New Lodge 10" Chef's skillet, really nice for modes cost

Sid Post | Aug 7, 202009:38 AM     5

I caught a free shipping sale on the Lodge factory website and took advantage by buying the 10" Chef's skillet. My online searches really didn't turn up much and the few skillets for sale were priced pretty close to Lodge's retail price so, with free shipping it was a relatively easy decision for me. $27 plus tax may seem a little expensive but, this isn't the type of skillet you will find at Walmart and similar places anytime soon.

So, here I am with my new skillet having just finished my first cook. I didn't do any seasoning and did my normal pancake thing with a small amount of canola oil in the pan to judge the heat level. Overall, I'd say Lodge has a real winner in this model of skillets.

The weight seems slightly lighter than a comparable standard Lodge skillet from a big box store. I feel the handle may be skewing this perception some and the finish on mine is a lot smoother than what I see on mass-market versions today. The triple seasoning process they use looks very good. I haven't done the cold egg test yet but, I see no reason it won't be consistent with any other well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

This skillet really worked well for my pancake. I let it warm about 10 minutes on setting 3 of 10 on my pathetic smooth top electric cooktop. A water drop hit and steamed pretty quick and the dab of oil spread very easily so, in the batter went. I let it sit until the bottom was a nice medium brown, about 3 minutes or so, and then I flipped it over and did the same. The curved and low sides of this skillet made the 'flip' super easy. When I lifted the edge of the pancake, I could easily see it without lifting it very high. The curved sides made inserting the spatula very easy and worked out will with a slightly off aim on the flip with the big pancake being slightly offset from the center. When the pancake was done, the low and curved sides made lifting the pancake onto my plate very easy and no debris was left behind in the cooking area of the skillet. The skillet handle is a bit longer but, the real improvement is its upward curve which lifts it away from the hot cooktop and its longer length which fits my hand much better and provides a bit more leverage for lifting the skillet to reposition it too.

While I don't see myself frying meat in this skillet, preferring the taller sides of a standard skillet to reduce grease splatter. However, I think it will prove to be an awesome skillet for omelet or scramble style egg dishes with a little bacon or sausage.

Chef Collection Skillets Lodge Cast Iron

Chef Collection Skillets Lodge Cast Iron
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