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2nd Quality Le Creuset?

Anyone own any of this? Are the flaws really noticeable? Do they cook as well as 1st Quality?

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  1. Yup, I've got a 5.5 quart dutch oven I bought last year. It's not caused any problems at all. I make the Bittman bread in it and use it constantly for braises, stews, soups, etc.

    1. I agree with mimilulu. I was told by someone in the business to look for pieces with cosmetic flaws that are not on the bottom/heat contact area. .

      1. I've owned many second quality pieces for more than ten years. Choose carefully, look at each piece. All the flaws in mine are cosmetic - a small drip, etc. They have never affected cooking capabilities and the only way I know which is 1st quality and which is 2nd is by size; i.e. the very large pieces I would never have bought at full price are all seconds.

        1. I love my seconds. A cashier at the outlet in Gilroy was very helpful when I bought them. She checked over a pot I brought to the register, and it wasn't up to her standards. So she searched the store for me and found a better looking one.

          1. The blemishes are 99% cosmetic and in the colored enamel (not the cooking surface). Even though LC has a seconds "program" they really do destroy any piece that doesn't meet exacting standards and if some piece is horrible once you bring it home the lifetime guarantee applies. If you're going to an outlet location though be aware that they also sell firsts as well at deeply discounted prices. And they also do set discounts counting lids as a piece (and you can mix firsts and seconds). I have a few "full price" pieces but nearly all of my extensive collection comes from the outlet.

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            1. re: redgypsy

              I just purchased a Le Creuset second from Home Goods and looked up "seconds" to see what it's about. After reading this thread, I went to examine my dutch oven. It has some light scratches on the bottom (the surface that touches the heat) -- is that something I should be worried about? And what is the 'worse case scenario' -- I mean, what does it affect?

              1. re: strawberrymama

                light scratches on the bottom of the pot? no problem whatsoever.

                1. re: alkapal

                  I saw some Le Creuset at Home Goods several years ago, there were little scuffs on the side. I wish I had glommed onto that, the price was right.