My wife has been reading about the health issues surrounding various kinds of cookware for some time, which means that we limit the use of our anodized aluminum, and we're in the process of eliminating our non-stick stainless steel. She is pretty well convinced that cast iron is the way to go, and it seems like porcelain cast iron is the most practical. The obvious choice in this field would be Le Creuset, but if you've priced it, you know how costly it is. I discovered the Lodge item as a cheaper alternative, and I decided to purchase it to make an initial determination regarding the practicality of using cast iron cookware on an everyday basis in our home. While I cannot say it is of the same quality as the Le Creuset, as I have not cooked with that brand, I don't see any major faults at first examination. The porcelain is even, with no thin spots or gaps. The skillet seems well made, even, no irregularities or problems. It cooked evenly, with no apparent hot spots or other flaws. It is not as 'non-stick' as traditional (teflon) non-stick cookware, but I did not expect that it would be. It cleaned up nicely, with a minimum of effort. If you're looking to try porcelain coated cast iron, and don't want to spend hundreds of dollars to see if it matches your style, I would say this is a fine way to put your toe in the water, so to speak.
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