Words cannot describe how happy this pan makes me. Four years ago it looked like a monster and I wondered if I should have bought such a huge pan. I burned several things in it due to the learning curve of cast iron - it's not as sensitive to your adjustments of the flame on the stove, so once it's hot, it can get rip-roaring hot on any temp above medium. But once you find the sweet spot, boy, oh boy.
The non-stickiness only gets better as time goes on. If it looks "dry" after using/cleaning, rub some oil on it and leave it on a medium low burner or moderate oven until oil loses it's glossiness. Don't soak for more than an hour or two, don't use soap - baking soda for worst-case scenario, and if you need to scrub it, use a flat-edged metal spatula instead of steel wool or other abrasive tools.
This pan doesn't look enormous to me any more, in fact, it's the only thing that comfortably cooks for my family of five. It's a great size for searing off meat and roasts, making quesadillas, 3 or 4 pancakes or small sandwiches at a time, 4-5 hamburgers, a dozen or more scrambled eggs, or maybe 6-8 fried eggs.
This pan never leaves my stove-top and is used several times a day. Most of the time I can just wipe it clean, the rest of the time a quick rinse will usually do. Scrambled eggs are the exception and still necessitate a bit of soaking and scraping, although even those are doing better and better and as my pan gets more seasoned and I hone my technique, I find I can keep them from sticking for most of the cooking process. Fried eggs now slide around in the pan better than they EVER did in a non-stick. Even burnt cheese no longer sticks to this pan. Amazing! I can't believe I ever wasted my time with anything other than the classics. I do agree that the handle is too short to properly support the weight of the pan with one hand, but realistically, I'm not sure ANY handle could practically do that for a 12-pound pan. This is no problem for me since this pan has its very own dedicated burner, and I only move it when it's cool. I grab a potholder when I need to pour something from it hot. Pouring will be awkward no matter how you do it - it's a TWELVE POUND pan. Try a ladle :)
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