I attended this event as a guest of BlueStar / Prizer Hoods. As always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.
When I was invited on a factory tour with BlueStar and Prizer Hoods I first visited their websites. When I did so I was in awe. Never before have I considered a stove beautiful. And so many features, looking at them makes me not only want one but it makes me want to cook. I couldn’t make it to the event but definitely wanted to learn more, so I asked Pat. to stand in for me and represent From Val’s Kitchen. After she told me about her trip, I found myself looking at their stoves and hoods, wishing Santa would bring me one of these gorgeous pieces. A girl can dream, can’t she… I feel like cooking. I feel like cooking a lot.
This is a guest post written by fellow NJ blogger Pat. Marsden of Here And There. (She’s also my Mom.)
I grew up in a world of gas stoves and pilot lights. They made for great cooking. Every home I lived in or visited until 1969 had natural gas. I never gave the fact much thought until Nixon’s imposed energy crisis and its new natural gas customer moratorium. Forty-three years later I think about it all the time as I sit in my Gold Medallion Total electric house.
No gas or oil here, just one ever rising power utility bill. Two weeks without power during Sandy left me cold and dark. How I wished I had a real gas stove that cooked so well and even, in a pinch, heated the kitchen at least. My residence reminded me of prison. I survived on a diet of trail mix, cold cereal, energy bars with generous servings of bottled water. My pitiful attempt to warm water on sterno failed miserably. I longed for a hot drink, but the few places open demanded cash and ATM machines run on electric were OUT. I longed for the old days and a gas stove. I promised myself someday…. Yesterday I saw the stove of my dreams – no more electric stove nightmares.
Let me share with you a bit of my factory tour of BlueStar, Reading, PA, founded by Prizer Painter Stove Works, Inc. in the 1880′s. It is the high-end handcrafted, high performance, restaurant quality product that pros, all-star home chefs, foodies, kitchen remodelers and designers, and informed consumers want. Its four burner 24″ to ten burner 60″ stoves, range tops, drop in cook tops, wall ovens, charbroilers, salamanders, and even hoods give home cooking a commercial kitchen feel.
BlueStar’s 22,000 BTU open heat burners give extra power and performance. Image a design so savvy that simply removing one of its cast iron grate allows a wok to fit directly over the flame. The stir fry I made using chicken, fresh veggies, and sauce was delicious, quick and easy.
Imagine construction so precise that its 130 degrees gentle simmer control allows cooks to melt chocolate right in the pan–no double boiler necessary. The chocolate strawberries I made were as simple as 1-2-3 and tasty too without leaving any ugly burned pan mess.
Imagine a charbroiler/griddle that allows healthy cooking and cooking in not cooking out when the weather spoils barbecue time. Imagine an oven capacity huge enough for an 18″ X 26″ commercial baking sheet to fit in.
Chef John ‘s fall soup, arugula and fennel salad, grilled paillard chicken with asparagus, and chocolate chip cookies proved good cooks don’t need commercial appliances in their homes when residential BlueStar is available.
Although BlueStar is not self-cleaning, utilitarian consumers like me prefer its dishwasher safe washable grates, griddles, and burners and easy clean surfaces over a high temperature minimum three hour locked clean burn cycle that still needs either a soap or soap and water rinse.
BlueStar products are solid and heavy duty. Made of commercial grade stainless steel, they are fully customizeable in any of 750 available color, finish, and texture combinations. No need to worry about an expiring warranty or the clock being broken, other than its electric igniter, BlueStar doesn’t depend on circuit boards. Plan on its infinite push knobs, infrared broiler, PowR oven, a convection oven system, and 1850 degrees of intense searing heat features lasting a lifetime.
BlueStar relies on 130 local employees here in the USA every step of the way. Its human operators do almost everything by hand instead of using robotics and computers.
BlueStar is perfect for every style from classic to contemporary. It is a luxury statement.