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Imperial Ready Steady Cook Bistro 5 Piece Cookware Set

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Brand: Imperial / Product Type: Cookware Set

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      20.01.2011 20:52
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      Nice shapely lines but piling on the food makes it lose it's shape !!!!!

      Have put review with existing RSC cookware entry as there was not an existing WOK review to add to.

      However with fellow members' assistance have now put a separate entry up for the wok but left the entry here as thought some of the problems and deficiencies the wok has might be evident in the rest of the Ready Steady Cookware range. Certainly looking at the picture here the range seems to have the same handle attachments and identical fairly heavy looking glass lids.
      (Notice in the latest Argos catalogue that some of the Ready Steady Cook range seems to show those pans might have had an additional holding handle added opposite the main one which is what I very much suggest the wok needed so have the manufacturers realised the design fault at last?)

      Noticed also that all the reviews on the Argos site are entirely complimentary concentrating mostly on the wok actually coming with a lid with no mentions of the holding frailties my wok most certainly demonstrates when this lid is on the cookware when you carry it about. What have other members who have any of this range found?

      Bought this as cook virtually everything in a wok and this one can be used on induction hob.
      Nice size the sloping sides are a good angle to ensure everything doesn't fall to the middle.
      Has one of those good feeling tactile handles with good curved shape for holding, heats up very quickly and seemingly with even heat distribution as well as a good clear glass lid (albeit heavy and can be cumbersome).
      Cleans easily and so far (after 5 months) has retained its non-stick coating well.
      However, with only a small amount of food in the wok if you pick it up with the lid on you can see where the handle is attached bending; if you have a fair amount of food in the wok then pick it up with the lid on the shape of the wok bowl distort (you can see a gap between the lid and the rim of the wok develop) !!!
      Even empty the point where the handle connects bends if you have the glass lid on the wok.
      The lid also is a bit of an inconvenience to put down anywhere as the handle on top of it is shaped like a curved bow so it lies at an angle and consequently may spin round on the work top if you are not careful.
      The wok really needs another gripping handle on the opposite side to the holding handle; I cannot believe they have created this with such design faults.

      Given it a 3 star despite all this because it cooks well but would recommend you only use the lid to cover the pan after it has either been placed on the hob or on your work top, then take it off before you move it anywhere.

      (Not sure if the same applies to other cooking pans in the ready steady cook range but would recommend checking them in the shop for yourself before buying and deciding for yourself if the draw backs would cause you a problem)


      - If anyone can help me to create review from scratch for product that a search doesn't bring an existing entry up for I'd be grateful for email or contact - thanks.

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        21.09.2010 01:04
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        Beware these are not non-stick

        After getting an induction hob installed in my kitchen I had to quickly go out and buy some pans that were suitable for my new hob!
        I had been looking online and most pan sets seemed really expensive, I found these for £50.00 on Argos and decided to buy them.

        They come packaged nicely in a big box, along with a recipie for pasta sauce. They would be easy to wrap up if you were buying as a 'new home' present or likewise.

        In the set you get 5 pans, 3 saucepans all with matching lids, a milk pan and a frying pan. The pans are a shiny stainless steel and have a rubber coating on the handles so they don't get hot. The pans have pouring 'lips' on both sides and the lids have holes in the sides which is really good for draining pasta or vegetables. The inside of the pans also have a measure marked on them which is handy.

        I have had no problem with the saucepans or the milk pans. The frying pan however, is not non-stick. I stuipdly didn't check this before I bought them. I have never had not non-stick pans before and this was a HUGE mistake! It is so hard to cook anything without using gallons of olive oil. I have had to go out and buy a non-stick frying pan as I couldn't cope!

        The Ready Steady Cook range pans than you can buy individually all seem to be non-stick, so this isn't a problem as I still have a matching set. It's just a dissapoinment that this set isn't non-stick.

        It doesn't matter too much that the sauce pans aren't non-stick, I haven't had any problems with these it is just the frying pan.

        I have noticed that the sauce pans do seem to have marked inside, which won't clean off. This doesn't bother me though.

        All in all, I would say this is a good set. But I would recommend you buy a separate non-stick frying pan (unless it's just me and you are used to non non-stick pans!)

        The pans seem very durable, I don't have a dishwasher but it says they are safe to go in the dishwasher. They have quite heavy bottoms so I wouldn't recommend for anyone who has difficulty lifting heavy things, as obviously when they are full of food they are quite heavy.

        Having said that I am a thin, young, 21 year old girl with a bad back who doesn't have much strength but I find these ok!

        I think the Ready Steady Cook range seems an affordable, but good quality brand. There are a huge amount of matching pans to buy individually - so if you are like me and like everything to match, this is a good starter set for you.

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