Is Lodge cast iron worth it?

If you want to deep-fry and don’t mind doing a little heavy lifting, we think the Lodge Pre-Seasoned 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet is an excellent choice. It seared steak, fried eggs, and released cornbread well in our tests.

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One may also ask, how can you tell if Lodge cast iron is vintage?

Also, how do I know what size my Lodge cast iron skillet is? “Skillets are measured across the top of the cookware, not including handles. Lodge’s skillets are measured across the top from outside rim to outside rim,” says Stubblefield.

In this way, how do you clean an old cast iron skillet?

How old is a single notch Lodge skillet?

Made sometime between 1910-1930 this is one of the earliest Lodge skillets, coming soon after the name change from Blacklock to Lodge, one features the single notch heat ring, and raised number (which suggests that it is closer to the 1910 date), and the letter “W” on the bottom.

Is Lodge cast iron made in China?

Are Lodge products made in the USA? All of our foundry Seasoned Cast Iron and our Seasoned Carbon Steel products are manufactured in the USA and always will be. All Enameled Cast Iron products are made in China to our strict quality standards and overseen by an American owned 3rd party inspection company.

What cast iron skillets are worth the most money?

The value of antique cast iron skillets can start at similar to new prices, but a super rare Wagner or Griswold can fetch up to $1,500 apiece. A mint condition, super rare “spider skillet” made in the 1890s by Griswold is worth up to $8,000.

What do the numbers mean on a Lodge skillet?

The number actually refers to the diameter of the pan in inches across the bottom of the pan, not across its flared top, which is the industry standard way to measure skillet size.

What does gate mark mean on cast iron?

Cast iron is made with a sand mold in which liquid iron needs to be poured into it (or injected into the mold.) The liquid iron then hardens and the mold is removed from around it. In the 1800s the iron was poured in via a line on the bottom of the mold which left the line, or gate mark, on the iron once it hardened.

What is number 8 cast iron?

Why the number “8”? – Our cookware uses traditional American cast iron sizing metrics dating back to the 1800’s. The numbers correlate to the size of eyes on antique wood stoves as cast iron cookware and wood stoves often went hand in hand. The number 8 is traditionally a top diameter 10.5″ skillet.

Why are Lodge pans so rough?

The entire concept of seasoning cast iron, which acts as a leveling agent so the proteins won’t adhere to the pan, was a result of home cooks trying to fill in this new, rougher surface. The roughness that you feel on much modern cast iron is sand, which used to be removed during the cast iron production process.

Why is Lodge cast iron so cheap?

They’re made locally. The fact that Lodge skillets are manufactured in the USA helps, too. Cast iron is heavy and it’s cheaper to ship to stores and shoppers from Tennessee than China. A fun plus to being made in America is that the company creates lots of jobs for locals.

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