Take care of your wallet and read the 5 Pampered Chef Items Not Worth The Money from a woman who has been to more Pampered Chef parties than she can count! All kidding aside, I absolutely love Pampered Chef. Make sure to snag my list of the 5 Pampered Chef Items I swear by before you leave.
It happened a little over 10 years ago. Zach was about two years old at the time. We were living in our first home and finally starting to get the hang of what it meant to be adults! Patrick was doing well at his job and everything was falling into place. We were starting to feel comfortable and ready to take the next step in our lives.
I’m sure you’re wondering what step I’m referring to. Looking back I can see how this would’ve been a great time to have another baby since things were going “as planned” in our lives. That would be the perfect end to a perfect story but anyone who knows us well will tell you that we’re far from perfect. So that’s not what we did…
Instead of a brand new baby, we purchased a brand new house! The kind of house that you pick after looking at a zillion different models and then watch it get built. Although not the same as having an actual baby, building a home and dealing with all the craziness that goes along with it can be somewhat comparable.
So at the young age 25 years old, with a 3-year-old son, me and “The Boys” moved into our new home in the suburbs. Here’s a picture of our very first home so you know where we came from, my friends!
We lived on a quiet little cul-de-sac filled with families very similar to our own. The kids played in the street while the moms talked about the struggles and realities that came along with raising children. Dirty diapers and clothes that never went away, temper tantrums for no reason at all, and creating nighttime routines that were nothing but epic fails. Motherhood was no joke and us moms needed a break!
And that’s when the planning began. Before you get excited, let me start by saying a suburb mom’s definition of fun is completely different than what you’re thinking. You’re probably envisioning a group of crazy moms dancing the night away at a fancy nightclub or maybe having a few too many drinks at a local bar. Although that sounds like a blast, and probably was much needed at the time, that was not the type of fun we were having.
Our definition of fun was…let me think how can I say this lightly…LAME! We planned a Pampered Chef Party, people! And we were so stinking excited about it too! I personally had never been to one and I just couldn’t wait to go. A night with no kids, some wine, and cooking products sounded phenomenal to me. Major lame-o here.
I remember sitting at my first Pampered Chef party, Italian party sandwich in one hand and drink in the other, thinking that this was the best thing since sliced bread. I know my other neighbors were feeling the same way because before the night was over I’m pretty sure we all scheduled our own party.
I think I ended up going to about 5 parties in the matter of two months. I’m not exaggerating either. I would feel guilty knowing I went to one of my neighbor’s parties and bought something and not the others. So I went to them all and bought something new at every, single party.
I feel like I have acquired every kitchen gadget Pampered Chef has to offer. There are some that I still use over 10 years later (you can get this list in my free resource library – get the password at the bottom of the post), and some that were honestly just a plain waste of money.
Here’s my list of the 5 Pampered Chef Items Not Worth The Money
Corn butterer – This kitchen gadget is used to help you spread butter on your corn-on-the-cob. You place a half stick of butter into the gadget and then use it to neatly spread the butter on your corn. It keeps your hands clean in the process. There’s even a cap on it so you can place any extra in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
How many times have I used it in 10 + years? I think twice. I pull a stick of butter out of the fridge, open up the paper it’s in, and use a butter knife to apply the butter instead. I just haven’t felt the need to dirty an extra item for the purpose of buttering corn.
Egg slicer – Place your hard-boiled egg into this kitchen gadget and it slices the egg into perfect, even pieces. This actually gets great reviews on the Pampered Chef’s website and I can see why. I did love it anytime I used it. Whenever I would make fancy salads with hard-boiled eggs on top I would always use the slicer for this and people would actually comment on how pretty it looked.
But how often did I make fancy salads? Not enough to feel like this item was worth it for me. It currently is shoved way in the back of one of my drawers. How do I cut my eggs now? I use a plain old knife and it works like a charm.
Coating trays and tool – Have you ever made chicken cutlets before or maybe breaded something else like eggplant or zucchini slices? This kitchen tool from Pampered Chef comes with two trays (one for wet ingredients and one for dry) and a pair of tongs to keep your fingers out of the mess that goes along with breading ANYTHING.
Again, the concept is amazing. So amazing that I bought one for myself at one of those 5 parties I attended. How many times have I used this one? Zero. I can shamefully say I never took it out of the box and it ended up in the trash! What a waste of money.
What do I use instead? One bowl for wet ingredients, one plate for the dry, and a fork to keep my hands free of the messy breading.
Baker’s roller – This is advertised as a one-handed roller that is used to spread and shape dough. At one of the parties I attended, the Pampered Chef representative used this gadget to roll out a can of crescent rolls in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Oh my goodness, life-changing, right?! I thought so. Yes, I bought one…
I know I have used this a handful of times but then got smart and realized I could use my “actual hands” to do the same thing! Another item that is currently taking up space in my kitchen drawers.
Brownie Pan – This item gets big reviews on Pampered Chef’s website. I must be missing out because I have NEVER even pulled this out of the wrapper. What does this pan do? It has compartments so that you can bake all your brownies individually. They all come out the exact same with crispy edges on all four sides the way everyone loves them.
I can’t tell you why I haven’t used this before other than the fact that I’m just used to making brownies in a regular 8 x 8 baking pan. I pour my batter into 1 pan, place it in the oven and call it a day. The brownie pan sounds like there’s a little more work in terms of putting the batter into all the different compartments. Plus, I find it harder to remove baked goods from tiny spaces. The lazy person in me has just never wanted to try it although I had a wonderful Pampered Chef representative comment below with a link to recipes for me to try that use this pan. I promised her I’d give it a try so I’ll let you know the outcome.
And there you have it, 5 Pampered Chef Items Not Worth The Money. Looking back I’m laughing at myself for even buying some of these items! I’m blaming it on Mommy-overload and possibly a little bit of wine!
Although I did make some questionable purchases at these Pampered Chef parties, I also made some really great ones that I use ALL THE TIME. Don’t forget to get my list of the 5 Pampered Chef Items that are completely worth the money!
Try my Italian Party Sandwiches today and take a look at the beautiful platter they are displayed on. Yes, that’s a Pampered Chef purchase I have used! My Banana Pudding Trifle…also displayed in a Pampered Chef product.
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