A Guide to Lodge Cookware
Lodge Cookware is
the oldest family owned cookware iron foundry in America. It
was founded by Joseph Lodge in 1896 in South Pittsburg,
Tennessee – during the first presidential term of William
McKinley. Some of the first skillets, griddles and
that were made over 100 years ago are still being used today!
Four generations later, the Lodge family still runs the business
and continue to uphold the high quality of the products. They
have done this by using their privately held metal formula,
precision molds and precise mold wall thickness.
excellence of their products has earned them praise from Good
Housekeeping magazine, Fine Cooking magazine, various test
kitchens and satisfied consumers.What Do They Make?
Lodge claim that the even heating, heat retention and durability
of their cast iron products rivals that of the most expensive
stainless steel and aluminum cookware.
Lodge Cast Iron cookware specializes in Dutch Ovens, griddles,
combo cookers (a Dutch Oven with a lid that converts to a
griddle) and grills. They offer over a hundred pieces in various
shapes and sizes.
What is pre-seasoning?
Lodge cast iron ware is all pre-seasoned at the factory so it is
ready to use immediately. Seasoning is also called ‘curing’ and
is an essential step if you are using
cast iron cookware that
has not already been pre-seasoned.
Lodge pre-season their cookware with a proprietary vegetable oil
which is soy-based and has been certified as Orthodox Union
Kosher. The oil also has no animal fat or peanut oil. The oil
is baked into the pores of the iron and this helps to prevent it
To begin with, the pre-seasoned surface will not be completely
smooth but this is normal and it won’t affect how your pan
performs. The more often you season it, the smoother the
surface will become.
Care And Seasoning Of Your Cast Iron Pan
To build up the seasoning, simply apply a very thin layer of oil
after you have cleaned it. This repeated seasoning will
gradually build up a beautifully non-stick surface. To maintain
this, avoid stacking items inside your cookware as this could
damage the surface. To further protect it, use wood or silicone
utensils to avoid scratching.
Whenever possible, avoid washing your cast iron cookware.
Detergents are used to remove oil and you don’t want to strip
your carefully built-up oiled surface.
Taking care of burnt-on food…without washing!
It’s going to happen sooner or later! To take off food that has
stuck or baked on, boil a cup of water mixed with two
tablespoons of baking soda in the
If a stain refuses to shift, make up a bleach solution of one
teaspoon of bleach per pint of water and pour it into the
cookware. Leave it to soak for up to three hours and then rub
off with a soft cloth.
In both cases, rinse the interior thoroughly and then
Do they only make bare cast iron cookware?
No - they also have enamel coated cast iron cookware made for
them in China, meeting FDA standards. It is made with a
glass-based enamel imported from France.
The two lines of Dutch ovens, casseroles and skillets are made
specifically to Lodge’s strict high standards. High level Lodge
representatives and experts on manufacturing go to China many
times each year to check out the facilities and ensure that the
cookware is being made to their strict requirements.
Random inspections are also carried out by a third party
American company based in China.
Can Lodge cookware be used on any type of heat?
You can use it on gas, electric, induction and ceramic or glass
top stoves and ovens. It is also great for using on a grill or
for cooking in an open fire at camp.
Start your cooking on a low heat and gradually bring it up to
medium or high. Always remember to take your cookware off the
heat when you’ve finished cooking.
Lodge recommend that for the best results, the cast iron
cookware shouldn’t be used in an oven if the temperature is over
400 degrees F.
Is there anything that shouldn’t be cooked in cast iron
Once your cookware has been seasoned several times, you can cook
anything it it. When you first get it, avoid acidic foods like
tomatoes, beans, sauces with citrus fruit juice etc. This is
because the acidity of the foodstuff will strip out the oils
from the seasoned surface and may result in food that has a
Lodge are also Eco-Friendly!
• In 1991, Henry Lodge (Company President) replaced the melting
system with a more environmentally friendly one. As a result,
Lodge changed from a Large Quantity Generator of Hazardous Waste
to Small Quantity Generator. As a result of this, in 1984,
Lodge received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Hazardous
• In 2001, Lodge arranged for external companies to collect and
recycle their cardboard. That year, 34.5 tons were recycled.
This rose to 48.1 tons in 2005. The recycling is still in
• Lodge have also worked with the government to find a
beneficial use for foundry sand (which was used to line a
landfill site, saving the county over $191,000), built ponds and
streams and improved the water quality of a stream flowing
through the foundry and planted many trees to improve local air
quality and enhance the land.
How to Season Cast Iron Cookware