A cast iron pan is like a pet. With a little training early on and regular love and care, the rewards are endless. In fact, a seasoned cast iron can perform better than a nonstick. You can take it camping. You can get a perfect char or sauté. And you can even use it in self defense (just saying). Like a pet, a cast iron pan is worth the effort. Here are our 10 favorite brands to choose from.
Above: Made in Japan, the Nambu Tekki 7 1/4-Inch Round Pan is a double handled cast iron pan, but the company also makes a skillet and a larger version of this pan. The 17 1/4 size is $70 at Need Supply. Above: Jasper Morrison’s Palma collection for Oigen, a line of cast iron kitchenware, includes a Frying Pan for £130 at Jasper Morrison Shop. For more on the collection, see our early post Iron Man, Jasper Morrison. Above: From Best Made Co., the Field #12 Cast Iron Skillet by Field Company is $218. Contact Best Made Co. for restocking information. Above: The Staub 12-Inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan in Black is $160 at Amazon. The brand offers a wide collection of other enameled cast iron cookware pieces available on Amazon and at Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. The pan is one of five featured in our post 5 Favorites: The Indispensable Grill Pan. Above: From the classic cast iron brand Lodge, the Round 17-Inch Cast Iron Skillet is $118 at March. For more see our post Object Lessons: Lodge Cast Iron. Above: Iwachu’s Iron Omelette Pan has a unique shape with a handle designed specifically to stay cool while cooking; $76.80 at Amazon where you can find a whole range of Iwachu pans. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can also find the pans at Soko Hardware in Japan Town and they’re also available online at Rikumo. Above: Cast iron cookware from Borough Furnace is made from recycled iron and seasoned with flax seed oil. Here, the 10.5-Inch Frying Skillet is $300; it’s one of many from Borough Furnace.