We’re huge fans of cast iron skillets. These can truly be a buy it for life type item. A good cast iron skillet can be your best friend for life…and it can outlast you when properly cared for. Cast iron skillets are a must-have for any cook. They are awesome for finishing off a steak. They’re great for baking. They’re great for just about everything. If you are about to take the dive into the life of cast iron ownership, there are a few rules you should follow on how to choose a cast iron skillet.
Why are Cast Iron skillets so good? They are built to last. As I mentioned before a cast iron skillet is one of those things that can be passed on generation after generation. You really have to treat them poorly in order for them to break or chip.
One thing you need to keep in mind is that cast iron skillets don’t deliver even heat, so if you want to cook something evenly, you need to heat the cast iron skillet about 10 minutes before you cook your item (like a delicious steak). This also means you need to have the right tools to protect your hands when handling the hot skillet.
Cast iron skillets aren’t non-stick. If someone tells you they are, they are liars. That doesn’t mean you can’t cook eggs in there, but you do need to keep this in mind for certain recipes.
When it comes to contact with water, it is perfectly ok to get your cast iron wet. You can even use soap. Just don’t let your cast iron skillet sit in the sink with water. It will rust. Wash it, immediately dry it, and season if needed.
How to Choose a Cast Iron Skillet
100% Metal: The pan should be made of no other material, except for cast iron. If it has fancy handles or anything else, skip it and find another.
Even: Make sure your cast iron skillet has no dents, missing chunks, or rusted/pitted areas.
Seasoned: Sure, you can season it yourself, but why would you want to.
Our Recommendation: Lodge is inexpensive compared to other brands, lasts forever and a day, and comes pre-seasoned.