If you took inspiration from Marie Konodo and decluttered your home during lockdown, chances are you’ll be needing to give your kitchenware an update.
And luckily for you, Aldi is bringing back its best-selling cast iron cookware range just in time for autumn’s stewing season.
The budget-friendly retailer is re-releasing its heavy-duty casserole dish (£24.99), skillet pan (£14.99), and roasting tray (£19.99) all for a fraction of the price of leading brand Le Creuset – so much so, the entire collection will set you back just £88.
It has also extended its range by launching a new shallow casserole dish (£19.99), alongside a must-have set of stoneware mugs, available as a set of two (£3.99) or four espresso cups.
Suitable for use on all heat sources, including gas, electric, and induction, the dishes can also be put in the oven in temperatures up to 250C.
The latest iteration of the range will come in two new colourways – plum ombre and matte black – as well as an old favourite, grey ombre.
It’s also introducing a colour coordinating selection of wooden and silicone utensils, starting from as little as £1.99, which will really complete the set.
The collection will be available to pre-order online from 6 September and can be found in stores from 10 September.
You’ll have to be quick though, last year’s range sold out very quickly, and in true “special buy” form once they’re gone, they’re gone.
If you can’t wait until then to get your hands on some new cast iron cookware, here’s a round-up of similarly affordable kitchenware you can buy now. It’s equally as chic, we promise.
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Dunelm cream cast iron shallow casserole dish: £38, Dunelm
If your casserole dish has had a lot of use over recent months and is looking a bit worn-out, it’s high time you replaced it with this. Suitable for use on all hob types, it holds up to 3.5l, and features a secure-fitting lid, making it ideal for cooking up a storm in. The hand-painted cream finish is pleasing on the eye, and will no doubt be a stylish addition to any kitchen.
Kichly pre-seasoned cast iron skillet: £16.99, Amazon
Costing just £2 more than Aldi’s cast iron skillet, this Kichly alternatively is a great, affordable choice. Its superior heat retention means it will cook food quickly and efficiently. Regular use and proper maintenance is the key to making sure this items lasts a long time, particularly as it isn’t non-sick.
Argos Home 3l cast iron shallow casserole dish: £45, Argos
Featuring in our review of the best casserole dishes, our review praised this on its size and quality. It can be transferred from the hob to the oven (up to 240C) before serving to the table. Coated with a tough enamel, this is easy to clean in warm soapy water. Although it is a little more expensive than Adli’s alternative (which costs £24.99), it looks far more expensive than it is and is hardwearing, meaning it will stand the test of time. Should your kitchen be in need of a pop of colour, it also comes in red and orange.
ProCook stoneware oven dish: £18, ProCook
Coming in at just a few pounds cheaper than Aldi’s cast iron roaster (£19.99), this oven dish is microwave, freezer, dishwasher, and oven safe (up to 200C). A great size (41.5cm x 26.5cm), it’s a must-have for batch cooking or if you frequently make large family meals. Sturdy and chip-resistant, you can’t go wrong.
Cooks Professional set of 6 stoneware tea mugs: £19.99, Amazon
Featuring a stylish tonal design, with the traditional indentation, these mugs are the perfect way to enjoy your morning cuppa. These are dishwasher and microwave safe. Coming in a set of six, we love the range of colours on offer and think they’d be perfect as a gift – to yourself or a friend.
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