Years ago, I purchased waterless cookware. At the time, this was a new concept and my investment was significant – $300. I guess at this point I need to tell you that the year was 1966 and I was a senior in high school. Three Hundred Dollars was a lot of money at that time and my parents were not too happy with me; but, I was working; it was my own money; and I chose to purchase the cookware.
Now, it is 2010 – 44 years later. I still have the cookware; I have used it all of those years; and it still looks beautiful. I also use the cookware as waterless cookware is meant to be used. In the past week or so, another Ezine author published an article on the use of waterless cookware. It is an excellent article – you should look it up and read it; I could not have worded it better myself.
The only sign of wear on my cookware is on the handles. There is nothing wrong with the handles – they just look a little faded and worn, but are perfectly usable. The metal is shiny and beautiful and the pans function perfectly as waterless cookware as they did in 1966.
I have to tell you that through the years, I have been a stickler about the pans. My children were never too happy with me when it came time to wash dishes because they not only had to wash the pans, they had to use Cameo Stainless Steel Cleaner on them. Yes, I have used this cleaner every time they have been washed and (periodically) I remove the handles and use the Cameo underneath the handles. My children did not have to do that – I did it. But, they are beautiful and, I believe, they will last another 40 years.
I was curious about whether or not these pans still existed. Were they still available for sale? So, I looked them up on the Internet. There they were – right on the Internet – you cannot buy them there and there is very little information on them. They are still sold by manufacturers’ reps and you have to contact a rep to get any information.
I happened to attend a Home Show or Flower and Patio Show (I can’t remember which) at the State Fairgrounds last year. As I was walking around, I saw some cookware being demonstrated. I walked over to see what kind of pans they were and, to my surprise, they were the same brand I have! The design is essentially the same – the handles look as though they may attach differently. And, the big question – how much were they?
They were around $2,500. And, I don’t think that included an electric skillet (which my set includes). So, my $300 cookware which is in beautiful shape and works like it is new, now costs $2,500! I was stunned and walked away with a huge smile on my face!
What I would like you to get from this article is that buying quality cookware is a great investment. Just as important is taking good care of it through the years. If you do this, you won’t ever have to invest in another set in your life.