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Le Creuset knock-offs ==> good deal!

alkapal Jan 23, 2010 06:19 AM

Early this morning on QVC, I saw a set of five enameled cast iron cookware pieces for $99. It's their proprietary Technique brand. http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/vi...

I have a Technique non-stick electronic pressure cooker, and i have been very happy with it. The Q has very strict quality control.

I've seen other knock-offs at TJMaxx, and they're $45 for one piece, (well, two pieces ---.a dutch oven).

  1. Ambimom Jan 25, 2010 07:15 AM

    Walmart sells Tramontina enamel pieces which were top-rated by Cooks Illustrated. There's nothing inherently wrong with the Chinese cast iron pieces. The Tramontina is made in China. I paid $35 for a Tramontina 3.5 quart enamel dutch oven in which I bake no-knead bread. I also have a 5 quart "naked" cast iron dutch oven made by Lodge for which I paid $29.

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      Miss Priss Jan 25, 2010 04:06 AM

      These are made in China, so they're probably heavier, with less durable enamel, than the Staub Basix pieces (made in France) that are also sold by QVC. But that wouldn't necessarily be a reason not to purchase them, as they may still be very useful.

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      1. re: Miss Priss
        Soop Jan 25, 2010 06:08 AM

        Indeed, it would be perfect for say, no-knead bread! I wouldn't say it's a direct replacement for the "premium" brands, but as you say; very useful.

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        andrewtree Jan 23, 2010 09:11 AM

        Take a look at the one star reviews, I wouldn't go near it.

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        1. re: andrewtree
          alkapal Jan 24, 2010 02:35 PM

          it averages 4/5 stars from a total (to date) of 93 reviewers.

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