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Lodge L8GP3 Cast Iron Grill Pan, 10.25-inch
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- Low maintenance cast iron
- Create restaurant quality grill marks
- Superior heat retention and even cooking
- 10-1/4-Inch will fit Lodge standard iron lids
- Made in USA
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Use & Care
While the skillet comes pre-seasoned to prevent food from sticking, it works best when sprayed or lightly coated with vegetable oil before use. After cooking, we recommend cleaning with a stiff nylon brush and hot water. Using soap or the dishwasher is not recommended, and harsh detergents should never be used. Towel dry immediately cleaning and apply a light coating of oil to utensil while it is still warm.
Lodge L8GP3 Grill Pan
Pre-seasoned skillet is ready-to-use right out of the box
The black patina given to the cookware by the factory seasoning process is, in fact, vegetable oil that has been baked into a piece of cookware that has emerged from an individual sand mold. This coating of oil is a functional application and not a cosmetic application. The cookware is hanging as it rides through the electrostatic sprayer and commercial conveyer ovens at very high temperatures. This allows the oil to penetrate deeply into the pores of the iron which creates an easy release finish. As a result of this process, you may see a blister or bubble of oil at the southern-most point or at the end of the handle of the cookware piece. If visible, it will rub or flake off with your finger, leaving a brown spot. Don’t worry, it’s not rust but a seasoned spot that is brown, indicative of the varnish stage of seasoning. As a matter of fact, this is the color of home seasoned iron until it has been used several times. The brown spot will turn black with use.
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The Lodge Round 10-1/4-Inch Grill Pan is a wonderful addition to any kitchen or campsite. The deep ridges on the bottom of this heavy cast-iron skillet make it perfect for grilling steaks, chicken, hamburgers or even shrimp. The ridges help to sear the food while keeping it above the pan grease for lower fat cooking. Cast-iron creates superior heat retention, browning your meat evening while leaving them moist and delicious. This grill pan features a heavy-duty handle with a notch that allows for hanging, and two side lips for pouring off grease or liquids. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this Skillet evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron Skillet looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century.
Top customer reviews
This has worked particularly well for burgers, but also chicken breasts, turkey tenderloin and awesome sliced eggplant.
It can be a challenge to clean between all the ridges. We tend to put some water in the pan while its still pretty warm, then dislodge major food with the Lodge grill pan scraper. But the real essential tool has been the "Bürstenhaus Redecker 2-1/4 Inch Diameter Pot Brush". Seriously don't know how we'd clean it without it.
Overall has been a good purchase and we're using it more than I ever expected.
I considered the George Foreman grill, which typically gets good reviews and is a perfectly valid choice, but many versions of it to consider, some with removable grills to clean and some (sigh) not, different sizes (2 burgers, 4, "family size", etc.), not expensive but not cheap, usually has non-stick finish, etc. I like simplicity. I saw various grilling trays and pans that are used atop surface cooking (stoves, etc.), waded through the critically-helpful Amazon reviews, and chose this Lodge grill pan. The negative reviews were things like it rusts (duh, it's iron, iron rusts, and you have to dry it immediately after washing, although you have to know that already or visit Lodge's website to find out, not mentioned in the enclosed instructions, a duh for Lodge), and that food sticks to it (annoying for sure but it's not a non-stick pan so......).
So far, we've made burgers on it a few times, will get to steaks and fish and veggies, but haven't yet.
>RESULTS: Produces extremely consistent results, food always cooked perfectly.
>MORE RESULTS: Rave reviews from my picky son and me.
>EASY: Easy to use
>STURDY: Built of thick cast iron, will certainly outlast me, probably suitable for use in zombie attacks or nuclear war. Also great for defending yourself against bears, creaming your spouse, and that sort of thing. Good, old fashioned, last forever stuff.
>DRAINS GREASE: The raised ribs in the bottom keep the food up and let grease drain away from it, which I think makes for more healthy and less-messy results. There are spouts formed on both sides to tip and drain, they work okay, only minimal dripping down the outside that would be bad (going into the flame).
>LINES: Many other reviewers thought that the best feature or a very important feature is that the ribs in the bottom create the blackened lines in the food that show that it was grilled, as if it were done on an outdoor "real" grill. I guess this is nice, but I am surprised that so many people thought this was so important, more so even than how the food tastes, etc.
NOT GOOD (not "bad" to me but not "good"):
>UNDERSTAND IT BEFORE USING: Before using, go to the Lodge website as the enclosed directions suggest to see some important directions that frankly should be at least summarized in the enclosed directions. You either have to be experienced with cast iron cookware or go to the web site or you will have some disappointments.
>CAUTION! - HANDLE GETS VERY HOT WHEN COOKING AND THE PAN AND HANDLE STAY HOT FOR A WHILE AFTER COOKING. This is inherent, it's one big piece of metal, so heat is conducted to the handle and the heavy mass holds heat a long time, so always use mitts!! If you use mitts, no problems at all. If you forget to use mitts, you'll probably only do it once!
>SOME FOOD STICKING: Although it arrives factory "seasoned" (see the Lodge website for procedure, it's covering the pan surface with oil and baking it into the metal) and I also oil it after washing (per website instructions) and again before and with cooking, yes, food can and probably will stick. I suspect that the burgers we've done so far would be about the worst case because the ground meat can pull away and stick to the pan more easily than, say, a steak or veggies, but after burgers I usually have to do a little light scraping or use a metallic scouring pad (preferably the kind without soap, which can ruin the oil "seasoning" of the metal). No really tough deposits, no chisel needed, but they definitely will not just rinse off or even sponge off, some scraping needed. Hey, it's not non-stick, and even our stainless steel pans usually have some sticking, get over it. NOTE: The Lodge website and/or Amazon reviewers sometimes note to not use a metal scraper or it will damage the finish, and do not use soap or it will ruin the "seasoned"/oiled treatment. They are correct about cooking heat sterilizing any residue so no germ worries. But, (1.) the "seasoning" and oiling has not stopped food sticking, so I'm not terribly worried about washing away the oil that does very little under best of circumstances, (2.) I'm okay with using a strong plastic scraper instead of metal, but the precious "finish" is not polished, etc., in the first place, and I do try to be gentle with a metal scraper, not chiseling but just knocking food deposits off, and, (3.) aside from germs and sterilization, I just don't like the food quality / taste and esthetic perceptions from leaving blackened deposits of previous foods on when I cook the next thing. If I want blackened, tar-like residue on my food I'll use the outdoor grill!! Even our polished stainless steel (not non-stick) pans have food sticking, it's annoying but not a big deal, and worth the price to cook without potentially unhealthy non-stick coatings. There may be foods or cooking techniques or cast iron products that do not result in food sticking, but I suspect the problem is inherent, as it is with anything that is not non-stick-coated, and all the stuff about seasoning and using only velvet gloves to remove stuck food is an "in" ritual thing or a diversion from the problem. Just deal with it and do the best you can, or (sigh) use only non-stick cookware.
>CAN RUST: Yes, it rusts if you soak it with water for a time or forget to dry it IMMEDIATELY after washing. Easy enough, just know it and remember, no problems.
>GREASE CAPACITY: As at least one other reviewer noted, the ribs in the bottom are not that deep so it does not take much grease or oil accumulation before the food is sitting in it. It's not bad but not generous. Sometimes I pour out the accumulated oil, if I can do it without spilling out the food as well and have an assistant to wipe off any that drips down the outside where it is exposed to open flame. Again, imperfect but do-able.
Overall, I love it, good results, a little more cleaning and maintenance work than we spoiled, modern people like, but not bad.
Steaks turn out tender and flavorful, plus no unhealthy carcinogens.
Easy cleanup, just rinse off with hot water. Then boil some water, dump and wipe clean with a dish towel.