In mid-October, my wife dragged me down to the Holiday Gift show. Honestly, I really don’t like going. Don’t get me wrong, I love the spirit of the Holidays, but I don’t enjoy looking at little jewelry, soaps, beauty supplies and things like that. It’s probably a ‘Dream-come-true” kind of place for women, but it is a nightmare for men like me. And the most of the stuff you see there has nothing to do with Holiday gifts. It’s the same old stuff you see everywhere else. The worst part of going to show is that it costs you about $25.00 (including parking and admission) just to get in. It’s like buying the right to buy things you can find anywhere at premium prices.
Though it was pretty painful for me to be there, there was one thing I kind of enjoyed doing. Men are usually pretty good at finding a place to sit and wait patiently while women shop. (That’s why Nordstrom has sofas in their store for men to sit.) That’s exactly what I did. My son Alexander, 5-years old, who feels the same way as I do about the Holiday gift show, happened to like the idea of watching cooking demonstrations (cookware sales presentation). So we sat and watched an entire presentation that lasted for a little over an hour. My son sat trough without complaining a bit, mainly because the salesman kept on feeding the audience as he demonstrated how good his cookwares are. So we got to eat salad, steamed vegetable, potatoes, corn and even chicken. All for free. Anyways, the salesman was really funny and entertaining and he offered some pretty good health tips along with his smooth sales pitches.
Here is the list of things you can learn from cookware salesman’s sales pitch…
Sales pitch but very good tip #1:
You can cook vegetables without adding a drip of water using his cookware. He said, “Do Not Cook Vegetables In The Boiling water because all the good flavors and nutrients escape into the water. Unless you are making a soup, boiling vegetables in the pot of water is not recommended. Steaming and stir-frying are preferred methods of cooking vegetables. You can try the “Delicious Flavor-Packed Creamy Mushed Potato” recipe featured in July 2012 issue It’s the same concept. http://www.hensenherbs.com/newsletter/2012-7-1.pdf
Sales pitch but very good tip #2:
You don’t need to add oil to his cookware when cooking meat. He said if you want to use oil, use Olive Oil, but never use ‘Crisco’ or any fake butter (like,”I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”. Years ago he met the guy who was involved in the development of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”. He told him that, “It is petroleum based product. It’s pretty much same as machine lubricant with artificial butter flavor added to it. Some say it’s one molecule away from being Plastic). Is it true? I don’t know, but it sure does sound scary, doesn’t it? I think I would stick with real butter. And, Crisco never melt at normal body temperature. He demonstrated by leaving a chunk of Crisco on the back of his hand during the entire presentation, and it never melted.
Sales pitch but very good tip #3
His cookwares are safe and much healthier option compare to other cookware like Teflon or aluminum pots and pans. We all know the Teflon coating wears out pretty quickly and the surface becomes rough and scratchy. Where does the coating go? I am pretty sure some of it ends up inside of your body. He also said, never-ever use aluminum cookware if you want to live longer. He added a cup of clean water in the aluminum pot and scrubbed the interior with scrub pad. And the water turn completely black in less than 30 seconds. Aluminum is found nearly everywhere in our environment, but it is still a heavy metal that is very toxic if ingested in excess level. If the water in your pan becomes black after scrubbing it – it’s probably time to discard it.
– Kaz Isogai