Black Friday 2011: A Guide to Good Deals for the Kitchen

We mostly focus on handmade goods and gifts this time of year, but we also appreciate the fact that a few great kitchen goods can go a long way. Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to find smart deals on important pieces and to stock up on truly helpful tools.

If you have been thinking about investing in a major piece of cookware — like a Dutch oven, stand mixer, food processor, or high-end knife — then this may very well be the best time to find a good deal. It is also a good time to shop for major appliances (got a dying fridge or dishwasher, like me?)

Do you know where the best deals are this year? We rounded up our picks of the weekend's major kitchen-related deals — they include everything from knives and cookware to large appliances and flooring. Here they are in one place for easy browsing!

WHERE ARE THE DEALS?

PRE-BLACK FRIDAY
(Many sales continue on from Thursday into Friday)

JC Penney: Cookware Sets starting at $99.88, Cooks Small Appliances For $9.98
Walmart: 10pm Thursday: 20pc Paula Deen Cook Set for $86.44 & Name Brand Small Appliances $9.44
Lowes: Large discounts on name brand appliances (refrigerator, oven, dishwasher)
Kohls: 10pc Corning Ware Set, $39.99 & KitchenAid Pro Mixers, $399.
Sears: Deep discounts on name brand appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, stove, deep freezers).
Macy's: 20%-50% off all kitchen goods, serving &dishware (53pc flatware set $29.99.
Home Depot: Discounts on small & large appliances, flooring, sinks, islands.
Overstock: 2 pc chair set for $89.99 and 8pc cookware for $8.99.

BLACK FRIDAY ONLY

West Elm: Spend $100 = Save 10%, Spend $250 = Save 15% (use code: buymoresavemore at checkout if online)
Crate and Barrel: Top 10 Items up to 30% (French Press + Bodum Electric Kettle for $49.95)
Sur La Table: Select Sale Items: Breville Panini Press $49.96 & Wüsthof® Silverpoint II 18-piece Block Set $139.96
ChefTools.com: Site wide sales (including Le Creuset)
Bed Bath & Beyond: 20% entire order (must be in store before 10am to pick up coupon to use anytime Friday)
Target: 8 bottle wine cooler $59.99, Rachael Ray Cookset $97, $19 name brand small appliances
Williams Sonoma: Knives, OXO Peelers for $9.99 & Cleaning Kits for $14.95
Kmart: Up to 20% off entire store, dining sets, small appliances, dishware, Gordan Ramsay Cookware
IKEA: 7 piece cook set, (Saturday only): $19.99

Also, don't forget places like Michael's, Hobby Lobby and JoAnns (craft stores) for things like cake pans, icing tips and other specialty items. These stores usually have 50% off coupons for Black Friday or the Saturday after. It's a great time to stock up on specialty pans or pick up specific items that are usually rather costly.

Have you spotted any good deals on cooking gear or appliances for this weekend? Share them here!

(Images: Courtesy of mentioned stores and outlets.)

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.

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