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6-qt Kirkland dutch oven - $50

leanneabe Nov 15, 2009 04:59 PM

Has anyone else seen the enameled dutch oven at Costco? It's a maroon color, 6-qt size, with a metal knob on top. For $50, it was a deal I couldn't pass up.

We used it this weekend to braise a chuck roast and it did a lovely job. Clean up was easy, too.

I know sometimes Costco puts the Kirkland name on "name brands"... anyone know if that's the case with the dutch oven?

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    ziggylu RE: leanneabe Nov 15, 2009 05:10 PM

    It's unlikely this was a renamed Branded product. I assume it's made in China? THe buyers have worked with factory to build this to some specifications they've developed. It's likely been developed to a standard comparable to LC or Staub(though not in France I'm guessing) but not made by them. I've seen these but haven't looked closely at them.

    For the price sounsd like a good deal though. Glad you're happy with it!

    (Former costco buyer so am pretty familiar with how the process works....this is the normal process for this type of item. If it's made in France then i'd guess Staub is making it for them but for that price I'd be surprised, even with Costco quantities, if they could pull htat off out of France).

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      RGC1982 RE: ziggylu Nov 15, 2009 05:17 PM

      Could it be possible that this unique specification for Costco is the color or the size, rather than the construction? I'd imagine it would be awfully expensive if this is a one-time production. It looks an awful lot like the Mario Batali line.

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        ziggylu RE: RGC1982 Nov 15, 2009 05:22 PM

        Entirely possible its made by a Copco factory. If it's made in China that would actually be my guess. Copco makes the MB stuff. I dont' really consider that name brand however. I was thinking LC or Staub when the OP suggested a name brand. To me things like Mario Batali is similar to private label stuff at least in terms of how it's developed, where it's produced, the types of margins on them, etc.

        I would hope however, being familiar both with most Chinese cast iron and the Costco development process, that the buyers have really worked to make sure the enamel doesn't chip easily like a lot of the less expensive pieces do. That's where they can really make a difference at this price point. The MB is a bit better for chipping than other Chinese product but the one I bought my mom a couple years ago is showing some chips where as my LC pieces have none after many many years of service. Fortunately there's that great Costco return policy if it does end up chipping like mad.

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          deeznuts RE: ziggylu Nov 16, 2009 03:16 PM

          I'm more worried about swallowing Chinese enamal then the $50 return to Costco, if you know what I'm saying (maybe unfounded concern though ....)

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          leanneabe RE: RGC1982 Nov 15, 2009 07:11 PM

          It does look remarkably similar to Mario Batali's line, with the shiny metal knob on top (instead of ceramic or plastic), but there's a ridge around the lid that isn't on his ovens. The lid is self-basting, too...

          The tag does say it's made in China... seems to be imported by most of the international Costco stores, too.

          Either way, it's performed well and hasn't chipped so far (with the banging in and out of the oven and being washed, etc). We'll see how it holds up in the long run. I have another 4-qt made by Innova and it hasn't chipped in the last 3 years.

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          leanneabe RE: ziggylu Nov 15, 2009 07:09 PM

          I wasn't really thinking that LC and Staub were the only "name brands".... I was considering Rachel Ray's line, Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Lodge, etc.

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            GibsonGirl55 RE: ziggylu Dec 24, 2011 02:54 PM

            I went to Costco with BF today and in the search for a possible deal on Le Creuset, I ran across Kirkland French ovens for about $69 or so. It's made in France.

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            RGC1982 RE: leanneabe Nov 15, 2009 05:15 PM

            It was pretty -- I saw it today. I already own a ton of these things, but I would definitely try it if I was in the market for a new one. Most likely a rebranded item from major manufaturer.

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              ziggylu RE: RGC1982 Nov 15, 2009 05:17 PM

              no, actually as I mentioned most likely not a rebranded item from a major manufacturer. If I had to guess I'd say one of the factories Copco uses to make similar types of items. We weren't looking at cast iron back when I was there so I can't say for sure where it's being made but I do know well how the product development process works.

            2. monku RE: leanneabe Nov 15, 2009 05:39 PM

              You like it and comes with the Costco warranty what could be better.

              1. Vetter RE: leanneabe Oct 21, 2010 07:55 PM

                Just thought I'd bump this, as I just saw the dutch oven in my Costco and bit. 6 quarts and a nice deep red. I didn't see it last year. It is definitely not LC or Staub quality (my lid has enamel defects) but for the price, heck, it's worth a shot. Metal knob, too!

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                  walker RE: Vetter Oct 24, 2010 02:45 PM

                  It's so heavy! I've lifted it with lid in place -- it's so heavy empty. Even so, I've considering buying it. Guess if I hate it, I can return it.

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                  The Loaf RE: leanneabe Oct 31, 2010 11:46 AM

                  If anyone buys this and has some feedback after you've used it a bit, I'd like to hear your comments. Thanks.

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                    lominator RE: The Loaf Oct 31, 2010 12:28 PM

                    Gave one to friends last year for Christmas - they love it and use it constantly. However just recently they've noticed a tiny chip. You get what you pay for but I still think it's a good deal.

                  2. John E. RE: leanneabe Oct 31, 2010 12:58 PM

                    It sounds like a good deal to me, but I'm cheap. About three years ago we were killing time before restaurant reservations and went into a really crappy independent dollar-type store. I don't know where they got their merchandise but they had enamel covered cast iron dutch ovens, 5.5 quart, for $4 each. I'm sure they were made in China, at that price, what else would be expected. I think he just wanted to get rid of them. Anyway, we bought all 7 of them. Two had lids that were chipped on the edges. We gave them to family and friends keeping one for ourselves. We still have my mother's LeCreuset set, but they're older than I am and are chipped up.

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                      koolforkatz RE: leanneabe Nov 29, 2010 04:54 PM

                      I've had this dutch oven for about six months now and use it regularly, probably once a week. Have used it mainly for no-knead bread and braising. No complaints whatsoever. Made the best pot roast and short ribs ever with this oven. No problems with chipping but I do take good care of it, wash by hand, etc. At that price if it conked out on me, I'd buy another one...

                      1. katcancook RE: leanneabe Sep 17, 2011 01:40 PM

                        I saw this at Costco today - the dutch oven says "Made in France", while the enameled cast iron skillet says "Made in China". I have been wanting one, and it's the right size. I'm going to get the dutch oven in a couple of weeks (after payday ; )

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                          koolforkatz RE: katcancook Sep 17, 2011 02:00 PM

                          I think the one they have out right now is slightly different than the one I bought. For what it's worth, the one I bought is exactly the same as the house brand one Sur la Table sells for slightly higher. Obviously come from the same manufacturer.

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                            eycone RE: koolforkatz Sep 27, 2011 06:07 PM

                            I bought a round red kirkland dutch oven 6 quart for $40 at costco yesterday. it is made in china. the one made in france is 6.5 quart for $78.

                            I cooked a pot lamb stew for dinner last night. Today, when i want to use it for soup, i noticed a number of brown spot on the rim of the pot, then I checked the lid and found that the rim of the lid is not coated and it has rust. I know cast iron will rust if it is not treated or coated. I don't expect this pot to rust at all. It is very common to leave the stew in the pot overnight. I either have to return it to costco, or I have to treat the rim of the pot and lid before using it again.

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                              koolforkatz RE: eycone Sep 27, 2011 07:47 PM

                              I've never had a problem with rusting on the rim and I've used mine a lot over the last year and have left stuff in the fridge. I always wash it by hand. It seems strange that it would rust within 24 hours of buying it? If that is the case, I would definitely return it.

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