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Cast iron skillet
« on: May 10, 2019, 08:16:28 AM »
Just a small win.

I have wanted a cast iron skillet for about a year. I couldn't find one in second hand stores. Could have bought one new for a lot of money, or could have bought a steel pan that wouldn't have been as good for years to come, or could have bought yet another crappy disposable teflon pan. But instead I waited and then today I finally found a second-hand fancypants one in great condition for 15% of the new price.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 08:40:47 AM »
Nice! We did buy our first one, but since then we've rescued two: a big one (12") from rusting in my parents garage, and a grill pan from the top of the apt  dumpster (it was used/unwashed but otherwise perfect!)

Btw our stainless is in pretty good shape after 4.5 years, except where the cladding warped where bf overheated it...but it still works fine! I even set oil on fire in one yesterday (oops), but I'm sure it will come off with scrubbing...

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 05:45:40 PM »
Aren't the standard lodge brand ones like $10-$15?  Brand doesn't seem to make a difference when it comes to cast iron imo...

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 05:59:57 PM »
Aren't the standard lodge brand ones like $10-$15?  Brand doesn't seem to make a difference when it comes to cast iron imo...

Give me a cheapo Lodge cast iron and I'm a happy camper.  I love cooking in cast iron.  I love everything about it, especially the durability.   That said...

...the old school Lodge and other brands had a perfectly smooth cooking surface.  They stopped making them like that decades ago, and the old ones go for decent bucks on eBay.  The new ones are fine, they just aren't as good.

There are some new manufactures who make the old school pans with the flat surface:

https://finexusa.com/

Quite expensive, but will last several lifetimes. 

galliver

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 08:10:24 PM »
Aren't the standard lodge brand ones like $10-$15?  Brand doesn't seem to make a difference when it comes to cast iron imo...
Small ones. 12" is $30. Grill pan looks like $30-40+

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 06:39:18 AM »
Antique shops are a great source for cast iron cookware and it can be purchased pretty reasonably.   It's also well broken in, as opposed to the new Lodge brand stuff or similar which takes quite a bit of use before it's good.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2019, 01:48:11 PM »
Brand doesn't seem to make a difference when it comes to cast iron imo...

Not so much, but vintage cast iron pans (before 1980s methinks) have a smoother cooking surfaces.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2019, 02:02:54 PM »
WE have 4 CI pans. One we got from a friend who thought it was crap (she hadn't seasoned it or gotten a smooth surface). 2 we bought at an auction in a box of kitchen stuff for $5. We threw out everything else and kept the pan. The last one is a griddle - we got it at a yard sale. We also have a CI dutch oven. I forget where it came from, but its been used for everything from deep-frying to stews and even baking cakes.

I am amazed at how expensive CI can be, but as noted here, even if it is rusted beyond recognition, it can be brought back to life with a good seasoning and the application of a little steel wool and elbow grease. I love those pans.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2019, 06:53:17 PM »
I bought my first cast iron pan from Aldi on clearance for $10. It's a 14 inch pan, I believe. I had wanted cast iron for a long time. I love it. I then found a 6 qt cast iron covered casserole dish (a Dutch oven without the feet) for $5 at an estate sale. I love both the pan & covered casserole. We use them for pizza & braising.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2019, 12:03:46 PM »
+1 for Lodge.  Not the best, but quite decent for the price.

Look into using flaxseed oil for your base seasoning if you ever need to start from scratch.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2019, 03:55:06 PM »
Huge cast iron fan here. I own two skillets. Both are cast iron... one 12” lodge picked up at Walmart for about 20 bucks and one 8” ozark trail also picked up from Walmart for about 4 bucks. Without a doubt the lodge is higher quality. I use them for everything. Sautéing, baking, searing, frying.  I personally wouldn’ buy the ozark trail again. Partly because it’s just not as good of a product (but still a bargain at 4 freedom bucks) and partly because it’s chineseium. Not that everything that comes from China is bad but I prefer to buy American made goods as I live here in the US.

Anyway... Welcome to the Iron family! A family that will debate for generations about weather or not it’s okay to use soap to clean our cookware

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2019, 03:39:05 PM »
Yes, the older pans had a much smoother surface.  You can get that on new pans, though, too!  A few minutes with an orbital sander (or a fair amount of elbow grease) will net you a similar finish.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2019, 08:23:03 AM »
After high school while I was setting up my apartment I decided that I was only ever buying one set of pans. I had no idea what I truly needed so I bought Cast Iron skillets I got a very large one, a deeper one, a medium one and a small one, a grill pan one, and a dutch oven. This was in 1998 it was a massive learning curve to learn how to cook in them.

I now know I bought way two many. But I am glad I have them. I baby them and it took a long time to get enough seasoning on the small skillet to cook eggs...and man I have that skillet so seasoned it is like cooking on glass.

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2019, 11:48:25 AM »
Fellow cast iron lover.  Changed my world when I started making deep dish pizza in my cast iron 12" pan. 

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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2019, 12:05:56 PM »
We are currently switching to cast iron and ridding ourselves of Teflon coated pans.

We have ordered the 10 and 12 pans by stargazer. Cannot wait until they arrive!!!


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Re: Cast iron skillet
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2019, 12:54:55 PM »
I bought lodge ones on sale about 10 years ago and ground/sanded one of them to a very smooth finish.  Reseasoning it was a bear, but it's a really nice pan!