Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CSN Stores Review- Rachael Ray "Egg Buddy" Set and Skillet

CSN Stores has over 200 stores! They sell just about everything you can think of. They have Cookware, Luggage, Shoes, Gifts, Pet Supplies, Pub Sets, Beds, Bar Stools, Porch Swings, Strollers and so much more. They also have amazing Customer Service, but we will get to that in a moment.

With over 200 stores to choose from, the big question becomes: what should I get? I spent hours looking at the CSN Stores websites and trying to decide on what to review. I first decided that I wanted something for the kitchen. I spend a lot of time and energy cooking and my current cookware is way overused and beat up. I have always loved both Rachael Ray and Paula Deen. So, I narrowed it down to one of their products. After browsing for awhile I picked the Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel "Egg Buddy" Set in Orange.

This set comes with a 9 inch skillet, a Spatula (called a Nylon Slotted Turner) and a Whisk.

First of all, I want to say that CSN’s customer service is amazing. When I originally ordered this set, it said on the website that the skillet was a 12 inch skillet. That was a factor in my decision since a 9 inch skillet is smaller than what I am used to using and a little too small for most things I make. When I realized that I received a different size skillet that what was listed; I contacted CSN. They immediately apologized and sent me out a 12 inch skillet and allowed me to keep what I already had received. This is why CSN is one of my favorite places to shop! Most companies would not do that! So, in addition to my set I received the Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel 12 inch Open Skillet in Orange:

The spatula and the whisk were bonuses for me, I wanted to try them, but the skillet was the most important thing. To be honestly truthful, I didn’t think I would like the spatula. It is odd shaped with big holes that I thought the food would drop down in. I was extremely wrong. I love the spatula! It works out really well for not only eggs, buy for flipping chicken, hamburgers, fish and really anything. The design allows you to get underneath your food easier and without tearing it apart. This is now the first spatula I reach for every time I cook. Here are pictures of the spatula and the 9 inch skillet:

The whisk is fun to play with. It is more of a round ball than the usual tapered blimp oval shape. It is super bouncy and the round shape and flexibility allow you to get into corners that an ordinary whisk can not reach. It also stands up on it's base. Here is the whisk being used to lightly whisk my eggs before cooking:

The skillets are the best that I have ever owned. It is amazing the difference between my old skillet and my Rachael Ray skillets. Not only does the food heat evenly, but it does not stick to the skillet and it does not burn as easily. The nonstick interior is not only great for keeping food from sticking, but it makes the skillets easy to clean as well. I have used both my 9 inch and my 12 inch skillets for everything from chicken to eggs to hamburger and even Kielbasa. Everything has come out perfectly cooked and juicy (yes, my skills may have helped). Here is a picture of the 12 inch skillet with some hamburger and onions that I was browning for Enchiladas:

As you can see from the size of the skillet on my stove: it is huge! I do have one of those smaller sized stoves for small apartments, so it probably won't be this big on your stove top. Still, it is great when it comes to cooking hamburgers or chicken. I made hamburgers yesterday and it was so nice being able to flip them in this pan (yes, using my Rachael Ray Spatula) without them touching and falling apart. The hamburgers came out wonderfully. 

Another great feature to this skillet is that you can put it into the oven up to 400 degrees! I have not had the chance to try this yet, but I am super excited to. I will finally be able to make a Frittata, or maybe a quiche.

The only thing that I wish I had now was a lid for my 12 inch skillet. It looks like Rachael Ray does not sell lids with her skillets. You have to buy a set, pot or saute pan. Luckily, I plan on purchasing a whole set in the future from CSN Stores.

Overall my experience with CSN was exceptional. They went above and beyond on customer service by not only thanking me for noticing the problem, but by apologizing and fixing it. The products I received from them were all shipped at a decent speed. I was also provided with a tracking number to locate my items and know exactly when they would arrive. The items arrived well packaged. I highly recommend CSN whether you need something for yourself or a gift for a loved one.

Disclaimer: I received the listed product(s) in exchange for this review. I was compensated in no other way. The views here are my own honest thoughts and opinions.

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