8 Ina Garten-Approved Kitchen Items That Are on Sale for Black Friday
Ina Garten is the queen of making simple recipes that still feel special. Whether she's inspiring us with her holiday menu or teaching us how to host a dinner party with ease, we know we can count on The Barefoot Contessa for all of our recipe needs and entertaining tips. But as Ina will be the first one to tell you, using the "good" olive oil or vanilla extract makes all the difference, as does using the right equipment. We scoured Ina Garten's blog to find out her favorite kitchen items—from her favorite knives to glasses that double as small flower vases. Here are eight Ina-approved picks that are on sale for Black Friday right now.
Ina Garten-Approved Kitchen Tools
Le Creuset Dutch Oven
Ina Garten told Williams Sonoma, "I own an entire rack of Le Creuset because I use it all the time," says Ina. She says she relies on her Dutch oven for "wintery things: soups and stews and things like that." This 8-quart oval Dutch oven from Le Creuset is $140 off right now—if you really want to be like Ina, opt for the bright orange "Flame" color.
Ina told Williams Sonoma that she's a huge fan of All-Clad cookware (she also mentions this on the "Equipment" page of her blog.) "I can't think of anything that's not great paired with All-Clad. It's just great equipment," says Ina. "It cooks evenly. It keeps the heat. It's easy to clean. I mean, I've had my All-Clad cookware, most of it for 40 years, and you would not know that it's not brand-new." This 10-piece set is a whopping $700 off right now—act now, because this deal is way too good to pass up.
Ina loves using white bakeware because it looks clean and makes the food really pop (she specifically lists "white baking dishes" under the "Cookware" section of her website). This Le Creuset Heritage Baking Dish is currently $30 off its original price, and would be perfect for casseroles, one-pan suppers and more.
Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet
Ina lists 10"-12" cast-iron skillets as a must-have item under the "Cookware" section of the Barefoot Contessa's website. Whether she's making skillet-roasted chicken and potatoes or skillet brownies, she knows how endlessly versatile this piece of cooking equipment can be. This 12″ cast-iron skillet from Lodge is currently on sale for $16 off its original price.
Wüsthof 7-Piece Knife Set
Ina has admitted that she's partial to Wüsthof knives, and told Williams Sonoma that it would be one of the three kitchen items she'd bring to a desert island (FYI- the other two things were sheet pans and her All-Clad cookware). She says, "With those three categories of things, I can make lots of perfectly delicious meals." This set would make an amazing holiday gift for the home cook in your life—and it's discounted by over $100 right now (and the maple version is over $300 off right now!).
White Kitchen Towels
Ina lists white dish towels under her "Equipment" must-haves. White dish towels are great because they cut down on paper towels and can be endlessly washed and reused. Bonus: Since they're white, they can be bleached to get out any stubborn food stains.
A sharp knife is a cook's best friend, and Ina agrees. She likes to use this electric knife sharpener to keep her blades in tip-top shape. Bonus: Unlike many knife sharpeners, you can use this one to sharpen both straight-edge and serrated blades.
Glasses to Use for Flowers
Under her "Entertaining" must-haves, Ina lists "drinking glasses used as vases." If you watch the Barefoot Contessa, you know that Ina almost always has fresh flowers on the table when guests arrive. These glasses from CB2 would be perfect for backyard buds—and a set of eight costs just $17.95.
This story originally appeared on eatingwell.com.