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Dutch Oven Black Friday 2019 Deals at Le Creuset, Staub, and Lodge

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Dutch ovens are the opposite of the buzzy gadgetry you typically see trotted out by retailers on Black Friday. They’re low-tech, timeless, and subtle in their aesthetic appeal. They’re also somewhat of a status symbol, as far as kitchen tools go: Le Creuset, the industry gold standard, is very expensive and iconic, as is the only slightly less popular Staub. And even those more affordable versions, by Lodge and other lesser-known brands, carry a certain cachet inherent to the item itself: If you’re a serious cook, you cook in a Dutch oven.

Which means it’s the kind of item one might prowl for on Black Friday. Should you spring for one? Below, some FAQs to consider as you mull over whether to shell out for the heaviest pot you’ve ever owned — and the deals to know about, should you decide to proceed.

What is a Dutch oven? What we know as the Dutch oven today is a cast-iron pot coated inside and outside with smooth, stick-free enamel, often in beautiful colors. It’s got a lid and two handles, making it only somewhat easy to lift, as it is generally extremely heavy. Also, expensive.

Why would I bother with a Dutch oven when I have a regular pot? Because it’s nice and thick, a Dutch oven can keep food warm for a long time. Plus, it can be put directly in the oven as well as on the stovetop. You can cook pretty much anything in it — a slow-cooking stew or soup, braised short ribs, roasted vegetables, hefty casseroles, deep-fried anything. For many bakers, it’s also an essential tool for baking bread.

So this magical one-stop pot is pretty much perfect? Well, Dutch ovens tend to be super heavy and on the larger side, so if you have a tiny kitchen with inconvenient storage, moving one around in tight spaces isn’t the easiest. They can also be expensive: A Le Creuset (again, the most aspirational of Dutch ovens) runs anywhere from $150 to $250 for the most useful sizes (4.5-quart, 5.25-quart), and Staub cocottes, as they’re called, are only slightly cheaper.

But if I can get a deal…?? Then go for it. Especially because (and you’ll have to dive deeper into the research) Le Creuset and Staub aren’t the be-all, end-all of Dutch ovens. Here’s what you’re looking at so far, in terms of Dutch oven sales for Black Friday:

  • Kohl’s will have the Food Network brand’s 5.5-quart enameled cast-iron Dutch oven for $33.99.
  • Staub’s 4-quart round cocotte will be on sale for $99 — a price that’s already available at Williams-Sonoma, Sur la Table, Amazon, and plenty, plenty more stores.
  • Food52 has the Food52 x Staub round cocotte in a few sizes and shades (turmeric, white, black, cherry, turquoise) for $99 through the end of the year.
  • Other retailers, such as Amazon and Macy’s, will likely discount some of their Dutch ovens (Le Creuset, Staub, etc.), judging from last year.
  • And last year, Le Creuset put its round deep Dutch oven on sale for $200 (down from $325) on what it dubbed “Colorful Friday” (their Black Friday), so keep an eye out and watch this space.

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Vegans Are Sharing the Most Pathetic Desserts They’ve Ever Been Served at Restaurants

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Right now on Twitter, Oreo is running a promoted tweet with a short video encouraging everyone to leave one specific brand of sandwich cookie for Santa this year. It’s just as cringe as it sounds, and the only reason we’re not dragging Oreo all the way to the North Pole and back for the line “slide my sleigh into your DMs” is because it’s the holidays.

Anyway, while Santa’s being demanding AF about his cookie selection, a vegan woman just wished she’d gotten any cookie—or any kind of real dessert, period—when she celebrated her birthday at a Melting Pot restaurant.

“I went out for my birthday and I’m vegan so they gave me a single slice of banana instead of cake,” the woman, who calls herself Yazmin on Twitter, posted, attaching a photo of that sad fruit piece, topped with an equally sad candle. (Obviously they couldn’t give her the entire banana, not when they’re going for $120,000 each.)

Someone surrounded this depressing still life with the words “Happy Birthday” written in chocolate syrup, and the way the last three letters in “Birthday” sat on each other’s shoulders just made the entire thing even more disheartening.

Her tweet collected almost 200 responses, and a significant number of them were from other vegans who had been served equally ridiculous attempts at “dessert” at restaurants. “One time i went out for my bday and they gave me a cup of ice with a cherry on top,” someone else responded. Another added that she’d just been given an entire cup of whipped cream—which she couldn’t eat, because it was a dairy product.

So many food crimes disguised as desserts were reported: a half-peeled orange with a candle on top. A fruit salad that only included two grapes and a strawberry. Cocoa mixed with sugar water. “I got a single strawberry, and I’m not even vegan,” another woman chimed in.

How is it, in 2019, the Year of Our Lizzo and Savior, that restaurants don’t have some kind of go-to vegan dessert on hand to pass out to guests who are celebrating something, whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or just the fact that they officially gave their last fuck earlier in the afternoon. (And if you’re thinking of treating vegans the same way you’d treat Santa, Oreo says that although its products are vegetarian-friendly, the cookies might have come into cross-contact with milk, so it doesn’t consider them to be officially vegan.)

But a vegan artist named Asher might have the right idea. “Went to Olive Garden on my birthday and they just gave me more breadsticks,” he tweeted.

Yeah, that sounds good. Let’s go with that.





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My Favorite 2019 Food-Focused Charities

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This post originally appeared on December 7, 2019, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.


Though I’m not religious, I admire the principle of tithing — taking a portion (a tenth!) of your take-home income and giving it to the community. Conveniently, in the church that often means giving the money to … the church. But there are many faiths that encourage taking that tithe and giving it to worthy charities. I have a personal percentage I’ve tried to hit since my teenage waitressing days but I often forget about it until the very end of the year.

Now is a good time to take stock in charitable donations, whether that’s time or money, for 2019. And since last week’s newsletter was focused on my favorite food-related gifts to buy for the holidays, recommending some food-related charitable foundations could be a good counter-balance.

My go-to food charities include The Food Bank For New York City, Hot Bread Kitchen, La Cocina, Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, and Restaurant Opportunities Centers. I would love to learn about yours. If you want to send me your favorites to amanda@eater.com, I’ll make sure to list them in this space in the coming weeks.



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