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Where to get an inexpensive cast iron dutch oven/casserole?

doctor_mama Nov 17, 2006 02:10 PM

I'm looking for a dutch oven to make Jim Lahey's no-knead bread (as written up in last week's NY Times and discussed exhaustively on the Home Cooking board). I don't have a Le Creuset or other similar vessel with good thermal mass. What I would like is a 4 or 5 qt Lodge or other inexpensive cast iron pot. I tried TJ Maxx; they have enameled cast iron pots for about $40; I'd like to spend under $30 if possible. My local hardware store has Lodge cast iron pans, but no dutch oven.

I'm in Lexington--any ideas where I can get something in the Watertown/Belmont/Lex/Arlington/Burlington area?

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    Redhohoho RE: doctor_mama Nov 17, 2006 02:12 PM

    Honeslty, i know they are expensive but Le Crueset is worth the $$$. They have an outlet at the Wrentham stores w/ great deals!

    But to help w/ your question - have you tried Marshall's??

    1. hiddenboston RE: doctor_mama Nov 17, 2006 02:20 PM

      Target has them for about $30. Not sure which one is closest to you; perhaps Watertown or Woburn?

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        finlero RE: hiddenboston Nov 17, 2006 02:24 PM

        Definitely Target or a similar big box store.

        One of this recipe's many miraculous attributes is how forgiving it seems to be. So yes, cheap-ish should suit you fine.

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        uman RE: doctor_mama Nov 17, 2006 02:31 PM

        Try China Fair on Mass Ave. Call first.

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          Angel Food RE: uman Nov 17, 2006 03:16 PM

          Would this be the same as the China Fair in Newton?

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            BobB RE: Angel Food Nov 17, 2006 03:32 PM

            Yes, they have two outlets, Newton and Cambridge. But as Uman says, call first since their selection varies. For that matter, call both, they don't always have the same stuff.

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              itaunas RE: BobB Nov 17, 2006 03:37 PM

              I believe there is another China Fair (possibly new) on Rt 16 in Newton, in the same plaza as the 365 Fitness (old Gold's Gym). Never had the chance to stop in though. North Cambridge or perhaps Newton are probably easiest for OP, though.

              WalMart carries a fair amount of lodge stuff, although I think you are more likely to find aluminum dutch ovens than cast iron. If you want to go that route, you could get a pan for $20 or less. Market Basket often has them inexpensive, all sorts of latino or possibly indian stores (moody in Waltham) for a bit more expensive.

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                hargau RE: itaunas Nov 17, 2006 03:50 PM

                No there are only 2. Mass ave in Cambridge and Needham st in newton.

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          RedChillie RE: doctor_mama Nov 17, 2006 06:11 PM

          try Crate and Barrel. They have the lodge cast iron pans there and I recently saw a really nice Analon non-stick dutch oven on sale for about $40.

          1. The Chowhound Team RE: doctor_mama Nov 18, 2006 03:42 PM

            Folks, please keep this thread focused on where to find this cookware in the Boston area. If you'd like to share your thoughts about the cookware in general, please start a new thread on the Cookware board. Thanks.

            1. doctor_mama RE: doctor_mama Nov 18, 2006 06:19 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll try Target in Watertown and give China Fair a call.

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                powella RE: doctor_mama Nov 18, 2006 08:29 PM

                Not that this is near you, but if you're down near Stoughton, IKEA has enameled cast iron stuff. I really like mine, and it was a great price.

                1. mcel215 RE: doctor_mama Nov 18, 2006 10:24 PM

                  Crate & Barrel has an outlet store in Woburn.

                  They have the some of the same pieces that C&B carries, only it's kind of hit or miss with most of their items.

                  You could call them though, they are really helpful over the phone.

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                    doctor_mama RE: mcel215 Nov 20, 2006 01:09 AM

                    This is great to know. Do you know where it is?

                    I ended up getting an enamel-coated 5-qt cast iron pot at TJ Maxx after all (in the $30s), as I had dough rising and didn't have time to go to Target. It turned out beautifully--much better than the attempt with stainless steel last weekend.

                    Thanks again for all the suggestions.

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                    Gordito RE: doctor_mama Nov 20, 2006 02:25 AM

                    I got a fantastic one, enamelled cast iron, at City Housewares in Brookline, somewhere around 30 or 40 dollars.

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                      DTHEASH1 RE: doctor_mama Nov 20, 2006 07:15 PM

                      I know this has already been suggested, but there are great deals to be found at the Le Crueset outlets. I go to the one in Kittery. My dutch oven did cost twice as much as you want to spend, but it's good as new after five years and gets used every week.

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