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Jun 20, 2006 04:36 PM

Buying Le Creuset

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I need to get some basic information on prices and sources for buying Le Creuset. I'm looking for a 12 inch skillet with the black interior. I see it's $99 on Amazon. Is this a good price for this item? Do you know a less expensive source for purchasing it? There's an outlet in Gilroy, CA - do you know how much they charge for the 12" black interior skillet? Does this item ever show up in sets?

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  1. I got great prices at Caplan Duval a couple of years ago. I also remember reading posts here saying that the Le Creuset outlets do not have good prices.


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    1. re: GretchenS

      LC outlets are lower than retail but they are not doing you any favors. The best time to buy from the outlets is during the October sale.

      That skillet for $99 is not bad but do check Caplan Duval in Montreal sometimes their sales are hard to beat.

      1. re: Candy

        Check The Broadway Panhandler in New York
        website below.
        They usually have good prices on Le Creuset


      2. re: GretchenS

        That is not true....well maybe they've changed since the last time I was at the one near Vacaville. I got a great deal on lots of pans for $200. Good stuff, not weird sizes or anything.

      3. If you're looking for a 12 inch skillet, why not save a ton of $$$ and go for cast iron? A 12 inch Lodge regular finish cast iron skillet will set you back < 30 bucks. You'll get similar (if not better performance) for a lot less. I have several Lodge pieces and they perform great! I also have several LeCrueset pieces; all dutch ovens.

        Try for some good prices on Lodge and LeCrueset. I've gotten rock bottom deals at Home Goods too. Picked up a 6-3/4 quart oval oven for $80. It's a second but I'm still looking for the flaw. I think the paint fade wasn't as "smooth" as it is supposed to be. Pshaw!

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        1. re: DeeS.

          I'll try the site - that's news to me - thanks. That Canadian site mentioned doesn't have it and as I mentioned, has the 12" for $99 - I just wondered if I could find it cheaper elsewhere.

          I already have a wonderful 12 inch OLD patina covered black beauty - but I use it for frying with a lot of oil.

          I want a 12" Le Creuset with the black interior (it is not teflon - just black enamel) because in a recent NY Times article about the relative non-stick versus sticky qualities of all non-Teflon type cookware (re toxins problemo - I'm phasing out my real non-stick) - the Le Creuset out performed everything else.

          1. re: Niki Rothman

            Don't go by that NY Times article. The author clearly didn't know that much about cooking. The previous poster is correct -- you will get better non-stick performance with a well-seasoned cast iron pan.

            Frankly, I think the teflon fears are way overblown. Just don't heat your teflon pan on high heat without anything in it, and you'll be fine.

          2. re: DeeS.

            I disagree about the cast iron being just as good or better than the black-coated Le Creuset skillets. I have two I've had since the mid 80's and they're great. No rusting ever and they heat up like cast iron pans. Easy to clean, non-stickish, too. I use them more than the rest of my Le Creuset pieces. I bought one on sale on Piedmont Ave but have never seen them in any sets.

            1. re: oakjoan

              They heat up like cast iron pans because they ARE cast iron pans.

              Count me as a LC french oven lover but a well seasoned Lodge CI skillet is a better and cheaper performer than LC. And I do have a LC skillet in the very back of the pot and pan cupboard.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                In my experience, LC frying pans and skillets do not perform as well as cast iron, particularly in terms of stickiness. I've had a couple LC frying pans since the early '90s and no matter how much I burnish and season them, they still stick a lot more than plain cast iron. I'm not sure why this is, but it's my experience. LC dutch ovens, however, are worth every penny.

          3. Niki, I think you need to do some serious research. Get out and around and compare prices, see which items go on sale in your local department/cookware stores, ask around, and go online. It takes a while to get the feel of what Le Creuset costs, but once you do you'll be able to spot the bargains.

            Where I live in the UK, I've seen the price of Le Creuset fluctuate wildly in different shops and towns. But I figured out where to go and when, and have got a couple of pieces very cheaply. Good luck.

            1. I have purchased several pieces below $25 - but that was about 25 years ago!

              There is an outlet in Vacaville, California and they have had very good prices. I purchased a pate terrine there for about $30.

              You can call any of the outlets to inquire about the skillet. The telephone number for the Vacaville outlet: (707) 453-0620.

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              1. re: george
                Robert Lauriston

                I got most of mine there. Here's a list of outlets:


              2. If you are near a Tuesday Morning store, occasionally I see them there at good prices, you may want to check. Unfortunately their inventory is random.