The $25 Aldi Braiser You Can’t Cook Thanksgiving Dinner Without

published Nov 21, 2023
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Delano, CA, USA - Mar 26, 2022: Exterior view of an Aldi grocery store in Delano, California. Aldi is the common brand of two German family-owned multinational discount supermarket chains.
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If you’re an Aldi lover and haven’t yet heard the news, then it feels unfair to keep this budget-friendly and beautiful secret from you. Ahead of Thanksgiving, Aldi is selling a $24.99 Crofton Cast Iron Braiser, and I’m not being hyperbolic when I tell you that buying it, using it, and serving your favorite dish out of it will absolutely transform your Thanksgiving day tablescape

No matter what you’re using it to prepare — whether you’re dishing up a beautiful spin on green bean casserole or making the very best stuffing to end the debate on all other stuffings once and for all — your guests will “ooh” and “aah” at your great taste, your mac and cheese will be piping hot all the way through, and you’ll feel smug and savvy knowing you spent just $25 to make it all happen.

Available only in Aldi stores, the Crofton Cast Iron Braiser is sold in two colors — blue and white — and holds up to 3.7 quarts, which is probably just enough mashed potatoes for two people if you’re skipping the full meal and only making the bangers. The braiser is 11.85 inches in diameter, touts superior heat retention and distribution, and is oven-safe up to 482°F, and you can use it on all cooktops, including induction. If you’re worried about wear and tear, don’t, because the braiser comes with a two-year warranty and is made with a long-lasting porcelain enamel interior and exterior.

When it’s not in use, the braiser will look gorgeous sitting on your stovetop on display because it screams “hey, I can cook,” and also “I have impeccable taste in products,” thanks to its sleek design and endless functionality. But if shopping in stores is no longer your journey, there are plenty of similar items you can shop for right now that will most likely deliver in time to make it to you, like this Lodge 3.6-quart enameled cast iron from Amazon. (The price tag runs more expensive, but it’s worth it for the convenience of being shipped straight to your doorstep.)

Buy: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder, $29.99 (normally $50)