The 5 Best Le Creuset Deals From Sur La Table's Cookware Super-Sale

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iStock.com/ChuckSchugPhotography

If you’ve been putting off getting that colorful Le Creuset Dutch oven you covet because the iconic French cookware is just too pricey (lifetime guarantees don’t come cheap), we’ve got a pleasant surprise for you: Sur La Table is currently offering big discounts on Le Creuset and other brands as part of its twice-yearly cookware sale. You can get up to 60 percent off Dutch ovens, braisers, fry pans, pot sets, dishes, and more through April 15. Some items are discounted up to $100.

Here are a few of our favorites.

1. 2.75-Quart Round Dutch Oven; $150 (40 percent off)

When you think of Le Creuset cookware, this round Dutch oven is probably what comes to mind. (Aside from dollar signs, of course.) The company’s classic Dutch ovens are designed for slow cooking, stewing, and baking. They can be used for everything from coq au vin to sourdough bread to mac and cheese. The petite 2.75-quart version usually retails for $250, but it’s nearly $100 off for now. It comes in six soothing colors, including that signature Le Creuset flame red and a cool indigo.

Buy it: Sur La Table

2. Stainless Steel 5-Piece Set; $304 (24 percent off)

Get as much out of this sale as you can with this five-piece stainless steel set, which includes a 10-inch skillet, a 3-quart saucepan and lid, and a 7-quart stockpot and lid. The cookware has stay-cool handles and flared rims that won’t drip, and the self-sealing lids are designed to vent excess steam while keeping heat and moisture inside. The set usually retails for $400 but is currently almost $100 off.

Buy it: Sur La Table

3. 2.25-Quart Signature Saucepan; $120 (45 percent off)

Designed for simmering sauces, reducing stock, and making gravy, this kitchen workhorse will allow your liquids to gently bubble away without scorching or overheating, thanks to the cast iron’s even heat distribution. The typically $220 model is available in six glazes, including a classic white, Marseille blue, and cerise.

Buy it: Sur La Table

4. 7-Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot; $192 (43 percent off)

If you aren’t going to invest in a whole set of stainless steel cookware, just get the stock pot. This online-only model normally goes for $340. It’s perfect for soups, stocks, pastas, and other big-batch meals, and like the rest of Le Creuset’s stainless steel, it has handles that will stay cool to the touch and flared rims that won’t drip when you pour.

Buy it: Sur La Table

5. 5-Quart Stainless Steel Braiser; $200 (42 percent off)

Designed to turn tough meats and vegetables into tender, delicious dishes, Le Creuset’s braisers allow you to sear your food over high heat before cooking it in liquid. The wide base can handle foods in a single layer across the bottom of the pan. Then pop on the lid, which keeps steam circulating consistently throughout the cooking process, keeping in moisture (and flavor). Suggested retail price for this stainless steel model is $350, making it one of the best deals available on the site right now.

Buy it: Sur La Table

Visit the Sur La Table website for the full list of discounts, which includes plenty of enameled cast iron, stainless steel, and nonstick cookware. The sale ends April 15.

And if even the sale prices of Le Creuset originals are too high, don’t forget: There’s always the Amazon knockoff version.

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Microwave Your Food Safely With This Soft Silicone Lunch Box

ParentDiary
ParentDiary

Even if the contents of your lunch are healthy, the container you pack it in may pose a threat to your health. Heating up some plastic food storage containers can release harmful chemicals, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics warns families to avoid putting such products in the microwave or dishwasher. (And there's still some debate as to what constitutes a microwave-safe plastic.) But the All-Silicone Lunch Box, a storage product currently raising money on Kickstarter, is strong enough to stand up to a range of temperatures, allowing you to safely put it in the freezer, the microwave, and the dishwasher.

This lunch container is made from silicone instead of plastic, making it a safer choice for kids and adults. The flexible box is easy to seal, open, and wash (either by hand or in the dishwasher). And whether you're using it to store leftovers in the freezer or heat up your lunch in the office kitchen, the All-Silicone Lunch Box is designed to maintain its shape and not leech anything unsavory into your food.

After originally releasing a single-compartment box, ParentDiary has now developed a lunch box with dividers, too. The container is now available with three compartments (perfect for snacks or bento boxes), or two compartments (with each side just big enough to fit half a sandwich).

The All-Silicone Lunch Box has over a month left to reach its $4000 funding goal and has raised $1000 so far.

Pledge $12 or more on Kickstarter by May 19 to reserve your own lunch box, with shipping set for June. For more packed lunch inspiration (including some other great silicone options), check out these products.

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13 Products to Keep You Dry on Rainy Days

Alexander Mueller, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Alexander Mueller, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

April showers bring May flowers … plus soggy shoes, wet hair, and dripping, broken umbrellas. If you’re looking to stay dry this rainy season, consider picking up some of this gear.

1. Bogs Auburn Boot

These are a rare find: Rain boots that are both functional and cute. Bogs gave us a pair to test out, and we’ve been tempted to wear them even when it isn’t raining. The Chelsea-style ankle-high boots have a slight heel and a zipper so you don’t have to awkwardly try to stuff your feet into them. They’re 100 percent waterproof, equipped with moisture wicking technology to keep feet dry (and stink-free!), and have a slip-resistant outsole. And thanks to gel cushioning in the footbed, they’re super comfortable. (The men’s version, available for $70, is also waterproof and is available in three colors.)

Buy it on Bogs for $120 or from one of the retailers below:

2. Levi’s Women’s Faux Leather Anorak Jacket

A woman in a maroon rain jacket

Levi's, Amazon

This hooded, rubber faux leather anorak jacket comes in 11 colors; it has zipper and button closure, plus adjustable cuffs, to keep the rain out. One reviewer described the coat as “practical yet stylish.” The best part? It’s machine washable.

Buy it on Amazon from $39 or at one of the retailers below:

3. Levi’s Men’s Rubberized Parka

A man in a black faux-rubber jacket

Levi's, Amazon

Levi’s also makes a rubberized parka for men that comes in three colors.

Buy it on Amazon from $72.

4. Sharpty Inverted Umbrella

An open green Sharpty umbrella next to the same umbrella as it looks folded up

Sharpty, Amazon

This highly rated umbrella opens in reverse—so when you close it, water stays firmly inside and doesn’t get all over you or the floor—and it's designed to withstand bursts of wind up to 60 mph. Made with carbon fiber and equipped with a C-shaped handle that makes holding and storage easy, it’s available in a staggering 26 patterns/colors, ranging from plain old black to the New York City skyline. And it’s big enough to fit two people underneath.

Buy it on Amazon starting at $16.

5. Drybrella

Two Drybrella bags next to a backpack and a purse with umbrellas wrapped in Drybrellas inside

Drybrella, Amazon

These polyester pouches—which accommodate umbrellas up to 12 inches long—are lined with microfiber so you can stash wet umbrellas in your bag or backpack without getting everything else wet.

Buy it on Amazon for $10 for two or at Walmart for $9.

6. Waterproof Elastic Gardening Headwear

A woman wears a hands-free umbrella on her head

MAGIFIRE, Amazon

Perhaps you hate when the wind blows your hood off, or maybe you want a moisture-free perimeter to keep the stuff in your hands dry. We’re not here to judge, merely to provide you with a product that could help solve your problems. This 36-inch-diameter hat has an adjustable headband and folds down to 10 inches for easy stowing. Its top layer is also reflective, which means you can wear it when you’re working in the sun, too.

Buy it on Amazon for $13.

7. Columbia Men’s Watertight Cap

A waterproof black cap

Columbia, Amazon

If elaborate headwear isn’t your thing, this nylon hat—which comes in three colors—will also work.

Buy it on Amazon or at Columbia Sportswear for $25.

8. Lightspeed Outdoors Sport Shelter

A blue and gray pop-up shelter

Lightspeed Outdoors, Amazon

If you find yourself at many of rain-or-shine events, considering picking up this pop-up shelter. At nearly 9 feet wide and almost 5 feet tall, it has enough space to fit four friends, and it’s equipped with sun protection and a PU coating, so it’s appropriate for both sun and rain. And it packs down small (49 inches by 5 inches) for easy storage.

Buy it on Amazon for $80.

9. Harry Potter Crests Color Changing Umbrella

A black-and-white and a colored version of the Harry Potter umbrella

Bioworld, Amazon

This officially licensed Harry Potter umbrella features Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff house crests and changes color when wet. The company also sells a Marauder’s Map-themed umbrella as well as a Hogwarts-themed one and one decorated with magical creatures from the world of Harry Potter.

Buy it on Amazon or Walmart for $17.

10. CloudTen Helmet-Shaped Umbrella

A woman peeks out from under a CloudTen umbrella

CloudTen, Amazon

In addition to looking a bit like Darth Vader’s helmet, this umbrella’s design makes it virtually impossible to blow inside out, even in the windiest weather. It’s also a good option for city dwellers—you’re less likely to take another pedestrian’s eyes out!

Buy it at Amazon for $23.

11. Mini Umbrella

A diagram of the size of the pocket umbrella open and folded up

Fidus, Amazon

There’s nothing worse than being caught in the rain without an umbrella—so pick up one of these ultra-small (just 6.6 inches) umbrellas and carry it with you at all times.

Buy it on Amazon for $15.

12. Alex Carseon Multi-Purpose Tray

Four images of the Alex Carseon multi-purpose tray being used to store boots, gardening tools, a bucket, and cat food

Alex Carseon, Amazon

Keep muddy boots and shoes contained with this polypropylene tray, which measures 30 inches long and 15 inches wide.

Buy it on Amazon for $17.

13. Osprey Ultralight Rain Cover

An Osprey rain cover folded up

Osprey, Amazon

Available in three sizes, this cover wraps around packs and equipment to keep them dry. It's equipped with reflective elements (which is especially helpful if you're biking), a cinch attachment, a hipbelt, and harness attachments—plus, it packs down small, so you can easily fold it back into your bag when the rain clears up.

Buy it on Amazon from $30 or at one of the retailers below:

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