Avid chefs can get their hands on handsome cast-iron cookware from Aldi, hundreds of pounds cheaper than the Le Creuset classics.
What’s the deal exactly?
Aldi has launched a range of cast-iron cookware to rival famed French cooking utensil maker Le Creuset.
Le Creuset dishes can cost anywhere between £95 and £425. By contrast the new Aldi range starts at £12.99 rising to £24.99 for the deep and shallow casserole dishes. Here’s a full list of the products on offer from the supermarket:
|Cast iron casserole dish||£24.99|
|Cast iron shallow casserole dish||£24.99|
|Cast iron roaster||£19.99|
|Large cast iron tagine||£19.99|
|Cast iron frying pan||£14.99|
|Cast iron skillet||£14.99|
|Cast iron grill tray||£12.99|
|Silicone double oven glove||£6.99|
|Stoneware mixed assortment||£3.49|
Cooking fans will be able to pre-order the dishes online from 16 September and will be in store and online for sale on 20 September.
Why should I care?
Bargain supermarkets such as Aldi have taken the challenge of providing affordable consumer products that don’t compromise on quality to new heights in recent years.
For instance, Aldi had a winner in this year’s Moneywise Easter egg taste test, with a real premium look and feel to the product.
This premium look cast-iron cookware is just the latest in a long line of eye-catching offerings from the supermarket. Aldi says its range is suitable for use with all heat sources, including gas, electric, induction hobs and even solid fuel cookers - they can also be placed in the oven up to 200 degrees Celsius.
What’s the catch?
Aldi say there’s a limited supply, “be quick as once they’re gone, they’re gone,” which would seem to suggest this is a one-time-only range on offer.
There’s no accounting for the quality of these Aldi dishes (Moneywise hasn’t been given a tester) until you buy one and see how it fares under rigorous use.
Le Creuset dishes however come under the banner of “reassuringly expensive” as they are designed to last a lifetime.
What are my other options?
Aldi aren’t the only retailer offering cheaper-priced cast-iron dishes. A quick search on Amazon shows the online retail giant also has dishes costing as low as £29.99. These comes with the benefit of multiple online reviews to give buyer an idea of quality.
Alternatively, you could invest in a proper Le Creuset range. While it is a lot more to pay up front, the cookware lasts for years with fans saying they offer great value over the long term.
Where can I find out more?
Check the Aldi website from 16 September when you can begin to pre-order items. Alternatively pop down to your nearest supermarket to see if its in stock.