Review: Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 10-1/2-Inch Round Griddle

lodge-logic-pre-seasoned-round-griddleDo you like camping as much as you like being in the house? Perhaps you want the secret to how restaurant pancakes taste so great. The Lodge Round Griddle is what you need.

Made of cast-iron, the Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 10-1/2-Inch Round Griddle is a great piece that will hold up inside, outside and more for generations, not just years.

This is the type of griddle your grandmother cooked on and likely her grandmother before her. Cast-iron is a tried and true cooking surface and will last for decades or longer if you take care it.

It is important to understand how cast iron works before you start cooking with it. Before cast iron is cooked with it has to be seasoned. This pan has been seasoned in advance of your purchase with vegetable oil. Periodically it may need to be re-seasoned with more vegetable oil to keep it cooking properly.

When it comes to cleaning you should only rinse the Lodge Logic griddle clean with hot water. Soap will remove the oil it has been seasoned with. If there are particles of food that you cannot get off you can scrub the surface with steel. Make sure to dry it thoroughly before you put it away as it can rust if you don’t.

What We Like:

  • This is a good piece that will be with you for generations to come.
  • The griddle cooks evenly.
  • This is a heavy-duty piece that will do just what it’s supposed to.
  • It can be used inside the oven, on the stovetop or on an open fire.
  • The flat edge makes this a great choice for cooking things that need to be flipped like eggs and pancakes.

Other Things to Consider:

  • It has to be hand washed and periodically re-seasoned to keep cooking effectively.

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Review: Heuck Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron 3-Piece Skillet Set

heuck-pre-seasoned-cast-iron-3-pce-skillet-setIf you really want all-purpose cooking items for your kitchen and you are as much an outdoorsy person as you are one who loves to cook in the house, you may want to consider the Heuck Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron 3-Piece Skillet Set.

If you know anything about outdoor cooking, you know that cast-iron is essential for cooking over an open flame. But at the same time this 3-piece skillet set can also go from the open flame to your stove top or oven without a second thought and will cook all of the food items you put in them evenly. They really are all purpose pans.

Included in this set are:
1  x 6-½ inch skillet

1 x  8-inch skillet

x 1 10-inch skillet

Each of these skillets has been pre-seasoned which means they are ready to cook with, although a bit of  extra seasoning helps to build the non stick properties.

If you have never used cast-iron pots or pans before you should be ready for a work out. Cast iron is very heavy and these pans have a good amount of weight to them when they are empty. It will only become more pronounced when they have food in them.

What We Like:

  • It can go from the campfire to the kitchen and back again.
  • It heats evenly.
  • Cast iron will last for a long time, often for generations.

Other Things to Consider

  • If you don’t read the instructions you can ruin them.
  • Don’t use soap when cleaning!
  • Some reviewers found that the finish that seems to flake off in a short time. The Manufacturer advises that this is normal within 6 to 12 months of use and that the manufacturers instructions need to be followed to ensure the set doesn’t rush.


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Review: Mario Batali Italian Essentials 4qt Dutch Oven – Cast Iron With Porcelain Enamel Finish Dutch Oven

Mario Batali 4qt Dutch OvenThe Mario Batali 4qt Dutch Oven takes the secrets of cooking from generations ago and makes them modern.

This Dutch oven begins with cast iron construction at its core, which will create a fast and stable heating environment for anything you put inside of it. Making it easier to clean and use on any stovetop is the porcelain enamel finish on both the inside and the outside. Not only is the finish more stovetop friendly, but it also makes clean up a lot easier as porcelain is much more simple to clean than cast iron.

If you are looking for durability and a heavy-duty pot, you will not find one that fits the bill more than this. Weighing in at 16.5 lbs, this 4-quart pot has the weight to back up its boasts.

Another benefit of the construction style of this Dutch oven is that once you are done cooking, you can move this pot right to the tabletop. Simply set a trivet down and the outer porcelain enamel will be an attractive addition to your table while the cast iron core will keep the food inside nice and warm.

Mario Batali 4qt Dutch Oven Assorted ColorsAdditionally, this is a self-basting oven pot. Because of the construction of the lid, whatever you put in the Dutch oven, and then into your oven, will stay nice and moist. The lid is lined with self-basting spikes, which continue to drip liquid back onto the food, keeping it moist and fresh.

The Mario Batali 4qt Dutch Oven is available in 4 gorgeous colors, persimmon, Chianti, espresso and Pesto.

What We Like:

  • This pot heats evenly and quickly.
  • It can be used on all styles of stovetops.
  • It can be used in the oven as well as on the stovetop.
  • The 4 quart size is one that will get a lot of use.

Other Things to Consider:

  • This is quite a heavy piece, especially when full. The weight can be tough on those who are not used to lifting heavy things or have arthritis or other problems with their wrists or hands.

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Review:Mario Batali 6qt Italian Essentials Covered Pot

Mario Batali Essentials Covered Pot ChiantiIf you are looking for the pot for any and all seasons as well as any and all holiday meals, the Mario Batali 6 qt. Italian Essentials Pot is the way to go. This pot holds 6-quarts and has the strength to take on everything even if it is filled to the rim.

Measuring 13 x 13 x 7 inches this pot is made with a cast iron base and the inside and exterior are coated in a porcelain-enamel finish. The base of cast iron creates a great cooking environment, able to sustain low heat over long periods of time and heating evenly and consistently. The performance of this pot will far outdo that of aluminum and stainless steel.

One of the unique aspects of this pot is within the lid. The lid is adorned with self-basting spikes that will continue to add juices back into the meat or other items you are cooking inside.

On the stovetop this pot can cook anything from a major family pasta meal to that famous stew that you only cook for special occasions. Additionally, this pot is oven safe and can be used to cook anything from bread to roasts.

51avymfy3rl_sl160_.jpgWhat We Like:

  • The size of this pot is enough for everything you need, even if you have a large family to prepare a feast for.
  • This pot can be used on any and all stovetops, which is a nice step over some that are not as versatile.
  • It comes with a small cookbook to give you a few ideas on new things to create.

What We Don’t Like:

  • You have to wash it by hand as it is not recommended that it be put in the dishwasher.
  • The weight. With a cast iron core, this is a very heavy pot. If you have a tough time with heavy things you may want to look for another pot.

The Mario Batali Essentials Covered Pot comes in four lovely shades, the color of the pot pictured at the top of the page is called Chianti. It also comes in a number of lovely shades including Espresso and Penne. The colors that are available do vary from time to time.

Mario Batali Essentials Covered Pot EspressoMario Batali 6 qt Italian Essentials Pot - Penne

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Lodge Camp 12-Inch Dutch Oven Tote Bag

Lodge 12in Camp Dutch Oven Tote BagIf you own a Lodge Camp Dutch Oven and take it with you when you go camping then this handy Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Tote Bag might just be what you need.

Able to hold Dutch Ovens up to 12 inches the Lodge Camp 12-Inch Dutch Oven Tote Bag is made from from a heavy duty material and sewn together with a heavy duty thread. This is essential as these Dutch ovens are mighty heavy.

It’s a great way of keeping everything together in the one spot as you can also include other essentials nested inside the oven including lifters, tongs and gloves. This makes it easy to bring along on a camping trip as you simply have to pick up the bag and pop it into your car, trailer or RV.

It also keeps the Dutch oven protected especially if you don’t use it very often and store it in an outside shed where it can easily accumulate dust or other debris. This tote bag keeps it clean and protected and ready to go at a moments notice.

The bottom of the tote bag has a padded surface to ensure that the legs of the Dutch oven don’t wear away holes in the base.

The bag has a heavy duty zipper and strong polypropylene straps for easy lifting.

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