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#1 of 11 Old 04-13-2008, 09:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Not sure if this is in the right section, or where else it would go.


A couple months after my husband and I were married we went to a County Fair where there was a cooking show guy advertising this amazing SUPER cookware, called PRO-HEALTH ULTRA Cookware.

He advertised all sorts of things:

Saves Time:

* 7-ply construction allows for fast and even heat distribution
* Food cooks faster
* No stirring, food cooks from all sides, not just the bottom
* Vapor lock whistle, tells you when to turn it off
* No pot watching
* Creates a vacuum for fast, even cooking
* T304 surgical steel, hard durable surface
* Cleans up fast and easily
* Bake on top of the stove, faster than the oven

Saves Money:

* Lifetime
* No replacement costs
* Less food shrinkage means a lower grocery bill
* Low heat cooking leads to energy savings
* Reduced oven use equals saved energy

Promotes Health:

* Retains nutrients through low moisture/low heat cooking
* Maximizes vitamin and mineral content
* Eliminates the need for oils
* Allows you to cook low fat
* Made with T304 surgical steel which is non-reactive
* No leaching of metals or chemicals into your food

Protects Flavor:

* Low moisture cooking retains natural food flavors
* Flavor is more concentrated, not watered down
* Eliminates the need for added salt


Well, I bought into it. My husband didn't, but I talked him into getting the smallest set, which get this, included

1- 5 quart pan
1- 4 quart pan
1- 10 in. skillet
1- 3 eggs poacher
1- potato masher
1- steamer inset for the 4 quart pan
1- small (maybe 2 qt. pan)
1- electrical slow cook top (*he "threw" in there)
1- huge electrical skillet thingy (*he "threw" in there)

Guess how much we paid? You're gonna freak. We paid $1900 give or take a penny. WHAT WAS I THINKING? I'm a VERY frugal person. But sometimes this "health propaganda stuff" gets me.

They were supposed to be lifetime warrantee and any parts replaceable forever.

WELL, I tried e-mailing the guy that sold it to me, no answer. His e-mail is not in use anymore.

The lids don't seal, every time I boil the lids pop up and down and splatter water everywhere so I have to lay a towel over the pan and obviously it's not boiling well if steam keeps coming out.

Some of the plastic handles have BURNED off around the edges.

I use my larger pots daily and the steamer is handy.

BUT, everything else I don't hardly ever use and is a PAIN to clean b/c it's stainless steel. Everything sticks to it, no matter how much oil/butter I use.

In any case, they cook fine, if you can put up w/ the quirks, BUT, for nearly 2K?? ARE YOU NUTS? I could have gotten something very nice from Macy's or anywhere else.

SO, don't waste your money if you ever get hooked into this scam.

I still haven't admitted to my husband that we were probably scammed. I want new cookware now...

haha, but 3 years ago when we bought them, he said:

"If I buy you this cookware, I don't EVER want to hear ANYTHING else about you wanting cookware!"

Haha...geez...I'm just an idiot.

Anyways, DON'T BUY IT!!

Oh, their "company" sells under 5 diff. names:

World Adventures Travel a.k.a
Integra Marketing Group
http://www.prohealthultra.com/
Simplicity Gourmet Nashville
Health-Ware of Michigan, Inc
Healthy Lifestyles USA, LLC
Chef Master, INC
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I'm sorry you got scammed.

But for non-stick stainless steel cooking, heat up the frying pan FIRST, and then add oil to the hot pan. This prevents sticking a lot better than heating up the pan and the oil together.

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Ugh! That really sucks. If you do some googling, you'll see that you're not alone.
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I'm so sorry.

"everything else I don't hardly ever use and is a PAIN to clean b/c it's stainless steel."....We have calphalon tri ply, and I finally figured out that if you have stuff stuck, just put some water in the pan/pot and simmer it for awhile, scraping at it with a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula, and all the gunk will come off.
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Well, that is good to know...heating the pan FIRST, then adding the oil. This is the first time I've heard that...but will definitely start doing that.

Thanks for the tips!
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I bought the best cookware set on www.justsmartliving.com for about 1/8th of the price that you mentioned.
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I'm so sorry to read of this.

We have Saladmaster and love it! I hate to hear of scams like this b/c I'm afraid it will rub off on Saladmaster...which is AWESOME! :

Have you been able to contact your local BBB and Attorney General? They may be ablet o work towards getting some of your $$$ back.

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This is so not relevant to the point of this very old thread, but I just wanted to second the heating the pan before adding oil thing.

I only use cast iron and stainless cookware (no nonstick).

Jeff Smith (the Frugal Gourmet) used to say "hot food, cold oil, food won't stick" and I have definitely found this to be very helpful. Not foolproof of course, there are other factors, but it helps a lot.
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"hot food, cold oil, food won't stick" and I have definitely found this to be very helpful. Not foolproof of course, there are other factors, but it helps a lot.
What does this mean? I use stainless steel too and generally heat up the pan first and then put the oil. Is this wrong? Just curious. I do sometimes have sticking problems.
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mountainspring, I am so sorry for your terrible experience.
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What does this mean? I use stainless steel too and generally heat up the pan first and then put the oil. Is this wrong? Just curious. I do sometimes have sticking problems.
Oops, I meant to type "hot pan, cold oil, food won't stick".
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