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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 33-piece Signature Cookware Set product review

Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 33-piece Signature Cookware Set

Wolfgang Puck is well known for his culinary skills amid chefs all around the world. He has written several cook books and is often on television to judge new cooks and promote his line of kitchen bakeware, cookware and appliances. This product review is based on the reviewers personal experience with the set.
This particular set is featured on HSN and the features claimed on HSN are that this set has unique features that set it apart from traditional Stainless Steel Cookware.

What it costs:
This product is currently offered via Home Shopping Network for $279.90 9 (updated 3/8/2012)

What You Get:
4qt saucepan with pour spouts and strainer lid
2qt saucepan with lid
0.5qt saucepan with lid
9qt stockpot with rack and lid
9" open omelet pan
10" saute pan with pour spouts and strainer lid
11" open omelet pan
11" lightweight cast iron chef's pan with lid
Panini pan with mesh cover
Mesh strainer
Hand-held mesh strainer
2.8L (11.8-cup) borosilicate glass storage container with plastic lid
1.6L (6.8-cup) borosilicate glass storage container with plastic lid
0.9L (3.8-cup) borosilicate glass storage container with plastic lid
0.45L (1.9-cup) borosilicate glass storage container with plastic lid
Slotted turner
Solid turner
Slotted spoon
Solid spoon
Carving fork
Manufacturer's lifetime limited warranty on stainless steel cookware; 10-year on cast iron pan; 1-year on glass containers

Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 33-piece Signature Cookware Set Features:

Stainless steel with aluminum discs encapsulated in the bases
For even heat distribution throughout the base of the pan
Hollow, stainless steel handles
Double-riveted to pans for strength and durability
Tempered glass lids
Monitor your food as it cooks without losing heat
9qt low-profile stockpot
Extra-large diameter accommodates long strands of pasta, crab legs and more
Lightweight cast iron enamel-coated chef's pan
For great performance and heat retention
Provides the same benefits as traditional cast iron, yet is lighter and easier to handle
57% lighter than a traditional 11" cast iron chef's pot with lid

Panini pan:

Accommodates 2 small or 1 large sandwich
Also great for grilling steaks, whole fish, sausage and hotdogs

Glass storage containers:
Microwave, oven, freezer and refrigerator safe
Great for baking, reheating, serving and storing
Borosilicate glass will not react with foods and is stain resistant
Plastic lids feature a special snap-locking system with silicone seal

6-piece tool set:
Assortment of matching tools for cooking and serving

Specifications and measurements:

4qt Saucepan:

8-1/4" Diameter x 5-1/8"H with 7-3/4" handle

2qt Saucepan:

7-5/8" Diameter x 3"H with 6-1/2" handle

0.5qt Saucepan:

5-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/8"H with 6" handle

9qt Stockpot:

11-5/8" Diameter x 7-3/4"H with (2) 2-1/2" side handles

9" Omelet Pan:

9-1/4" Diameter x 2"H with 7-3/4" handle

10" Saute Pan:

10" Diameter x 2-3/4"H with 7-3/4" handle and 2-1/2" helper handle

11" Omelet Pan:

11-1/2" Diameter x 2-1/8"H with 7-3/4" handle

11" Chef's Pan:

11-1/4" Diameter x 3"H with (2) 2" side handles

Panini Pan:

11-1/4"L x 8-5/8"W x 1-7/8"H with 7-1/2" handle

Mesh Strainer:

10" Diameter x 3-7/8"H with (2) 1/2" side handles

Hand-Held Mesh Strainer:

7-1/8" Diameter x 2-3/4"H with 8-3/4" handle and 1-1/8" helper handle

2.8L Glass Container:

9-1/8" Diameter x 4-1/8"H

1.6L Glass Container:

7-3/4" Diameter x 3-1/2"H

0.9L Glass Container:

6-1/2" Diameter x 3"H

0.45L Glass Container:

5-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/2"H

Oven Safe Temperature:

Stainless steel pans oven safe to 400 degrees; cast iron pan and glass storage containers to 450 degrees; glass lids to 350 degrees

Compatible Stove Types:    
Electric radiant-ring, electric ceramic-/glass-top, electric solid plate, halogen, induction and gas burner.

Stainless steel items are dishwasher safe, but hand wash recommended to maintain shine and luster.
Glass storage containers and plastic lids are dishwasher safe, but hand wash recommended; top rack only for lids
Cast iron chef's pan is hand wash only.
Note: We at Product Dudz did try this pan out in the dishwasher several times and it washed perfectly with no ill effects.


Big Set
This set is huge you get a lot of pots and all have a beautiful mirror finish.
Lifetime warranty
This set has a limited Lifetime Warranty
Easy to clean
I fried an egg in the omelet pan, made cheese toast and also sauteed onions. The pan looked ruined, however after adding some warm water and using a scrubbie sponge with little effort all came off easily!
Nice weight/Professional quality
The entire set is weighty and of excellent quality.
This set comes with loads of accessories and utensils including a bakeware/glass/storage set of bowls with lids that seal.
Lids with strainers
Some of the pots have strainers built right into the lids so draining things like veggies and pasta is a snap!

There are very few cons with this product.

Handwash is best to clean this set, see link below on how to get best results...
Although this product is dishwasher safe, it will retain its beauty and luster if you hand wash only. That being said it still looks pretty good even when you use the dishwasher.
Too Big
Some families will have trouble finding storage for such a large set, however for big families this set is ideal
Stainless Steel
While most professional chefs prefer stainless steel cookware, it does require a little extra care and food can and will stick if the set is not used properly. Do not cook on high settings for best results. Be sure to follow the Care Guide that comes with the set.
Throw away pieces
Some of the pieces in this set are not of the best quality, the Panini/grill pan for instance is very lightweight, the tongs do not open and close easily, etc.

This set is a grand, beautiful, and most pieces are   professional quality. The set  offers beginning cooks all the cookware and bakeware needed to set up housekeeping.  Its strong and durable and will certainly stand up to years of use. Whether you are just starting out or a serious cook this set is one to have. It is the opinion of this reviewer and Product Dudz that this set is  worth the current sale price. It's a keeper!

For a less expensive alternative to this set see:
Command Performance Family Style 16 piece cookware set product review which is also regularly featured on HSN. 

Want great recipes to try in your new cookware set? See: Recipes from a Southern Kitchen.


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