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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.
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.
Received today and just cooked up the most delicious piece of fish I’ve had in maybe 40 years, which was the last time I cooked fish over an open fire on the beach. I’ve had only 1 other cast iron pan, a cheap one that I got rid of years ago, but seeing as I wanted a new pan, I thought try a good cast iron pan this time. I do have a couple of stainless steel pans but I’m in love with this Lodge and it will be my go-to. Also I want to note that the Lodge website has all of the information you need on the care and proper use of their cast iron cookware. If you’re new to cast iron or need a refresher, then be sure to read the website. Great looking recipes there as well.
I have just one beef with Amazon regarding this purchase: I don’t know what they’re doing with their employees over in Balzac, but my pan was delivered at lightening speed and not packed very well - tons of bubble in the box but the most of the bubble was deflated and the pan hardly touched any of it, leaving the pan to clatter around in the box. Also the box was rather loosely taped. My suspicion tells me that maybe they’re cracking the whip to get workers, some inexperienced, to move faster than practical and If that’s the case then smarten up, these are people you’re hiring, not machines.
La calidad del material y acabado es muy buena, viene precurado y listo para usarse después de seguir algunos pasos que vienen en la etiqueta (básicamente un curado mas). Mi primer uso fue freír un par de huevos agregando solo una cucharada de aceite y salieron muy bien pues no se pegaron excepto en un par de puntos en las orillas que separé con la espátula sin problema pero el procesó fue como si lo hubiera hecho en Teflon.
La ventaja de cocinar en hierro fundido es que alcanza y mantiene mayor temperatura por lo que puedes sellar la carne o los filetes de atún sin que se cuezan mas de 2 o 3 milimetros. Hay muchas otras cosas en las que se puede aprovechar la alta temperatura, es cosa de ir probando.
Compré este modelo en lugar del que tiene mango (como sartén normal) porque estaba seguro de que en el uso regular no iba a poder manipular esta cosa tan pesada como si fuera otro sartén. Hasta ahora no me parece que requiera del mango pero lo que si es importante es que le compren los protectores de silicon para las asas pues se calientan muchísimo y uno está acostumbrado a las ollas y sartenes en donde las asas y mangos no se calientan tanto.
Para que dure el curado hay que aprender a lavarlo. Primero hay que limpiarlo con un cepillo de cerdas duras para quitar los excedentes de comida y cualquier cosa que esté pegada, luego lavar con una esponja con muy poco jabón y sin frotar (pueden no usar jabón del todo si se sienten cómodos con eso), enjuagar con agua caliente, secar con una toalla de papel y con otra untar en el interior unas 2 o 3 gotas de aceite de aceite vegetal para que esté listo para la próxima y prevenir la oxidación.
Estoy muy contento con la compra, es un buen complemento para mi cocina y puedo hacer cosas que los sartenes y ollas de acero inoxidable no hacen tan bien.
This is quite a big looking skillet and Just the one you need. The tags shows that it's shipped or imported from USA directly and it certainly looks like one. But I feel that if you scrum hard it may scrub off the black pre-treated material on it. Mine came with a lil seen already scrapped off. But it's tiny. Since it's Iron, presence of water may make it look rusty Color presence which is natural and one just need to clean it. Over all cooking food in it feels great and hope to use it for a longer period.
Update: it's almost 4 months now and this skillet is now what I use almost every day. Maybe the use constantly made this skillet well treated and I think thus wud be a lasting utility for us. This is now jst like the once when we used in US. I would recommend it now for sure. Get the bigger size for more purposes. It may be bit heavy but it does good when it comes to cooking.
I’ve never used a lodge cast iron so I’m not sure of the original packaging. Attaching pics of how I received it. I have so many cast irons which I’ve bought locally, but the reason I wanted a lodge is for the design. It’s so elegant. To just bake and serve directly is my favourite. And THAT is where this brand stands apart from others. Seasoning was perfect but I do know that it takes a lot of patience and time until you can make it fully nonstick. The oven technique is what I do every once in a while for my cast irons. I don’t use soap to wash my cast iron unless if it’s rusted. So after each time I cook, I wash them with plain water and a nylon scrub. Wipe it down and leave it to air dry. I don’t particularly do the heat it on the stove method (unless if it’s winters). Also, try not to leave them for too long on the stove because cast iron breaks. Many don’t know this. They react to thermal shock. Fixable issue but it is also a preventable issue.
This product is very pricey because obviously it’s an American brand and imported. But unfortunately we don’t have a local brand that gives us these designs, with the finish a lodge can. Even if you find a local brand, I can assure you, the finish is pathetic. Hoping that someday, someone will ensure that we can make this locally at half the cost and a finish as good as this one’s. Please check out the pictures I’ve taken after cooking pasta and baking it on the same pan. It is easy to clean and it is very heavy as a cast iron should be. Plus, it works PERFECTLY on induction. Capacity is 2 litres but I would recommend 1.5 so that what you make doesn’t spill. In the photos, I’ve made a baked pasta with 2 cups of pasta and almost half kg of mixed vegetables and 3 cups of white sauce. Hope this helps.
Ich habe mit dieser Pfanne bis jetzt nur gute Erfahrungen gemacht. Eingesetzt wird sie bei mir vorallem zum Backen und hier ist sie wirklich Spitze. Das Gebackene löst sich spielend leicht und die Pfanne wird schnell sauber. Wenn man sie auch gleich als Servierpfanne benutzt, hällt das Gusseisen das Essen auch lange warm. Ich kann die Lodge-Pfannen nur empfehlen. Man muss allerdings bereit sein, ein Mindestmaß an "Pflege" zu investieren (Ölen, Beschichten usw.).