pots & pans does one family need?? And where the heck would you store all those pots & pans?? And finally, would a food processor be better than the food cutter below?
I regularly use 2 cast iron skillets and 2 smaller Teflon pots. I also have a Teflon stock pot I use for soup, and a huge stainless stock when I’m making enormous batches of spaghetti sauce or salsa to can. So regularly, I only use 4-5 different pots & pans.
Well, I didn’t buy the cookware. I might like to own one or two pieces, but the entire thing? I don’t think so.
What do you think about $3000 for cookware? Do you worry about leaching? What do you cook on? I’m curious.
And if anyone has one of those really cool food cutters you aren’t using, I would LOVE to buy it from you! 🙂