Last Updated on July 9, 2023
EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated for 2023.
Cast iron cookware has been around for a long time. Long before the invention of kitchen stoves, cast iron pots were used to cook food over an open fire. In the 20th century, Teflon-coated cookware replaced cast iron in most homes, thanks to its ease of use, but there is still a market for cast iron.
In fact, in recent years cast iron has experienced a renaissance. Nonstick cookware, for all its convenience, doesn’t last as long. What’s more, some people have voiced concerns about the safety of nonstick chemicals. Cast iron, on the other hand, can last a long time if properly cared for, and it may even have some health benefits.
That properly cared for part is important. Cast iron does require a little work, but doing so will keep it in good condition for a long time.
Aldi frequently sells cast iron cookware under the Crofton label, and in a few different varieties. It’s not uncommon to see cast iron on Aldi shelves every 2-3 months or so. All are Aldi Finds, which means they’re only in stores for a limited time. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, although you don’t usually have to wait too long for cast iron cookware to come back.
Recently, Aldi sold a pair of lightweight cast iron products. Cast iron can be heavy, so these are marketed as being easier to hold and use than a standard cast iron product.
What We Know:
Aldi sold two different lightweight products.
The Crofton Lightweight Cast Iron Fry Pan sold for $18.99 in January of 2023, which is $2 more than the $16.99 it sold for in February of 2021. It came either as a 12″ fry pan or a combination 8″ + 10″ fry pan set.
The Crofton Lightweight 6-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven cost $29.99 in January of 2023, which is $5 more than the $24.99 it went for in February of 2021. In 2021, it came in red or blue and included a glass lid.
What We Don’t Know:
We don’t know who manufactures Aldi cast iron products. Because Aldi sources from a variety of manufacturers, even under the same brand label, it’s possible different Crofton cookware may come from different makers, both from year to year and from product to product.
Also, because these are lightweight products, there may be some tradeoffs versus a standard cast iron cookware. Handles and lids may not last as long, for example. We also don’t know if the iron is as thick on these versus a regular cast iron product.
Do you have experience with Aldi cast iron lightweight cookware? Let us know in the comments.