Why A Waterless Cookware Blog?

Waterless Cookware is becoming more and more popular. It is known as the healthy way to cook, and getting all your needed vitamins is very much on the minds of moms and dads as they prepare meals for the family.  It's a known fact that in our modern world of fast foods most Americans don't get the required 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Waterless cookware is a cooking method designed to preserve the vital nutrients in the foods you eat. Cooking foods in too much water tends to "boil out" these nutrients.  The need of oil and grease is also eliminated with by this cooking method.

The market is confusing with sets ranging from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. We plan to explore the various waterless cookwares available to the consumer to help you determine what is best for you.

Check back with this waterless cookware blog again to view the posts and comments.  Let us know if you have a particular subject about waterless cookware you want us to explore. Or post your experiences with your waterless cookware.  We would love to hear from you

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  • 1/13/2009 6:38 PM eddie wrote:
    It's getting a lot cheaper, too. There's a site called justsmartliving.com that must be importing it, cuz it's way cheaper than I've seen it anywhere else.
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    1. 1/14/2009 11:37 AM Waterless Cookware Reviews wrote:

      I looked at the 22 piece set, and it appears to be just about the same at the 22 piece set made by Chef's Secret which is imported. 
      The only difference I see is the knobs on the Just Smart Living site do not have the temperature control feature like the KTSS22 .  It appears  this may be a private label set.

      The most efficient waterless cookware has several plys going up the side for even heat with the best heat retention on the low heat setting.  I have not cooked with this set or the Chef's Secret set to know if it matches the 7 ply waterless cookware.

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      1. 10/2/2009 11:05 AM BOBBIE wrote:
        The 23 piece set seems to have temp. control feature. did you purchase these? I am skeptical how something so inexpensive can be so good..
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        1. 10/5/2009 3:17 PM Mary Binette wrote:
          The 22 piece set has 9 elements, but does not specify the number of ply (layers) in the base.  The Vaposeal or the KT17 Ultra are both known to be 7-ply and are a sturdier set that should last a very long time.

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  • 2/24/2009 9:09 AM Tom Solt wrote:
    I have been cooking for over 30 years and for some of that time I was hired and worked for some of the finest restaurants in Pennsylvania. I have cooked with many different types and brands of cookware. I have found that cooking with Surgical Stainless Steel Cookware or "Waterless" cookware is by far the best. They heat evenly and clean easily, your food tastes better and is much more nutritious and healthy.
    On the internet I have found that one site has a lot of good quality sets of cookware. www.topchoicecookware.com
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    1. 10/27/2009 7:33 PM Michele wrote:
      What is your opinion of Royal prestige compared to smartliving.com?? There is a huge price difference. I only have one more day to cancel my order on Royal prestige.
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      1. 10/28/2009 10:27 AM Mary Binette wrote:
        I am sorry, but I am a little confused by the question.  I don't know anything about smartliving.com, and when I go to the web site I don't find anything about cookware there. This is a Vancouver, BC Canadian company.  So I'm not too helpful on this one.

        A call to the Royal Prestige company customer service revealed this:
        1. The cookware is only available through direct selling distributors, which means there will be more of a mark-up than bought over the internet. 

        2. However, according to customer service their cookware is made in the USA and several manufactures work for them.  They do have the 5-ply,  7-ply, and 9-ply cookware sets. 

        3. Description of the 5-ply seems to indicate it is 5-ply both on the bottom and up the sides of the pans for even heating.

        4. The 7-ply cookware has the disc on the bottom for even heating, made a little differently. The cookware appears not to have all the layers up the sides.

        5. The 9-Ply has layers again on the bottom and up the sides--it looks to be induction ready as well, so if you have an induction stove you have to buy this set. It's called their Thermal Deluxe system and is the most expensive.

        In summary, the Royal Prestige appears to be USA made, distributed only by the direct selling method and therefore more expensive. 

        There are other USA-made sets that are not quite as expensive and are extremely well made.  I admit we may be prejudiced, but Health Craft is American made, and we have been very fortunate to be able to offer a couple of sets via the internet.  They are 5-ply on both the bottom and up the sides for very even heating and induction ready.  The lids have precision engineering for a really good fit--necessary for the vapor seal you need for good waterless cooking.
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  • 6/27/2009 10:50 AM elaine dahlman wrote:
    I have an electric saladmaster fry pan It is quite old, but it don't heat-up just gets warm. Is it guaranteed like the pots & pans? Would appreciate an answer.
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    1. 7/2/2009 10:01 PM Mary Binette wrote:
      Saladmaster is the company you need to call about your electric skillet.  You can discuss it with their customer service at 800-765-5795

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  • 7/8/2009 6:34 PM francesca wrote:
    it all sounds great, but if i wanted to cook with butter and/or olive oil, i can, right?
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    1. 7/10/2009 7:43 AM Mary Binette wrote:
      You can use your stainless steel waterless cookware as ordinary pans. 

      You would need oil in the skillet to do a fried egg, or example.  Eggs and rice cannot be done the waterless way. Regular cooking should be on medium high at the MOST (unless you are boiling something like pasta).

      Just remember if you have a steam control valve on your waterless cookware cover make sure to close it while cooking the non-waterless, regular method. You don't want all liquid evaporating for example.

      The point of using the waterless method on lower heat is to retain more vitamins and nutrients than boiling or frying can give you. Hope this answers your question.

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      1. 7/12/2009 8:30 PM francesca wrote:
        Thanks for the reply. i read about the fried egg can be done with the steam valve set - but perhaps not the one without the steam valve? do you know the difference in cooking quality between the steam release valve set and the thermo control knob set? that is, which do you think is "better?"

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        1. 7/15/2009 4:23 PM Mary Binette wrote:
          There are some types of foods that are not conducive to "waterless cooking" such as eggs, pasta and rice.  You can use your waterless cookware to cook all of your food the regular way.  It becomes "waterless" when you use the appropriate methods to cook "waterless".  In essence you have 2 sets for the price of 1. 

          Someone sent me a method to "fry" an egg using water.  In a pre-heated skillet on medium low heat add one tablespoon of water for each egg.  Immediately add your eggs, cover pan, lower heat to low, cook to your preference.  (hint: 2 minutes should make a firmly set egg with your yolk soft and 6 minutes the yoke will be firm.)  You will have to experiment.  Needless to say doing fried eggs in a stainless steel pan is not recommended unless you add oil.  Scrambled eggs need  to cook  the same way, with some oil. 

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          1. 10/3/2009 10:58 PM J W wrote:
            Are these lower priced sets, with 304 steel as 'good' as the more expensive 316 titanium models?
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            1. 8/25/2010 1:36 PM Steve Denning wrote:
              I don't know if JW is still interested, but in response to his query about 316-grade stainless steel and cookware, I recommend this informative article by Marcia Klun: http://ezinearticles.com/?Difference-Between-T304-and-T316-Waterless-Stainless-Steel-Cookware&id=3511161.

              Waterless cookware has been refined over 60 years to it's optimal point--#304 Stainless, 18/10 Chromium/Nickle blend with multiple plies, additional elements and the vapor-seal lid.
              It's sort of like a razor--I mean, how many more blades does a person need to get a good shave?
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  • 10/17/2009 4:55 PM Nita wrote:
    I had a Saladmaster dinner "demo" & they did this "pollution test" with baking soda & a variety of different types of cookware & the saladmaster H20 after boiling it in baking soda water tasted "clean" while the others ( one was my pampered chef pan) tasted like vinegar or an old shoe -yuck! any comments on why this occured & anyone with a similar demo. I want to buy something, so I am researching all options

    Hi Nita,

    You posted twice, so I answered your questions under your other post. Check it out

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    1. 1/11/2013 6:18 PM Faith wrote:
      I don't see Nita's other post, and I'm really interested in hearing your answer. I just attended a Saladmaster demo also and would be interested in more feedback and information. Thanks.
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      1. 1/14/2013 12:34 PM Admin wrote:
        There has been a running thread off and on about Saladmaster cookware. I do not know which post you are referring to. 

        Saladmaster has a very good cookware set. It is very expensive but will last a lifetime and is guaranteed for life.
        They tout the titanium element in their pans as important--it is if you intend to cook at 500 degrees, which I am sure you will not. And unless you cook in brine all day every day stainless steel pans will not pit just because you salt the food.

        Other older posts have addressed these questions previously. You can look through them for more information.

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  • 11/13/2009 3:57 PM Doug wrote:
    I have found Vapo-Seal Cookware on the internet for $295.00 for a 17 piece set. They claim it is T304 Stainless Steel and 7-ply. Compared to other sets it is priced to "good to be true". It is on Royal Cookware's website. Any comments or experiences with this?
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    1. 11/16/2009 5:06 PM Mary Binette wrote:
      I am not sure which website you were looking at, so it is hard to comment on what you were looking at.  At various times vendors could be having a special sale on the cookware.  On Vaposeal the 7 ply refers to the heavy plate on the bottom that has 7 ply, transfers heat fast and evenly.  If you can get it for that price and it's the Vaposeal, then I would get it.  If they have a number, call and ask. Just do your homework before purchasing.

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  • 12/25/2009 5:21 AM Cast iron cooking utensils wrote:
    These pots are still used in this new era, mostly because of the satisfaction of the cooks who enjoy a product that heats evenly and produces delicious tasting foods. There are a number of different sizes and shapes available Cookware foundry.
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  • 12/27/2009 10:46 PM Doug wrote:
    I love my new Waterless Cookware. I wish I had found out sooner that I could buy a set online that was comparable to sets costing 1000's of dollars at a fraction of the price.
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    1. 12/28/2009 11:28 AM Admin wrote:
      Yes, the less expensive sets are nice, and though they have limited warranties on the handles and knobs we find they last years, and are inexpensive to repair in those instances where they need to be replaced.

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  • 8/25/2010 9:12 AM Cortaflex wrote:
    I can see that you are an expert in this field! I am launching a website soon, and this information is very useful for me. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business.
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  • 8/25/2010 11:40 AM Tacfit Commando wrote:
    I like your style, the fact that your site is a little bit different makes it so interesting, I get fed up of seeing same-old-same-old all of the time. I've just stumbled this page for you
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  • 8/25/2010 12:39 PM Steve Denning wrote:

    HUGE Thanks for hosting this informative and well produced waterless cookware site. I also thank you for your kind reference to our waterless cookware blog and referencing a few of the articles appearing there.

    You're providing a valuable forum for comment. I apologize if my last comment skirted decorum--I get carried away sometimes, but you were kind enough to post it word-for-word. I'll take the edge off & remember that comments are from people looking for insight & I'll respond appropriately. (Guess I'm still a little boiled--debunking the bunk is our blog post I'm referring to.)

    Again, Thank you for your active participation in and support of the truer values of waterless cooking and the cookware that makes this method possible.

    (note: I tried as best I can to capture these values in an article--Waterless Cookware: a Lifetime of Value. Personally, I'd appreciate your knowledgeable comment on that article. ...just google the title)
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    1. 8/25/2010 1:31 PM Admin wrote:
      Steve, we take the good with the bad, and keep moving forward, learning from each other.  Thanks for your interest. However,  I do delete true "spam"  that has nothing to do with waterless cookware and would of course delete offensive posts.   Good luck on your new blog--I like it.
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  • 8/25/2010 1:27 PM Steve Denning wrote:
    I relish the excitement I sense in the post from Cortaflex. Wish you the best, and offer a dollop of advice on a personal level--be patient, make lists, form a corporation and be prepared for more work than you can imagine.

    The joys of cookware sales on-line (you'll soon find) are the people you come in contact with. As you noted in your post, this site is very helpful; be prepared to respond to the most outrageous of queries--you know, questions like "How can you cook pasta without water?"
    Enjoy each & every interaction. The dollars & good sense will take care of itself.
    Again, the best on your new journey. It's a wondrously worthy undertaking.
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  • 9/1/2010 3:30 PM Fat Loss 4 Idiots wrote:
    This is my first time at your blog and I've really enjoyed looking around. I will come back again in the future to check out some of the other articles.
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  • 9/6/2010 12:09 PM Patricia wrote:
    Morning, I have my mothers old set of Lo- Heet cookware, which is waterless I think. It has a lifetime warranty and I need to get a handle replaced. Do you have any idea where I could call? thanks Pat
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    1. 9/9/2010 9:49 AM Admin wrote:
      I did find mention of Lo-Heet cookware as an old, discontinued brand of waterless cookware.  You might want to check with www.oklahomacookware.com, since that's where it is mentioned.  It's possible they may be able to help you with replacement handles there.

      Sorry I can't be more definitive, but some of the older, discontinued models may not be supported anymore.
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  • 9/7/2010 9:34 AM Autoblog Samurai wrote:
    What an interesting blog! Thanks for the write up.
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  • 9/29/2010 1:08 PM Steve Denning wrote:
    Hi Mary & all,
    In an early post (2/24/2009 post) Tom Solt writes of his experience using a variety of cookware types over 30 years. He found the performance of stainless steel waterless cookware the better of all. His reasons were even heating, easy clean up, taste and nutrition. Experience has always been the better teacher.
    For me, stainless steel performance is all about cook-ability, the most food-friendly, cook-friendly, health-friendly, earth-friendly cookware available.
    ‘Friendly’ is an apt expression because I find waterless cooking to be a unique, healthy and maturing relationship, a friendship if you will nurtured and enjoyed between the cook, fresh foods, and cookware. Tom Solt said it simply, but don’t underestimate his holistic embrace—no other cookware can compete with waterless performance in all these meaningful dimensions.
    What makes waterless cookware superior isn’t found in marketing gimmicks (t316 stainless for example, 7 & 9 stainless ply construction or side-element disc fabrication). To achieve waterless performance, cookware needs but five fundamental characteristics (features beyond these characteristics add little to performance but much to cost):
    1) 5-ply Surgical Stainless Steel fabrication (18/10 chromium nickel blend) to retain heat;
    2) Base ‘elements’ or layers of heat-conductive metals to provide responsive heat transfer;
    3) Flat bottom for optimum heat source contact (regardless of heat source);
    4) Condensation ‘well’ on top of utensil to trap steam condensate and form vapor seal with lid
    4) Precision crafted, flat lipped, perfectly balanced and weighted lid to rest loosely on the utensil ‘well’
    All but a handfull (of millions of users) will notice any performance differences with waterless pots & pans that exceed these 5 fundamental attributes.
    I mention this because many posts in this thread get query about features that really don’t matter. I’m sure there are some who would have it otherwise. I hope they do; it would be a good conversation, especially about knobs—for example, do conventional weighted, vented, or thermometer knobs aid cookability in any way?
    But back to friendship. One of the joys of being in this business (I’m sure Mary and Sylvia agree) is helping folks find replacement parts for their stainless cookware. Having befriended stainless steel pots and pans for 30+ years, these folks are not about to give up the supportive and joyous marriage they’ve nurtured and matured just because a knob or handle has finally broken.

    I can think of no better testimony to the friendly quality, durability, and wholesome cookability of stainless steel waterless pots and pans.
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  • 10/2/2010 12:13 PM Steve Denning wrote:
    If further comment on 30+years of quality cookware service interests you, here's two brief on-line articles to consider reading:

    ...and 'The Waterless Revival' at:
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  • 10/19/2010 2:04 PM MicroConsole wrote:
    I can see that you are an expert in this field! I am launching a website soon, and this information is very useful for me. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business.
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  • 10/19/2010 2:43 PM Steve Denning wrote:
    Wish you the best MicroConsole. Your note reads very similar to 'cortaflex' who dropped in on 8/25 (see previous post).
    ...same person? ...just curious.

    Over at the waterlesscookwareblog we'll be featuring the nutritional ups & downs of potatoes, checking out some basic soup recipes, notes on what freezes well (when it comes to soups) and more fully appreciating the versatility of stainless steel bowls--from freezer to stove.
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  • 10/26/2010 4:02 PM Mike wrote:
    I've been looking at buying a set of waterless cookware and was wondering if ultra vita craft was a good brand. My neighbor got a set of these for a wedding gift and swears by them.
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    1. 10/26/2010 5:21 PM Admin wrote:
      Ultra Vita Craft is a private label that is manufactured by the Vita Craft Corporation in Kansas.  Vita Craft does several private label brands, but the manufacturing process is the same. 

      This is a well made 5 ply waterless cookware.  I know that Health Craft is also a private label brand made by Vita Craft as well. In short, Ultra Vita Craft will be a  USA made cookware with the 5 ply throughout.  It is very well made and should be guaranteed for life.

      Like with all direct sales cookware it can be expensive, depending on the size of the set you get.  Don't get talked into a set with a lot of extras you might not use.  That makes the price rise a lot.
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  • 11/2/2010 9:20 AM Manuka Honey wrote:
    I've had a fine time spending the last 10 minutes having a look around your blog, and it's great.
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  • 1/22/2011 2:06 PM Steve Denning wrote:
    A wonderful comment from samsung soul and I personally couldn't agree more - whether our chats are about cookware or sharing a worthy Good wherever we be.
    A belated note of Thanks to Mary for her new video on 'sizing' a cookware set to fit the need. Well Done. We plan to include your video in an upcoming Waterless Cookware Blog post.
    Another aspect of choosing cookware is the worthiness of the Warranty. For the next month or so, the Waterless Cookware Blog takes on cookware warranties. We invite comments and user experiences. Our first blog post "Are Cookware Warranties for Real?" begins the journey. http://www.waterlesscookwareblog.com/date/2011/01/21/
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  • 1/31/2011 11:35 AM LAG wrote:
    Have a 1961 set of Homemakers Guild pots & Pan. The 12qt stock pot bottom has warped. Googling Homemakers Guild only seems to get to replacement handles from WestBend. Would like a replacement for the pot. Any help would be appreciated.
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    1. 1/31/2011 1:10 PM Admin wrote:
      Homemaker's Guild is now part of Regal Ware. Over the years they have bought up many waterless cookware companies.

      Here's a link to the parts for various companies they list:  https://www.regalware.com/alt/porders.pgm?ACTION=PARTS

      If you don't see what you need there, then call Regal Ware at 262-626-2121.

      Hope this helps
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  • 4/8/2011 10:19 AM anydiets wrote:
    And you have a cool site and blog!
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  • 4/12/2011 10:47 AM Vee for beyondcookwarecom wrote:
    You're blog is very interesting and informative. I bought a set of Chef's secrets waterless cookware and after playing around with a few recipes I really fell in love with it. So much that I decided to sell them myself. They are very easy to clean and the food is much more tastier!
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  • 4/15/2011 7:50 PM beremennost_luw wrote:
    Good post! thank you
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  • 6/25/2011 3:41 AM Tommy wrote:
    Yes waterless is getting more popular. I think healthy is the way it should be. I just wish that food prices would drop. Thanks for the information.
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  • 9/8/2011 4:51 PM Tina wrote:
    I once saw a set of waterless cookware that had a thermostat of sorts on the lid. You watched when the needle went to 60 or so you turned the heat down to med. no noisy lid rattling or steam tapping. anyone heard of this company. It has Titanium in the name to title
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    1. 9/9/2011 10:14 AM Admin wrote:
      I don't know about a company with Titanium in the title, but Chef's Secret does make a 10 piece set with what is called Thermo Control Knobs.  Here's a link:

      This particular set has larger pieces in it and is good if you are cooking for a larger family. There are other Chef's Secret sets with the thermo knobs as well.  Go to the home page of CookWaresPlus and click on the waterless cookware category where you can find a couple more sets with this sort of knob.

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  • 8/8/2013 1:59 PM MH wrote:
    I have started searching for a water less cookware set and I am so glad I found your website. I've been everywhere on the web and there is very little information. Lots of changes in brands too. Will there be any more information on this website soon to give us the latest advice? The last posts are a few years old.
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    1. 8/8/2013 2:16 PM Admin wrote:
      You are quite right we haven't posted much recently. However, some of a major brands and questions have been reviewed. If you have a specific question please ask. We'll try and get a post or two up soon
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