Does anyone use pampered chef stoneware?

(43 Posts)

My first ever post!

Last night i went to a pampered chef party and having decided I would not spend any more money on cookware or gadgets I am now tempted to get some stoneware. For example the rectangular or square baker.

www.pamperedchef.co.uk/ordering/category_details.tpc?code=FH&id=9&parentCatId=9&parentId=

A couple of friends there rated them highly as you can just 'throw' the food in and produce a good result. So for example I was told you could just put in a couple of pieces of salmon with seasoning and they wouldn't dry out - so no faffing about with putting them in foil etc. and apparently things don't stick to them so you don't have to use as much oil.

So before I spend money on yet another piece of cookware I don't need I thought I'd ask if anyone had experience of them. Or are there any other pampered chef products that you rate highly?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 25-Apr-13 16:35:59

BLOODY HELL HOW MUCH? shock

Get yourself down to Lakeland and buy some wine with the savings. wink

Ooh my first thread rather than post. I am so non-techy I knew I'd get the jargon wrong.

miggy Thu 25-Apr-13 16:38:32

I have the circular stone dish thingy
TBH I just use it as a casserole/pasta bake type dish. Have never been able to do the seasoning and not washing up thing they advise (dont like the thought!) so an expensive pasta bake dish really!

That's what I thought, i'm a lakeland fan too, but everyone was so enthusiastic and I did wonder if the wine was influencing me.

Bowlersarm Thu 25-Apr-13 16:38:54

I have one of those and tbh I don't rate any any higher than any other ovenproof dishes I have. It is a pain in the arse to clean, can't put it in dishwasher, can't use washng up liquids etc. it's fine, but I prefer other cookware.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 25-Apr-13 16:39:10

Don't worry, your link works. Welcome smile I wouldn't pay that, sorry. It'll end up in the back of the cupboard and you'll feel like kicking yourself whenever you see it.

Bunbaker Thu 25-Apr-13 16:40:38

I think it is overpriced and no better than some of the stoneware I have bought at the 99p shop.

I did succumb to buying the pizza stone and the Yorkshire pudding/muffin thingy, but was so unimpressed with them that I donated them to a church sale. Things do stick even after "seasoning" and the pizza stone just produced soggy pizzas, Don't waste your money.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 25-Apr-13 16:40:40

They ply you with wine so you're too pissed to say no. Bastards angry You don't need one. Ignore anyone who tells you that you do.

Piffpaffpoff Thu 25-Apr-13 16:41:04

Don't like the stoneware. The only thing I've ever bought from a Pampered Chef party that I actually use on a daily basis is the glass batter jug with lid. Everything else just sits in the cupboard being expensive.

miggy Thu 25-Apr-13 16:41:13

Bowlersarm_i just wash mine up normally, with washing up liquid, use it once or twice a week (good size for our family) and its been fine. Looks as new though, not like the brown things they demo!

Bowlersarm Thu 25-Apr-13 16:42:49

By the way, I love the measuring jugs with the lids from Pampered Chef and I use them a lot. Would recommend if you want to buy something from them. Mind you, it's a while since I've been to a Pampered Chef party so they may have some lovely new things. It is good quality stuff.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 25-Apr-13 16:46:47

You can buy measuring jugs from the pound shop. A jug's a jug. You don't need anything expensive fancy. There's things that you should invest in, like knives and saucepans, never stoneware pizza bases or measuring jugs though. Spend it on wine.

I liked the measuring jugs with lids too but as with the stoneware it's a bit hard to justify buying one when I already have enough. I also like the 'dobber' ie tool to squash pastry balls into pastry cases for canapés and it's only £4!

Bowlersarm Thu 25-Apr-13 16:47:43

Miggy-that would make my life a lot easier so I shall try washing it now with washing up liquid. They drum it into you so much not to, i'll feel like a rebel. Although at the moment I hardly use it because it takes ages getting grease and food remnants off it, so would be good to give it another go

treaclesoda Thu 25-Apr-13 16:50:32

Funnily enough, I'm quite cynical about these things but I love my Pampered Chef stoneware. I find it really easy to clean - scrape most of it off, then pour a kettle of boiling water over it, give it a wee brush, and everything else melts off. I'm so tragic that I actively rush to wash it before DH gets there and does it first grin. And I find nothing ever sticks to it, and it doesn't get tainted with the flavour of other food, no matter what you cook on it.

I certainly wouldn't say you need one, or that I couldn't live without it, but I do use it a lot, and feel I have got my money's worth.

So miggy, bowlers arm what do you cook in yours? (when you do use it that is)

Xpost. Treaclesoda what do you use yours for?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 25-Apr-13 16:53:21

But, Johnny, you can use the top of a lemonade bottle for free! wink

Runningblue Thu 25-Apr-13 16:53:25

I think lakeland has cheaper options than pampered chef. I succumbed and wished i hadnt bothered. I just dont use them
I do however use a pizza stone a lot, and is good for making bread too. I think they have that in the range.

treaclesoda Thu 25-Apr-13 16:54:41

I really just use it as a glorified baking tin/sheet. If I were cooking something like chicken goujons, on they go and they come up nice and crispy and they don't stick. I stick sausages on it and put them in the oven to cook. Roast vegetables on it. Anything and everything really!

Treaclesoda I can't imagine anyone ever rushing to be the first to wash something up in my house grin

FreakoidOrganisoid Thu 25-Apr-13 16:59:22

I also love the stoneware. I use kitchen roll to get most of the grease off then hot water and the scraper. I do wash it up sometimes too though. My square baker and big rectngular flat one get used most days.

Ladymary I was thinking it would be a nice gadget for my dds (who are 4 and 2) but maybe I should use what we have already.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 25-Apr-13 17:11:51

Pound shop, Johnny. wink

Bacofoil release. Does the same job - nothing sticks - and it's a lot cheaper. Buy it in Tescos for a couple of quid.

SlatternismyMiddlename Thu 25-Apr-13 18:20:54

Don't do it! I bought 2 and loved them but both were broken within the year. The first one fair enough (i put it in luke warm water after I had taken it out of the oven and had eaten my dinner but it obviously was still too warm) but the second a SINGLE drop of cold water dropped on it when it had been out of the oven for about 20 mins and the whole thing shattered.

I did really like them but never again would put money into something that was so 'precious'.

Bunbaker Thu 25-Apr-13 20:08:35

The one item that I have bought from them and really rate is a bread knife. It really is brilliant.

Bowlersarm Thu 25-Apr-13 20:10:55

OP i use mine for roasts generally, either the meat or more usually roast potatoes. Roast potatoes come out very well. I have used it for things like salmon which i think you mentioned

Bunbaker Thu 25-Apr-13 20:12:18

I use metal baking trays for roasts and pizzas and they are superb (and much cheaper)

CharlieBoo Thu 25-Apr-13 21:38:56

Don't get one... I too was sucked in and it's totally naff.. Glorified baking sheet as other have said... The thing I did buy which I use a lot is the food chopper upper thingy that you bash the top down over and over and it chops things up really finely... Otherwise... Head to pound land or home bargains!!

Shiraztastic Thu 25-Apr-13 21:42:28

I never used mine often, as it was a pain n the neck to clean. Then dm came to visit and filled it with lots of washing up liquid to remove the dirt. After that everything tasted soapy, so I chucked it.

Waste of money

Thank you for all your answers I still really like it (just remembered someone at the party also mentioned that roast potatoes were fab) but I can't justify spending the money on something I don't need. Similarly I loved the chopper too but realised I have an expensive magimix I should use more often. So I've decided to buy the dobber thing and some knives because I definitely do need knives.

In my 20s I used to go to Ann summers parties. Now I get excited by silicon spatulas and pastry brushes. Feeling old smile

Springforward Thu 25-Apr-13 23:00:36

I've got a round pizza stone which I use loads and love, but it's pricey so I'm not likely to buy any more.

notapizzaeater Thu 25-Apr-13 23:06:39

I use mine all the time and it goes in the dishwasher !!! Doesn't taste of anything. Don't like the idea of not putting it in the dishwasher tbh.

I love pampered chef too!!

I bought their pairing knives, a big green kinfe which is brilliant, a jug with a lid and 2 of the stonewear items - one with handles and a pizza stone.

The pizza stone is used a lot of the time, dh makes amazing garlic bread and pizza on it. We use it for making biscuits etc and same as someone up thread, we just rinse it with water and use the wee scraper thingy (technical term wink) that came with it!

I use the wee knives to top and tail strawberries, grapes, kiwi etc (you can use any knife I suppose, but I like these wee ones!)

I hosted a party though so got a lot of it from the bonus of being a hostess smile

Also got a measuring item, you turn it upside down depending if it's solids or liquids you're measuring! And wee small glass bowls with lids. I use them if I've grated too much ginger or cut too much garlic and it saves in a nice wee small bowl without taking up too much room in the fridge.

It must be about 5 or 6 years since I got all that stuff & everything works fine!!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 25-Apr-13 23:13:15

I have pretty much the entire range. I used to be a rep. I love it all. I particularly love the deep dish baker, the bar pans and the muffin tray. The yorkshire puddings never fail to impress me! The stuff is not cheap, but IMO its worth the money. I have cupboards full of their stuff. I adore my microplane grater!

amistillsexy Thu 25-Apr-13 23:15:10

I used my pizza stone regularly for all sorts-pizza, obviously, but also bread, and anything you'd stick on a baking sheet.

Then DH 'helpfully' slid it into the washing up bowl fresh from the oven, and it shattered. I don't think I've ever got over it sad!

All those who are saying 'get a cheaper one', where do they sell cheaper pizza stones?

I agree about buying wine instead, by the way, it's the wine that's meant I can't replace my pizza stone!

Bunbaker Fri 26-Apr-13 06:59:42

"The yorkshire puddings never fail to impress me!"

I make Yorkshire puddings in a metal tin and they rise just as well as those made in the stoneware muffin tray, but they don't stick at all.

amistillsexy Amazon sell the Procook pizza stone for £10, and it comes complete with the metal rack.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 26-Apr-13 10:16:18

Yes, so can I. But the PC ones don't use oil. They have much fewer calories, and you put the batter into a cold dish and don't risk third degree burns from scalding hot fat!

Bowlersarm Fri 26-Apr-13 11:46:45

It's interesting that a few posters have said now much they like the pizza stone thing. I have one and used it for ages, until the kids said they didn't want pizza at home anymore because they were always soggy, and not how they used to be! So now i put pizzas directly on oven shelf again and don't use pizza stone.

mistlethrush Fri 26-Apr-13 11:52:46

I use stoneware a lot - do find it easy to clean (mind you, some of mine is nearly black now) and find that everything comes out well - crispy for the things you want and moist for things that you want to retain moisture (I really don't know how that works, but it does). DH also uses it a lot for cooking meat (which I don't do).

notso Fri 26-Apr-13 12:09:09

I have the large rectangular baker and the medium bar pan, didn't pay that much for them though, 20% off and the bar pan was free.
They are ok, I do use them a lot but they aren't the miracle dishes the PC rep made out. She said you couldn't dry food out on them - you can. They stay hot for ages though which means less microwaving DH's food when he gets stuck in traffic.
The negatives are they make me cringe to touch, they are very heavy, and they look minging.

I got them because although they were pricey I thought they would get more use than the other things in the catalogue. MIL bought a £15 mango wedger which two years on she's used once!

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