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Comparison of Waterless Cookware

Potential customers have often asked us to compare our cookware with other brands. In most cases it would be unfair for us to do this since we have not seen or used a lot of the other brands.

Simply put, there are four principles of waterless cooking that must be present in the construction of a cooking utensil in order for waterless cooking to take place. They are:

(1) A High grade stainless steel must be used to protect food.
To start out, a set of waterless cookware should be made of a good grade of stainless steel. Stainless steel is easier to clean and it doesn't have coatings on it which may get into the food you're cooking. Also, it is necessary for a waterless set of cookware to have more than a single ply of construction. Certain companies advertise their cookware as being multi-plied (the plies seem to be growing each day). All that means is that it is stainless steel and that they've added extra layering. The actual number of plies is often more about marketing than it is cooking.
Stainless steel is the perfect material for waterless cooking, but stainless steel isn't very good for fast heat transfer, therefore a layer of aluminum in the center of the stainless steel makes fast and even heating possible, but using layer after layer after layer of material does not make waterless cooking "more possible." Research has shown, five or more plies will do the job of cooking your food using the waterless method.

(2) A Flat-bottomed pan is needed for efficient heat transfer.
The bottom of a waterless cooking utensil should be machined-flatted so that it is completely flat in order to allow as much of its surface as possible to be in contact with the heating surface of the heat source.

(3) A Thicker Bottom plate is needed to evenly distribute the heat.
A "capsule" bottom plate placed inside a stainless steel steel shell is used to distribute the heat more evenly along the bottom of the cooking utensil. This of course will eliminate hot spots that may burn the food, and it also sends heat out evening in all directions.

(4) A Special lid used to keep the steam from escaping.
In order for waterless cooking to take effect, the lid should be heavy enough to prevent the steam from pushing it upwards and allowing the steam to escape. This is accomplished with a heavier-than-normal surgical stainless steel lid. You can tell if a lid is heavy as well as snug enough during cooking by placing a pot containing about an inch of water on your stove and bringing the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat source and allow it to begin to cool down. Once it has cooled a bit, without opening the steam release valve, remove the lid from the pot. If you feel a slight "suction" as you pull the lid upwards, then you have one of the main aspects of waterless, greaseless, "steam-cooking." While preparing certain foods, you may actually have lids to lock to the point that you would need to open the steam vent in order to remove the lid, but this is a somewhat rare occurrence.

During the cooking process, to know if you are using the correct temperature and that the food inside the utensil is cooking correctly, the lid of the pot should spin freely during cooking. If the lid feels 'locked' onto the pot, then the temperature is too low. On the other hand, if the lid is 'bouncing' and a lot of water and/or steam is escaping from around the lid, then your temperature is too high.

There you have the four principles of waterless, greaseless cooking. If these four principles are in place, then you have a waterless cooking utensil. What else could you do to change the pot itself? Perhaps change the knobs, different brand names on the knobs, perhaps different colors in the inset of the knobs or different handles ... but not much.

Our waterless cookware possesses each of the four principles that are necessary for waterless cookware. Plus, the cookware we market has over 50 years of experience and research behind each utensil, and a Lifetime Warranty is included with every set.

304 Surgical Stainless Steel Cookware
All of our waterless cookware sets are constructed of 304 Surgical Stainless Steel. This Chef's Secret™ set comes with 15 pieces. Included is a stainless steamer basket and double boiler/mixing bowl. Lifetime Warranty, Instruction Book and Recipes. Sold here at wholesale.
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electric skillet
Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
Stainless steel turkey roaster by Precise Heat - Click photo for details


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Details of this stainless steel electric skillet
Our Precise Heat 3.5 quart Surgical Stainless Steel Oil Core Skillet features a low dome cover with stay-cool handles and knobs. The surgical stainless steel has been given a beautiful mirror finish as well as for beauty and durability. The measurements are 12 1/4 inches outside and a diameter of 11 inches on the inside of the skillet. The inside depth of this skillet is 3 inches. Shipping weight is 14 lbs. UL approved.

Oil-Core Waterless Cooking Electric Skillet

Chef's Secret by Maxam
304 Surgical Stainless Steel
Round Griddle with See-Thru Lid

Surgical stainless Steel Stove-top Griddle
The construction of this stove-top griddle allows you to grill all of your foods evenly and quickly. It has two stainless steel 'helper' handles and a see-thru glass lid. This griddle makes cooking several hamburgers, pancakes, chicken pieces, sausage, eggs or bacon easy and convenient. Suitable for electric, gas, or ceramic stove-tops. Measures 13 1/2 inches in diameter. Lifetime Warranty.

Item No. KTGRID2

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Stainless Steel Electric Skillet
Our 304 Surgical Stainless Steel Waterless and Greaseless Electric Skillets are constructed of 5-plies. This multi-ply construction makes greaseless cooking possible with fast, even heating. We have two stainless steel electric skillets, one with the oil-core bottom, and the other with a circular electrical-coil bottom. Either skillet will compliment your waterless cookware set perfectly.

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By Steam Control 9-Layer
304 Surgical Stainless Steel
8-Quart Multi-ply Cooker

Click to Enlarge - Surgical Stainless Steel Pasta, Rice, Gumbo, Seafood Cooker
This 304 surgical stainless steel stockpot-cooker is an excellent utensil for pasta, seafood, soups, stews and rice. The 9-layer, 8-quart multi-cooker boils, steams, and blanches. Simply lift out the deep pasta insert after the pasta has cooked. There's no need to pour hot water into a separate colander. This way is much easier and less messy, not to mention so much safer. Comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

Item No. KT82
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304 Surgical Stainless Steel
9-Layer Omelet Pan 8" Diameter

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This 9-ply, 304 surgical stainless steel skillet has a heavy duty, phenolic handle and fits in perfectly with any of our waterless cookware sets. Measures 8 inches in diameter. Refrigeration and Dishwasher safe. Comes with Lifetime Warranty

Item No. KTOP5

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Surgical Stainless Steel 12-layer
Large Stovetop Turkey-Roast-Ham
Roaster and Grill By Precise Heat

Stainless steel turkey roaster by Precise Heat - Click photo for details
Our Precise Heat Multi-Baker Roaster with Wire Rack features surgical stainless steel construction on both the cover and the roaster. The construction allows you to bake a roast right on the stovetop to save energy and reduce heat build-up in your kitchen. Of course, you can also bake in your oven as well with this roaster. The lid will reverse in order to be used as an oval grill or frying pan on your stovetop - or use it in your oven as an open baking pan. The roaster measures 20-1/4" x 12" x 8-1/4"


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Huge Waterless Stainless Vegetable Steamer

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This giant-sized skillet measures 14-inches in diameter and 4 3/8 inches deep. The steamer basket is just under 14 inches in diameter and 4 1/4 inches deep. You can easily place the stainless steel steamer inside and steam as many vegetables as you want. But this large steamer pot wasn't meant for use as a vegetable steamer alone. You can use the steamer as a hot dog steamer, a clam steamer, oyster steamer ... or any other type of seafood steamer. The pot itself can easily be used with the lid as a gumbo or soup cooker.


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