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Chefmate Dutch Oven for Target??

Can anyone find this pot? I read the review in Cook's Illustrated and would love to buy it but cannot find it anywhere on the internet or in a Target store near me.

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    Looks like it will very likely com in a set. Not worth the trouble if you ask me. Save up and go for a Staub.

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      Exactly what I'm doing, HaagenDazs! I've got a kitchen full of LC, love it and use it all the time, but I got a look at the new grey color Staub is releasing this summer and it's the first piece of theirs that has actually turned my head, so I'm gonna get it!

    2. I saw a 4.5 quart enameled cast iron dutch oven at Target the other day. Don't know if it was Chefmate, but it seems likely, as it was $40.

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      1. re: heatherkay

        Really? Where was this? I checked out a Target in Virginia two weeks ago without any luck.

        1. re: caphill2320

          This was about a week ago (or less) at my Target in Kansas City.

      2. I found this pot, thought that it had been mismarked, looked for telltale defects, SOMETHING to explain why this beautiful, enameled cast iron pot just cost $40. I bought it at Target, - they had two. Went back to buy another one after I had used the first, - incredible gift. I bought a second. Since then I've looked regularly (I'd buy more!)but haven't seen them. What a fluke. Just when Batali's came out at quadruple the price!

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        1. re: imok

          I've got a couple of the same from Target (same deal...had to go back to get a second, and after that they disappeared).
          But...and I hate to say this, as LC is just waaay out of my budget...the Target pots have stained terribly, and show some crazing in the enameling.
          No, I don't subject them to heat that is too high. No I haven't shocked them temp-wise. Yes, I have always handled them carefully.
          Is there a great difference in the enameling process that the lower-priced pots don't share with the LC?

          1. re: cayjohan

            e Cruesets stain as well. Most cooking stains can be prevented with proper cleaning but for stains, you can soak the pot for several hours in a bleach bath - 1 tsp bleach per pint of water. Repeat for stubborn stains.

        2. The Target here (Bloomington, IN) has had them in stock ever since they came out. Have you spoken with a manager at your Target? They can probably get one for you.

          1. I'm having the same problem. I've been looking all over since I got my Cook's Illustrated last week and can't find it at the Targets around here and they don't have it on their website either. :(

            1. I bought my beautiful Mario Batali 6qt enameled cast iron stock pot for 59.00 on Amazon.com. This is one of many pots and pans that I've purchased on Amazon that say, "used". They're definitely not used...maybe a slight swirl in the finish or some kind of imperfection not really visible to the naked eye. I definitely recommend the Batali Enameled Cast Iron. I love my hand-me-down 40+ year old LeCreuset 10qt stock pot that's still going...even if the finish is wearing on the bottom. LeCreuset is just to expensive. I spend more on my professional grade fry pans, knives, etc.

              1. I just bought mine yesterday at the Target in Serramonte (west side of 280)...they only had 2... a beautiful deep red color...
                They were NOT with the pots (go figure!) but with the ceramic casserole dishes...weird...this may be just a peculiarity of this store...I bought it for the NYTimes bread...I hated putting my beautiful All Clad in a 500 degree oven over and over...I have a bread rising right now, and will be inaugurating the new pot in a couple of hours...I'll report back on its' effectiveness!

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                1. re: ChowFun_derek

                  That's exactly what I wanted it for, so do tell, ChowFun_derek, how it turned out!

                  1. re: Bananna A.

                    It worked quite well...I covered the handle with 2 layers of aluminum foil and all seemed well, but if I have to screw it off and stuff the hole with foil, that would be no problem...It looks really good too...I don't know whether there are other colors, but the deep cherry red is very warming to see!

                  2. re: ChowFun_derek

                    Talk to me about the N.Y. Times bread. I love making homemade bread. How can I get the recipe Chowfun_derek


                    1. re: esg101

                      just do a Chowhound search for Bittman Bread ...and read on...mucho posting!

                      No-Knead Bread
                      Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery
                      Time: About 1 1/2 hours plus 14 to 20 hours' rising

                      3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
                      1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
                      1 1/4 teaspoons salt
                      Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

                      1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
                      2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
                      3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
                      4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

                  3. Me too!! I might have to give the manager of my local Target a call and get to the bottom of this.

                    1. YES!!! I found one! I am headed over there to pick it up and cannot wait to get home tonight and start preparing to make the Bittman bread.

                      A tip: I read on the Cook's Illustrated boards that the pot will only be available through January of 2007, but the DCPI number is 070/02/0962, which is how they located the one I am getting.

                      Also, has anyone who has made the Bittman bread and used this pot tried removing the handles or wrapping in foil? I heard that they are only ovenproof to 350-400 degrees.

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                      1. re: caphill2320

                        I wrapped it in 2 layers of crinkly foil...but it unscrews really easily....if you prefer that route

                      2. If you're looking for the ChefMate Dutch Oven supposedly at Target, and recommended highly in Cook's Illustrated, -- Good luck!

                        Here's how I found it:

                        Call Target's Corporate Customer Service Number -- 800.591.3869 -- and give them the UPC number, 070 020 962, which was posted earlier by Caphill2320 (THANKS!) and your zip code. They'll let you know which stores within 100 miles are carrying it.

                        Only one within 100 miles of Milwaukee had it. And I got the last one they had. And, they don't know if they'll get any more. It's apparently only supposed to be available through January anyway.

                        Good luck!

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                        1. re: kathykeen


                          Would you happen to know the DPCI or ASIN #? I have emailed the company and called the customer service number and they tell me that the UPC number is not enough.

                          Thanks for your help!

                        2. I asked for this pot at our Target in suburban Brentwood//Richmond Heights, MO on Sunday morning. The saleswoman in housewares chuckled and replied that the store has been getting "lots of phone calls from people looking for that pot". She told me that she expected to be carrying the pot after Christmas.
                          I'll report if it ever arrives. In the meantime, for Chanukah, my husband gave me a 4 qt. Cuisinart pot that is oven-proof to 500 deg. (Bed, Bath and Beyond)

                          1. I have been checking at Target stores for the emaneled castiron casserole reviewed in Cooking Illustrated. I have tried to find it by searching the Target catalog online to no avail. I'd love to know if anyone has had any luck. I wanted to give one as a present for Christmas.

                            1. Just saw two in the Target in Nashua NH - the one on 101A.

                              Both red - I almost bought one, but damn it is heavy so I passed.!

                              I'g gladly pick one up for someone, but I think the shipping would be ridiculus due to the weight.

                              1. Thank whoever put the telephone number for Target and the product number for the enameled cast iron pot on the bulletin board. I found the pot and bought one. Beautiful and yes, heavy.

                                1. This is a great pot! I've had it for over a year, use it very often, even for the no-knead bread, and it's performed like a champ! n cracks, and any staining has cleaned up with bleach as mentioned above. Definitely worth the search!

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                                  1. re: Divamac

                                    Thanks for the info Divamac...what is your process vis a vis "the knob" when you make the no knead bread? Removal, ...cover with foil?????

                                    1. re: ChowFun_derek

                                      I remove it and plug the hole with foil. It makes it a little harder to get the piping hot lid on and off the pot, but my grippy silicone hotpads work well grabbing the lid.

                                  2. Thanks to all on this post I was FINALLY able to find this pot in the Los Angeles area. One tip if you've checked with Target and they tell you there are pots at a certain store and you find none on the shelves, be sure to ask someone to check in the back. They had 4 in the back of the last store I was told had one in this area.

                                    While I was waiting I also stumbed across a cast iron dutch oven for 24.99 and advertised that it was already seasoned. I went with the one written about in the Cook's article. As far as I'm concerned that one article confirmed me subscribing for life.

                                    And now one more question, does this pot need to be seasoned?

                                    1. Thanks to all on this post I was FINALLY able to find this pot in the Los Angeles area. One tip if you've checked with Target and they tell you there are pots at a certain store and you find none on the shelves, be sure to ask someone to check in the back. They had 4 in the back of the last store I was told had one in this area.

                                      While I was waiting I also stumbed across a cast iron dutch oven for 24.99 and advertised that it was already seasoned. I went with the one written about in the Cook's article. As far as I'm concerned that one article confirmed me subscribing for life.

                                      And now one more question, does this pot need to be seasoned?

                                      1. Thanks to all on this post I was FINALLY able to find this pot in the Los Angeles area. One tip if you've checked with Target and they tell you there are pots at a certain store and you find none on the shelves, be sure to ask someone to check in the back. They had 4 in the back of the last store I was told had one in this area.

                                        While I was waiting I also stumbed across a cast iron dutch oven for 24.99 and advertised that it was already seasoned. I went with the one written about in the Cook's article. As far as I'm concerned that one article confirmed me subscribing for life.

                                        And now one more question, does this pot need to be seasoned?

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                                        1. I tried the corporate number trick, after trying a limited local store search. Certainly none available within 100, or even 200, miles of the Portland OR area. Anyone hear if Target plans to restock these things? (If they do, I bet we can expect a price increase).

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                                          1. re: frankdrebin

                                            I just managed to find one at the Mall 205 Target store a few days ago. I'd called several area stores a few weeks ago with no luck. A couple stores suggested calling back to check periodically because they get shipments in all the time, and their computers seemed to indicate the item could show up. I happened to call the 205 store the other day and they had one. So, if you keep checking with local stores, maybe you'll find one. Good luck!!

                                            1. re: bivalvelovr

                                              I couldn't find one within 200 miles of KC, but I called my sister and had her pick me up the last 2 in Oklahoma. I only need one. Is anyone interested in the other one? marshall.matlock@gmail.com

                                              1. re: marshall.matlock

                                                I know you've probably got your Sooner models already, but just in case you don't, I've seen them on and off at the Target at Metcalf and Johnson Drive.

                                          2. I have been calling the Target 1-800 number for a few weeks now, and finally today they said they had a few of the Chefmate Dutch ovens at the Target store that is less than a mile from me. I called the store, put one on hold, and immediately hopped in the car to go pick it up. They had 3 more in the store, so if anyone is in the Columbus, OH area, go check out the store on Olentangy River Rd. The pot looks really nice, and I can't wait to use it! Good luck to everyone else who is still looking. Keep trying, and you will find one.

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                                            1. re: jseipel

                                              I just ordered it online.

                                              For those of you that don't live with in a reasonable distance to a store that has them, you can do a search at target.com under the UCP number 070020962 (no spaces). The shipping is a little spendy, but it is still a bargain compared to what one would pay for the LC or Batali version.

                                              1. Item is now out of stock on Target's website. Hope those of you who wanted one was able to get it!

                                                1. Hi, folks. Noticed this thread and wanted to point out that Target actually said the pan would be in stores throughout 2007, not just January. It reappeared on target.com briefly, and sold out, but people are still finding them in stores. You do have to have that DPCI number,
                                                  070/02/0962 -- call the store and ask for Guest Services and give them the number. Good luck!

                                                  1. I'm so glad to hear so many people have tried this pot out. I read the Cook's Illustrated review and was bummed b/c I've seen that pot at Target but assumed it wasn't as good as my 5.5 quart LC that I bought less than a year ago (which I'm in love with). I was like, darn I could have had the same quality for a fraction of the price!

                                                    I might pick one up, b/c it can't hurt to have two. Glad to hear it performs well!

                                                    1. SCORE! Just stumbled across the Pot in Portland, OR (Mall 205). Only one on the shelf. I'd given up, but just happen to check out of habit. Looks beautiful, can't wait to make a pot roast. Don't give up hope....

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                                                      1. re: frankdrebin

                                                        I had the same experience as frankdrebin. I too stumbled upon the pot while shopping in my local Target for other items. I was about to purchase one of the LeCreseut french ovens when I found it. I am so pleased.

                                                      2. Purchased one about 4 months ago at an Indianapolis area Target store and noticed last week they are out. I'm thrilled with mine and I use it more than I expected. This was a test - I wasn't about to spend what LC was charging, so I bought the next best thing just to see if I would like it and I haven't had a bit of trouble. I make sure I keep the oven temp at 350 or below as recommended and the bleach bath trick works wonders.

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                                                        1. re: Spoonula

                                                          I have one also...it did not come with "instructions"...what exactly do you mean by keeping it as 350 degrees as "recommended"..by whom?

                                                          I use mine at 450 to 500 degrees for No knead bread (although I have put a brass knob I bought in the hardware store in place of the plastic one included.) It seems to work fine...I also used it at 350 degrees for a pot roast, with beautiful results....
                                                          and I really like the shade of red! ( do they only come in red?) anyway it is not "orangey-red" which my aesthetic sense appreciates!

                                                        2. Asking ChowFun derek: Finally got the Chefmate and want to try the bread! Is the replacement knob a cabinet knob? Do you have to worry about the finish? Thanks!

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                                                          1. re: BirdGirl

                                                            I went to the local hardware store..and got a pure brass knob...I brought the cover with me to make sure the screw part would fit...since it is pure brass, there have been no problems with it....

                                                          2. Not much new, but after looking for a couple of months, I found one on the shelf at the Target in Seal Beach CA on March 4th, so they are still out there.

                                                            1. so they do exist...
                                                              just picked up a 5qt. cast iron casserole at target (aka. the best budget dutch oven rated by cook's illustrated) last weekend. It was the last one on the shelf and it's called 4.5 qt. cast iron casserole in red by chefmate. Pricing is $40.
                                                              It's in red outside, white inside. Nob is heat-resisitent to 350F.
                                                              I called the store before I went there, and also guest services dept. with the product code. No luck, store manager said the product was discontinued, and would not be in stock ever again. The guest service dept. (a guy from India) said it was out of stock across Ohio. The customer service guy was funny, he picked up the phone and said 'let's get started, what's your name?'... and your mailing address?
                                                              Haven't got the chance to test the pot yet, look forward to it.

                                                              1. My sister found one for me at a Target in Indianapolis this week. Love ya Crys!!

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                                                                1. re: mamaciita

                                                                  I am a bit behind in my magazine reading and just read the review this week. Which Indy Target did your sister find the pot at? I live in Avon and really want to get one but I'm afraid it's too late since they were only carrying them through January. Thanks!

                                                                  1. re: indycook

                                                                    indycook - I got mine in Plainfield and noticed last week they no longer carried them. if you look at Walmart - I noticed they have a 3 qt. Dutch (in a hideous green color...) that looks similar but not the quality of the Target brand.

                                                                    1. re: indycook

                                                                      I'm not sure which Target it was, but I'll ask. She lives in Fishers, and I know the one near her was sold out--she found this one near her workplace.

                                                                  2. I just bought one Friday at the Target here in Atlanta - buckhead location. They had three left. Can't wait to use it!

                                                                    1. Louisville, KY Target on Taylorsville Road near Hurstborne had one today.


                                                                        1. Just saw one in San Diego (Kearny Mesa). While I was standing there looking at it (I already have one that I love), someone came up to look at it...she bought it after I told her how much I loved mine.

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                                                                          1. re: Divamac

                                                                            If anyone in the Boston area is looking for one of these, there were two at the Framingham Target this evening.

                                                                          2. I looked at this pot Thursday night and put it back because I didn't know what the quality would be like. Friday morning at work I googled it and found everybody raving and searching for it! So I went back last night and bought it. Today I cooked a spicy chicken dish I found on the web and it worked very well. I was pleased with it. I bought a nice looking little knob to replace the handle. I just need to get the right size screw. Overall I think it's a steal for $40. My store (Gastonia, NC) had two on the shelf. Both red.

                                                                            1. Wow, I hate to be a spoiler but Sears Essentials had this same pot (I'd guess same mfg) for $9.99 last Christmas.

                                                                              Picked three up and called all of my friends. They no longer carry it on shelves, sadly. I think my griddle cost more.

                                                                              1. I was just in the market for a new Dutch oven in order to make a sweet potato soup. (I lost my blue LeCrueset in the divorce. *weep*) Anyway, I, too, stumbled onto an article touting the Chefmate, so I scoured the local Targets and they are still available at TWO of my local Targets here in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Wow!

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                                                                                1. re: torch32

                                                                                  I have been shopping for a Dutch oven. I almost bought the Staub one the other night, but decided to comparison shop. I stumbled onto the Chefmate at my Target, and couldn't believe something that costs $40 could be decent. I priced LC's at Home goods -- still $89 -- and full-priced LCs today at my gourmet store -- $189.

                                                                                  So do you think I'm safe getting the Chefmate? There are at least four in stock, so I don't have to rush, but I am itching to use it.

                                                                                2. You can now find online, without calling customer service. On target.com, punch in 070/02/0962. It will pull up some CD but right above that, it says "don't see what you're looking for?" and a link. If you click on the link, it takes you right to the dutch oven and then you can punch in your zip code to find the closest stores to you which carry it. I just bought one in the Target on City Line Avenue in Philadelphia. (There were 2 more on the shelf) I can't wait to use it!

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                                                                                  1. re: LilBigEater

                                                                                    I can attest. This works. Did it today. Just like LilBigEater says - some CD comes up, click the link above and put in your zip code. Found them all over Tampa Bay area and bought one on my way home. On sale for $35.99 even.

                                                                                    1. re: LilBigEater

                                                                                      Worked for me! (In L.A)
                                                                                      Thanks so much for the info and directions....

                                                                                      1. re: LilBigEater

                                                                                        I called today and was told that this item is on clearance and is no longer available. I then called target.com and was told that there aren't any in stock, but she doesn't know if it is temporarily or permanently unavailable. Has anyone seen one lately?

                                                                                        1. re: Linda513

                                                                                          It was a month ago for me. My parents in Kansas (I'm in NY) bought the last one in stock from their local Target store for me (thanks to the information in this thread, especially the instructions from LilBigEater) on September 26th. I think it might have been marked down or on clearnace, as (with tax) it was $38 and change.

                                                                                      2. I know that some of you have been very lucky in finding this item. I have been searching for some time here in Tallahassee, Fl and to no avail. I contacted the customer service number and emailed Target, they could not assist me without a ASIN or DPCI #. If anyone still has the original box and can give me either of these I would be so thankful.

                                                                                        1. Cooks Illustrated has now rated this one as a best buy. Tramontina 6.5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven, which you can buy online at WalMart for $38. It's in a great shade of green. I have their stainless cookware, and love it!

                                                                                            1. re: Mcollector

                                                                                              Thanks for the tip - I just bought a 3.5 quart dutch oven (no-knead bread will work great in this!) for $29!!!! I knew Wal-Mart was good for something. Hope it works!

                                                                                            2. If you have a Marshall's nearby - they have several different types of dutch ovens and several under $40 - nice quality - unfortunately i don't remember the name....

                                                                                              1. I have been trying to find this too - Walmart despite the website saying several stores in my area havd them, did not have any. I called the manufacturer, Tramontina USA and they said that Walmart(and Target) would continue to carry them and that stores should begin to get them in after the holidays. If you can't wait, you can buy it directly from them for $74.00+shipping.

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                                                                                                1. re: 1gardenmom

                                                                                                  The 6.5 qt. Tramontina's are beautiful...
                                                                                                  I'm seeing them now in place of the other Target enameled 5.5 dutch oven that was $40.00... The ones Cooks Illustrated always listed as a Best Buy... These Tramontina's were $59.99 and looked totally worth it!

                                                                                                  1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                    I can not find a 6.5 tramontina. Seems you can not even order from Walmarts anymore either. I tried. They are not in any of the stores in a 20 miles radius of where I live. Too bad, because it is a nice price.

                                                                                                    1. re: Tinker

                                                                                                      In the past month I've seen them at two Target stores in Tampa...