Open Thread: Crofton Cast Iron Lightweight Fry Pan and Lightweight Dutch Oven

Last Updated on October 17, 2021

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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.

Crofton Lightweight Cast Iron Fry Pans

Crofton Lightweight Cast Iron Fry Pan

The Crofton Lightweight Cast Iron Fry Pan sold for $16.99 in February of 2021. It came either as a 12″ fry pan or a combination 8″ + 10″ fry pan set.

 

Crofton Lightweight 6-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Crofton Lightweight 6-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven with glass lid

The Crofton Lightweight 6-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven cost $24.99 in February of 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.


About Joshua

Joshua is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

10 Comments

  1. I am considering buying one of these but would like to hear from someone who is familiar before making the purchase.

  2. I just bought the 12″ and set of 10″ and 8″. They are heavier than my old teflon aluminum pans, but tlighter than my cast iron. The exterior has a smoother finish, the interior has a heavily grooved brushed finish. They need to be seasoned before use. I followed the seasoning instructions which seemed to be at lower heat than i usually season my cast iron, and the result was a soft tacky season, as expected. I turned up the heat slightly and baked them again, with better results.

    They have reasonably high walls, but the flat bottoms are relatively small diameter compared to my old pans. This means I need to go up a larger size pan for things like crepes, omlette, or tortillas

    I’ve only used them a couple times so far, but they perform well. They heat evenly and stir well. As i said, the instructions seasoned soft, so I needed to reseason the 12″ after using it for making tacos, but the smaller pans performed well with eggs and other foods.

    I expect with proper care (they should be treated like cast iron, hand wash, dry immediately, stack between towels, etc) and seasoning they should perform well.

    • Yes, thank you, Patch. I am re-seasoning my 12” skillet again per your suggestion, as mine, too, came out sticky.

  3. Thanks Patch! Good information I was looking for. I think I’ll give them a try!

  4. Bought a crofton Dutch oven yesterday, 2-27-2021, and it stated it was pre seasoned in the ad. Cooked dinner in it and food stuck heavily to the bottom of it. $24.99 in the trash.

    • It says on the instructions to season it.

    • OMG you threw it away?! Every single piece of cast iron cookware I’ve ever bought came “preseasoned” yet needed several rounds of seasoning once I got it home… and then you’ll have to regularly do more as you use it.

  5. i bought the 2-1 8 and 6 inches pan in Feb.
    seasoned them per instruction, but turned out sticky. I probably coated the oil too much. the oil coating needs to be very thin when seasoning. so, I reseasoned them. Turned out very nice, absolutely non-stick at all and the pots are shining black. plus they are much lighter than the regular cast iron pan, very user friendly.

    • Yes, the instructions are kind of lacking on the seasoning. I too had mine turn out sticky, and this being my first use of anything cast iron, I then took to the internet, and found out the proper way to season. I scrubbed off the sticky layer with kosher salt and have started over. I am still in the process; glad to hear from you that once seasoned properly, they are good pans. I bought 2 of the 12″ skillet.

  6. Has anyone noticed a feeling like there is something stuck in their throat or that their throat is closing up after cooking in these pans? I have 2 of the 8 oz pots and the past two days, I have cooked eggs in them in the air fryer. After eating I experienced the above mentioned. The first time, I thought it was something with one of my medications. The second time, I did not take my medications before eating and had the same experience. Not sure if it’s the pots or not.

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