In living the frugal lifestyle, you must never believe that well made things are out of your budget. Every woman who has a kitchen and likes to cook or bake needs decent pans.
I grew up watching my Mom use cast iron pans. They are relatively inexpensive and they are work horses in the kitchen. I fell in love with French cooking and wanted the beautiful cast iron enamel pans I saw in cookbooks and magazine articles.
They were completely out of my budget, but I still really wanted them. I was able to get a beautiful pan from Williams- Sonoma, but I had to save for it. Then I discovered Ebay and realized there were a lot more options if I did not mind colors that were not really trendy, but retro or vintage.
I also realized there are many more companies besides Le Creuset that made cast iron enamel pans. Now I have a hodgepodge of pans of all different colors and different brands. They are all vintage, but there are new companies of all kinds that are making them that are even cheaper than vintage.
My number one tip for finding inexpensive cast iron enamel pieces is to go vintage and look on Ebay, and do not be afraid to bid if you want a piece. There are literally hundreds of pieces of vintage Le Creuset, Descoware, Dansk, Copco, Prizer Ware, Kobe, and Dru Holland for sale online. All of the companies I just mentioned are no longer in production except Le Creuset, so you will get a unique piece.
I have also found a few pieces at antique stores, Goodwill, and thrift stores. I keep my eyes peeled for deals online, and sometimes get blessed when I am out and about looking for a deal. Also something to remember if your heart is set on the Le Creuset brand- you should look for there big, twice-a-year sale. I believe they are held in February and July.
Why cast iron enamel?
They are so easy to clean, they feel so substantial, they are so well made, they are beautiful, and they cook things beautifully.
Happy hunting for some beautiful cookware!