"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-26-2007, 03:34 PM   #11
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,393
Many of the products we all buy regularly are made outside the USA. Even American car brands have significant content from Mexico and Canada. It's nearly impossible to buy a TV or any other electronics device made in the USA.

Just because it's made overseas does not mean slave labor is employed. The standard of living in other countries is lower so a reasonable living wage is less, allowing the manufacture of lower cost products. Foreign citizens clamor for factory jobs because they are the best paying jobs around.

I realize there are exceptions, such as the child labor factories that have been in the news, but in general, our dollars going overseas are helping to improve their economies.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2007, 04:35 PM   #12
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 470
I have 5 or 6 pieces of Lodge Cast Iron which is made in Tennessee. It is high quality stuff. I really have never run across alot of cookware, or for that matter anything else that is made here. It is a really big deal to DH, so whenever I try to buy anything he loudly announces it's origin to me. So, I am pretty sure that finding American made products is pretty hard to do these days.
__________________

__________________
carolelaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2007, 05:27 PM   #13
Chef Extraordinaire
 
mudbug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NoVA, beyond the Beltway
Posts: 11,166
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy M.
Many of the products we all buy regularly are made outside the USA. Even American car brands have significant content from Mexico and Canada. It's nearly impossible to buy a TV or any other electronics device made in the USA.

Just because it's made overseas does not mean slave labor is employed. The standard of living in other countries is lower so a reasonable living wage is less, allowing the manufacture of lower cost products. Foreign citizens clamor for factory jobs because they are the best paying jobs around.

I realize there are exceptions, such as the child labor factories that have been in the news, but in general, our dollars going overseas are helping to improve their economies.
Amen, Andy. And I used to drive a Toylet (half Toyota, half Chevrolet). The marketing name for this gem was Nova.
__________________
Kool Aid - Think before you drink.
mudbug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2007, 07:03 PM   #14
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2
Exclamation lead anyone?

Isn't anyone concerned about the possibility of Chinese made cookware made with a little lead instead of 100% stainless steel??
__________________
cowboysfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2007, 11:17 PM   #15
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 136
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robo410 View Post
very little is made here anymore...Lodge cast iron ware (and they make good enameled cast iron too) are classic American. All of these have websites you can checkout.
Lodge enameled cast iron is made in China.
__________________
foodstorm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2007, 09:02 AM   #16
Executive Chef
 
Hoot's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The edge of the Great Dismal Swamp
Posts: 3,308
It takes some tendin' but, IMHO, the best cookware is cast iron....Lodge, Griswold, among others. It will last a lifetime and the more it is used the better it gets. YMMV.
__________________
Hoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 05:35 AM   #17
Senior Cook
 
DrThunder88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Metro Detroit
Posts: 473
Is it just my area, or is Lodge cast iron becoming harder to find in stores? It used to be everywhere, even hardware and sporting goods stores, but now it's all China-made stuff. Normally, I'm not much for chest thumping on the superiority of America-made products, but some of those skillets are just terrible. Giant pockmarks on the cooking surface, off center handle portions, and uneven rims show very poor quality control in the casting department. I'm also concerned (maybe just a bit paranoid) about lead in heavy, metal objects and glazes.
__________________
DrThunder88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 01:03 PM   #18
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2
I'm also concerned (maybe just a bit paranoid) about lead in heavy, metal objects and glazes.

With all of the reports of toys being made with lead, it doesn't seem paranoid to worry that manufacturers in China would skimp and use lead in cookware. Lead is much cheaper and easier to use than stainless steel.
__________________
cowboysfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2009, 08:51 AM   #19
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2
Lots of good points. In addition to cookster's, no one has mentioned it is cheaper to produce some products overseas because of the lack of regulation, like environmental regulation, export/import regulation, labor regulation, oversight, etc. All things are not created equally. Making good choices for me starts with American first. If the best is French or German, so be it.
__________________
MichaelD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2009, 09:30 AM   #20
Senior Cook
 
FincaPerlitas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America
Posts: 285
This list may not be completely accurate and some of the companies listed have factories in both the USA and abroad but it's a start. Check it out: Still Made in USA.com - American-Made Kitchen and Dining Wares

NOTE: I didn't realize this was such an old thread until after I'd posted. Well, maybe it's worth reviving.
__________________

__________________
"Iím going to break one of the rules of the trade here. Iím going to tell you some of the secrets of improvisation. Just remember ó itís always a good idea to follow the directions exactly the first time you try a recipe. But from then on, youíre on your own." - James Beard
FincaPerlitas is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stovetop cooking with Pyrex Visions cookware? anchita Cookware 17 01-18-2013 05:21 AM
Copper Cookware mikegeorge Cookware 25 07-21-2011 03:51 PM
Members Mark Tri Ply Cookware? oldhat Cookware 24 05-03-2006 10:39 PM
Butter Tarts made with Green Tomato's ? trilbysv Pies & Pastries 5 01-02-2004 11:14 AM
Replacing cookware glennm Cookware and Accessories 17 01-14-2003 09:32 PM


» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.