It seems Aldi is on a bread-baking kick. Just the other week, the discount grocer sold a bread maker in its middle aisle. Electric bread makers are a pretty standard kitchen appliance. You dump in the ingredients, turn it on, and it mixes and bakes a loaf without any additional work on your part.
Now, Aldi is selling yet another way to make homemade bread. This time, it’s a cast iron bread oven. This heavy piece of kitchen hardware looks like a dupe of a Le Creuset Bread Oven, which goes for $240 to $300 depending on what color you purchase. Let’s just say the Aldi knockoff is a lot cheaper.
You might be wondering how a cast iron bread oven works. Simply put, it’s used for making rustic loaves. You place the bread dough inside the cast iron bread oven, which you then put inside your conventional oven, and the steam inside the bread oven helps to produce a nice tall loaf with a thin and shiny crust.
You can get a similar effect baking your loaf in a traditional cast iron Dutch oven, but the cast iron bread oven is specially designed for baking bread, with a shallow lower pan and a taller lid. That heavy lid helps to trap steam inside the bread oven, which produces a better loaf.
Here’s more information about the Aldi cast iron bread oven.
What We Know:
The Crofton Cast Iron Bread Oven (Product Code: 709562) is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Each store receives one shipment, and after that sells out, it’s gone unless Aldi decides to bring it back at some later point. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products not currently in stock at your local store.
This bread oven cost $24.99 at the time of publication. Obviously, that’s a lot less than the $300 you might pay on Le Creuset’s website. Le Creuset bread ovens go for about $300 on Amazon as well, and while I did find some other brands that went for less, you’ll still pay more than $100 for other cast iron bread ovens.
Here’s more information about the Aldi cast iron bread oven:
- Available in Blue Gradient or White
- Makes baking bread at home easy
- Interior diameter: 9″
- Features long-lasting porcelain enamel interior and exterior
- Oven safe up to 482 °F
- Bread recipe included
- Comes with a two-year warranty
- Suitable for all cooktops, including induction
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t yet tried this cast iron bread oven, so we don’t know how well it works or how well it holds up to use. We also don’t know who provides warranty service for this product. And most importantly, we don’t know how closely this compares to a name-brand Le Creuset bread oven. We write open threads so readers can discuss Aldi products.
Did you purchase the Crofton Cast Iron Bread Oven? Tell us what you think of it in the comments below.