I Just Bought a 10-Year-Old Infomercial Product and It’s PRETTY AWESOME.

November 13, 2016

LOOK! Me and Richard Simmons, reunited nearly three years after he disappeared from the public eye!

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OK, OK, I’m not fooling anyone. CLEARLY, that’s a photograph of Richard. (I have plenty of pictures of me and Richard, though, see them here.)

The photo is on the box of an infomercial product he sold about ten years ago, called Steam Heat. It’s no longer on the market, but I bought a Read the rest of this entry »


Zucchini Spaghetti

February 12, 2016

I love a fun kitchen gadget. My friends know it, too. So when I was chatting with my friends Kristy and Mike a few weeks ago, Kristy asked if I had a Veggetti. I didn’t – I hadn’t even heard of it – and we moved on to other topics of conversation. Then, three days later, a package arrived. Kristy and Mike sent me a Veggetti!

A veggetti is a simple little spiral slicer that Read the rest of this entry »


Time For A New Infomercial Product?

March 7, 2011

I’m coming up on a very important anniversary.  On March 18th of last year, my life was undeniably changed, for the better.  For, you see, that was the day that a package arrived – the contents of which have been a near never-ending source of sustenance, comfort, help, and the subject of more blog posts than maybe any other object.

On March 18, 2010, I became the proud owner of a RediSetGo.

All you need to do is go to My Favorite Posts, at the top of the page, and scroll down to see the archive of all my RediSetGo-related posts (or read my most recent post here).  I have used the RediSetGo more than any other non-built-in kitchen appliance over the past year.  I have cooked egg scrambles, pancakes, and soy sausages for breakfast.  I’ve grilled sandwiches and burritos for lunch.  I’ve roasted all sorts of vegetables, and made burgers and chicken breasts for dinner.

I’ve bragged about the RediSetGo to my friends, shown it off to visitors like it was my newborn baby, and created a near-permanent home for it on my counter.

But…  My RediSetGo has seen better days.  The timer broke long ago.  Luckily, since the RediSetGo is so convenient and easy to use, the timer isn’t necessary – plus, I can use my microwave timer if I really need one.  In addition, the non-stick surface is starting to wear off, which means it’s getting harder to clean.  Take a look:

I’ve started thinking, occasionally, in the past month, about what to do next.  Time for a new RediSetGo?  I’m starting to see them everywhere: Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, the As Seen On TV store at the mall… plus, the RediSetGo website is offering a two-for-one deal right now.

Then, this morning, the universe listened to my questions and concerns, and all the stars aligned, and a beam of sunlight streamed in my window, casting a warm glow on my television.  So I turned the TV on, and flipped through the stations, and there, just for me, was a new informercial.

It was for a product called Big Boss Grill.  I watched the entire thing.

That’s just a portion of the full-length informercial.  The full-length, 30-minute informercial stars Emmy-award winner Vicki Lawrence, who loves it, and your standard dumb-guy host who asks questions like “Wait a minute – you made all these different meals with just one appliance?”

It’s not the best informercial, in my opinion.  It’s low on energy, it doesn’t have a studio audience to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ every time a cooked meal is revealed, and they don’t feature customer testimonials from people that have actually used the product – just people who have seen it used during a demo at a kitchen store.

You can learn more about the Big Boss Grill on its website.  It’s definitely piqued my interest.  I’m all for versatility in a countertop cooking appliance, and the prospect of using one single machine for all those different applications is very appealing.  It seems like it’s about the same size as my RediSetGo, although rectangular instead of circular.  And its price – 3 easy payments of $19.95 plus S&H – seems to be on par with informercial pricing.  I do have concerns, though:

  • The cooking plates are non-stick, but if anything oozes beyond the plates (which happens all the time with these sorts of machines if you use batters, cheeses, or meats that release fats and juices), it seems like it’d be a pain to clean.
  • Plus, those oozed substances could build up and make inserting and swapping the plates difficult.
  • And, since the have to latch the machine shut, everything inside is going to get pressed, so everything will ooze.
  • Furthermore, it doesn’t seem very deep, which means ooze has nowhere to go except seep beyond the border of the non-stick plates.  The RediSetGo’s depth is one of its best features – you really can fit a lot of food in it.

So – I open the floor to my readers:  Does anyone own a Big Boss Grill?  Has anyone been intrigued by the informercial?  What are your thoughts?  Should I get one and check it out for myself?  Should I but another RediSetGo? Sound off in the comments section!

Keep it up, David!

UPDATE:  A few minutes after publishing, I realized that this post is MY 200th POST! HOLY COW!  Definitely KEEP IT UP, DAVID!