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Arrived with several holes in it. Rust spots formed in less than a few hours after I rinsed and dried it out completely right away. Have tried to season but hasn’t worked out properly for me so far. Not a good buy. Wasted my money and am still wasting space on my counter with this purchase.
The box looked like it had been previously opened and re-sealed. The seasoning on the pan was chipped and flaking off, and it had already started to rust - I suspect it was damaged in shipping. I was able to scour the pan to take the rust off and re-season so i think it will be OK in the end but it is still a bit annoying.
Bought this a year ago and using very regularly and maintaining it well. Good quality product for searing steak and am using regularly for frying fish or Chicken. Used it as Pizza base as well but the high lip is sometimes obstructing
This was my 5th Cast Iron item and 2nd from Lodge's. Size was exactly similar to Lodge's Cast Iron 10.25 inch Skillet. Lodge's cast iron are well crafted, heavy, uniform, blacker and thicker. As much as I liked this Pan I had to return it because of following reason - 1. No brand packaging, there is no sticker, pamphlet, instructions etc from Lodge to say its genuine. Although there is Lodge branding on back and handle but that's not satisfying enough for me. How would you feel if you know you are paying double-triple of its original value and still getting a brand new item delivered in a Amazon brown box with no labeling of any kind. 2. Either the pre-seasoning has worn off and its very old stock or it has been used before, not sure exactly which one is true but the black shiny layer is not uniform. You can see in pic where I took with flash, The black round spot in center. I can do seasoning again and this may get corrected but then again I paid full for a new item, why should I settle for something less.
So, no doubt about quality and durability of Lodge's Cast Iron products and if they are delivered in original packaging, with no quality issues then I am more than happy to accept and be satisfied.
So I did A LOT of research...and always kept coming back to Lodge. I watched videos, read reviews, read comparisons. I did it all. Over and over again the path led to Lodge. I, myself, have never owned a cast iron skillet. Those were for our parents to own, who seasoned them perfectly over generations. I was terrified of cast iron and their price. But Lodge definitely did not disappoint. It’s an amazing price and an amazing pan. Right out of the box it was seasoned beautifully, a rich black sheen that seemed to be consistent and even. I chose to do an additional seasoning before it’s first use, so I cranked my oven to 450 degrees, lightly oiled it with grape seed oil (cause that’s what I had) and put it in the over upside down (so excess oil can drip out) for 1 full hour. My husband used it the next morning for his eggs (over easy) and they didn’t stick...like at all!!! Then for supper I did steaks then sautéd spinach in the left over butter and garlic from the steak. OMG. Nothing stuck, the crust on the steak was absolutely beautiful. I can’t believe it took me this long to get my first grown up cast iron pan! But I’m so glad I started with Lodge - you won’t be disappointed. I have a feeling there will be more in my future...Also, for those who aren’t novice home chefs, do a little research, there is a tiny learning curve (heat, smoke point etc.) You won’t regret your choice :)
Absolutely brilliant pan. Have been (and still am) using a cheaper cast iron pan. This one by comparison was an awful lot easier to get started with as its pre-coated, unlike the cheaper one. Gets tremendously hot after just a few minutes on a medium flame and holds that heat very well. I'm still using the cheaper one too (it's deeper) for some dishes because because its brilliantly non-stick after years of use......but theres no comparison. It feels like it'll last forever and definitely makes cooking a joy. Buy one-you won't regret it!