Lodge SS12GR Signature Seasoned Cast-Iron Grill Pan with Stainless-Steel Primary and Assist Handles
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- Combines the beauty of stainless with the rugged durability of cast iron
- Wash with stiff brush and hot water by hand, cast in the USA, lifetime warranty
This 12-Inch seasoned, ready to use cast iron grill pan comes with stainless steel primary and assist handles. Ribs raise food off the bottom of the pan for low fat cooking. Many great American chefs put Lodge Cast Iron on the list of the ten most essential tools in their kitchen. Simply put, Lodge Cast Iron cooks best. Better than even the most expensive stainless or aluminum cookware as nothing can rival the even heating, heat retentiaon, versatility, value and durability of Lodge Cast Iron. For more than 100 years, Lodge has been perfecting the process of making cast iron cookware. We formulated just the right metal chemistry, created exacting mold tolerances for our castings, and developed the perfect wall construction for the best even heating found in cookware. The Signature Series takes cast iron cookware to the next level with it's gorgeous high polished stainless steel handles. Casted in the USA. 12-Inch diameter and 2 1/2-Inch deep.
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I am astounded at the beauty, heft and quality of this pan. The pictures don't do it justice. Superbly crafted - in the USA (HOORAY!!!!!), pre-seasoned, with gorgeous, well balanced stainless handles and the date 1896 stamped into the helper handle. The Lodge insignia in stainless is just below the main handle.
Couldn't wait to try it - so off to the store for a treat - fresh cut 1 1/2" thick prime filets. Rinsed this black beauty in hot water, dried it and right on the stove. Fired it up HOT, sprayed it with canola oil and put those bad boy filets, rolled in crushed pepper, in the pan. Meanwhile, I had a batch of Alton Brown's Bakers going in the oven, a Caesar salad chilling, a demi-glace made and gorgonzola at the ready and my Lodge Fajita pans heating in a 350 degree oven. 5 minutes and a flip, 3 more minutes, drizzle with demi-glace and crumbled gorgonazola and under a lid for about 45 seconds and then on to the hot fajita pans along with the bakers.
HEAVEN!!!! Those filets were better than any I've ever been served in restaurants - melt in your mouth tender, juicy, seared to perfection. Serving on the hot fajita pans kept them hot until the very last bite.
The quality of this cast iron pan is just amazing - perfect heat distribution - and the stay cool stainless handle is a real bonus. (Note: the helper handle does get hot because of it's length) Cleanup was a breeze - after dinner I poured hot water in the pan, heated it and then swirled a nylon brush around and through the grooves. Clean as a whistle. Rinsed it, dried it, put it back on the stove for a minute to get rid of any moisture and then wiped it down with a very thin coat of food grade beeswax and mineral oil made for chopping blocks (from Wooden Wonders on eBay). This product helps keep your cast iron seasoned without the rancid smell of oil.
After this experience, I will be buying the other Lodge Signature pans. There are pans - and then there are PANS. This falls into the latter category. What a pleasure to use such a beautiful piece that is also exceptionally well crafted, balanced and designed. I haven't had the heart to put it away in a cupboard - it's too gorgeous to hide and I'll be using it often.
Hats off to Lodge for an excellent product and applause to Amazon for selling it with the free shipping. This pan will last more than a lifetime. Worth it's weight in gold - and now that I've used it, worth every single penny in price. I hope Lodge will add more pans to the Signature line!
For many years I had to dream of the day when I could just use my two-sided cast iron grill-n-griddle in my own kitchen.
I spent a long time hunting around for an indoor electric "barbecue" grill, and after reading all the dissatisfied reviews, I moved on to try locating a one-sided cast iron grill that would treat my cook-top well and deal with the difficult heat transfer from an electric stove element without making my life miserable.
I don't know why I hadn't found Lodge Signature cookware before this, but those days are now over.
Anyone who has used cast iron (correctly) doesn't need a review of what it can do for food. There are many people who have tried it, and developed a hatred for it; it can be fussy. If you are new to cast iron, many of the other reviews have very good suggestions and care tips, as do the instructions that come with the pan. But, treated well and used properly, there is no comparison.
Enter this grill pan, and the gap between pressed aluminium and cast iron just gets wider.
Now, this is cast iron, so the list is identical to any other pan of its kind, EXCEPT: The bottom of this grill pan is FLAT.
It's COMPLETELY *flat*. And, SMOOTH.
Not to sound "dirty", but it's as flat and smooth as a Le Creuset's bottom.
Unlike most other cast iron pans that not only have a bottom-side ridge around the perimeter of the pan, but also have raised or depressed manufacturer logos making the bottom surface very irregular, this one has nothing but smoothness.
What does that mean, and why am I doting over it? Well, that means:
1. I can use it on my ceramic-top cooker (as long as I don't slide it or drop it), and
2. It will heat evenly on any electric cook-top without the need for heat spreaders.
It does have those shiny stainless handles that stay cooler than the all-cast-iron pans to be had for a lot less money, but so do my pressed aluminium Calphalon and All-Clad pans. So, that doesn't budge me one way or the other.
The big deal for me is that beautifully smooth bottom it's got.
Well, it's cast iron, so it's friggin' heavy, and it requires the same tiny bit of extra care that all cast iron cookware requires.
But, given that extra care and attention (found in the use and care manual that usually comes with all cast iron cookware), and this particular grill pan will produce wonderfully "near-as-outdoor-barbecue" food as you can possibly get in a condo, on a ceramic-top cooker--and that's pretty darned close.