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LODGE CAST IRON
Compared to more expensive cast iron, LODGE is a bit rougher where pan texture is concerned. It advertises that it is pre-seasoned, but LODGE said it is NOT. Therefore, many hours of prepping were involved before I fried the first egg - that stuck. I knew I would need to season more aggressively due to the roughness of the cast iron. Do not expect a smooth, mirrored finish as comes on high end cast iron. This is more rustic. After heating it to smoking on my stove, I applied olive oil sparingly then rubbed it in using a paper towel. I did this at least 20 times and the paper towel would shred due to the coarseness of the pan. After scraping it down with a metal spatula (many times) and re-seasoning many MORE times, I finally had the skillet of my dreams. Eggs might not slide around like they are on ice, but they do not stick now. Clean-up (unless you make gravy) requires a wipe-down with a dry cloth (since I stopped using paper towels) lol
Top Negative Review
2 customers found this helpful
Product was cracked
Thought this would be a great wedding gift but when they received it, it was cracked in 2 places. Will not buy from online again if anything will only buy from the store.
Top Positive Review
116 customers found this helpful
LODGE CAST IRON
Compared to more expensive cast iron, LODGE is a bit rougher where pan texture is concerned. It advertises that it is pre-seasoned, but LODGE said it is NOT. Therefore, many hours of prepping were involved before I fried the first egg - that stuck. I knew I would need to season more aggressively due to the roughness of the cast iron. Do not expect a smooth, mirrored finish as comes on high end cast iron. This is more rustic. After heating it to smoking on my stove, I applied olive oil sparingly then rubbed it in using a paper towel. I did this at least 20 times and the paper towel would shred due to the coarseness of the pan. After scraping it down with a metal spatula (many times) and re-seasoning many MORE times, I finally had the skillet of my dreams. Eggs might not slide around like they are on ice, but they do not stick now. Clean-up (unless you make gravy) requires a wipe-down with a dry cloth (since I stopped using paper towels) lol
Top Negative Review
2 customers found this helpful
Product was cracked
Thought this would be a great wedding gift but when they received it, it was cracked in 2 places. Will not buy from online again if anything will only buy from the store.
The Lodge Cast Iron 12-inch Skillet is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. Fry up a mess of catfish, roast a chicken, or bake an apple crisp in this generous 12-inch pan that features two handles for heavy lifting and two subtle side lips for pouring. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this Skillet evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron Skillet looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century. Now let's eat!
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Love my cast iron skillet

I wanted to use this pan for a while before writing a review so that I would have some experience to speak on. I bought this skillet about 3 months ago, after much reading and research on how to use and care for it. As everyone else has already said, this skillet turns out a far better meal than any Teflon coated pan. Searing and deglazing work beautifully in cast iron. I've cooked all kinds of things in this skillet by now, including frying foods that normally require a deep fryer. I've also made meals that start on the stove and finish in the oven, which is one of the great benefits of cast iron. Even though the Lodge products come read-to-use (pre-seasoned), I washed and seasoned mine anyway. I brushed on a light coating of canola oil (inside and out) and put it upside down on the oven rack with a cookie sheet on a lower rack to catch any drips, in a 350 degree oven for an hour, then left it to sit in there until it was cooled. As for continued maintenance, instead of washing it last like I used to do with other pans, I wash it first. I towel dry it, then set it back on a low-medium burner to heat/dry completely for about 10 mins while doing the other dishes. Thorough drying is critical to prevent rusting. Then a little canola oil on a paper towel, give it a real light coat inside, leave it on the burner another 15 mins while I finish the rest of the kitchen clean up. Really isn't that much extra work, honest. Just a minor adjustment to your clean-up routine. Definitely worth it! I love this skillet, I won't ever be without one now. I also bought the smaller 8" skillet and recently the double dutch oven. Cast iron cooks differently than Teflon, so take a little time to learn the techniques (lower heat is needed with cast iron, I over cooked a few things in the beginning). Don't be discouraged the first time or two if your food sticks just a little, the non-stick surface takes a few meals to really develop nicely, but it will. So cook a batch of bacon, maybe some burgers, and wait a few times before doing delicate things like eggs. I couldn't be happier with the Lodge product in general, Kudos to Walmart for a GREAT price and nice quality for that price. And thumbs up for the Site-To-Store service!

Wonderful

I have many older collectable skillets and several lodge cast iron items. I enjoy cooking with my older cookware because it gives me a sense of familial and national history. But, deep in the back of my mind I am concerned about damaging them, so I bought this skillet. I received it almost a week before it was expected; washed it and fried some chicken, and boy was it good! And, there was absolutely no concern about damaging the skillet, which made the experience even more pleasurable. The 12 inch skillet is heavier than most vintage and antique cast iron and it is not as smooth as the oldies. However, this finish is definitely not as rough as many of the competitors, especially some of the imported stuff. The skillet heated evenly and it was roomy enough for three large thighs. The 12 inch Lodge skillet was flat and sat evenly on the burner - some other brand new imports that I have seen, and damaged oldies, will wobble on the burner because the base is not flat - it is a keeper. Now, go on out and get yours before inflation makes the price of this skillet more expensive.

enjoying the heck out of it!

got it on 2/16 and have used it every day. It is so much fun and so cool! I just started cooking more and have had difficulty getting used to stainless steel and non-stick (the temperatures can't be too high with those things). I was nervous foods will stick and they have just a little so far. I gather this is a little bit of a fine art, but "season" it after each use, that means paper towel a lil oil on it; Vegetable Oil. I see it is already forming a coating of it's own! It comes w some instructions, oil it a little more heavily at first. God it is cheap- $20! It is heavy, but strong and they say built to last a lifetimes. I believe it. But it heats hot and evenly and I think food tastes better coming off it. I hope to stay with it and see it through. I feel more like I am cooking the right way with it. I wasn't really concerned with the health hazards that are sometimes suggested w stainless steel and non-stick, though maybe a little in the back of my mind. The original way to go, and cheap!

Great Value AND Made in the USA!

I purchased this to use with our tabletop induction heating unit and it works fantastic. The skillet heats quickly and retains the heat for a long time. My wife loves it and I'm happy because of the value and that it supports workers here in the USA.

A life-time purchase

This is for my daughter to replace her non-stick frying pans that don't last. I love cooking with cast iron! It's as easy if not easier to care for than teflon or other non-sticks. If you 'over-brown' food, it might taste just a little 'over-browned' but the food won't have that chemical taste of burned teflon! You can use metal spatulas without worry! It heats evenly and it's been proven to be a health benefit because of the iron. I'm going to get another for myself so I'll have two.

Great Value!

After comparing similar sized skillets, I choose the Lodge based on the many positive reviews. I couldn't be happier! Heats up quickly and evenly. I use it daily for bacon, potatoes and eggs. Absolutely no sticking and easy cleanup. Steaks come out perfectly seared and juicy. Grandkids love visiting when we make homemade skillet pizzas. So easy and delicious. The crust comes out with a wonderful crispy texture that you normally only get from fancy pizzerias. I just ordered a second pan so we can bake two pizzas at once.

LODGE CAST IRON

Compared to more expensive cast iron, LODGE is a bit rougher where pan texture is concerned. It advertises that it is pre-seasoned, but LODGE said it is NOT. Therefore, many hours of prepping were involved before I fried the first egg - that stuck. I knew I would need to season more aggressively due to the roughness of the cast iron. Do not expect a smooth, mirrored finish as comes on high end cast iron. This is more rustic. After heating it to smoking on my stove, I applied olive oil sparingly then rubbed it in using a paper towel. I did this at least 20 times and the paper towel would shred due to the coarseness of the pan. After scraping it down with a metal spatula (many times) and re-seasoning many MORE times, I finally had the skillet of my dreams. Eggs might not slide around like they are on ice, but they do not stick now. Clean-up (unless you make gravy) requires a wipe-down with a dry cloth (since I stopped using paper towels) lol

Heavy skillet

My only adverse observation is it claims it comes "pre-seasoned". being a 7th generation native Texan, found it not to be seasoned proper. My advice, buy it, before you even try to use it, get some bacon grease, smear it all around inside the skillet, add a little pepper if you truly like flavor in your fried foods, then bake it at 400° for 45 minutes or so, let it air cool on stove top before using. If you wash it after use, don't let it air dry, immediately put on the stove top on low heat and leave it until it's fully dried, that way the soap won't get into the seasoning. Every so often you'll need to re-season it. You can bake fantastic cornbread in this thing.

Good value

This is a really affordable cast iron skillet. Word of caution, the heat distribution doesn't seem to be even -- it gets really hot in the center of the pan. However, I'm cooking on an electric stove and would probably have better results with gas. I tried to fry an egg in it this weekend and it stuck pretty bad, but I think the pan just needs to be seasoned more. Overall, I think it will meet my needs, I love the price, and I'm looking forward to "breaking it in"! :)

Not quite sure yet.

It seems like a good product. I wanted a preseasoned pan because I had such a hard time seasoning a pan the last time I tried. It said it might need some extra oil the first few times and it might need more seasoning. I figured bacon would be a good first product because it's so greasy. The bacon stuck really bad to the pan, I had to scrape it off the bottom and those spots where it stuck were terribly sticky. After the bacon I fried a couple burgers in the pan, they got that nice crusty outside like you only get from a skillet like this or from a really nice restaurant grill. The burgers stuck a little bit but nothing serious. Then I fried up the rest of the hamburger to use in other dishes, that fried up nicely no sticking. I think it cleaned up nicely, I poured out the grease and wiped it out with paper towel, I didn't want to use water on it again afraid it will set me back. I'll have to see how it goes on the use.

A solid piece of engineering.

I was really lucky as I had a Camarro 6.2 litre v8 as a rental car during my last visit to the USA from the UK. I could have brought a poorer skillet locally but this click and collect order from Walmart gave me the chance to drive nearly 100 miles to pick it up. Both the car and the skillet were simply amazing. American engineering still produces the best cars in the world. It also makes cooking utensils that rival much more expensive French brands. America rocks.

Just a perfect skillet.

I have now gone totally cast iron in my skillets. This twelve inch skillet completes my set. I've had my 8", 10" and 14" for years and now I added the 12" skillet. I only buy Lodge. I finally retired my 10" and 12" Calphalon skillets, the finish was wearing off and I wasn't sure where the nonstick coating was going. This was my first buy online and pickup at store purchase and I was totally satisfied. I will certainly use this option in the future.

Perfect pan!

Perfect size pan for a larger skillet without going over board on size. Need a metal brush for ease of cleaning. Needs to be seasoned more than what the factory has done. Cook with plenty of oil initially and wipe down with a little oil after rinsing and drying and all be be well!

Lodge skillet good product great value

Well I really got the smaller size because the 12" was too large for my purpose. I bought it to use with an induction cooker and the 8" was just the right fit. This skillet is great value for a preseasoned cast iron skillet. I intend to take really good care of it. It was much more expensive at the high end stores so the Walmart price was just right for my budget.

Best size for a starter

I own over 12 pieces of lodge cast iron cookware. Awesome cookware, easy to use and clean, great cooking results. Lodge web site has good videos on recipes and care. If buying 1st piece this is good choice, practical size for many uses. highly recommend the 10.5 inch square griddle as well.

Great Skillet

I have owned different Lodge cast iron skillets for years and loved them. I needed a larger skillet and have used it multiple times already. Many years ago I had a house fire and the Lodge skillets did not crack but the other brand cracked into multiple pieces.

A fantastic American made iron skillet!

A fantastic, American-made, heirloom-quality skillet at a great price. Love it so much I bought a second one with the Boy Scouts of America commemorative logo for my adult son the Eagle Scout. You really can't go wrong with this seriously heavy ironware. Used it right out of the package for a big mess of scrambled eggs to feed the crew. Just a little 'stick' first go-round (hey, it's eggs) which cleaned right up with water. Then rubbed with oil and put away for next time, and it will just keep getting better.

Best pan you'll ever use

Easy to use and care for. I do highly recommend looking up the care for this pan, and if it seems like a lot of work then don't get it. But you buy one and you'll never buy another pan again. great for camping, stove, and oven. How can you go wrong.

Excellent pan

Used this for the first time last week, went above what I expected. Can't wait to get another product, I think maybe the 7 qt. Dutch oven with a lid that I can use on the pan I already have.

Love this skillet

Lost my Granny's cast iron skillet when moving cross country. This one made by same company. Heavy. Lid from Dutch oven fits it perfectly. Pre seasoned so very easy to clean (just wipe out). Love it
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