Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beware of crap cast iron endorsed by celebrity cooks


Hey Y'all, watch out for the flying shards of red hot cast iron!

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/paula-deen-cast-iron-pans-are-recalled/

Low quality casting produces voids and/or inclusions that can cause the cracking or shattering mentioned in the above article.

10 comments:

Josh Mitchell said...

This stuff is also sold at Walmart... that pretty much always indicates lowest cost production (at least for things that carry low prices at Walmart, sometimes they carry established brands) which, with something like castings, often means voids and inclusions.

Greg said...

I don't find myself defending Wally World very often but they do carry Lodge cast iron out here.

The Lodge products are light years better and are less expensive than a lot of the Chinese produced pieces of crap that litter the shelves of many stores.

Josh Mitchell said...

I've seen Lodge at Target as well, it's why I mentioned the low price thing). I'm fairly certain Paula Deen's stuff is below Lodge prices. Maybe what I really should have said is things that carry surprisingly low prices for being endorsed by conspicuously popular "experts" as compared to products from established brands, such as Lodge.

Greg said...

Amazon has the 12" Paula Deen skillet at $49.99 and the 12" Lodge at $18.97.

So, for 50 bucks you can buy 2 Lodge 12" preseasoned skillets and something to cook in them, or 1 nasty piece of junk.

Chilebrown said...

It is a good thing I did not buy any. I think I will make a mayonaise sandwich to celebrate.

Becky said...

In addition to selling crap, she's "selling" false promises.

I just love this line in the original, fake/folksy announcement of her line: "These two cast iron pieces feature an interior that I’ve already seasoned for you, so you won’t have to do it!"

"I've already seasoned it for you!" Me, Paula, with my own sweet widdle hands, stood over each and every piece of this here quality cast iron and anointed it with the sweat of mah brow and the grease of my elbow. Ya'll hurry up and by it, now! ;-)

Greg said...

I haven't had television for over 8 years so I've never seen her show.

Chilebrown - Is she a mayo freak? Yuck!

Becky - It was probably seasoned by a prisoner with a 9mm held up to his head.

synchronicity said...

Paula Deen is a prime example of Food Network jumping the shark from "an informative channel about cooking with some other shows thrown in for entertainment" to "infotainment for people who will never cook and are intimidated by actual information on cooking, but want to see a 'celebrity' or some more 'reality TV' (because there's not enough of it out there already?)".

Heck, Emeril's old "Bam" is ludicrously restrained by today's FoodNetwork standards. And at least he had some actual skills. I mean, what's with the "semi-homemade" chick? Do we really need to watch TV to learn how to add some more cheese to a box of Kraft Mac N' Cheese?

Josh Mitchell said...

@ Synchro,

I know more than one person that calls her "The Semi Ho"

Greg said...

Wait - you can add MORE cheese to boxed mac & Cheese?

Back when everyone was going Julia Child crazy a couple months ago I planned on doing a tribute to Sandra Lee just to piss people off but I didn't follow through on that idea.

Me bad blogger...