If you're not living the cast iron life, well, you're seriously missing out. We'd go so far as to say that a cast iron skillet is one of the essential tools in your kitchen arsen al, capable of making steak, fish, veggies, pizza, and so much more. Foodies, of course, swear by the timeless cast iron skillet and you should too.
Cast-iron skillets are made of molten metals (mostly iron, duh) with integrated handles so the skillet can be placed in an oven-or a hot fire if you're outside. They can inject a healthy dose of food into a good way. You'll need to season whatever skill you get with oil or oil, which helps protect it from rusting and provides a non-stick surface for cooking. Always wash them by hand.
Do not know which one to get?
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From Chef Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet Set
We're all about a bargain here and it's hard to argue with this one. For the barely the price of a single pan, you get three cast iron skillets: a small six-incher, eight inches, and 10 inches. Each one comes pre-seasoned with a nonstick coating – we recommend keeping on top of their seasoning so they do not rust.
Utopia Kitchen Pre-Seasoned 12.5 Inch Cast-Iron Skillet
It's the basics, bigger and better, at a budget price. This beefy 12.5-inch cast iron skillet can hold up a lot of food, and it'll develop a nice layer of non-stick patina over time. Cook up vegetables and meats in the same pan due to its size. Check out this Utopia skillet.
Lodge Logic 12 "Cast-Iron Skillet
If you're cooking for more than just yourself, you're gonna need a bigger pan. The Logic 12 has a spacious 10-inch cooking area and a factory seasoning that makes both cooking and cleaning a breeze. It supposes to pour cumbersome and side lips for pouring. For big meals, it's hard to beat. Bake, roast, or fry away.
Smithey Ironware no. 10 Cast-Iron Skillet
If you've got a little room to splurge, the No. 10 from Smithey is an excellent buy. It's their original design, and features an incredibly smooth finish and ergonomic handle-so you can maneuver your meal with ease. At 10-inches in diameter-nine inches of cooking surface-it can handle most large dishes. Hang it to dry with holes on both handles.
Stargazer 10.5-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet
This medium-sized skill is perfect for everyday cooking, ready to fit up to three burger patties on it. The sloping lip means you do not get much oil splash when you're cooking, and the big handles help you keep your food steady as you serve it. Just be warned-holding and carrying it one-handed can be tricky. Big bonus: you can order it seasoned or unseasoned to put your own seasoning on it.
Dust Cast-Iron Fry Pan
It's all about the new trend of enameled pans, which makes constant seasoning unnecessary. Case in point: this dust Fry Pan, which has excellent heat distribution and can be pretty much anything from browning meats, to sautéing vegetables. The enameled metal means it's much less of a hassle to clean, and the red ceramic finish is definitely an eye grabber.
Field Cast-Iron Skillet
Sometimes smaller means mightier. If you're in the market for a smaller skillet, the Field No. 8 is a great choice: a little over eight inches of cooking surface, capable of holding four fried eggs. This little guy, like all cast-irons, is totally oven-friendly, and only weighs 4.5 pounds perfect for taking on that camping trip. Make this your pan for everyday solo meals.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 11-3 / 4-Inch Skillet
If a cast iron skillet could be a style statement, this one definitely fits the bill. Its coating undeniably smooth and it includes two pour spouts for that grease. Its two integrated handles help you transfer from stove to table, and the enamel is totally chip and crack resistant, so it's worth the small investment. It also comes in an array of interesting colors to give your kitchen a little pop.
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