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Le Creuset cast iron veggie-shaped casseroles?

rovergal Mar 14, 2010 10:04 AM

Ok, so I know everyone says these are "retired", but there are so many brand new on eBay every week, that I'm beginning to wonder if there is some source of these I'm not aware of. I know the few outlet stores I've been to doesn't carry them, but do the signature stores?

I'd really like to get the garlic one, but refuse to pay $200 + shipping on eBay for it, when it seems like they really aren't so "rare".

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  1. sokoto RE: rovergal Mar 14, 2010 03:07 PM

    I wasn't aware that they were hard to find, but I picked my girlfriend up a yellow pepper shaped casserole from a high end cookware store in Toronto. It's not big -- only slightly larger than an actual pepper -- and I paid $40 for it.
    I'd check the smaller shops, and even of they are "retired" they may still have some in stock.
    Good luck.

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    1. re: sokoto
      Smachnoho RE: sokoto Mar 14, 2010 08:05 PM

      Was the store William Ashley? I saw vegetable casseroles there but they were all stoneware. Even the very tiny cast iron Le Creuset dutch oven was selling for $65.

      The only unusual cast iron Le Creuset I saw in that store was the red heart shaped casserole.
      Actually, I have never seen vegetable cast iron Le Creuset casseroles in Toronot, only the Staub orange and green pumpkin shaped ones.

      Please let me know if you know of another cheaper source for Le Creuset in Toronto.

    2. hobbybaker RE: rovergal Mar 14, 2010 03:13 PM

      I saw a couple of 'STONEWARE" casseroles recently at Tuesday Morning but not "Cast Iron" though. All that I can find for cast iron on line was follows (Pumpkin) :

      Call and ask Centralchef and Cheftools if they still have the one you want. Goodluck.

      Now I have a question for you. Could you tell me which WS outlet in NY you like best? I think you said you have been at all of them. Riverhurst, Cedarhust, or Central valley? Thinking about going soon.

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        rovergal RE: hobbybaker Mar 14, 2010 06:38 PM

        I've actually only been to the Central Valley store - we are up in Albany, so the others are pretty far away. I do plan to make some road trips to them some day!

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          hobbybaker RE: rovergal Mar 14, 2010 07:11 PM

          Thanks. Hope you will find what you are looking for.

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            Smachnoho RE: hobbybaker Mar 14, 2010 08:52 PM


            This Cherry Blossom casserole from the 2010 Japanese collection is selling for $870. Why?

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              foiegras RE: Smachnoho Mar 14, 2010 09:42 PM

              Not to me it's not ... to me this stuff is purely functional. I collect other things, but not this ... I suppose there are worse things to do with your money.

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                rovergal RE: Smachnoho Mar 15, 2010 09:15 AM

                Wow - that's pricey! I'm sure it's because of the uniqueness and the fact that you can only get it in Japan - and that they will most likely never make that for Europe or the US. Even so, I'm not sure anyone will pay that sort of $$ - I think that's pretty steep. I've seen unique stuff like this go for $400 or so on eBay, but $870?????

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              breadchick RE: rovergal Mar 15, 2010 06:31 PM

              We're just outside Albany, so lament that fact too. I never even knew that there WAS WS outlets. I go to the one in Crossgates and pay full price. Jeez, I'm thinking twice about that.

              Different Drummers just expanded, but I cruised through and since I have everything I need, and then some, it was a bummer I didn't get to use the discount coupon for anything pricey.

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                hobbybaker RE: breadchick Mar 15, 2010 06:44 PM

                Their outlet store near the border between LA and NV is very impressive. If travel to Vegas, don't forget to visit although no one might want to carry a heavy LC pot when flying:) That is how I gave up the one which I had been looking for when I was there:< The mall even has a free shuttle service from major hotels if I am correct.

          2. grnidkjun RE: rovergal Mar 15, 2010 10:59 AM

            I've only seen these in stoneware as well.. believe I saw them on the bed/bath/beyond site.

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              demeterq RE: rovergal Dec 6, 2010 02:03 PM

              They stopped making the cast iron ones 4 years ago. I wish I had bought them all.

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                E_M RE: rovergal Dec 6, 2010 04:44 PM

                I don't understand. What can you cook in these? How do you stir?

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                  gulfcoastgal RE: E_M Jan 22, 2011 04:40 PM

                  the retired cast iron veggies are 2 qt very sizable
                  ( except I think the garlic came in two sizes in the cast iron and the eggplant came in 2 qt and 5 qt ).....I do not know if all the veggies also had a 5 qt option when they were new
                  They did make mini cast iron in round in I believe 3 basic colors Macys had the red mini for a long time great for ind mini sides or desserts - esp the chocolate lava dessert

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