In Brady’s case, it’s a marvel of diet, stretching, and an unwillingness to eat strawberries. In the case of cast iron, it’s a combination of natural seasoning that just builds on itself, coupled with an almost mind-boggling versatility and durability.
There are two kinds of cast iron pans: Seasoned and enamel. You can use either to cook pretty much anything in the kitchen: latticey fried eggs, succulent roasted chicken, savory cornbread, perfectly charred homemade pizza. As for seasoning a cast iron pan, after using it, you wash it with hot water and a little soap if needed. Then you dry it and rub oil into it, preferably of a vegetable variety because it has a high smoke point.
If you opt for enameled cast iron, you don’t get the benefits of years of seasoning and flavoring, but you do get a gorgeous pot or pan that’s easy to clean, with supreme heat retention.
Cast iron is everywhere. But unfortunately, good-quality cast iron isn’t exactly easy on your wallet. Looking at you Le Creuset. Good deals, however, are out there. In fact, we spotted a number of great cast iron deals. Here are some of the best.
Cast Iron Skillets
This Cuisinel pre-seasoned cast iron skillet set used to cost $79.95, and is deal for cooking anything, anywhere, anytime.
Not only do you get two wonderful pre-seasoned cast 10-inch and 12-inch iron skillets, but you also score two heat resistant holders so you don’t burn your digits.
This cast iron skillet, formerly $50, transitions easily from stove to oven and back again and is used to make anything from pork chops to eggs to a frittata.
This 12-inch skillet features wide handles for easy lifting, which you’ll be doing plenty of when you start using this thing every damn day.
Le Creuset at this price? Yes, folks, this best-in-class cast iron skillet used to cost $170 so get it now.
There is some fancy, complex reason, we’re sure, that everything tastes better when cooked in a Le Creuset. But we’ve yet to figure it out. Suffice to say, everything tastes better when cooked in Le Creuset, especially at this price. The cast iron skillet’s interior won’t stain, dull, or corrode, and you don’t need to season it after using it. Like magic, everything just turns out perfect.
This three-piece Lodge cast iron set launched on Prime Day, and already, it's down from its regular price of $91.53.
This is basically the only cookware set you’ll need. Because it does not break. Period. You get a 10.25 inch skillet, a 10.5 inch griddle, and a five quart Dutch oven. You can use it to cook anything. Period.
Cast Iron Dutch Ovens
Normally $64, this Dutch oven, which has a domed cover that is great for roasts and non-knead bread recipes, is nicely marked down.
The five-quart Dutch oven is a kitchen go-to. You use it to handle sizable cuts of meat, for stews or chilis. Or you can use to make rice, quinoa, pasta, whatever. Seriously.
This beautiful enameled cast iron Dutch oven, normally $140, features an easy-to-clean, PFOA- and PTFE-free porcelain enamel cooking surface.
Unlike pre-seasoned cast iron, enameled cast iron is easy to clean and doesn’t need to be oiled after you use it. You get even heat retention in this looker of a 6.5 quart Dutch oven, plus what is known as self-basting condensation ridges on the lid to uniformly collect and direct vapors onto food. This means no chewy, dry chicken, ever. It’s oven- and stove-safe.
Cast Iron Grill Pans
This stellar cast iron pan, which cost $44, gives you a glorious 10.5 inches of pre-seasoned grilling space.
Lodge makes the best tried-and-true cast iron gear out there. Generally, it can be on the pricier side, which is why this pan is such a steal. It’s got grill ribs that elevate food and collect cooking drippings, leaving you with a healthier meal. And because it’s pre-seasoned, you only have to wipe it down. The more you use it, the better it becomes.
This pan's name sums it up: This perfect kitchen tool used to be cost $343 and is ideal for searing, sauteing, browning, steaming, stir frying, and deep frying anything.
The Staub 4.5 quart pan, from the same parent company as Zwilling’s powerhouse knives, is truly an MVP. It’s made in France, is oven-safe up to 500 degrees, and has a rough texture for perfect browning. It’s even dishwasher-safe. And no, you don’t need to season it.
You truly cannot ever go wrong with Lodge cast-iron, and this reversible grill and griddle set is down from $88.94.
This pre-seasoned cast iron grill and griddle set fits over two stovetop burners. You get handles for easy lifting, flipping or hanging when not in use. Use this to make steak or pancakes. Your choice.
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