I usually go car camping with a group of people and was using a 12” pan. I spent a long time cooking bacon every morning. This pan allowed me to cook around 3 lbs of bacon in one sitting. It fit perfectly on my tripod as well.
Skillets are something I have become more familiar with the past year or so. I purchased this as my first cast iron skillet and I have been very pleased with it. I will admit after purchasing, I was intimidated by it for a long time and I didn’t even attempt to use it. After I read a few instructions online, I went for it. I started off by washing it with soap and water and thoroughly drying it. After that I seasoned it with Flax oil (recommended on some article off google) and placed it in the oven for an hour at a low heat. Once I prepped it, I used it for the first time the next day by searing salmon. To my surprise, the iron skillet lived up to it’s reputation of being a good quality pan that heats up and cooks food properly and evenly. Since it’s cast iron, it is a heavy skillet and once you add food to it, you need to make sure you have a good grip on the pan when needed. I bought a cute handle muff protector because I made the mistake by grabbing the handle and burning my hand. I do appreciate the skillet has a long handle and a short one so you can feel secure when carrying it. The 12” is large enough to fit a couple steaks or pieces of salmon. It is definitely large enough for my needs. It if it was any larger I think it would be too difficult for me to handle. I almost am thinking of getting a smaller one to bake cookie skillets in. Altogether the quality of the Lodge Iron skillet is amazing and I know it will last decades. A note of advice, don’t get discouraged with the pan! It does require some extra attention and steps in the beginning but the more you use it, the more the oils create a non-stick effect that will last years. Youtube is a great reference for initial “seasoning” steps. This pan will change your life!
This massive cast-iron skillet from Lodge will feed quite a large group on your next camp out. It's no understatement to say it's absolutely gargantuan, measuring a whopping 17 inches in diameter. Being so large, if you don't have a large flame, your cooking surface could potentially vary in temperature quite a bit. However, being solid iron, you can just throw it onto your campfire. But be warned: it's heavy!
Overall, does exactly what it's supposed to and is pretty easy to clean. A great addition for those seeking to cook meals on a camp out.
(Written by my wife)
I'm very pleased with this skillet. I've been wanting to buy one for a while and was actually eyeing the larger cast iron skillets thinking bigger is better, but I'm really happy with the 12 inch. First of all, this skillet is really solid and heavy and anything much bigger would be a lot to maneuver, especially for cleaning. That being said, it has two places to grip the pan (with potholders or gloves!) which is important for holding this heavy of a pan. A lot of the skillets I researched only have one long handle and you have to hold it from underneath which I don't like. I'm not cooking for a lot of people so the skillet is an ideal size for a few good sized pieces of fish or meat. I've grilled fajita veggies on it and made nachos a couple of times in a very hot oven and I'm pleased with the results. I'm waiting for a rainy day when I don't feel like grilling to broil salmon indoors. I was a little nervous that it would be high maintenance to season the pan but it's just a matter of rubbing in some vegetable oil after cleaning and drying. Takes under a minute. So easy!
The finish and casting of this skillet is very good, as is all the other Lodge cast iron I have. There are no voids or other imperfections in the casting, the walls of the skillet are thick and heavy. The sides are high enough that when deep frying there is no grease splashing out if a little care is taken when turning the food. The seasoning was pretty good, I did run it through another 2 seasoning sessions before it became slick and non stick. As with all quality cast iron cookware, wash this using only water and a soft scraper or scrubber, and the finish will continue to smooth and become even more non stick. And unlike some pricey non stick aluminum skillets, with care this skillet will be non stick 100 years from now.
This is a good quality cast iron griddle from the people who know cast iron. Made in USA, good all around griddle. Shown with pics using it for pancakes which would take forever making them one at a time. Did use it for butter pan fried steaks which worked great just without the grill marks of a grill pan. Very shallow which makes it uses limited but much easier to move than my full cast iron 12" skillet. Clean with stiff brush and water, dry, oil before putting away and it will last a lifetime. Love the way this cast iron infuses great flavor!
Lodge's American-made, 8" cast iron skillet provides about 6.5" (diameter) of cooking surface. It's great for cooking 2 eggs at the same time or for a small frittata. The skillet is already seasoned and can go directly from the range to the oven. It has handy edge spouts to pour off fat/grease too. It's heavy duty and I expect it to last a long time with proper care -- that means washing with soap and water, drying immediately with a towel, and rubbing lightly with cooking oil to avoid rust.
It's been a while since I used a cast iron skillet, so the first time I used it, I forgot to use a pot holder. Ouch, but my duh! Now I keep a heat-resistant rubber cylinder around the handle.
Have you ever tried to sear and cook a steak in that expensive piece of cookware that you got off your wedding registry and failed miserably? That's because you've been doing it all wrong. I have used them at work and finally decided to get one for my house. The cast iron not only heats super hot but evenly to get that perfect even sear and even cooking. It also holds the heat forever. With proper care, no soap or steel wool, this skillet will last you a lifetime.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Looks Great, Nice Design