“Cast iron is a true necessity in a kitchen, but you don’t have to spend a lot to get great quality,” says Scouted editor Jillian Lucas, who’s owned one for years. “The Lodge has been through over five years’ worth of cooking bacon, searing steaks, roasting chicken, and more, and has only gotten better.”
For less than $30, you’re getting a cast iron skillet preseasoned with oil that lets you sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill. Its versatility adds to its value, as its full cast iron construction means you can use it on the stove, in the oven, on an open flame campfire, and on a grill. The included silicone handle is removable and can protect your hands from up to 450 degrees.
“You really can’t beat the price and it’s just a great all-around utilitarian cast iron pan that will last you (if you take care of it),” our editor says. Now’s the time to outfit your kitchen with a highly-rated cast iron skillet so you can finally cook like you mean it.
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