Which Cast Iron Pan is Right for You?
We weigh the merits of three cast iron pans.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch, $50
It’s hard to improve upon this cowboy classic: it’s inexpensive, hearty and, with care, it will outlive you. Always cheapest when bought at a hardware store. homedepot.ca
Cuisinart 5-Quart Stir Fry, $120
This has little of the Lodge’s ruggedness but is noticeably lighter and prettier. It’s coated with a perfect non-stick coating, so there’s no seasoning needed (but once that coating is gone, so is the non-stick). thebay.com
Le Creuset Square Skillet Grill, $230
Pieces by Le Creuset (and its français doppelgänger, Staub) are beautiful to look at, perform wonderfully and become heirlooms to hand down. This skillet holds high heat for the perfect sear on your next steak. lecreuset.ca
“My favourite pan is the oval skillet from Le Creuset. It’s oversized to fit larger pieces of meat or fish and it fits perfectly in our wood-burning oven. The best thing about cast iron pans is that the more you use them, the better they perform. For me, that perfect sear and nicely caramelized vegetable comes from a well-season cast iron pan.” —Blair Lebsack, RGE RD, Edmonton