Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
If you spend any time watching late-night infomercials, you’ve surely come across some product claiming to be the most versatile kitchen gadget out there. But nothing beats the good old cast iron skillet. You can use it to sauté, sear, fry, bake, or stir-fry on any cooking surface imaginable: Stick it in the oven and on stove tops, grills, and even campfires.
We’ve wanted to invest in one for years but struggled to find one that met all of our needs: reasonably priced, easy to clean, and big enough to cook for a crowd (even though we know most of the time we’d be using it to cook meals for one). The 10.25-inch skillet from Lodge Cast Iron checks all the boxes. At $25, it’s a steal—especially considering it’s impeccably seasoned and made from high-quality material in the U.S.A. Plus, cleaning the skillet is a cinch. Just wash, dry, and season with a little cooking oil. Best of all, we’ve used it to make everything from stir-fry for friends to personal pan pizzas. We’re starting to wonder whether we actually need all of those other pots and pans.