I'm looking to buy a cast iron pan. I'm tired of using Teflon 'non-stick' pans which eventually lose their non-stick and become unusable. Do you have any advice for buying a cast iron pan? What should I look out for?
Lodge is the most popular and best new one out. They tend to come pre-seasoned, but I season mine anyway. Usually cook something fatty like bacon the first few times. I like to get them nice and slick. Wal-mart, Bass Pro, and just about any other store that sells cast iron should have Lodge.
I search yard sales for old ones people want to get rid of. I've gotten a Griswold for a few dollars before. They were considered one of the best when they were around. But people let them get rusty, and consider them junk. I see a fun project of cleaning and seasoning.
How much should I expect to pay for a Lodge? How do you season the pan? And if I found a second hand one, how would I clean it?
The cast iron pan we use is for camping and works great. We actually found one at a rummage sale for a dollar or two. It was one of the best finds we have ever found. The best advice I could give you about using a cast iron pan is never wash it with soap and water. When you want to clean it, use canola oil and burn it off.
I'm in the market to get a cast iron pan, as well. I've been trying to find one at the thrift store because they're just so expensive at a regular store!