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Pampered Chef: Is this a really great or a really stupid idea??

  1. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

    I'm thinking of submitting this as a suggestion to Product Development, but wanted to get your opinions first.

    Someone mentioned in another thread they would like to see a smaller DCB, to fit smaller microwaves or for people who are cooking for 2 or less. This is a wonderful idea, but the more I think about the more I'd like to see . . .

    Individual (or Single Serving) Deep Covered Bakers!

    They'd be perfect for:
    • Picky eaters (making Turkey Tretrazzini for dinner, but one kid doesn't like mushrooms? fine, no 'rooms in this pot)
    • Individual meat loafs
    • Individual dump cakes
    • Reheating left overs for lunch
    • Souffles
    • Heated dips for potlucks/parties
    • Throw everything in the pot before leaving the house in the morning, stick it in the microwave, and Voila! home-made lunch.

    I thought of a ton more uses when I was in bed last night, but didn't want to get up and turn on the computer!! I bet you all could think of some ideas too, though.

    If this were to come out F/W '10, think of the gift opportunities, too! I'm thinking $15.00 per Mini DCB, and $48.00/set of 4.

    So, is this worth submitting?
    Sep 18, 2009
  2. kcmckay

    kcmckay Advanced Member Gold Member

    :thumbup:I think this is a great idea being one of those picky eaters and since I'm always only cooking for me and DH. Two would be perfect for us. I could make the same things and put extra onions in his and leave other things out of mine! Send it, what's the worst that can happen it doesn't get made? I also like idea of individual dump cake. I love cake and don't get to eat it often. DH not big fan and only usually make cakes for occasions that bring us out of house!
    Sep 18, 2009
  3. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Legacy Member Gold Member

    while you are requesting..... can you ask for an actual handle or bigger place to grip.

    I understand it is probably because of interior sizes of microwaves but good grief how many close calls I've had. the bulky oven mitts and the narrow handles are just a disaster waiting to happen and I pray its not at a host's home (or that i get severely burned.)
    never wear shoes and almost ALWAYS use it in the oven for hours
    Sep 18, 2009
  4. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

    Cooking for 2 is a great idea... but smaller microwaves are frequently more finicky than larger ones. We have the small ones here at work and they NEVER produce the same results that my 1000 watt micro at home does. There are hot spots/cold spots and they can return some pretty uneven and disappointing results. So that is just a caveat if you are pushing for it... I think it's a great idea for fixing smaller portions in a large microwave, but I would be surprised if it produced the same results in a small one.
    Sep 18, 2009
  5. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    I have a little pot holder that you just put fingers in that works perfectly for the DCB lid. I wish we'd make one. Picture an oval about the size of your hand with two pockets on each end that fingers go into.
    Sep 18, 2009
  6. kdangel518

    kdangel518 Advanced Member Gold Member

    I think it would be a good idea, as a lot of my guest request lids for other stoneware pieces. This would be a good alternative.
    Sep 18, 2009
  7. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

    I have had on more than one occasion guests ask me if it comes any smaller for her and her husband, etc. I think it would be a great idea, and while you are at it, submit the idea for a DCB binder cookbook for spring/summer! I'd sell a million of them! :D
    Sep 18, 2009
  8. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    From past threads, we know that someone has talked to Product folks about this and they've given strong indication that this is probably in the works....and I think the Weekday Dinners Done is a good indication of that...after everyone's reaction to the announcement of that $6 product...you would have thought they created gold! :D And PC knows it.

    And Chefgirl2 recently said she actually spoke to a guy from Product Quality Dept. She gave him a big list of items- including a smaller DCB. It's encouraging to read his response.
    Sep 18, 2009
  9. mmoran4pc

    mmoran4pc Novice Member

    I think its a great idea. When I was in Hig School I was quite picky. When my mom made her famous enchiladas she always made me an extra pan with no onions...she made it in a smaller corning ware pan though :)
    Sep 19, 2009
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