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Old 07-08-2005, 12:25 AM   #11
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it's good quality, and enameling costs $$. there is a new lline from Innova of color cast enameld cast iron. Look for it at smartbargins, target etc. best prices around. I have only once been treated to iron stew and it's not pleasant. I would put it down to improper seasoning, but I know the pan was well seasoned; it was a tomato, wine and lemon something or other and it tasted metalic. But I've never had a problem with spaghetti sauce or chili in my dutch oven.
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Old 07-16-2005, 05:10 PM   #12
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The Innova enamelled cast iron has very, very bad customer reviews on Amazon - apparently lots of people have had problems with the enamel bubbling up and cracking. It may be a lot cheaper than Lodge or Le Creuset...but you get what you pay for.

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Old 07-18-2005, 06:09 PM   #13
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will keep a watch on that. I liked the look of the Innova, and it doesn't have a plastic knob, but if it doesn't take the heat, who needs it!
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Old 07-18-2005, 09:27 PM   #14
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i have some lodge cast iron that i bought ages ago, probably a year ago, but haven't used it yet. it's packed away. but i can say it's lovely cookware and is nice and heavy.
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Old 07-26-2005, 10:28 AM   #15
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will keep a watch on that. I liked the look of the Innova, and it doesn't have a plastic knob, but if it doesn't take the heat, who needs it!
Kohl's 'own brand' of enamelled cast-iron is made by Innova too - so if you wanted to try it, I would get the Kohls version, because you would have better customer service with Kohls and be able to return it/get a refund if the enamel bubbled. Apparently Innova customer service is not very good - a customer complained about the bubbling and was told that as it didn't make any difference to the cooking ability of the pot, that it wasn't covered by the guarantee!!!

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Old 07-26-2005, 10:37 AM   #16
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The thing about Le Creuset is that it is such high quality that you'll pass it on to your kids and grandkids.

My mom has a few pieces piece she bought in Europe in the 1950's and she still uses them all the time. Hopefully they'll be mine someday -- owning cookware older than you are tells you something about the workmanship.

Also LC is supposedly very good about replacing defective pieces -- as long as the cookware doesn't seem misused.

Williams Sonoma replaces LC without questions.
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Old 07-26-2005, 04:36 PM   #17
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We had some enameled cast iron pots and pans that where given to us as 'hand me downs'. I thought they where hard to clean and everthing stained them. Maybe they were the crappy ones. I threw them out.

I prefere to use my cast iron or stainless steel.

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