In Brady’s case, it’s a marvel of diet, stretching, and an unwillingness to eat strawberries. In the case of cast iron, it’s a combination of natural seasoning that just builds on itself, coupled with an almost mind-boggling versatility and durability.
There are two kinds of cast iron pans: Seasoned and enamel. You can use either to cook pretty much anything in the kitchen: delicate fried eggs, succulent roasted chicken, savory cornbread, perfectly charred homemade pizza. As for seasoning a cast iron pan, after using it, you wash it with hot water and a little soap if needed. Then you dry it and rub oil into it, preferably of a vegetable variety because it has a high smoke point.
If you opt for enameled cast iron, you don’t get the benefits of years of seasoning and flavoring, but you do get a gorgeous pot or pan that’s easy to clean, with supreme heat retention.
Cast iron is everywhere. But unfortunately, good-quality cast iron isn’t exactly easy on your wallet. Looking at you Le Creuset. Good deals, however, are out there. In fact, we spotted a number of great cast iron deals. Here are some of the best.
Cast Iron Skillets Staub Cast Iron Pure Grill
Not only does this cast iron skillet leave your meat with perfect grill marks, but it'schip resistant and dishwasher safe, and it used to cost $229.
Buy Now $99.95
This 10 inch cast iron skillet from the cooking gurus at Staub is a stunning piece of kitchen gear that you’ll use every day. Make that twice day. In the oven, on the stove, wherever your recipe takes you.
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillets
This Cuisinel pre-seasoned cast iron skillet set used to cost $79.95, and is deal for cooking anything, anywhere, anytime.
Buy Now $42.99
Not only do you get two wonderful pre-seasoned cast 10-inch and 12-inch iron skillets, but you also score two heat resistant holders so you don’t burn your digits.
Calphalon Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware, Skillet
This cast iron skillet, formerly $50, transitions easily from stove to oven and back again and is used to make anything from pork chops to eggs to a frittata.
Buy Now $25.49
This 12-inch skillet features wide handles for easy lifting, which you’ll be doing plenty of when you start using this thing every damn day.
Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet
Le Creuset at this price? Yes, folks, this best-in-class cast iron skillet used to cost $170 so get it now.
Buy Now $99.95
There is some fancy, complex reason, we’re sure, that everything tastes better when cooked in a Le Creuset. But we’ve yet to figure it out. Suffice to say, everything tastes better when cooked in Le Creuset, especially at this price. The cast iron skillet’s interior won’t stain, dull, or corrode, and you don’t need to season it after using it. Like magic, everything just turns out perfect.
Lodge L4HS3KPLT Cast Iron 4-Piece Cookware Set
This three-piece Lodge cast iron set launched on Prime Day, and already, it's down from its regular price of $91.53.
Buy Now $64.99
This is basically the only cookware set you’ll need. Because it does not break. Period. You get a 10.25 inch skillet, a 10.5 inch griddle, and a five quart Dutch oven. You can use it to cook anything. Period.
Cast Iron Dutch Ovens Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Dutch Oven
One Fatherly editor swears that whatever she cooks in this cast iron Dutch oven comes out absolutely flawless. And this gem is normally $285.
Buy Now $219.95
This cast iron Dutch oven has much larger handles than competitors, giving you, the cook, superior handling ability. You want the greatest rack of lamb ever? Use this Dutch oven to brown it on the stove, then roast it slowly until you don’t even need a fork to eat it.
Lodge L8DD3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Normally $64, this Dutch oven, which has a domed cover that is great for roasts and non-knead bread recipes, is nicely marked down.
Buy Now $39.90
The five-quart Dutch oven is a kitchen go-to. You use it to handle sizable cuts of meat, for stews or chilis. Or you can use to make rice, quinoa, pasta, whatever. Seriously.
Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven
This beautiful enameled cast iron Dutch oven, normally $140, features an easy-to-clean, PFOA- and PTFE-free porcelain enamel cooking surface.
Buy Now $59.07
Unlike pre-seasoned cast iron, enameled cast iron is easy to clean and doesn’t need to be oiled after you use it. You get even heat retention in this looker of a 6.5 quart Dutch oven, plus what is known as self-basting condensation ridges on the lid to uniformly collect and direct vapors onto food. This means no chewy, dry chicken, ever. It’s oven- and stove-safe.
Lodge 3 Quart Cast Iron Combo Cooker
This is the kind of deal we go crazy over, because you get killer quality for a laughable price. This set used to cost $62.
Buy Now $34.90
With this set, you get a Lodge deep cast iron skillet, a fryer, and a Dutch oven in one, plus a lid that doubles as a shallow skillet or griddle. You can use it on the stove or on the grill. You’re welcome.
Cast Iron Grill Pans Lodge Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle
This cast iron electric griddle, which makes a dreamy breakfast, used to cost $59.80.
Buy Now $29.97
Get two cast iron pans in one. The griddle side is great for making grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs and pancakes, while the grill side is great for grilling steak, fish, chicken or hamburgers.
Lodge 10.5 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan
This stellar cast iron pan, which cost $44, gives you a glorious 10.5 inches of pre-seasoned grilling space.
Buy Now $18.90
Lodge makes the best tried-and-true cast iron gear out there. Generally, it can be on the pricier side, which is why this pan is such a steal. It’s got grill ribs that elevate food and collect cooking drippings, leaving you with a healthier meal. And because it’s pre-seasoned, you only have to wipe it down. The more you use it, the better it becomes.
Staub 1312906 Cast Iron Perfect Pan
This pan's name sums it up: This perfect kitchen tool used to be cost $343 and is ideal for searing, sauteing, browning, steaming, stir frying, and deep frying anything.
Buy Now $149.95
The Staub 4.5 quart pan, from the same parent company as Zwilling’s powerhouse knives, is truly an MVP. It’s made in France, is oven-safe up to 500 degrees, and has a rough texture for perfect browning. It’s even dishwasher-safe. And no, you don’t need to season it.
Lodge LPGI3 Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Pan
You truly cannot ever go wrong with Lodge cast-iron, and this reversible grill and griddle set is down from $88.94.
Buy Now $44.90
This pre-seasoned cast iron grill and griddle set fits over two stovetop burners. You get handles for easy lifting, flipping or hanging when not in use. Use this to make steak or pancakes. Your choice.
Lodge 10.5 Inch Cast Iron Griddle
You'll make the world's juiciest, most flavorful quesadillas in this cast iron grill pan, which is normally $33.
Buy Now $14.99
Sure, you can use this pre-seasoned cast iron grill pan for pancakes. Of course you can. But it truly shows its mettle when used for quesadillas, thanks to its lower side walls and wider cooking surface.
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