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

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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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11 Patriotic Products to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Amazon
Amazon

Whether you’ll be lounging by the beach or grilling in your backyard this Independence Day, don’t forget to show off your all-American spirit with a little swag. Here are 11 products to help you celebrate Fourth of July—all of which would pair nicely with your collection of presidential bobbleheads.

1. Declaration Of Independence Signatures Mug; $15

Mug decorated with the signatures from the Declaration of Independence.
CafePress, Amazon

The names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are on display on this ceramic coffee mug. Studying the signatures each morning might inspire you to perfect your own John Hancock.

Find it: Amazon

2. Stars And Stripes Cufflinks; $55

Cufflinks with images of stars and stripes on them

Cufflinks Inc., Nordstrom

Brighten up your wardrobe with a splash of American pride. One half of this cufflinks set is striped red and white and the other is blue and spangled with stars. Together they make a patriotic accent piece.

Find it: Nordstrom

3. Fireworks Light Show Projector; $41

Portable fireworks light projector.
Uncle Milton, Amazon

If you want a low-hazard Fourth of July that still delivers thrills, consider getting a light show projector. When it’s pointed at a wall, the device displays vibrant fireworks animations accompanied by realistic sound effects. And it works indoors, so you can count on your Independence Day party ending with a light show no matter the weather forecast. (There's also a Disney version available for just $20.)

Find it: Amazon

4. Inflatable Cooler; $14

Inflatable American flag cooler filled with ice and drinks.
Fun Express, Amazon

When preparing for a picnic or barbecue this Fourth of July, don’t bother breaking out your tiny roll-away cooler. This 54-by-28-inch inflatable trough holds enough bottles and cans to keep your party going well past sunset. Once the cooler has been drained and deflated, it folds neatly for easy storage.

Find it: Amazon

5. American Trivia Cards; $15

Even players who paid attention in American history class might find this game challenging. Each box comes with 150 cards of United States trivia. Some questions—like what was the first state to grant women the right to vote—highlight important moments in our nation’s history. Others—like how many columns the Lincoln Memorial features—are a little more random.

Find it: UncommonGoods

6. U.S. Navy Blanket; $200

The U.S. military has been going to Faribault Woolen Mill Co. for its blankets for over 100 years. This one is crafted from 100 percent wool and weighs 3.5 pounds. The design is inspired by the blankets supplied on Navy ships—and if it’s tough enough for the Navy, you can bet it will withstand a Fourth of July picnic. We like the gray version, but it comes in several different styles and colors.

Find it: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

7. American Flag Cornhole; $90

Two American flag cornhole boards with bean bags.
GoSports, Amazon

Baseball faces some stiff competition from cornhole for the title of No. 1 American pastime. This lawn set includes four blue bean bags, four red bean bags, and two boards decorated to resemble the American flag.

Find it: Amazon

8. U.S. Map Cutting Board; $20

Wooden cutting board in the shape of the U.S. map.
Totally Bamboo, Amazon

This 100 percent bamboo board eschews the traditional rectangle shape in favor of the outline of the American mainland. You can either keep it in the kitchen and use it as a cutting board or bring it out to the party as a serving platter for fruits, cheeses, and other hors d'oeuvres.

Find it: Amazon

9. Boston Tea Party Tea Sampler; $15

Six piles of loose-leaf tea.
Solstice Tea Traders, Amazon

A sip of one of the teas in this sampler will put you in touch with your inner revolutionary. Each of the six loose-leaf varieties—bohea black tea, oolong, congou black tea, souchong, singlo, and hyson—was among those tossed over the sides of British ships during the Boston Party. Whether you drink the tea or chuck it into the nearest harbor is up to you. (If you're looking for something to put on display, UncommonGoods also sells a slightly pricier, more elegant option with five teas.)

Find it: Amazon

10. State Map Prints; $27 and Up

A poster featuring a colorful map of Wisconsin
Bri Buckley, Society6

These unique prints by Bri Buckley highlight the beauty of each U.S. state in vibrant color. Each state map is available in both a modern and a vintage style, and like most Society6 art, the design is also available on tapestries, shirts, pillows, tote bags, and more.

Find it: Society6

11. Bald Eagle Pool Float; $15

A man and a woman ride a bald eagle pool float
Swimline, Amazon

Cool down the patriotic way this Fourth of July. This massive 8-foot-by-6-foot bald eagle pool float can fit up to two people comfortably, and will look great floating around your pool during your backyard barbecue.

Find it: Amazon

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated for 2019.

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Turn Your Phone Into an Instant Camera With KODAK's New Handheld Printer

KODAK
KODAK

Instant cameras are all the rage, but when you're already carrying a high-end camera everywhere you go in the form of your smartphone, the idea of carrying around an extra gadget might seem like more work than it's worth. You don't have to choose between the convenience of your phone's camera and the fun of having a tangible memento. KODAK's new SMILE digital printer combines all the fun of using filters and image editing on your phone with the delight of having a printed copy of your photo.

Blue, green, black, red, and white KODAK SMILE printers printing photos
The KODAK SMILE line of instant digital printers
KODAK

The handheld Bluetooth printer—which is roughly the same size as KODAK's SMILE instant digital camera—lets you edit photos on your phone, then print your image instantly on 2-inch-by-3-inch sticker paper. Using the KODAK SMILE app, you can add Instagram-esque filters; rotate images and change contrast, brightness, and other characteristics; and add stickers, text, doodles, and borders.

Most uniquely, you can add augmented reality elements to your photos, so that when you (or someone else with the KODAK SMILE app) point the app at the physical print, the image is replaced by a short video clip. The effect is something like the moving photographs in Harry Potter—you can surprise your friends by asking them to view a photo through the app's AR function, then watch their delight as the still image begins to move.

The KODAK SMILE app
KODAK

KODAK sent Mental Floss both the SMILE instant camera and the SMILE printer to test, and while there's a lot of fun in snapping photos on an instant camera and accepting whatever weird flaws that photo might have (though you can do some light editing on the SMILE camera before printing), in our opinion, the breadth of image-editing features and convenience of being able to print photos you've already taken on your smartphone makes the digital printer the better option if you're trying to choose between the two.

This is especially true if you're going on vacation or trying to capture a night out on camera; it's just easier to whip out your phone rather than break out another camera, and it's easier to edit photos on your phone than to manipulate photos on the SMILE instant camera's small screen.

Blue, black, green, white, and red KODAK SMILE instant-print cameras
The KODAK SMILE line of instant-print digital cameras
KODAK

The SMILE printer is available on Amazon and Walmart for $100 and comes in five different colors: white, black, blue, green, and red. The SMILE instant-print digital camera is also $100 on Amazon and Walmart and is available in the same colors.

While the camera and the printer both come with a starter pack of sticker-backed ZINK photo paper, you can get 50 refill sheets for $24 when you run out.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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