Back in late January when we were contemplating getting a 13.25 inch Lodge cast skillet, it was one that d. a. Niel's had previously ordered to bring in for stock... but it never arrived.  They did have a 12 inch that had arrived, and looking at it made us realize that really was the biggest we could hope to use on our stove top anyway.  Only issue was, they didn't have a lid for it.

So I did a little digging and found that the 7 Quart Dutch Oven came with a 12 inch lid that would fit our pan.  It didn't take much calculating to realize that $80-$90 for a lid was a worse deal than $140 for a lid with a pot... that's like a buy the lid and get a pot for $60, or less.

It took a while for our special order to arrive, but I'm looking forward to getting some good use out of our new 12 inch skillet, dutch oven, and lid!

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In truth, it does take a bit of a change in your habits when cooking on Cast Iron; scrub immediately with water, no soap, and keep the curing process going by applying more oil.

Having made the switch however, I can say that I will never go back to non-stick or metal cookware; i enjoy cooking with lower heat settings while these puppies keep all the heat locked in and evenly spread out.

You can follow the link I provided in my Return of Cooking on Cast Iron post to learn the main reasons behind the switch.

Sarah Ballantyne

Cooking with cast-iron is great.  A well-seasoned pan is just as slippery as its non-stick counterpart.  It heats evenly, can go in the oven, can be used at high temperatures, increases the iron content of our food, and has a very, very long lifetime.  And while high-end cast-iron cookware costs a pretty penny, a basic cast-iron frying pan is very inexpensive.

I knew I was sick of Teflon, and sometime Stainless Steel cookware can get pricey... time to start our own cast-iron tradition!

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