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    Jean B. Guest

    Default OT gripes--and recipe concept

    Well some of it is peripheral to cooking and some is not. First
    the one that is not.

    Some years ago I bought a shower caddy, Made in China, of course.
    One would assume that something meant for the shower would be
    reasonably rust-free, right? Well, this thing started rusting
    within a week. These are still on sale at Home Goods. Beware.

    Apparently, I am not so good at extrapolating. I got a little
    dish drainer for the kitchenette in the new house, again made in
    China alas. My first observation was that plates don't fit into
    the slots. My second was that the utensil holder tips in such a
    way that the holes are on the upside (some even going up the
    edge), so the water doesn't drain. My third was that it is
    starting to rust. I have probably given it light use for the
    equivalent of a week and a half or so. This is made by Polder
    (sp) and still being sold by Bed, Bath and Beyond. They will hear
    from me. How are those wooden racks now? I am fearing the metal
    parts will... rust.

    Since I'm on a roll... Last night I used my new induction stove
    for the first time. Of course, that means (since we are not
    speaking of Panasonic's all-metal induction cooktops, which STILL
    haven't made it out of Japan) that one must use cookware that
    reacts with a magnet. I have mentioned the fact that I purchased
    a set of cheap stainless steel Faberware pots and pans, which I
    tested in the store. Sooo, the stove is pretty intuitive, I
    think. I get ready to cook, turn it on, think it is on and then
    notice it is flashing between the burner setting and F. Hmmm. No
    heat emanating from the burner. I look at the directions and find
    that, lo and behold, that means that no pot or pan has been
    identified. WTF? Get out the trusty magnet and... oh, no!
    Those scoundrels put two aluminum pans in the SS set. :-( (To be
    honest, this may have been partly MY error. The new boxes,
    anyway, say SS and mention two aluminum pans--but you only see
    that if you look for it. I will have to see whether the box I got
    said this, assuming I still have it.)

    Now your reward for reading the above. Eventually, dinner did get
    cooked. This was based on something my daughter has enjoyed at a
    Japanese restaurant: Unagi Fried Rice. I just threw it together
    with: rice orts from my daughter's onigiri-making, unagi and the
    bit of sauce that was clinging to it, shiitake mushrooms, edamame,
    and a bit more liquid (mirin--not that ubiquitous Kikkoman [check
    the ingredients] stuff and San-J soy sauce... more mirin than soy
    sauce). Oh, also some egg strips (seasoned with a little salt and
    more mirin). It should have also had some bits of seaweed--and,
    for me, some scallion (my daughter hates it). Oh, and a bit of
    diced or julienned fish cake. It was very good as it was though.
    --
    Jean B.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: OT gripes--and recipe concept


    "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote
    > Some years ago I bought a shower caddy, Made in China, of course. One
    > would assume that something meant for the shower would be reasonably
    > rust-free, right? Well, this thing started rusting within a week. These
    > are still on sale at Home Goods. Beware.
    >
    > Apparently, I am not so good at extrapolating. I got a little dish
    > drainer for the kitchenette in the new house, again made in China alas.
    > My first observation was that plates don't fit into the slots. My second
    > was that the utensil holder tips in such a way that the holes are on the
    > upside (some even going up the edge), so the water doesn't drain. My
    > third was that it is starting to rust. I have probably given it light use
    > for the equivalent of a week and a half or so. This is made by Polder
    > (sp) and still being sold by Bed, Bath and Beyond. They will hear from
    > me. How are those wooden racks now? I am fearing the metal parts will...
    > rust.


    At least you are taking the time to complain. While everyone blames "made in
    China", the stuff is mostly made to the specifications of the US based
    importer and we keep buying the crap. If enough of us take the time to
    return poorly made items and complain the the US based seller/importer, it
    may make a difference.


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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: OT gripes--and recipe concept

    On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:25:20 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote
    >> Some years ago I bought a shower caddy, Made in China, of course. One
    >> would assume that something meant for the shower would be reasonably
    >> rust-free, right? Well, this thing started rusting within a week. These
    >> are still on sale at Home Goods. Beware.
    >>
    >> Apparently, I am not so good at extrapolating. I got a little dish
    >> drainer for the kitchenette in the new house, again made in China alas.
    >> My first observation was that plates don't fit into the slots. My second
    >> was that the utensil holder tips in such a way that the holes are on the
    >> upside (some even going up the edge), so the water doesn't drain. My
    >> third was that it is starting to rust. I have probably given it light use
    >> for the equivalent of a week and a half or so. This is made by Polder
    >> (sp) and still being sold by Bed, Bath and Beyond. They will hear from
    >> me. How are those wooden racks now? I am fearing the metal parts will...
    >> rust.

    >
    >At least you are taking the time to complain. While everyone blames "made in
    >China", the stuff is mostly made to the specifications of the US based
    >importer and we keep buying the crap. If enough of us take the time to
    >return poorly made items and complain the the US based seller/importer, it
    >may make a difference.


    In the majority of cases folks simply refuse to pay the few pennies
    more for Made In USA and other locations that do make high quality
    wares... kitchenware made in Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, and others
    is superb, but it costs a bit more than Chinese crap. All the
    complaints are really because of cheap bastardness. The only reason
    so much is made in China is because so many are afflicted with CCBD
    (Chronic Cheap Bastard Disease). It's much more effective to complain
    with your wallet... open it a pubic hair wider and buy the good
    stuff... ultimately it costs less because you'll only need to buy it
    once.

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