(Columbia) Nov. 25, 2002 - The Aircore pots definitely make some big promises. They're supposed to be foolproof, just throw in ingredients, bring it to temperature, turn off the heat and walk away. On TV they say no stirring, no tending, "Unlike a regular pan, Aircore cooks without direct heat, so it's impossible to burn."
WIS viewer David Hynes asked us to cook up a Buy It and Try It taste test. Judi tried one of the TV recipes.
David poured in the rice, added chicken, water and salsa. The heat was set on medium high until the gauge hits the red zone. Then we took it off the burner and let it self-cook for ten minutes.
The commercials say supposedly you can put the pots anywhere. On TV it actually says it cooked in the freezer 30 minutes. The directions say "do not use aircore in this manner."
Minutes later during the WIS test, the Aircore was steaming, but David immediately smelled something burning, "I don't think it's gonna be good." Remember what they say on TV, "Nothing scorches, sticks or burns." The first batch didn't turn out as expected.
What about the promise to stay hot for hours? David put it in his truck and took off to take care of business around town. Seven hours later the food was only luke-warm.
On TV it also says no matter how long you let it sit, it's impossible to burn, but directions clearly state overheating will result in burning and they instruct you not to use the self cooking feature for more than four hours.
The 20 piece set of Aircore cookware ranges from $160 up to $400 plus shipping depending on where you buy it. The WIS smart shopper says at any of the listed prices they are not worth the cash.
On top of everything else, the pieces aren't labeled so you have no idea what's what. Also, a lot of the recipes in the cookbook call for the eight quart pan. The problem is that's a "deluxe upgrade" that will cost you another $150 plus shipping.