Pros: Great tasting food. Will last a lifetime or two or three.
Cons: Heavy. The burn factor.
Getting A Cast Iron Skillet:
After our wedding, my husband took me on a manhunt to find a cast iron skillet. We tried Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and Linens and Things, but had no luck. Infact, at Linens and Things we were directed to the laundry section where we found a clothing iron.
I was beginning to think cast iron was an urban myth, when we stepped into Different Drummers Kitchen. Soon my hubby had a 12 inch Cast Iron Skillet by Lodge in his hands. Twenty-five dollars later, we were on our way home with dreams of bacon and eggs dancing in my hubbys head.
On the web at: http://www.lodgemfg.com/
About Lodge Cast Iron Skillet:
The skillet is 12 inches in diameter with walls that come up 2 inches. It is completely black in color and is 100% cast iron, weighing 15 lbs. I can barely lift it with one hand and always use two when transporting it.
Luckily, the skillet comes with two handles. Besides the main handle, which is 4 inches in length and has a hole for hanging, the skillet also has an assist handle on the opposite end, which is just large enough to fit my hand around. Both handles get extremely hot during cooking, however, Lodge makes a Hot Handle Holder Set to cover the main handle.
This skillet comes pre-seasoned, however, after each use; it is a good idea to rub a little oil into the surface. On occasion, the skillet will need to be re-seasoned to preserve the non-stick surface and the life of the pan. Seasoning is done by greasing the inside and outside of the skillet with shortening and laying it upside down in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour with foil at the bottom of the oven to catch drippings.
Using the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet:
In the Oven - Cornbread, which comes out light and moist.
On the Stovetop - Eggs, bacon, and hash browns; hash browns and bacon are crispy, eggs are firm not flimsy. This skillet also makes the best hamburger I have ever tasted!
It's got Skills:
- Great tasting food!
- Nonstick; no need for cooking spray. Grease and fat melt off food. Fat free cooking.
- Non-stick surface gets better over time; what other cookware can you say that about?
- Adds the vital nutrient, Iron to food.
- Skillet heats up evenly and with cast iron, food can be cooked at lower temperature
- Food is cooked evenly; ex.. perfect strips of bacon that are crispy all over, but not too crispy.
- Clean up is easy
- Did I mention, Great tasting food! Best hamburger ever.
Not So Skillful:
- Before purchasing a handle cover, I burnt myself often during stove-top cooking.
- Much heavier than my cast iron griddle. I need two hands to lift this one. Handle covers are only sold for the main handle, creating a problem when needing to move a hot skillet.
- Have to wait for it to heat up on stove-top before putting food items in; test it with a drop of water to see if it sizzles and disappears.
After cooking, rub the inside surface with the scratchy side of a sponge in hot water. Rinse with warm water and use a paper towel to dry immediately. Place a pea size amount of oil in the griddle and use a paper towel to lightly coat the inside before storing. Before each use take a damp cloth and gentle wipe the inside. Doing this with each use means a lasting non-stick surface and only an occasional oven seasoning session. Never put Cast Iron in the dishwasher.
The only downfall with this skillet is its weight. We store it on top of the refrigerator, which is beside our stove so we do not have to move it far. Another option is leaving it on the back burner of the stove. If you are concerned about the weight, Lodge makes smaller sized skillets.
Despite the weight, it is a great skillet to have around. Food cooked in cast iron has a great taste and we never go a day without using this skillet. It can be used in the oven, stove-top, or fireplace for a variety of food items. We cook almost all our stove-top meals in it.
Of all the delicious items we have made in it, our hamburgers end up with out of this world flavor every time. It should be the first thing you cook in this skillet as it will make you feel great about the purchase:)
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