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Old 10-08-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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Salad Master Machine?

Does anyone own one or any of their other cookware? I was at a birthday party last night and as bizarre as it was, got a cooking lesson with this cookware. I'm wondering if they're worth the $3,000 for each set.

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Old 10-08-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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I can't imagine cookware worth $3000! Was there some other machine included in the mix? Even All-Clad doesn't cost that much. What's the selling point that makes it so desireable?
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:52 PM   #3
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I was shocked too Andy. I was hoping somewhere around $200-300 as I did really like the salad machine and it's gadgets. I could whip up some awsome and quick salads with it. Their dishes were also really nice and cook with absolutely no oil or water. I am not totally convinced about paying that much money even though they do offer installment plans.
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:20 PM   #4
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With installment plans or not, it's still $3000 out of your bank account.

If you need or want new cookware, check out some of the discussions here before making any decisions. You could also buy a new set of good knives and whip up a salad in no time and still save a lot of money.
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:25 PM   #5
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IMO it's totally absurd to charge that much.

Actually, most of the stuff I read on their website seemed pretty weird.

Who would want to cook with no water or oil all the time???
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:35 PM   #6
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They’re still doing those cooking party demonstrations? I went to one of those once years ago back in 1992. My buddy ended up buying the whole set, and it is insanely expensive as you have seen. About a year later, he got divorced and moved to another city. Before leaving, he gave me the Saladmaster Electric Skillet. It’s a heavy, oil filled monster, but I’m not that impressed with it. In fact, I hardly ever use it. Don’t get me wrong, it does the same job as any other electric skillet I’ve used, but I see no reason to pay the outrageous price for it.

Plus, the SS on the inside discolors easily! And even though they say you can rub that off with SS cleaner, you can’t. I tried everything I could think of to get the discoloration out, and nothing worked. They claim you can cook with no oil, and at the cooking party I went to, the guy did make chicken breasts without using oil in the electric skillet, but when I tried to do the same thing he did with some boneless pork chops, they stuck to the surface like made, and discolored the surface of the skillet

All in all, it’s a neat electric skillet, but not worth the price they charge IMO.

Besides that, with that cookware, the magic of cooking with no added oil is because of the vapor lock seal that is supposed to develop. That’s a pain to get to work, and you can often burn cuts of lean meat because there isn’t enough moisture to form the seal. My Buddy ended up not using that “feature” and ended up just cooking with them as if they were regular pans. The electric skillet I have has the same vapor lock design, but even when I’ve cooked chili mac or just plain chili that has loads of liquid, I could never get that seal to form properly, so I just use the thing like a regular electric skillet.

Do they still say you can stack the pots on each other thereby using the bottom of the top pot as the lid of the bottom pot? I always thought that was a neat idea, but my buddy never tried it. I can’t imagine using that configuration for cooking, but for holding things warm, it’s pretty neat.

Other than the stacking feature, I’m not impressed with the Saladmaster line. They are really well made (heavy duty construction, 5 ply SS, etc), but they just aren’t worth the money IMO they are asking for them.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:42 PM   #7
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Thats a ridiculous amount of money.Why you could buy really high quality cookware and a fridge and a oven and maybe some other cool appliances and a bag of chips
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Thanks for the info Keltin.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:52 PM   #9
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I have a similar gadget as the saladmaster machine. It's called Kwik Kuts. My MIL gave it to me since she had one already and got this one from her MIL's estate. I like it and use it often but don't know anything about the cookware. My machine goes into the dishwasher fine and does a good job slicing and shredding. My only complaint is that sometimes I would like a thicker slice than the machine gives but then I will just use a knife. It does make quick work of shredding cheese, making french fries, slicing potatoes for scalloped potatoes. I agree though that $3000 seems like a lot of money. Usually the party circuit products are way more expensive than in the stores and the sales person wants you to think this is so great and you can't get it in the store so you have to buy from them. I try to stay away from buying stuff at parties and if I feel obligated to buy, I'll pick one thing in the lower end of the prices that I think I may want. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:56 PM   #10
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Hmmmmm...snake oil salesmen are still alive and well!
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