A breath of baby blue border with fine, delicate flowers gracing the blue while precious platinum enhances the trim In 1896 Joseph Lodge was strolling through the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee and discovered the perfect place to settle his family and start his cast iron manufacturing company. Still family-owned and run, Lodge is the world's largest and oldest manufacturer of cast iron products. Try your hand at homemade donuts or Southern fried chicken with this set, or use the pot alone for stews and hearty soups.
Cast iron is one of those materials true kitchen aficionados love. It gets better with age and seasoning, won't warp or chip, and keeps food warmer longer. Put your seafood, veggies, hushpuppies, or beignets (French doughnuts--they're heavenly) in the fry basket, then lower into the fry pot. Just remember that cast iron is very heavy--this pot weighs 7 pounds--which is why there's a looped handle on the opposite side to help you lift the pot (use a hot pad). The pot has two pour spouts, and the kit includes a 5-inch thermometer that goes up to 400 degrees F. In general, you'll want to hand wash the pot with just hot water. However, prior to first use and occasionally thereafter, you should season it by washing it with a little soap, oiling it inside and out, and cooking it in the oven for an hour. The finish will soon turn black--the sign of a well-seasoned cast-iron pot. --Doree Armstrong
What's in the Box
2-1/2-quart fry pot, fry basket, 5-inch thermometer, recipe booklet