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Personal Cast Iron Dilemma; To keep my moms old pans or start my own legacy? – Cookware – Cast Iron

Smithey Cast Iron Skillets

Smithey Ironware is a backyard story. Founder Isaac Morton hatched the idea for Smithey while tinkering around his woodshed admiring the smooth surfaces…

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Meet Great Jones, Affordable Pots and Pans That Are Actually Your #Aesthetic

The past few years have seen the launch of a flurry of affordable cookware brands—and lucky for us, right? Well, the well is apparently not dry: Today marks the opening of Great Jones, a new line of well-made and well-priced pots and pans that stand out from the competition because, honestly, they’re just so good-looking. “My pots and pans are highly visible design pieces in my home, much like my art and my furniture,” says cofounder Sierra Tishgart, who prior to launching Great Jones with her childhood friend Maddy Moelis earned a James Beard Award for her writing at New York Magazine‘s GrubStreet. That is, you know she can cook. And if you’ve always wanted to be the kind of person who proudly shows off your cookware in your kitchen—whether or not you made dinner or called in takeout and are pretending you made dinner—Great Jones might just be your brand.

SHOP NOW: Family Style Complete Cookware Set, $395,

Let’s start with their Dutch ovens. Yes, those big, oblong ceramic cooking pots that you’ve been lusting over from afar forever because they cost hundreds of dollars and look like they belong in a French château. Great Jones calls its the Dutchess, an extremely lovable title, and has modernized the trad shape with soft curves, rounded minimal handles, a matte finish, and a color palette that will make you scream with delight. Choose from Broccoli green, Mustard yellow, Earl Grey, Macaron pink (of course), Blueberry (which is basically hyper blue). There are also a few sizes of stainless steel skillets and saucepans, which Sierra and Maddy wanted to look like jewelry. The same smooth rounded shape characterizes the vessel and top, with curved minimal handles in a warm, antiqued bronze.

Should you want to go all-in on Great Jones cookware, a complete five-piece set, including a Dutch oven, stockpot, saucepan, and two skillets, will run you just $395—a steal by any standard. Or just pick one. “We expect that people will mix Great Jones cookware with beloved pieces they already own,” Sierra says. Hence the color of the handles, which they meticulously tested in a variety of kitchen styles to be sure it would “pop but not clash.” (We can attest that it does just this.)

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Your Favorite Denim Brand is Making Dinnerware Now

Shallow, wide bowls like this one are incredibly versatile. Use them for soups, pastas, rice bowls, and more. When not in use, the pretty swirling design makes them ideal for display on open shelving—not something that can be said for all dishes.

To buy: $35 each (normally $50);

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Best KitchenAid Mixer Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2018: Spending Lab Compares Top KitchenAid Stand Mixer Deals

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KitchenAid Mixer Black Friday Cyber Monday deals are underway. The
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The best KitchenAid mixer deals:

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made to KitchenAid standards.

Over the holiday sales season the team at Spending Lab research and
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their Black
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Chef shares how to care for your cookware

– Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center dietician Shayna  Komar says be mindful not terrified of your cookware. She points out that old non-stick pans had a chemical known as PFOA. The substance was suspected of causing cancer, and has been phased out of cookware since the late 20th century. Komar suggests the pretty pot or bowl your picked up on your overseas vacation should probably be just a souvenir. Different safety standards in other countries may mean the paint used in your vacation find may have lead in it. Komar says most of the cookware you use is safe, but you need still need to take care of it.

Nancy Waldeck, a healthy chef and self-described “partyologist” at Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center in Atlanta, relies on her cookware to pull off her favorite recipes. So, with your health in mind, we asked her for some tips, on keeping our pans in shape, starting with non-stick skillets.

“So first all, if you have a Teflon pan, a non-stick pan, what you want to do is always use plastic utensils,” Waldeck says.

Metal tools, she says, can scrape or nick the pan’s non-stick coating, causing tiny flakes to peel off, and end up in your food.

“The other thing you want to be careful of with these non-stick pans is, you don’t want to use any of those non-stick spray coatings.”

The pans are already coated.

Waldeck says spraying them can cause a sticky film to build up on the surface of the pan.

Once it’s on there, she says, it’s almost impossible to clean it off.

She holds up a pan covered in residue.

“And then look, this have been washed, and you still can’t get that off,” Waldeck says, pointing at the film

Avoid high heat with Teflon pans, which can release fumes if they get too hot.

Waldeck’s favorite for higher heat are her stainless steel pans.

But, she warns, keep those pans out of the dishwasher.

“Over time, the dishwasher soap can pit the surface of the pan,” she says.  “It also can cause the pan to warp, just because of the water, and it’s in there over and over again. So you want to wash these by hand and dry them as well. Never put them in the dishwasher.”

If you’re lucky enough to still have grandma’s cast iron skillet, Waldeck says, keep it seasoned with a little oil, and never let it sit in water.

“You never want your cast iron pans to be rusty,” she says.  “They’re easy to re-season. You can actually take a very fine piece of sandpaper and run it over the whole pot and then re-season again.”

To do that, Waldeck recommends setting your oven at 400 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. 

“Rub a little oil in the pan, and put that cast iron pan in your oven.  Let it sit for about 30 minutes in that hot oven, and then turn it off.  When it’s cool enough to take it out, then you’re good to go again.”

If your pots and pans are showing wear and tear, Waldeck recommends retiring them. 

When you’re ready to replace them, she recommends investing in a few higher-quality cookware pieces that will stand the test of time.

Of course, you still have to take care of them, but you’ve got that covered.

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Wayfair is running 12 days of deals for the home — here’s what’s on sale on each day

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It’s December and you have a house to decorate, gifts to buy, and a slew of loosely-related Christmas movies to watch before they once again become irrelevant. It’s busy.

To entice you to do your holiday shopping ahead of time, stores like Amazon and Wayfair are putting on cheery 12 Days of Deals sales that slash prices on the most popular holiday gifts and seasonal items.

Wayfair’s 12 Days of Deals features discounts up to 70% off on categories staggered throughout the sale.

Here’s what’s going to be on sale for Wayfair’s 12 Days of Deals, and when:

  • December 1-2: Christmas trees
  • December 2-3: Top kitchen brands
  • December 3-4: Multifunctional furniture
  • December 4-5: Sheet sets
  • December 5-6: Discounted design services
  • December 6-7: 3 for $30 storage organization
  • December 7-8: 8×10 rugs
  • December 8-9: Top vacuums
  • December 9-10: Ornament shop
  • December 10-11: Seasonal finishing touches
  • December 11-12: Eddie Bauer throw deal
  • December 12-13: Gift Card promo (buy $100 gift card, get a $20 gift card)

Now is a great time to stack your wish-list so you can get deals on products you actually want, without wasting time in the weeds of search results day-of. If you need an easy reference tool, bookmark this page. And if you’re looking for electronics or toy gifts, check out Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals sale running December 2 through December 13.

Shop Wayfair’s 12 Days of Deals sale to save on Christmas trees, furniture, kitchen accessories, and more

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Cookware Deals

Your cookware has seen you through another Thanksgiving. And yet, some of your go-tos, though trusted and there for you in times of kitchen-duress, are looking a little worn out. Which is exactly why it’s time to treat yourself, and by extension your guests coming over for Christmas dinner, by shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

And you may not have to wait until Friday to begin shopping. Some sales have begun now, with others being teased in the lead up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is where all our Black Friday cookware deals will be announced, so bookmark this page and check back frequently for updates.

We’re covering categories like barware, kitchen appliances, and meal subscription kits separately, so see all our picks for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals here.

If you’re in the market to upgrade your cookware, buy a key piece like a Dutch oven, invest in a name-brand product or gift a chef in your life, you’re in the right place. Here are a few items already on sale, as well as a sneak peek on items that likely will have prices slashed when Black Friday rolls around.

Sur La Table

Sur La Table is offering up to 65 percent off certain products throughout November, with a SHIPFREE code to sweeten the deal. Check back frequently, as prices may shift.

All Clad Copper Core 10-Piece Set, $999.96

All Clad/Sur La Table

A chef’s favorite for the stainless steel look and copper-conducting performance, this 10 piece set is now being sold at a whopping $810 off. The set contains skillets, sauce pans, and saute pans. And while the collection is an investment, the option comes with perks from Sur La Table: For every $800 spent on All-Clad products, customers receive a roaster, two potholders, and a colander. Just know that these products must be separately added to your cart to receive a discount.See It

Scanpan Classic Griddle, $79.95

Scanpan/Sur La Table

Normally $158, this griddle can help you make the perfect pancake—but that’s not the only thing a griddle is good for. Throw on meats and veggies and you won’t feel guilty for adding this kitchen staple to your arsenal.See It


Deals for Walmart run throughout November, with some options already on the website. Deals may vary from store to store, so keeping an eye out on circulars and online ads can also be helpful in advance of Black Friday.

GreenLife 18-Piece Non-Stick Cookware Set, $49

Green Life/Wal-Mart

On sale from $129.99, this set uses ceramic non-stick coating, is dishwasher safe, and has a soft-grip handle. Available in a variety of color options and on sale through November.See It


As an extra Cyber Monday bonus, get an additional 15 percent off of tons of items (including some Chrissy Teigen Target picks)!

Tramontina Cast Iron Dutch Oven, $59.95


A heavy-gauge cast iron dutch oven at a mid-range price point, this dutch oven is $20 off usual prices.See It


Martha Stewart Collection Cast-Iron Cookware, $259.99

Martha Stewart/Macy’s

Whether you’re looking for a Dutch oven or fry pan, the Martha Stewart collection offers options at nearly 70 percent off. For example, an 8 quart dutch oven, normally $259.99, is only $77.99. The sale is ongoing now, but ends on Friday, November 24.See It

Rachael Ray 14-piece Non-Stick Cookware Set, $89.99

Rachel Ray/Macy’s

This brightly colored-set is a perfect gift for someone just setting up their kitchen, but has the performance capacity to handle even the most complicated dish. Made of aluminium with non-stick coating, this set is on sale from a regular price of $299.99. Sale ends Friday, November 24.See It


Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals are here.

Calphalon Pre-Seasoned 12-inch Skillet, $23.99


An example of one of Amazon’s early deals, this cast-iron skillet is 52 percent off. Keep your eye out for these sort of kitchen essentials you’ve always been meaning to buy—now is the time to invest!See It


Did you know Lowes sold cookware? This one-stop shop is great for checking off plenty of items on your list — and getting things done early.

Bella Aluminum Cookware Set, $24.99


Save nearly 40% on this set of fry pans, which include an 8-inch and 10-inch coated with ceramic non-stick finish.See It


In addition to some great scores, Williams-Sonoma has a ship for free promotion on orders over $49 with the code SHIP4FREE. Right now, in the lead up to Thanksgiving, deals can be found on the Black Friday page of their website. Some things to consider: All roasters are up to 60% off, cooks tools are 20% off, and All-Clad and C4 Copper Cookware is up to 25% off.

All-Clad C4 Copper Stock Pot, $412.50


Made of 100 percent pure copper, this 8 quart stockpot is only available online and 25 percent off its regular price.See It

If you’re looking for appliances, barware, or anything else kitchen-centric, remember to see all the rest of our picks for best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

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Header image courtesy of All-Clad/Williams-Sonoma.

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