Update International 3 Count (SWI-84) - 8" x 4" Cast Iron Steak Weights
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- 3 steak weights per order
- Square grooved, channel face
- Smooth wood, cool-touch handle
- Heavy commercial grade cast iron
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In order to gain better heat penetration on thicker cuts of steak a steak weight is often used. This allows the steak to cook more evenly and a little bit faster which is very helpful on done and well-done steaks. Update International has a perfect steak companion in its 4 1/4â€ x 8 1/4â€ cast iron steak weight (SWI-84). It may also be used on many grill-cooked items such as bacon sausages burgers and even hash browns. It has a wooden handle to prevent heat absorption while providing a comfortable grip. Sold per 3 pieces.
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Most frequently I use this for burgers and steaks in the cast iron skillet. I grind my own burger meat (50% Chuck/ 25% Sirloin/ 25 % Flat Iron), and form 6 oz patties. Three of them fit in my skillet, and this weight covers 60% of all three simultaneously. It keeps the whole side of the burger pressed firmly into the searing hot pan, creating a beautiful, caramelized crust on the outside of my burgers. This sear can only be attained with a weight, because without it, usually the middle of the burger will raise-up and lose contact with the pan during cooking -- even when I 'put the dimple' in the middle of it.
Steaks: Again, this helps my steaks maintain 100% contact with the bottom of the hot iron. This enables me to fire a ribeye to perfection -- every time.
Bacon: I also use it for bacon to prevent it from curling on the ends, and getting a consistent texture and done-ness.
So far, those are the only functions I have used this for, but it has performed flawlessly.
A couple of warnings / notes about the functionality / explanation why I deducted one star.
The weight gets EXTREMELY hot (as I am sure you understand). If you look at the design, the wooden handle is held to the weight by two iron pieces -- one on either side (where the screw goes in). Those metal pieces also get EXTREMELY hot. Make sure you grab the middle of the wooden handle. I have accidentally let the edge of my hand touch it, and it wasn't pleasant. It is kind of an annoyance because you have to be careful and cognizant where you are grabbing on the handle.
Though the wood handle is nice, I wish that it had been sanded to leave it with a little bit of a texture for gripping. It is very smooth. This is aesthetically pleasing, but not functionally pleasing.
Cleaning it isn't as laborious as I thought it would be, even with the the metal side having a scored edge. I though that getting grease and food particles out of it would be a chore -- it isn't. Note that it is not a smooth iron-side -- it is scored.
Because of those few things, I have deducted a point. It would be nice if they put a silicone coating, or sleeve of sort on the two metal brackets that hold the handle. It would prevent the accidental touching of the hot iron when things in the kitchen become a little hectic.
Despite that though, I can now achieve a perfect sear on my burgers and steaks in the cast iron skillet. I will be trying this in the Spring when I get my grill fired-up. Though, I would be cautious with the wood handle and an open-flame!
There are groves in the bottom to allow the juices to flow, great for steak and burgers, nothing stuck to it either. I will be doing some seasoning on it by removing the wood handle and using lard while baking in the oven just like you would with a iron skillet.
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It does the job but wish it was little more heavier like 2.5 lb