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Member's Mark Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven $38.72 at Sam's-likely rebranded Tramontina!

Cirrus 609 October 24, 2009 at 10:38 PM in Home & Home Improvement (4)
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Was at Sam's club today and noticed they had this dutch oven in stock-the photo on the website is really awful since it's really a nice bright red with a black fade towards the edges:
http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/...tem=402223

What's exciting about this deal is that I'm about 99.95% sure that this is a Tramontina dutch oven rebranded by Sam's club like a lot of other cookware at Sam's has been over the years. The Tramontina branded version is $11.25 more at Walmart. This link gives you a more accurate idea of the color (it's really this color with a black fade and not brown): http://www.walmart.com/catalog/pr...d=11989387

The reason it's exciting that it's a Tramontina dutch oven is that this was recommended in Cooks Illustrated over every other dutch over under a $250 MSRP! The only two pieces they liked better was a Le Creuset ($269.95 at the time but apparently the MSRP is now $365 probably because the US dollar has tanked against the Euro) mostly because it was slightly bigger (7.25 quarts) and a stainless steel all-clad dutch oven (which has somewhat different cooking characteristics than the other porcelain on cast iron ones anyway so they liked it for different reasons). So normally it's already a pretty slick deal at full price but I was pretty ecstatic to see that Sam's had finally rebranded one of the Tramontina things I wanted...now if only they'd bring a set of Tramontina triple-ply cookware again with the pieces I want.

For price comparison the Tramontina dutch oven at Amazon.com is 50% more money (although it does have a different design): http://www.amazon.com/Tramontina-...00113ITXU/

I think the fade actually makes it look a little nicer than the Walmart version. The only other affordable enameled dutch oven that was recommended was the Lodge and basically the Tramontina beat it on having the extra 0.5 quarts.

FYI this beat the Mario Batali Dutch Oven someone posted in September and was a lot more money than this. The only other cheap dutch oven deal recently was the Martha Stewart set being clearanced at Macy's and those were being clearanced I suspect because they're pretty crappy according to Amazon.com reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stew...000TJ8FMC/
So while this deal might sound kinda dull since it's basically $11.25 off the Walmart price of an enamel dutch oven it's about as good of a deal that you can get on a high quality enameled dutch oven, I couldn't compare pics of the dutch ovens when I was at Sam's club but I was still pretty sure it was the exact same pan since Walmart/Sam's sells a lot of Tramontina cookware and frankly there are only so many makers of 6.5QT enameled dutch ovens so I bought it on the hunch that it's the same as the Walmart one. Literally the only way you're going to get a nicer enameled dutch oven is to pay for a Le Creuset for 4x the money and that's already considered a deal on the Le Creuset.

Anyways this falls nicely into my evil plans of building the budget version of a dream kitchen with Tramontina versions of all the highest end cookware. Next up is the Tramontina triple-ply stainless stuff which only lost to All-Clad in the Cooks Illustrated review because the pieces included in the set included a lot of useless filler-so I'm gonna buy the pieces individually at Walmart. Cheapass victory will be MINE!

On a completely off topic note, while at Sam's I got some older vitamins for half the price of the new ones...I think a manager had stuck the older version's price tag onto the bottle and taped it on. The register oddly then rung it up at some other price like halfway between the price on the tag and the price of the new vitamins, but I ended up getting it at the old tag price-yipee for my bones (it was calcium and vitamin D). Didn't even have to argue or anything although the manager was quite confused as to why there were old shelf tags taped to things but was apparently too tired to go find out why the system wasn't ringing the old price up or who had stuck the tag to it so she just overrode the price. Ok this story was super boring and makes me sound like I'm a lonely 60 year old man Stick Out Tongue
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Last Edited by Cirrus October 25, 2009 at 12:34 PM
Review (all star ratings out of 3):
"RECOMMENDED
Tramontina 6.5-Qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Crafted from enameled cast iron, the oven produced glossy, deeply flavored Belgian beef stew; fluffy white rice; and crispy French fries in the test kitchen. Its larger capacity (6.5 quarts) and even lower price made it our preferred choice over the Lodge (6 quarts.)
STEW *** FRIES *** RICE ***"

For comparison:
"RECOMMENDED
Lodge Enamel-on-Cast-Iron 6-Quart Dutch Oven
Crafted from enameled cast iron, and like the Tramontina produced glossy, deeply flavored Belgian beef stew; fluffy white rice; and crispy French fries in the test kitchen. But the Tramontina oven's larger capacity (6.5 quarts to the Lodge's 6 quarts) and even lower price made it our preferred choice.
STEW *** FRIES *** RICE ***"

"RECOMMENDED
Mario Batali Italian Essentials Enamel-on-Cast-Iron Pot
This roomy pan was slow to heat up but demonstrated quick recovery after fries were added to the oil. The "self- basting" spikes inside the lid work—we never had to shake condensation off this lid after opening it. Browning of beef could have been more even. Testers bemoaned lifting and handling this "super-heavy" pan. Needs bigger handles.
STEW *** FRIES *** RICE ***"

And of course the uber expensive if you have tons of money choice:
"RECOMMENDED
Le Creuset 7 1/4-Quart Round French Oven
The "gold standard" of Dutch ovens put "gorgeous, golden crust" on meat and created great fond. Rice cooked up perfectly, though cleanup required long soaking. A kitchen workhorse that’s heavy but not excessively so.
STEW *** FRIES *** RICE ***"

I only put up reviews of the other top-rated enameled dutch ovens since it's kinda pointless to know about the ones that suck and cost 2x the price, lol.

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#3
use a casserole dish its cheaper does the same job
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#4
There is little difference between a casserole dish and a dutch oven for most cooking, however, in certain cases it CAN make a difference. You have different thermal characteristics, plus you can do things like sautee items in the dutch oven and then continue to cook them on the stove top, i.e. onions or shallots in soup. As an analogy, I've done Balti style cooking in a wok - but I would love to have a the proper Balti style cast iron dish. It all depends on your space, budget, and cooking tendencies. Nice deal, thumbs up and repped.
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#5
Hmmm, interesting. . .I wish they had more sizes/colors available
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#6
By your description, I was wondering if maybe it was this dutch oven [walmart.com] rebranded.
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#7
Well, it does say under warranty that: "This product is warranted by Tramontina to be free from defects in material and workmanship for the lifetime of the original purchaser." So it seems possible.
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#8
I own this and love it, however the price you listed is the same price I paid last year (full price) not sure this is a totally SD. Now if they were 75% off then its a SD.
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#9
I don't see how this qualifies as a SD. For twenty more you can get a verified Tramontina from Amazon shipped to your door. The savings (minus the gas money) you spend to gamble on getting one simply isn't worth it.
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#10
the knob is only good to 400 degrees. this has been at sam's club forever, trying to clear it off the shelves. I hope they replace it with a lid you can use in the oven
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#11
I love giving dutch ovens!
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Quote from gergev View Post :
the knob is only good to 400 degrees. this has been at sam's club forever, trying to clear it off the shelves. I hope they replace it with a lid you can use in the oven
I wonder if the Le Creuset Stainless Steel [amazon.com] replacement knob fits in this lid? This would increase the temperature you can use this set in the oven. In reading the reviews at Amazon, some users have had or heard of people having their plastic knobs explode or melt.

As an aside, I have seen the local Costco [costco.com] sell their own brand of 6-quart dutch ovens with metal knobs and self-basting spikes on the inside of the lid. They were priced at around $60 if I remember correctly.

Just say this yesterday at the local Costco for $49.99 instead of $60.00 for those who are interested.
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#13
Made in China. I'll be passing on this. I don't like to cook my food in anything that has lead in it!
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Quote from whaboush View Post :
Made in China. I'll be passing on this. I don't like to cook my food in anything that has lead in it!
Is this true?
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Quote from Cirrus View Post :

Anyways this falls nicely into my evil plans of building the budget version of a dream kitchen with Tramontina versions of all the highest end cookware. Next up is the Tramontina triple-ply stainless stuff which only lost to All-Clad in the Cooks Illustrated review because the pieces included in the set included a lot of useless filler-so I'm gonna buy the pieces individually at Walmart. Cheapass victory will be MINE!

Buy it all online through Walmart.com and get the 10% bing.com cashback. That'll help is be even more cheapass Smilie
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