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Old 12-07-2018, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I have found them a huge hassle, because my husband believes they don't need cleaning after use. Then he will use it again. Then I have a huge build up of disgusting un-smooth cooked on crumbs on the bottom, which requires a big deep cleaning and then a reseasoning so he can ruin them again. So currently I have like 4 skillets I haven't used in 2 years because I keep meaning to get to this task some cold wintry day...
Clean your iron. Buy your hubby his own pans, or teach him to clean the iron with a kosher salt scrub.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:48 AM
 
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Hah. I forgot I asked this question! Thanks for all the input - didn't expect the thread to grow so much. I have a clear idea of what I want now and come bonus time, a cast-iron skillet and a dutch oven from Lodge are on the list
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Old 12-08-2018, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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You'll end up like me- I have a 10" skillet, a 6"skillet and a dutch oven. Love'em even though they're heavy.
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Old 12-29-2018, 03:39 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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You'll end up like me- I have a 10" skillet, a 6"skillet and a dutch oven. Love'em even though they're heavy.
What do you cook most often in your 6" skillet?
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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First of all, look for used Griswold or Wagner or BSR at flea markets, tag sales, antique shops. Often less than new Lodge and are smooth, not that pebbly Lodge finish. My last dutch oven, a BSR with a glass lid cost me like $20 at a Goodwill thrift store.



I use a #5 Gris for cornbread. Get a nice just right thickness slice from a box of Jiffy mix.

#6 or #8 get used for my wife's delicious Dutch Babies
I've juggled 2-3 #8's on the stove cooking steaks
I have an unmarked BSR, I think it's a #12, that is my go to skillet. Use it so much it rarely leaves the stove. I clean it and just leave it on the stove....heavy.
Lodge dutch oven comes out for chili
#9 Gris dutch oven comes out for when the Lodge is too small, like a big chuck roast.


Some in multiples, we have Griswold #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, couple of round griddles, couple of rectangular griddles, 4-6 dutch ovens, an aberskivel pan, corn shaped cornbread pans, one or two waffle irons, couple of gingerbread house molds, 2 or 3 fruit shaped muffin molds. Who knows what else.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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First of all, look for used Griswold or Wagner or BSR at flea markets, tag sales, antique shops. Often less than new Lodge and are smooth, not that pebbly Lodge finish. My last dutch oven, a BSR with a glass lid cost me like $20 at a Goodwill thrift store.



I use a #5 Gris for cornbread. Get a nice just right thickness slice from a box of Jiffy mix.

#6 or #8 get used for my wife's delicious Dutch Babies
I've juggled 2-3 #8's on the stove cooking steaks
I have an unmarked BSR, I think it's a #12, that is my go to skillet. Use it so much it rarely leaves the stove. I clean it and just leave it on the stove....heavy.
Lodge dutch oven comes out for chili
#9 Gris dutch oven comes out for when the Lodge is too small, like a big chuck roast.


Some in multiples, we have Griswold #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, couple of round griddles, couple of rectangular griddles, 4-6 dutch ovens, an aberskivel pan, corn shaped cornbread pans, one or two waffle irons, couple of gingerbread house molds, 2 or 3 fruit shaped muffin molds. Who knows what else.
Griswold or Wagner skillets are quite pricey these days. And hard to find. I own two Griswolds. My eight incher was NOT cheap, and was not in usable condition either. It took me two weeks of intermittent scrubbing to get it clean.

A new Lodge will be relatively inexpensive. Relatively. The cheapest new iron comes from China. I confess that I would never buy Chinese iron for cooking.

With a vintage skillet, you need to check carefully for warpage before buying.
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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A new Lodge will be relatively inexpensive. Relatively.
You can get 10 1/4 inch Lodge skillet for ~$15 on Amazon. 12 inch versions are going for about ~$30.

That's not very expensive.
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:35 PM
 
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I just bought this 3.2 qt cast iron dutch oven with lid on Walmart for only $17. Great size, awesome price:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Tra...-Lid/602467352
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:32 PM
 
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Another cheap one, 8" pan for less than $5:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Tra...80&athena=true
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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You can get 10 1/4 inch Lodge skillet for ~$15 on Amazon. 12 inch versions are going for about ~$30.

That's not very expensive.
As I have posted before, the cheapest iron comes from China. I woukd definitely buy Lodge over Chinese.
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