The Lodge L8SK3 10.25″ skillet is an absolutely amazing cast iron skillet piece. It is a great size to handle cooking many different types of meals, for one or two people, and features a nice balanced weight, that’s not too heavy, but lets you know its quality and durability when you use it.
I bought two of these and spent about 4 – 5 hours sanding one down by hand and seasoning it well before use. The results were very encouraging. I was able to cook nearly anything without any mess or sticking. Just used the Lodge Polycarbonate scraper and it cleaned out easier than any other cookware I use. The results were nearly identical with the stock finish and the incredibly arduously arrived at flat finish.
I’ve cooked steaks, chicken, fish, and these all turned out amazingly cooked. The fish was super-crisp and the meat was succulent and juicy. Pizza comes out superb, and since these pans handle 500+ Fahrenheit and are made for use in stoves and ovens, they are extremely versatile and can do nearly anything. Cookies also came out amazing, as will baking some other treats and bread dishes. I’m currently trying to teach my Lodge to fetch the paper and bring me coffee, so expect an update if this goes well. Looks promising so far.
So the short of it is, so long as these are properly seasoned (at about 450 – 500 degrees Fahrenheit with a very light bit of oil worked into the metal and baked facing down for 50 minutes) and cleaned well (with hot water and a scraper and preferably without the use of any soap that could maybe damage the seasoning, followed by a wipe down to dry the cast iron piece), they will last a lifetime and can be passed on to your family for generations to come.
A wonderful conglomeration of quality, durability, and simple elegance combined into one fantastically solid piece of cookware.- Aruze
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