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Mar 22, 2014 08:53 AM

frustrated search for baking pan

my 9 x 13 ceramic rectangular baking pan broke the other day and i am having a heck of a time finding a replacement. can anyone offer a suggestion?
must be:
red, white, or natural color
under $60 ($30 would be great, $50 + shipping if it's the right pan)
not made in china!!! (france, portugal, america, canada, etc. all ok)

i am searching ebay, etsy, provisions from food 52, and amazon. so far i've found a french emile henry (price tag = ouch!), and le creuset (still pricey). i've found very little vintage (mostly enamel and still expensive). most of these things are made in china now and i am trying very hard not to buy from china. i have also looked in home goods (but will keep trying there as their product shifts frequently). thanks for any leads: i just never thought this would be so difficult!!!!

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    1. re: Locutus

      I was going to suggest Staub as well but I believe all their ceramics are now made in china.

      ETA- just checked the WS link and indeed they are are

      1. re: foodieX2

        see..... exactly what i'm talking about.

        when did this get so difficult????
        the pan i broke i've had for about 5-10 years and i THOUGHT that was a french brand but, no, after i broke it i looked at the bottom and it, too, was made in china!

        BTW i love my staub ECI dutch oven!

        1. re: rmarisco

          Maybe try Etsy? I bet you can find someone to make you one.

          1. re: foodieX2

            yes - i was hoping. etsy is mentioned in my original post.

            unfortunately, i COULD find someone to make it.. but not in my price range. the price range seems to be the final blow - i could find several from france, but they are all pricey in that size

          2. re: rmarisco

            Are you assuming all things made in China are poor quality? Cause that's just not so.

            1. re: c oliver

              I agree. Sometimes if you don't want something made in China you are going to have to do without. Especially true with small electrics, appliances.

              The only problem I have with "Made in China" is china (bone, fine, porcelain etc.) When Lenox first out sourced to China, some of their decorative items I received a shipment. It just looked not quite right. It bothered me, I finally noticed it was the eyes on one piece. I ordered 4 soup plates from Spode in the Christmas Tree pattern for my own use. When it arrived there was something not right about it. I looked on the back and it said Made in China and back it went. What is odd is that the Christmas Tree pattern is a decal so it really should not matter. In the Lenox pieces some of them had to be hand decorated.

              Like C. Oliver, I find many things made in China to be beautiful and well made.

              1. re: Candy

                Bob worked for a major apparel company who was having things made in China. This was over 20 years ago. Their standards for both the product and the working conditions were TOE (Terms of Engagement) and were quite strict.

              2. re: c oliver

                C Oliver,

                All I have to say is: baby formula, the paint on toys, pet food, drywall that emits poison gas and disintegrates, prescription drugs, etc. All of these have been put into the marketplace by Chinese companies. All of them have had serious quality problems which resulted in harm to the consumer.

                Now, despite this, I buy Chinese stuff because I can't avoid it. Their goods are ubiquitous and their inexpensive prices have driven competitors who make higher quality goods out of the market. This is sad, but sometimes I have no choice but to buy the crappy Chinese stuff. And certainly, some of the Chinese stuff is good. If you have a country with 1.3 billion people, it is bound to produce some quality items. BUT OBVIOUSLY, based on China's track record, quality control is a joke in China.

                Until China can get its act together, give me French, Japanese, Germany, British, Thai, Taiwanese, and American, etc. products any day. I'll pay more--much more.

                1. re: gfr1111

                  i think that about covers it. thank you for saying it well, gfr111.

                  1. re: rmarisco

                    To each his/her own. I'd just rather not see anything painted with such a broad brush.

                  2. re: gfr1111

                    Not many people have problems with iphones or ipads.

                2. re: rmarisco

                  You loved what you had from China before but now you wouldn't replace with the same?

                  1. re: CaliforniaJoseph

                    um.. did i say i loved it? i owned it, and used it, but, it broke so now i have to replace it. in doing so, i'd prefer to get something nicer

                    1. re: rmarisco

                      Did it break on its own or was it dropped or something? How do you define "nicer"? More expensive? I just ask because my criteria are based on usage. Plain and simple.

                      1. re: rmarisco

                        Um, my mistake. Curious about your contra-Sino standards I guess.

                        1. re: CaliforniaJoseph

                          Did you see Gfr1111's post a few above? I thought that covered it.

              3. This one caught my eye because it was made in Portugal. Not exactly 9x13, but the large version is close:


                No handles, but the sides are 3 inches high.

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                1. re: souvenir

                  genius! thank you souvenir!

                  now i feel silly: i pass crate and barrel on the way to work all the time... never thought to go check out their kitchenware. i also see a natural terracotta on the site that i will look for as well.

                  my search is over!~

                  1. re: rmarisco

                    You are very welcome! Glad I remembered seeing it.

                2. Emile Henry
                  Le Creuset

                  They all make ceramic pans in that size

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                  1. re: rasputina

                    Fiestaware was going to be my suggestion. Great bakeware and made in the USA.

                    1. re: FlyerFan

                      i will check on the fiestaware.
                      all the others were beyond the price range i mentioned for that size pan...

                  2. Sur la table carries a lot of ceramic bakeware and virtually none of it is made in China. I just went on their website and specifically noted the following, made in Italy and on special for 11.99. It is 12x8-1/2 so slightly smaller than the one you want to replace.


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                    1. re: masha

                      In reading the customer reviews on this product, I realize that it seems awfully prone to cracking. Bit if you search on the SLT site you will find a number of other ceramic baking dishes

                    2. HIC Porcelain is working well for me and has a good price when you 'deal spot' on Amazon.