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The workhorse cookware of my kitchen is LODGE Cast Iron Cookware! I inherited my grandmother's 13-inch cast iron skillet, without the helper handle. If cast iron is taken care of properly, you cannot go wrong with the investment. I purchased the Lodge WOK pictured below and it holds the heat beautifully for all kinds of recipe creations. And the best part about LODGE products is their price!
A simple Cast-Iron skillet, like my grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware.
Many of the pieces of cast iron cookware made in the Lodge Foundry over a century ago remain in use today. And if you find a rusty one at a garage sale, buy it and simply follow the "pre-seasoning" directions listed below. The cast iron can be brought back to perfection with a little cleaning and baking!
The Lodge Logic Skillet, 13-inch
The Lodge Cast Iron Skillet is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. This pre-seasoned Skillet works like a charm right out of the box. Made of cast iron, this Skillet evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Also, it retains heat better so your delicious meal remains warm for a long time. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron Skillet looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron.
Pre-seasoned to perfection
Considered by professional chefs as a precision cooking tool
Cast iron makes for superior heat retention and even heating of foods
Properly cared for, Lodge cast iron will last for generations
13-1/4-inch diameter, 2-1/4 inches deep
Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
BUY the Lodge Logic L10SK3 13-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet
Features of Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
Made of Cast-Iron
Cast-Iron is a form of cookware developed over a millennium ago remains as popular today as when it was used to prepare meals hundreds of years ago. Cast Iron is one of only two metals compatible with induction stovetop. Unparalleled in heat retention and even heating.
Can Be Used With A Variety of Heat Sources
At home in the oven, on the stove, on the grill or over the campfire. Skillet may be used on various heat sources including gas, electric, induction and ceramic-glass top stoves and ovens. When using on glass stove tops, be careful not to slide the cookware around as it's possible to scratch the surface. Seasoned cast iron can also be used on the grill or outdoor fire and coals for camp cooking. Begin heating cookware on low and slowly bring heat up to medium or medium/high. Always remove cookware from the stovetop after cooking.
Seasoned for a natural, easy-release finish that improves with use.
Seasoning is a necessary step in using cast iron cookware. Oil is baked into the pores of the iron at the foundry to prevent rusting and to eventually provide a natural, non-stick cooking surface. Unlike synthetically coated cookware, it is possible to restore the cooking surface of cast iron.
Lodge uses a proprietary soy-based vegetable oil to season our cookware. The oil contains no animal fat or peanut oil. The seasoning is functional application and slight inconsistencies may appear in the seasoning finish. The inconsistencies will not affect cooking performance.
Easy: hand wash, dry, rub with cooking oil. It is very important to replenish the seasoning of your cast iron cookware by applying a thin layer of oil after each cleaning. Seasoning is an on-going process. The more you use cast iron, the seasoning is improved.
Using Your Lodge Cast Iron
Rinse with hot water (do not use soap), and dry thoroughly.
Before cooking, apply vegetable oil to the cooking surface of your pan and per-heat the pan slowly (always start on low heat, increasing the temperature slowly).
Once the utensil is properly per-heated, you are ready to cook.
HINT: Avoid cooking very cold food in the pan, as this can promote sticking.
WARNING: Handles will become very hot in the oven, and on the stovetop. Always use an oven mitt to prevent burns when removing pans from oven or stovetop.
Simple Care and Cleaning of Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
Care and Cleaning of Lodge Cast Iron
After cooking, clean utensil with a stiff nylon brush and hot water. Using soap is not recommended, and harsh detergents should never be used. (Avoid putting a hot utensil into cold water. Thermal shock can occur causing the metal to warp or crack).
If you are having trouble removing stuck-on food, boil some water in your pan for a few minutes to loosen residue, making it easier to remove.
Towel dry immediately and apply a light coating of oil to the utensil while it is still warm.
HINT: Do not let your cast iron air dry, as this can promote rust.
Store in a cool, dry place. If you have a cover, or lid, for your utensil, place a folded paper towel in between lid and utensil allowing air to circulate. This prevents moisture from collecting inside the utensil, which can cause rust.
HINT: The oven is a great place to store your cast iron; just remember to remove it before turning on the oven.
NEVER wash in dishwasher.
If for some reason your utensil develops a metallic smell or taste, or perhaps rust spots (maybe a well-meaning relative washed your utensil in the dishwasher or with soap thinking they were being helpful), never fear. Simply scour off the rust using a very fine grade of sandpaper or steel wool and follow the re-season steps below.
How To Restore Cast Iron Video by Lodge Cast Iron
HOW-TO Re-Season Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
While maintaining the seasoning should keep your Cast Iron in good condition, at some point you may need to repeat the seasoning process. If food sticks to the surface, or you notice a dull, gray color, repeat the seasoning process:
Wash the cookware with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush. (It is okay to use soap this time because you are preparing to re-season the cookware).
Rinse and dry completely. Apply a thin, even coating of MELTED solid vegetable shortening (or cooking oil of your choice) to the cookware (inside and out). I use coconut oil.
Place aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any dripping.
Set oven temperature to 350 - 400 degrees F.
Place cookware upside down on the top rack of the oven.
Bake the cookware for at least one hour. After the hour, turn the oven off and let the cookware cool in the oven.
Store the cookware uncovered, in a dry place when cooled.
HINT: For detailed steps in competely re-surfacing a rusty old garage sale skillet or griddle, read some valuable technique information on the Black Iron Dude Blog.
The Lodge Dutch Oven, 5 Quart
The Lodge Dutch Oven is my go-to pan for creating my Artisan Bread. It holds the heat and creates the perfect environment for getting the bread cooked with perfect interior and exterior crust.
The American-based company Lodge has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century. No other metal is as long-lasting and works as well for spreading and retaining heat evenly during cooking. Lodge's Logic line of cookware comes factory pre-seasoned with the company's vegetable oil formula, and is ready to use right out of the box.
-Measures 10-1/4-inch in diameter and 4-inch deep; lifetime warranty.
-Self-basting domed lid preserves moisture; loop handles aid in carrying
-Pre-seasoned with vegetable oil formula and ready for immediate use
-Rugged cast-iron construction heats slowly and evenly
-5-Quart Dutch oven with cast-iron lid ideal for slow-cooking foods
-Perfect for Vegan Bread Baking
Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
BUY the Lodge Logic L8DOL3 Pre-Seasoned 5-Quart Dutch Oven with Loop Handles
The Lodge Pro-Logic 14-Inch Cast-Iron Wok with Loop Handles
-14-inch cast-iron wok for stir-fries and other recipes
-Pre-season with vegetable oil formula and ready for immediate use
-Cast-iron surface heats slowly and evenly to prevent burning
-Nonstick, rustproof finish cleans easily; hand wash only
-Includes pair of large loop handles; lifetime warranty
Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
BUY the Lodge Pro Logic 14" Cast Iron Wok, Black
The Lodge Pro-Logic Reversible Double Play Grill & Griddle
What could be better than a reversible griddle? The smooth side is great for making grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, pancakes and french toast. The ribbed side is perfect for grilling. This beauty comes pre-seasoned and ready to use.
Reversible smooth and ribbed sides
Seasoned and ready to use
Cast iron for superior heat retention and versatility
Measures: 16-3/4 x 9-1/2 x 1/2 Inches
Made in USA
BUY the Lodge LDP3 Double Play Reversible Grill/Griddle, 9.5" x 16.75"