About ten years ago, I bought an 8-inch Lodge cast iron skillet from a hardware store. I lovingly seasoned the raw cast iron, over and over, until it was ready to use. Even so, it would be years before the bumpy, dark gray piece of metal that I I bought transformed into the black, smooth, nonstick skillet that I love today. Some day, I will give this skillet to my son, and he will say, “Up yours, old man! I don’t want to be like you!” But many years later, he will thank me (maybe).
The good news is, you don’t have to spend years seasoning your skillet any more. At some point, the good people at Lodge decided that selling them pre seasoned and ready-to-use is a better deal for pretty much everybody. Pull it out of the box, and it’s ready to make the perfect grilled cheese. With a little bit of maintenance and common sense (don’t put it in the dishwasher, etc.), cast iron only gets better with time. Perhaps someday you too will pass along a well-loved cast iron skillet to your disappointed child.
There is a good reason why every cook you know loves cast iron cookware.
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