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Old 11-30-2008, 12:30 PM   #11
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:35 PM   #12
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Here is the DC thread about it.

Sorry, don't mean to stomp all over your DO thread with bread recipes!

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Old 11-30-2008, 12:40 PM   #13
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I love my LC 5.5-quart Dutch oven. I have a raw cast-iron Dutch oven, too, and it works fine, but the extra energy it takes to keep it seasoned got really old I got mine at an outlet shop. If there's one near you, take a look. I can't find any problems with the "seconds" they sell. I've also seen LC at TJ Maxx.

When I got my Dutch oven, I asked the shop manager if they had any specials. Turns out, they had the color and size Dutch oven I wanted in a floor model that was in the back, so I got an additional discount because it was slightly scratched on the bottom And now that I'm on their mailing list, I get coupons in the mail.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:25 PM   #14
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Look for a LeCrueset outlet store near you. The LeC website has that info.

The outlet stores have discounted prices as well as a clearance section where they have cosmetic seconds. If you don't care which color you get and a minor imperfection, that's a good way to go.
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:53 PM   #15
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I love ours! If you have a TJ Maxx near you, they often have seconds. That's where mine is from and I have yet to find the flaw.
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:52 PM   #16
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yes. The product has years of good reputation and satisfied customers. It is cast iron and because of the enameling it is non reactive and a bit more versatile for most recipes. (Campfire cooking is still best in raw seasoned cast iron.) Le Creuset's enameling is its expensive feature. Other companies sell such products but their enameling is poor by comparison...chips easily, unevenly coated, pits etc. (personal experience taught me that) Enameled cast iron is very easy to clean.

Keep in mind that no one pan does everything, no one type of material is best for all applications. A well stocked kitchen has many different trypes of pots and pans, but Le Creuset certainly has its place there.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:20 AM   #17
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Le Creuset Factory Outlets sell seconds. If the mar is not on the cooking surface or bottom of the pot and is just cosmetic, it will be just fine.

Le Creuset at Shopping Malls Store Locations

or here

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Call first to be sure that the store still exists in your area. Sometimes these outlets close.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:26 AM   #18
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I bought all 3 of mine from the outlet store. One was new and not a second. It was a discontinued color and was about 60% off. The others were "cosmetic seconds" but you could not tell why.

I aodre them and use them all the time.

My mother still has a LC that she got as a wedding present 50+ years ago.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:54 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Porthand View Post
I am considering a LeCreuset Dutch Oven are they worth the $ or should I stick to cast iron?

I would say the dutch oven is worth the $$.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:01 AM   #20
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ALL of my LC are seconds purchased at the outlet in Gilroy, California. With the exception of a tiny paint smear on the underside of the cover of one of the DO, the sales person and I could never find the flaw on any of the other pieces. I purchased mine in 2 trips. There is also a discount for buying quantity, every store is different. I also got an AARP discount. (See? Age has it's benefits ) If you can find an outlet near you or if you can contact an outlet they will ship. The cost of the shipping is nowhere near as expensive as buying the pieces retail, first quality. I have saved a ton from the outlets.With all of the discounts, my pieces were about half price.

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