November 18, 2010

I swear I'm not getting paid for this....

I am in love with Lodge cast iron cookware.   But I haven't always been.  I used to think it was junk.  Growing up I watched my mom cook with these old "junky looking" pans and swore I never would. As an immature teenager I guess I equated looks with function.  Go figure.  (How did I not realize that everything my mom cooked tasted good?) 

When I got married, I got a nice set of Hard Anodized Calphalon.  It looks great and has served me well, but I have never "loved" it.  A few years ago I noticed that "Le Creuset" was all the rage.  I started to believe that maybe cast iron was functional after all, but that it was necessary to cover up that ugly exterior with colorful enamel.  I thought I was sold on it, but alas, it's expensive.  Holy cow, it's outrageous!  Definitely out of my price range. 

Last year, on a whim, I bought a 12" Lodge cast iron skillet.... at Wal-Mart.... because it was 18 bucks!  At that price, I figured I could afford to dump it if it was junk.  Oh my.  I cooked with it once and I was hooked!  It never leaves my stove top (except to get washed).... I don't bother putting it away because it's the pan I use the most.  It cooks everything beautifully, on the stove or in the oven, and cleans up in a snap!  (And it literally last forever!)  Plus, it seems like everything tastes better when it's cooked in cast iron.  Who needs enamel?

Now my skillet has a friend, who also lives on my stove top.  For my birthday, Jay my kids got me this dutch oven with a lid that doubles as a smaller skillet.  My other pots and pans are feeling rather neglected, but I don't care.

And you know what?  I LOVE how it looks.... bare-naked cast iron.  Beauty.



  1. Michelle7:51 PM

    I have the same dutch oven and 2 other iron skillets. Love them and don't want to cook with anything else. I'm from the South (Alabama) and they are a staple in most Southern households!!

  2. I have bought antique cast iron skillets because I love how they have been seasoned and can only imagine the good times families had over eatign the wonderful foods that came from them. Best wishes with your new addition!

  3. This post made me smile. I had my cast iron with the camping stuff never realizing how handy it could be. Then a recipe for fish suggested using a pre heated cast iron skillet. It hasn't left my kitchen for 3 years. It is one of the few kitchen items I brought with me to AK.

  4. This is a riot--today--TODAY!--I just plopped a Lodge cast iron 12" skillet on my counter. Haven't used it yet, but it is mentioned in recipes I have seen over the years and I am now doubly excited to try it out!


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