When you see a brand of cookware called the Pioneer Woman Cookware Set, it conjures up images.
The phrase ‘Pioneer Woman’ has an important historical concept concerning the emerging United States. It is often applied to those who traveled from what is known as ‘The East’ to settle in what was later called ‘the West.’ A good percentage of them were Mormons fleeing religious persecution in Missouri and Illinois. They were on their way to what became Utah and California.
The reality was that Pioneer women existed long before that. Families left the extreme east to settle into what later became still considered ‘the East’, but to them was ‘the West.’ It was a harsh existence, and women shared the role and took the lead in many cases. Cooking was an important part of their existence.
- What or Who Is Pioneer Woman?
- Where Is the Pioneer Woman Cookware Made?
- Where to buy Pioneer Woman Cookware?
- The Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle 10 Piece Non-Stick Pre-Seasoned Cookware Set
- What is Included
- The Build
- The Handles
- The Lids
- What we think
- Pioneer Woman Cookware Set Review Pros and Cons
- Which cookware is best?
- Pioneer Woman Cookware Set Review – Final Thoughts
What or Who Is Pioneer Woman?
Ann Marie or ‘Ree’ Drummond began by writing a recipe blog using the name Pioneer Woman. This has now expanded into many areas, including a TV show and recipe books. One of the internet’s success stories. She lives on a working ranch in Oklahoma and has renovated a classic old building in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and turned it into a vintage-style general store, restaurant, and bakery.
She has become a firm favorite in some communities with her recipes and even her lifestyle.
The production of her own range of cookware was the obvious next step, some of which is what we will be looking at in this in-depth Pioneer Woman Cookware Set Review.
Where Is the Pioneer Woman Cookware Made?
Some of the Pioneer Woman Cooking range is designed in the US and made in China. In today’s economy, this is a very common situation. You would probably be amazed at just how many products you already own that are the same.
Where to buy Pioneer Woman Cookware?
You can view and buy Pioneer Womans cookware in their own store, ‘The Mercantile’ in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The other principal outlets are at Walmart, but for the very best prices, it is best to buy online using Amazon. There are, of course, other outlets that stock Pioneer Woman cookware.
This cookware set is one of the items they market. So, let’s have a look…
The Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle 10 Piece Non-Stick Pre-Seasoned Cookware Set
Ree Drummond believes that the kitchen is the heart of the home. She could well be right. But the kitchen is not just another room. It has many facets that are important if it is to operate smoothly. Even decor can play its part.
But the most important thing, other than the actual cooking itself, is what you use to prepare the food. The cookware. It has to do the job, of course, in most cases that is the easy part, but there are other important things to consider. Is it durable, well-made, and safe? Is it easy to clean and does it look good, and will it stay in good condition?
Let’s take a look and see what the Pioneer Woman Cookware Set is all about…
What is Included
This is a ten-piece set with a difference. What is the difference? We’ll find out soon enough. There are two saucepans, 1.1 quart and 2.5 quart, both with lids. There is a 4.2-quart jumbo cooker and a large 5.5 Dutch oven, again both with lids. Also, there is a 9.5-inch frying pan. But here is the difference.
Also included is an eight-inch cast-iron frying pan. Why is that so different? There are not many companies that include a cast iron frying pan in their cookware sets. Some will see that as a major advantage.
It is certainly a very good idea to have a range of sizes of pots and pans in the kitchen. You are then covered for whatever it is you want to cook.
This cookware set comes in four color options with speckles. There is Black, Red, Linen, and Turquoise. Each offers a particular style in an attempt to suit the style and decor of your kitchen.
They are made with an aluminum core and then given an enameled porcelain coating. The aluminum center is a good design feature as it helps to conduct the heat evenly across all surfaces.
On the inner surfaces of the pots and pans, there is a Quantum 2 non-stick coating. This is considered to be a tougher coating and more durable than standard coatings.
Porcelain is one of the safest materials to use to make cookware. It is durable and toxic-free, and if it is taken care of last, it will last a decent length of time. However, it is quite easy to scratch if you use metal or other sharp utensils. Wood, nylon, or plastic utensils are the best option.
What is pre-seasoned cookware?
This set is described as pre-seasoned cookware. Essentially that means that an initial coating of vegetable oil or wax has been applied. This will help keep the non-stick features and also prevent rust, especially with cast-iron products, while it is idle sitting on a shelf.
An important part of any cookware. The handles on these are raised in a high arch from the fixing point on the lid. They are made from aluminum and have been given a silicone coating. That is an attempt to make them non-slip and easy to pick up, also to stay cool when cooking.
Silicone is a hybrid that falls between rubber and plastic. We would have reservations about them spending too long in a heated oven.
The Lids themselves are made from tough tempered glass. Most agree it is a good idea to be able to see the cooking process if you want to without lifting the lid.
They have a small vent to drain off any steam. This is a feature considered important because it helps to reduce pressure inside the pot while cooking.
Maintaining your cookware is always important to ensure that it is safe to use and give it durability. With porcelain-coated pots and pans, like the Pioneer Woman Cookware Set, it becomes even more important.
Before we go too much further, we need to mention that this is a very aesthetically attractive cookware set. But it also should be considered very much a budget range product. That means that what is included might not be as strong and durable as more expensive items. As long as you bear this in mind, it is one of the best budget cookware sets you can buy.
There is nothing wrong with that as long as you appreciate it, other than they are likely to need careful maintenance.
Best washed by hand
The marketing material says they are dishwasher safe, which they are. But these things are always best cleaned by hand. Sometimes food can get caught in difficult places that the dishwasher won’t dislodge. Also by washing it by hand, it is a safer option for the surfaces. Enameled porcelain is quite easy to keep clean by hand with its smooth surfaces.
Exposing surfaces to heat is eventually going to cause discoloration. That tends to happen quicker on less expensive items that are often made from thinner core materials.
Keep an eye open…
Another good idea is to check the fittings from time to time. Especially where handles meet the pot or pan. These can sometimes work themselves loose with daily use. You really do not want a handle to let you down while carrying the pot or pan from the oven or stove.
Finally, it is not a good idea to use sharp metal objects to try and remove dried, baked-on food. That will result in chipping the enameled surface.
What we think
We can see what she has tried to do with this range of cookware. She has tried to create a set with a vintage feel to it that is very cost-effective. A great idea if it works. But sometimes, you can cut too many corners in trying to keep costs down.
We are certainly not saying that this set falls into that category. But we are saying it will need proper maintenance as we have just been describing.
To give an example, one area that might concern us would be the silicon on the handles. Ovens can go up to 500 degrees, some a little less. How much can the silicone covers to the handles withstand? We would think you would need to be careful in that scenario.
Pioneer Woman Cookware Set Review Pros and Cons
- Good range of sizes of pots and pans.
- Cast iron frying pan included in the set.
- Enameled porcelain surface.
- Aluminum core material.
- Lids have vents to allow excess steam to escape.
- Porcelain is easy to clean.
- Very cost-effective price.
- Attractive design.
- Will need care in maintenance.
- Care should be taken with the silicone-covered handles.
- For improving longevity, it will be best to wash them by hand.
Which cookware is best?
Our aim is to help you find the perfect cookware for your family. And if this Pioneer Woman Cookware Set doesn’t seem to be the perfect fit for your home, don’t worry; we have lots more great options. So, check out our Calphalon Classic Cookware Review, our Xtrema Ceramic Cookware Review, our All-Clad HA1 Cookware Review, or our Abbio Cookware Review.
Or take a look at our GRANITESTONE Pan Reviews, our All-Clad Copper Core Cookware Review, or our T-Fal Initiatives Ceramic Cookware Set Review. And, for something a little bit different, check out our in-depth Copper Chef Review or our reviews of the Best Red Copper Pans or the Best Stone Cookware on the market in 2021.
Pioneer Woman Cookware Set Review – Final Thoughts
This is a cookware set that has a nice, almost vintage aesthetic feel to it. It includes a good size range, and the cast iron frying pan is an added bonus. The porcelain coating offers good benefits for cleaning and makes it non-toxic. It is certainly one of the most popular materials in cookware today.
It is, however, very much a budget range product, and it has its good points but also a few negatives. But for someone looking for a cost-effective cookware set, it is a decent enough option.