Product Type: The Pampered Chef gadgets
Newest Review: ... and decide I can be bothered after all. Pampered Chef's stoneware makes this so much easier. Pampered Chef is ace. I was fortunate to re... more
The Pampered Chef Stoneware
Member Name: cheffrey
The Pampered Chef Stoneware
Advantages: Reliable, well-made, really handy to make nice meals easily, and easy to clean
Disadvantages: None at all. You might cry if you break it though.
I love cooking. I am constantly berated by my wife for ransacking charity shops and bringing home weird cookbooks from the 70s complete with garish photos showing everything set in aspic and about three veggie recipes per 200 pages (I live in a fairly hippified household). Despite that, sometimes I feel I can't be bothered to cook, and reach for the takeaway menus. Then I remember the last time I ate Domino's pizza and felt like I'd eaten a bag of unmixed tiling grout, and soon reconsider and decide I can be bothered after all. Pampered Chef's stoneware makes this so much easier.
Pampered Chef is ace. I was fortunate to receive a stash of their products as a wedding gift, including some pieces of stoneware. The main one we use is the rectangular 12 inch baking dish, as it makes more than enough for both of us, with leftovers for the next day, and it can be used to make lasagne, rice pudding, gratin... anything that can be baked, and more besides as I was soon to learn.
Pampered Chef host a series of promotional parties in people's houses, which are basically like Tupperware parties on steroids, with the advantage that the hosts make some really nice food to demonstrate the goods. They're also the most outrageous advocates of culinary cheating; at the evening I attended they made risotto IN A BAKING DISH. This seemed sacrilegous to me, as I was taught the laborious process that takes all day and sullies every saucepan in the kitchen. Their results were amazing with minimal effort. Whack all the ingredients in the stoneware dish with some stock, bung it in the oven and forget about it until the timer bleeps. Pampered Chef provided a handy booklet of these easy recipes with the dish, from curry to cassoulet to cobbler... the number of easy meals that can be made with this stoneware is great.
What's even better is the reduced washing up. The instructions actively encourage you *not* to scrub off all the baked-on brown residue that gets left over, as the stone is unglazed and it 'absorbs' the flavours, making the stone darken and mature with age, making it a more effective cooking tool. Just rinse it with warm water, and use it again. Anything involving less elbow-grease for better results is a total win in my book.
Summary: An excellent stoneware range that rivals Le Creuset
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