Best skillets according to redditors

We found 945 Reddit comments discussing the best skillets. We ranked the 216 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/ronluvstwizzlers · 158 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've used a T-Fal professional near daily for five years now. I don't put it in the dishwater and I don't use metal utensils on it, but other than than I don't follow any other precautions. It stills works like new.

u/pryos1 · 115 pointsr/BuyItForLife

lazy people! ive linked everything in the thread just read it!

cast iron






u/Bullshit_To_Go · 113 pointsr/ExpectationVsReality

And clearly marked as a 3.5" mini skillet. Exact same pic. So either your wife's a moron or you're a big fat phony.

u/jmda90 · 111 pointsr/castiron

Thats a good idea that came out awesome. As far as drawer hardware for this one you need to find a baby skillet and use it as the pull..... just found this Lodge LMS3 Miniature Skillet, 3.5", Black

u/battraman · 40 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Nonstick is okay in certain circumstances. I have a good quality 12" Nordic Ware pan which I got off Woot and is great for some purposes. If you're warping your pans, you're probably getting it too hot and then throwing it in the sink. Even a high quality pan is not immune to thermal shock.

My biggest advice is to NOT buy a set but to buy individual pieces as you need them. If you must buy a bunch at a time, I advise going à la carte.

Here's what I recommend:

  • A 6 qt enameled Dutch Oven - Mine is made by Tramontina but Lodge and Le Creuset make some great ones as well (just expect the French made Le Creuset to be far more expensive.) This pan is a great multitasker and you can make bread in it, cook stew, boil down bones for stock etc.

  • 2 qt and 4 qt saucepans. Look for high quality welded handles instead of rivets. Tri-Ply (where a layer of aluminum is pressed between two layers of stainless) is your best option and All-Clad is a nice made in the USA option, but Tramontina (sold at some Walmarts but also and Sur La Table's store brand are also excellent.

  • A 12" stainless skillet - again, go with TriPly from Tramontina or Sur La Table (All Clad if you are rich)

  • A 12" Cast iron skillet. These are a pain in the ass for the first year or so and you'll get a lot of circlejerking and such about the best way to season (expect lots of stupid old bacon jokes and rednecks talking about cooking "critters" they ran over and stuff like that.) Wading through that mess, you can find that cast iron is essential but not the only thing to cook in.

  • 12" T-Fal Non-stick skillet Again, not BIFL but a good quality piece that will make cooking eggs a lot easier if you aren't willing to deal with cast iron.
u/agentpanda · 32 pointsr/Cooking

Alright- I'm gonna throw at you my standard 'I've got cash to buy new cookware: what do I get' list. It's pretty much the same for a guy/gal who just got divorced, a dude/lady moving out of the dorms and into their first apartment, or really anyone who is working with nothing but some bare cash and wants to turn it into food.


  1. 10 or 12 inch cast iron pan - Lodge. Goes for $18 on amazon. You want this for 'general purpose' preparations; that's essentially putting heat on anything that isn't fish or eggs (more on that later). You're gonna get it pre-seasoned so some regular maintenance (eg. make bacon in the pan once or twice a month) will keep it just fine. Wash it with soap and water after each use, dry it thoroughly, don't ever let it sit in water (it can and will rust). It'll last longer than you. This isn't going in the dishwasher- sorry. But it's easy to clean and will reward your patience. Steaks, pan pizza, shallow frying, roasting a chicken, fajita veggies, making quesadillas, pan nachos, whatever it is that isn't fish or eggs goes in this pan.

  2. 6qt enameled dutch oven - Also lodge. Goes for 50 bucks on amazon. This is your big-deal saucepan for building tomato sauces, stews, soups, deep frying (get a fry thermometer), braises- anything where you need a lot of liquid and need to put some heat on that. It's enameled because acids can leech into raw cast iron and alter the flavour of your food; and tomato is acidic (for example). Making short ribs? Sear 'em on the stovetop, move the pot into the oven for a final braise. This sucker will also last longer than you. Yea- it's dishwasher safe, but if you want it to stay pretty wash it by hand- it takes a few seconds and she's a pretty looking thing. Treat her right.

  3. 12 inch stainless pan Tramontina, 18/10, Tri-Ply, fully Clad 60 smackos on the ' You don't really need this per-se if you've already got your 12" cast iron, but if you go 10" on the cast iron (which I recommend, they're heavy and 10 is easier to manipulate), snag this puppy in 12". She's your go-to roaster for things that won't fit in your 10", for example. Or if you're prepping a multi-course meal she's available when your cast iron isn't.

  4. Nonstick pan any cheapass pan will do this one is $12, so whatevs. This pan has exactly two uses, so listen carefully. Eggs. Anything egg-based (except quiche since that goes in the oven- but fuck quiche, and poached eggs since they go in water)- so omelettes, eggs over easy, eggs over hard, eggs scrambled, crepes. Fish. If you need to put heat directly on fish it goes in this pan. Abuse the piss out of this thing if you want to, but the second anything starts sticking to it- throw it out and have a new one shipped amazon prime. This is disposable just like every piece of nonstick cookware in the world because none of them last forever, and ignore anything that tells you differently.

  5. Stock pot specifics are also unimportant this one is 22 dollarydoos. This pot has 3 major requirements- it needs to be big, it needs to have a lid, and it needs to be big. Nothing crazy or special about this thing because it only has a few major uses: bringing liquids to a boil/simmer is one of the major ones. This is where you'll make your stocks, boil your pastas, and really that's about it. Water should be the first thing in this pot most of the time.

  6. Saucepan don't really care about this one either- here's one I think it's $30. Just like your stock pot- this is for liquids (sauce pan- duh) except smaller. Late night ramen, rice, and steamed milk are going to be its biggest uses initially. Over time? It'll take anything your dutch oven doesn't have to do, and anything your stock pot doesn't want to do. Requirements? Lid. Handle. That's about it.


    You'll notice the startling lack of any 'set' or anything of that sort here. That's because sets of pots you don't need are dumb. You'll note none of these have glass lids, that's because glass breaks. You'll note none of this stuff costs a fortune, and that's because it doesn't have to. This setup can handle 95% of cooking tasks without breaking a sweat, and without your credit card company celebrating the new statue they can build outside their main office because of all the money you spent. Leftover cash? Buy a knife, get a few wire racks and baking pans, and buy a nice cut of steak, some pasta, some salmon, and veggies to try out your new gear.
u/cactiss · 29 pointsr/vegetarian

Below is the recipe - I also added broccoli :

Ingredients -

  • 1 package super firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • green onions for garnish
  • rice for serving

    Instructions -

  • Remove tofu from packaging. Place about 4 paper towels on a plate. Set tofu on top of plate and cover with more paper towels. Place a cast iron pan or something else that is heavy on top. Let sit 30 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  • Cut tofu into bite-sized pieces. Place in bowl with sauce and toss to coat. Let sit 30 minutes.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Once really hot, add tofu. Once nicely seared on the bottom, flip over. Continue to cook until seared on bottom.
  • Drizzle with sesame oil and remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and serve with rice.
u/[deleted] · 29 pointsr/funny
u/djkinz · 26 pointsr/keto

This is great advice. The only addition (or substitution for the Aluminum Skillet if you're on a budget) I would make is a cast iron skillet. Not as 'non-stick' as the caphalon but will literally last a lifetime.

u/glassFractals · 23 pointsr/AskCulinary

I got a 12" Lodge cast iron skillet off Amazon for $17 bucks a few months ago. It's pre-seasoned and fantastic, and Lodge is a great brand. Ships free too. I absolutely adore it.

Check it out:

u/brennok · 23 pointsr/ExpectationVsReality

Actually looks like the 6” model in the pic based off the pour spouts and space taken up on the cutting board underneath.

Edit: yup 6.5 pictured

u/electric_creamsicle · 22 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The 10.25" Lodge skillets is $14 and pretty much holds at that price on Amazon. They are BIFL as long as you season it correctly and condition it after every use.

u/larhorse · 21 pointsr/AskCulinary

Also, on a side note, consider getting the roommate a very cheap cast iron pan.

It's EXCELLENT at searing things, and pretty much indestructible. Here's a super cheap, very reliable cast iron pan.

That way you can avoid strangling him later if he does it again ¯_(ツ)_/¯

u/ChuQWallA · 20 pointsr/Cooking
  • +1 for $30.59 cast iron and $30.00 non-stick. See if you can get a non-stick that is oven safe. It will be more versatile.
  • $13.58 Make sure to get a high temp silicone spatula so that he can use them in his non-stick pan. Nothing sharp in the non-stick, ever.
  • $39.95 Get him a decent, sharp knife. The Victorianox is a good knife that you can get for cheap.
  • $5.78 Tongs, metal tongs from the asian market are about 3 bucks but totally useful.

    Total ~119.90
    That leaves you ~$80 to get ancillary things like measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, and a sauce pot.
u/ExaltedNecrosis · 19 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Lodge cast iron.

I've gotten a 12 inch skillet ($20 at Target) and a 5 quart dutch oven with a 10 inch skillet lid ($33 on Amazon). I use them almost every day and they're my favorite tools in the kitchen, as well as my sturdiest.

I also got a Saddleback medium bifold wallet that's been perfect for the last couple years. I anticipate many more decades to come with it!

Going through this thread, I've remembered a couple more. I now have 2 Orion belts that I wear almost every day! The first is the hot dipped harness leather belt, and the second is the tan harness leather belt that I got for around $28 on Massdrop.

The last BIFL item I've gotten is a pair of Ex Oficio briefs this Christmas. They've been great so far...hopefully they hold up!

u/greginnj · 18 pointsr/castiron

That must have been a fun find!

Fortunately, we can all get lucky, but I know it's more fun to stumble on cast iron in a store unexpectedly. (I found this link only because your post set me to googling ...)

u/nitz28 · 17 pointsr/castiron

Couldn't sleep so I just made coffee and stayed up making doughnuts in my lodge combo cooker.

Used this recipe

u/GeorgesDanton · 16 pointsr/Cooking

> So the toxic-leaching fear-mongers have finally gotten to me

Well stop that. Teflon is chemically inert; that's what makes it stick-resistant in the first place. You could eat a spoonful of the stuff and it would pass through your body unchanged, coming right out the other end.

Buy this. It's the best nonstick pan for home cooks currently on the market. Done.

u/pyro-genesis · 14 pointsr/gifs

This one is pretty sweet, but I recommend you get yourself a virtual skillet. Coming off an addiction as serious as yours you can't just jump straight into cookware like that man.

u/Jacks_black_guitar · 14 pointsr/HelpMeFind
u/xaffinityx · 13 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Shoes - $59.95

Mugs -$20.98

Kitchen Gadgets -$40.81

Knives -$28.24

Skillet Set -$63.99

Cell phone case -$10.99

Shelf -$33.53

Paper towel holder -$17.99

Scrub Top -$17.17

Socks -$5.00

Turkey stickers -$1.75

All adds up to $300.00!

u/cryospam · 13 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

For the cast iron, don't spent hundreds of dollars. Lodge makes awesome heavy duty skillets that will last a lifetime for under 50 bucks. They are much more heavy duty than either the Caphalon ones or the Utopia Kitchen ones.

Look at the weight of a cast iron skillet for an idea of how well it will retain heat (this is what cast iron does super well). The Lodge one is almost 20% heavier than the calphalon one, and is even heavier than the larger Utopia Kitchen one.

If you're on a budget then the Utopia one is OK, but if you can spend a bit more, the Lodge one will be something you can hand down to your kids.

u/thegrumbler · 13 pointsr/japanlife

Have you considered a seasoned cast iron skillet?
The Lodge ones are cheap and will last forever if you wash them properly after use.

I got one of these 7 years ago after a few years of wasting money on the usual variety of non-stick pans and its still going strong.

You need to take a little care in how you clean it after use, but its great to cook with.

u/modemac · 13 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Cast iron pans are AMAZING for cooking almost anything in. Try to avoid cooking highly acidic foods in them, because that can break down the seasoning that builds up as you use the pan. In other words, use an enameled pot for dishes that have a lot of tomatoes. The best cast iron frying pan to get is the Lodge 12-inch skillet -- it's big and heavy, but not too big for your stovetop, and it provides a lot of room to fry in. They typically sell at Wal-Mart for between $16 and $19, depending on the Wal-mart you go to. It's very easy to find a used cast iron pan at yard sales, flea markets, Goodwill, etc; but based on experience I've seen those pans are usually the 10-inch size or smaller, and if you only have one cast iron pan then I'd suggest going for the 12-inch size. (TJ Maxx/Marshalls had a shipment of those Lodge cast iron pans earlier this year, with the 12-inch size going for $14.99; if you look in one of those stores you may still be able to find one.)

I'll admit to being biased in favor of cast iron, so based on my advice above for an enameled cooking pot, I'd likewise suggest a big, heavy, enamel-coated cast iron pot. The really expensive enameled pots like Le Creuset can run into the hundreds of dollars, and their owners swear it's worth the price; but for most folks, a less expensive brand of enameled iron pot will perform just as well for a fraction of the price. If you're near an Aldi's, with its own brand names for just about anything in the store, you can usually find a 5-quart enameled iron cooking pot for $20 to $30 in there. Wal-Mart sells a 6-quart enameled iron pot by Lodge for $50, which I think is a great price because Lodge is a very reliable and durable brand.

u/W24x55 · 12 pointsr/food

Everyone should own a cast iron skillet.

They are like $15 on Amazon

u/crashlanders · 12 pointsr/IndianFood


I'm inclined to mostly agree with /u/Amnizu. I dont think I've ever seen deep frying in a pot like that, even if it is heavy bottomed, the outside is not heavy so it will not retain the temperature of the oil as well as cast iron would. A $20 Cast Iron pan is usually my go to for frying. Even safer and probably better would be something like this. A Quart of Oil is actually quite a bit in that kind of pot. When using the Cast Iron get an 1-1.5 inches of oil up to temp then slowly add in each piece of chicken. The recipe you are using has water in the ingredients which is ok, as long as you don't have excess sauce on the chicken when you put it in. Water and frying are not friends. You might even want to reduce the amount of water just a little. To be safe keep some Baking Soda near by to put out any potential grease fires. I'm no pro so take what I say with a grain of salt. I usually use a cast iron pan and it comes out great, makes the house smell though. Hope this helps.

u/espn1421 · 12 pointsr/FIFA

This is a pretty good skillet and it's well under budget.

u/anonymousbylines · 12 pointsr/steak

Solid job! Definitely better than my first steak-cooking experience. A few recommendations, echoing the other ones here:

  1. Try and cook at a higher heat. You started to develop a nice crust, but getting the cast iron scorching hot will give it a complete, brown, and crispy exterior. While you're prepping, stick your pan in the oven at 400 degrees to get it hot and then throw it on a high burner just before cooking.

  2. If you're pan searing, adding a few knobs of butter + garlic + thyme about halfway through cooking will add a lot of flavor. If you choose just one of those though, make it the butter. Basting it [Gordon Ramsay style] ( will really complete what you've got.

    Again, nice work - happy cooking!

    EDIT: Took a second look and I noticed it was a nonstick. I can't recommend highly enough investing the $30 in a [Lodge cast iron skillet] ( It'll last you a lifetime and cook considerably better than anything else!
u/dillycrawdaddy · 12 pointsr/CampfireCooking

it’s this guy

Great combo small dutch oven that uses the skillet as the lid.

u/fantasticanalysis · 11 pointsr/ZeroWaste

Great job! If you get really into it look for a lodge, cast iron duo pot/lid to get the best crust on that bread you could imagine.

Lodge 3 Quart Cast Iron Combo Cooker. Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, Fryer, Dutch...

My wife has been into this for a few years now, and we are never devoid of crispy, crackly bread!

u/macbookwhoa · 11 pointsr/castiron
u/PetitBourgeois · 11 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Get cast iron! It will outlast you. Check local places for second-hand if you can, otherwise order Lodge cast iron from Amazon.

Here's a link to a combo cooker I got recently:

Check Lodge's website if you want to see the full range of products. For a full set of cast iron, I recommend getting a skillet, a griddle/grill pan, and a dutch oven.

u/OliverBabish · 10 pointsr/Cooking

A perfect chef's knife is the first place to start (that's my preference, the Wusthof Ikon Classic 8", $160). Go to a kitchen supply store, or even Bed Bath & Beyond, and test drive some steel - see how comfortable it is in your hand, how balanced it feels. If you want to save money for other things, you can't go wrong with the Victorionx Fibrox 8" chef's knife, at an extremely reasonable $40. The chef's knife is an impossibly versatile tool all on its own, but if you want a smaller knife for detailed work, grab a paring knife from whatever manufacturer you choose for your chef's.

A huge, heavy cutting board ($88). For most of my life, I went with the $20 3-packs of plastic OXO or other cutting boards, ranging from small to extremely small - nothing will slow down your cooking more than an inadequately sized cutting board. Things roll off, you pile up your chopped veg and run out of space, you feel constantly crowded, and you can never carve a whole chicken or roast. Buy a piece of non-slip material (usually used for carpets) ($9), place it under the cutting board when you use it, and it will never slip or slide around - more convenient and safe.

A Thermapen. Expensive - it's $100, but it's the fastest and most accurate kitchen thermometer money can buy. A less expensive alternative would be the Lavatools Javelin at $24 - not quite as good, but a damn sight better than any other digital food thermometer you'll get your hands on. This is essential for cooking any meat, deep frying, baking - it will change your game.

An All-Clad Sauté Pan ($129). Also expensive, but an absolute essential tool for everything from sautéing to braising to deep frying. Do not go cheap with your stainless - you can do cheaper than All-Clad, but even heating, comfort, and build quality are absolutely essential.

An inexpensive but awesome nonstick set($164 for 11 pcs). Alternately, you could get a very versatile 12" TFal Professional Total Nonstick, an impossibly stickless, oven safe, dishwasher safe wunderkind.

A 12" Cast Iron Skillet ($34). These are kind of a pain to take care of, but are invaluable for searing, baking, even serving. It'll last you a lifetime if you take care of it.

u/aurora-_ · 10 pointsr/castiron

It's actually the 8", it's an add-on item on Amazon

They also have the 6.5" for $8, which isn't bad

u/Ma_chine · 10 pointsr/Cooking

The only thing better than a cast iron dutch oven is the a cast iron dutch oven where the lid is a skillet.

u/ShinyTile · 10 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

One of the things that really works for me is limiting the cooking pieces I have to a few, high quality, specific pieces. Don't buy a 12 piece pan set filled with crappy pans and non-universal lids. I have one high quality stainless steel 12" skillet, one 3 qt SS saucepan, one non-stick for eggs and cheese, and a couple dutch ovens.

Those literally take care of 90+% of my cooking. If you only have a couple pieces, it's way easier to keep clean, since nothing can pile up. Also, having a far fewer number of pieces allows me to spend an equal amount of money as people do on sets, but on higher quality cookwear. I'm very happy with my setup, and it's easy to store and clean.

u/brooks19 · 10 pointsr/BuyItForLife

> Carbon steel pans

I bought this one, love it. My way to judge, eggs don't stick!

u/flirtinwithdisaster · 10 pointsr/Cooking

You might want to consider getting a professional level pan. I use a 10" Vollrath omelet pan that I would recommend. Check them out:


Ace Mart Restaurant Supply

u/aFakeProfessor · 9 pointsr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

$5 on amazon, 3.5"

It's for eggs, reheating meals, or melting bries if you're fancy. I take it you do not own pans or cook much.

u/ChefGuru · 9 pointsr/AskCulinary

I'll throw my vote in for a sharpening stone. If he doesn't already have a nice sharpening set, maybe consider getting him something like a nice diamond sharpening stone; I've seen them for $50 or less.

Tools are always nice. Here are some suggestions to think about:
~ microplane grater
~ Japanese mandolines can be fun to have around.
~ Fish spatulas can be a handy tool.
~ Does he have a good quality peeler? Everyone has a "normal" peeler, but I like to have a good quality horizontal peeler, like one of these, to use sometimes.
~ Does he do a lot of baking? If so, maybe some silicone baking mats for his baking sheets, or maybe some parchment paper.
~ Does he like to use fresh citrus juice very much? Does he have a citrus reamer?
~ Does he like to use fresh garlic? Maybe a garlic press?
~ Silicone spatulas?
~ Does he have a pepper grinder for fresh ground pepper?
~ Does he have a set of mise en place bowls or something to use to keep his stuff organized when he's working?
~ Does he have a scale? You can find plenty of options for home-use digital scales that can weigh up to 11 or 12 pounds, and use either pounds, or grams (if he's doing anything metric.)
~ Something like a good quality cast iron pan can be a lifetime investment, because if they're well cared for, he'll be able to pass it on to his grandkids someday.
~ A dutch oven will always be useful to serious home cooks. The enameled cast iron type are very popular, but they come in many different sizes and shapes, so keep that in mind when picking one out.
~ Knives are always nice. Paring knife, utility knife, serrated slicer, etc.

Those are just a few suggestions that popped into mind. Good luck, I hope you find something nice for him.

u/RustlingintheBushes · 9 pointsr/videos
u/CapaneusPrime · 8 pointsr/ucla

You're an adult now, just cook. It can be tough cooking for just one person because but it's doable.

Learn some basic, cheap recipes and get comfortable eating leftovers.

Here's one for you:

Hamburger Gravy


1 pound ground beef (get the cheap stuff 75%/25%, you're a poor student)

1 1/2 cup white rice (uncooked)

1 family size can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, (low sodium is healthier but doesn't taste as good).


I cook my rice in an Instant Pot, it's very fast, easy, and requires no supervision. Takes about 10-13 minutes depending on how much rice I'm making. I used to have an amazing Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker that was the most amazing thing ever, but an ex-girlfriend stole it, so... Use the Instant Pot, it's cheaper and faster anyway.

Rice cookers and Instant Pots typically come with a cup for measuring rice which actually measures about 3/4 of a cup, and the inside of the cooking vessels have graduated measuring lines showing you how much liquid to add for the amount of dry rice you're cooking.

Put the two "cups" of rice (1.5 cups actual measure) into the Instant Pot and fill it with water to the "2" line. Close it up and make sure the pressure valve is closed (I've failed to properly cook my rice too often because I am dumb and don't check this). Once everything is set, just hit the "rice" button.

While the rice is cooking put the soup in a sauce pan along with a can full of milk, any milk works but I prefer whole milk myself. Put the sauce pan on the stove, medium low and stir frequently.

Now that the rice is cooking and the soup is warming put the ground beef in a skillet. I like a good [cast iron skillet] ( myself, they're cheap and indestructible, and because of the heat transfer properties of iron they tend to cook foods evenly without burning.

Cook the beef on medium high until it's browned, then drain all the water/grease out into a Tupperware container, do not pour grease down the drain! you can seriously make life hell for yourself and your neighbors if you do.

Add the beef to the soup, increase the heat to medium/medium-high and continue to stir frequently. You want the soup hot enough to bubble a bit, but not a full boil.

By now the rice should be just about done. Let the pressure out, take the lid off, wait a few seconds for the steam to abate then, with a large plastic spoon (you don't want to scratch the bottom of the Instant Pot), "fluff" the rice, just scoop and turn the rice in place, loosening it up, and letting more steam out.

To serve, scoop some rice on a plate, ladle some soup onto the rice, season with a touch of black pepper, and eat.

The rice is enough for 2-4 servings depending on your appetite, while the gravy is enough for maybe twice that. Typically it would be enough for two dinners for me, a 6'4", 225 pound man) and my girlfriend who is pretty petite.


Beef: get the cheap stuff, depending where you go and the quality you get, this can be between $2-$5/lb. If your super poor, get a 10 pound tube of ground beef at Smart and Final for like $25, then break it up into 1 pound portions and freeze, otherwise it's about $5/pound most places. So let's say $5.

Rice: the cheapest food on Earth, and it's healthy too! You should probably plan on this being about $1/pound. Get a 10 or 25 pound bag and you'll be set for at least a quarter. Pro-tip: rice goes with literally everything. Add it to all of your meals for some good, clean carbs. Pair it with smaller portions of what you'd normally eat to get the same caloric intake but healthier and cheaper. Anyway the rice in this recipe has a marginal cost of maybe $0.15.

Soup: I think Ralph's usually has the family size can of Cream of Mushroom soup for $2-$3.

So, all in for one person, you could probably make at least 5-6 servings for $8, and it takes maybe 15 minutes to cook.

Store the rice and gravy separately in Tupperware in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Mix together in a bowl and b reheat in the microwave for 90 seconds to 2 minutes for leftovers. I prefer to make fresh rice each day, but making one larger batch then reheating it works as well.


  • You can swap the rice out for a baked potato or mashed potatoes if you're feeling fancy.

  • I've tried it with shredded chicken breast and Cream of Chicken soup, but it takes a bit longer, is a bit more work, is a little more expensive, and I don't like it as much, so I basically never do it, but you do you.

    There you go, cheap, quick, not totally unhealthy home cooking.
u/100PercentNotTheATF · 8 pointsr/weekendgunnit
u/kaidomac · 8 pointsr/grilling

TL;DR warning

Are you willing to invest in some tools? Do you like Five Guys? (skinny burgers) The fastest burger procedure that I know of is Kenji's Ultra-Smash technique, which makes a pair of thin patties in no time. Takes about a minute per burger (two patties with cheese). Details here:

You can also do a regular smash burger, which is thicker (McDonalds-thin), but takes longer (~1.5 minutes per side, about 3 minutes total per burger):

The advantage of the ultra-smash is that it's super quick & you can toss a piece of cheese to melt between two patties, so you can pump out a ton of burgers in no time. You will need a few tools, namely:

  1. A metal cooking surface
  2. A hi-temp heat source
  3. A smashing tool
  4. A high-quality spatula
  5. A scraper (if doing ultra-smash)
  6. A cheap IR temp gun
  7. A cheap digital kitchen scale

    It's not rocket science, but getting a proper setup will let you have a workflow that makes cooking for a crowd a breeze. I have a big extended family, so I cook in bulk a lot, but I also use this for just my immediate family because it's so fast to get setup. There is an up-front investment required, but everything you'll buy will pretty much last forever, so it's worth it if you like to eat burgers!

    So the first two things you need are a metal cooking surface & a heat source that can pump out a lot of heat. I don't recommend a regular grill because they simply don't get hot enough; you need 600 to 700F to do this. You can either do a compact setup (a 2-burger surface with a single burner) or invest in a quality flat-top setup (more expensive, but lets you do more burgers at once). The ideal surface to do this on is a Baking Steel, which is very expensive. There are knockoffs for cheaper, but I like BS because they have a Griddle version with grooves to catch the grease:

    You can also do it with cast iron. Lodge has a griddle for $25:

    If I'm just doing a single regular smash burger at a time, I use a 12" cast-iron pan. $28:

    If you do get into cast-iron, read up on this seasoning procedure (i.e. the way to keep it smooth & slippery without Teflon). It's a bit of a pain, but it's worth learning because anything you buy in cast-iron can be handed down to your kids because it lasts forever:

    You will want a heavy smashing tool as well. I have this massive 2.5-pound cast-iron press. It fits inside the 12" pan above (but not the 10"). $13:

    If you plan on doing ultra-smash burgers, you'll need a scraper. This is the one Kenji recommends, but you can probably find something locally: (Home Depot or Lowes)

    Anyway, getting back to the cooking part: you'll need a hi-temp burner. I like Bayou Burners, they sell them on Amazon. I have an SP10: ($50)

    I use that with my 12" cast-iron pan for when I'm just doing a few burgers for the family. 15 minutes = 5 burgers. You can also slap a flat surface like a cast-iron griddle or Baking Steel on that puppy. Also comes in a square version (not sure how the BTU's compare). I also have some KAB4 burners that I use with my Baking Steel, among other things. More expensive, but larger shell & burner: (more even heat over the cooking surface)

    For cooking more at a time, you can get a cooktop. Blackstone has a 36" cooktop available, but it doesn't get very hot (don't get me wrong, it's an awesome tool, but I've had trouble breaking 500F on mine, which means you're not cooking 1-minute burgers on it, plus the heating is kind of uneven, so you have to work in the hot spots for faster cook times). Also comes in a slightly smaller 28" version (but it's only like $50 less, so it makes more sense to get the full-sized version because you get so much more cooking area). The nice thing with this setup is that for $299 (or a bit less if you shop around at places like Cabela's), you can cook like 20 burgers at a time, it's absolutely insane! I make epic breakfasts on it. Plus it folds up for transport, which is really handy. We use it for all of our family events & holidays:

    A better version is from Tejas Smokers. They make camping stove carts that have burners built-in & have griddles available separately. They get super hot, downside is the cost: you can easily spend $700 on a nice setup.

    Oh yeah, Blackstone did just come out with a compact outdoor griddle which can run off those little one-pound green tanks if you want. They go for around $99 ($79 if you have an Ace Hardware near you). I have not tried this, but it gets good reviews. I'd be curious to see what kind of temperatures it can achieve:

    So that's a basic introduction to the cooktops: you need some kind of decently-sized metal surface, a hi-temp burner, a smashing tool, and optionally (but recommended) a scraper. You will also want to get a strong, high-quality spatula. A good one is $32:

    Available here:

    If you opt for cast-iron, get an infrared temperature gun (doesn't work too well on shiny metal surfaces like steel tho). $17:

    A cheap digital kitchen scale is useful too, for measuring out the proper amount of meat. $14:

    This collection of tools ensures that you have the proper workflow: a metal surface to cook on, the ability to bring the surface to a high temperature (and know what that temperature is for precise control), the ability to weigh your meat so you can pre-measure out what you need, the ability to smash the burger down, and also to properly scrape it off. Again, it's not rocket science, but if you have a wussy grill or a crappy surface or weak smashing/scraping tools, you're gonna have a bad time. You just need the right setup to pump burgers out fast!

    So on to prep. For ultra-smash, you do a pair of 2-ounce ground beef balls. In the tutorial above, they use a mix of meat for 25% fat. I just grab some regular 80/20 ground plus some salt & pepper. For regular smash burgers, do a single 4-ounce ball (optionally 5 ounces...useful if you have a big cooktop for a bunch of burgers at one time & are only doing a single patty per burger). The nice thing is, there's no special prep required for the meat, so you can make all of your burger balls ahead of time. If you have 10 people & are doing ultra-smash, let's say half of them get 2 burgers, so 15 burgers total, or thirty 2oz balls. If you have 20 people & are doing regular smash, again with half getting an extra burger, that's 30 burgers total or thirty 4 or 5oz balls. So that takes care of prep...adjust as needed. If you're feeding mostly dudes, you'll want to add more seconds (and thirds) to the equation.

    There are a variety of buns you can get. Crap buns will make for a crap burger. See if you can find potato buns or brioche buns. Those are pretty soft. Buns aren't overly hard to make, but I have yet to find a decent recipe that takes under 40 minutes, so I usually only doing fancy home-baked buns for my family rather than a crowd. Buying 5 or 10 pounds of ground beef & making smash balls out of them will take you all of ten minutes, but making buns can take forever. Here's a good recipe if you want to try it out tho:

    Or this, if you wanna get crazy:

    Or this one, nom nom nom:

    But eh, just hit up Sam's/Coscto/BJ's and buy some hamburger buns in bulk, problem solved. Or find a local bakery that has good rolls. There's a good shootout of buns here:

u/metompkin · 8 pointsr/Cooking

I've moved on from using to nonstick to stainless. It'll take a few more minutes to clean at night but nothing cooks better and nothing will last longer. I don't recommend using Teflon coated pots and pans because of their health ramifications. Pros use stainless. You'll learn how to use it soon enough.

I also have my trusty 10" Lodge cast iron pan. It's my favorite piece in my kitchen and never leaves the range because I use it everyday for breakfast and dinner. It will soon become your favorite in a few years because you have to learn to care for it.

u/minimomofmomdonia · 7 pointsr/Sourdough

thanks! i'm using theLodge 3qt combo cooker - i had the same concerns but in the end it was more than enough space. not sure how it would handle a loaf of a more oblong shape, but i'm very pleased so far!

u/wangston1 · 7 pointsr/AskCulinary

Ikea makes a really good non stick for 25$ or so. It has all the things you described.

Also the tfal prof 12.5 has a thicker bottom and does a great job. It's also around 25$.

If used both and enjoyed both. The Ikea one is much heftier. But the tfal pro is very slick and makes the perfect French omlette.

Edited: 7 years is a good life span for a non stick. Mine last a year to two years depending on how much I abuse them. So 25$ ever 1.5 years puts you a little behind your 100$ u year investment.

Edit edit:

Ikea pan with lid


T-fal Nonstick Fry Pan, Professional 12-Inch Nonstick Pan, Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator, Black, Model E93808

u/ChairmanMeow23 · 7 pointsr/castiron

These are $4 on Amazon!

Lodge Miniature Skillet

u/williamtbash · 7 pointsr/AskCulinary

Can someone tell me if I'm doing something wrong? Bought this Lodge Cast Iron about 7 months ago. Cook in it almost every day. Lots of bacon. Generally my method of seasoning is after I finish cooking I wash the skillet in hot water and use my scrubber, dry with a paper towel, put back on the stove until it heats up a bit, and then rub in a thin layer of some standard vegetable (soybean) oil. A few days I spent oiling the skillet and heating it in the oven at 525 degrees about 3 times a day for a few days. It is definitely a little bit seasoned but just not the way I want it. After I wash and dry it it seems a bit dry. From what I've read I am not getting the same results and I would think after all this time it would be better. Any advice?

u/Terex · 7 pointsr/Cooking

These were the things I initially bought when gathering cookware.

Enameled cast iron dutch oven

Cast Iron Wok or a carbon steel wok.

Stainless steel cookset

Pressure Cooker

Cast Iron skillet

Stainless steel roaster

*Pyrex Bakeware

u/CastIronKid · 7 pointsr/castiron

Kinda depends on what it really is. The Lodge L14SK3 is a 15" skillet with about a 12" cooking surface, or there is the L12SK3, which is about 13.25" across the top. You could ask the seller what numbers and letters they see on the bottom near the logo. I think you're looking at the L14SK3, which sells on Amazon for $50, so $20-25 would be a pretty good deal.

u/workroom · 7 pointsr/food

a proper cast iron setup

a great cookbook

a set of unique spices or ingredients in the style of his favorite cuisine?
italian, french, mexican, indian, spanish, chinese...

u/Wishyouamerry · 6 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

They're not even expensive. It takes a little work to get it seasoned at first, but nothing monumental. 100% worth the effort.

u/SamHousecleaner · 6 pointsr/japanlife

I think that was the Lodge ones Haven't bought one yet but certainly will do in the future

u/Fun_Hat · 6 pointsr/Cooking

Lodge cast iron Skillet. I know you said you don't like the weight, but you also said you are a student and it's hard to beat $15 for something that will last forever.

If you need something smaller, they also make smaller ones.

If you really need something lighter though, look into carbon steel. Lodge also makes those, but I don't have any experience with them.

u/TheFinn · 6 pointsr/Cooking

Pot:6.5qt Enamled Dutch Oven $50

Pan:Lodge 12" Cast Iron Frying Pan $19

Knife:Henckels 7" 4 star Santoku $75

People bag on Henckels for being expensive but they have a lifetime warranty so if i break it (or chip it) i can get a new one for free.

u/MisterNoisy · 6 pointsr/Cooking

If it were me, I'd probably go with something like this:

u/jmguo · 6 pointsr/FoodPorn

Looks like a Lodge.

u/uglyredbag · 6 pointsr/Frugal

may I suggest this An unmatched combo; skillet + pot = dutch oven! For $35 it's a steal and you can start throwing away all the other pots and pans that cause such a clutter.

u/Inquebiss · 6 pointsr/Breadit

I feel like for 50 bucks you can find a nice dutch oven or one of those cast iron cookers. I've heard people have great results making bread in these.

On another note, that website's play on the word "artisan" has me really irked.

u/niftyjack · 6 pointsr/Cooking

I don't know about other brands, but I know Le Creuset sells a multifunction pot where the lid is a skillet and you place it upside-down onto a base that turns it into a dutch oven. The bigger one is like $350. (I used to work there.)

OP: I'd go with a dutch oven and a cheap nonstick. The nonstick will barely weigh anything and should be relatively small (I wouldn't go bigger than 10") so it should be portable. The nonstick is a small addition for way more convenience.

Edit: Boom, Lodge multifunction. Best $30 you'll ever spend.

u/flitcroft · 6 pointsr/Cooking

The best non-stick pan by far is the T-FAL E9308 for $25.74. This is a case of paying less and getting more. The pan has decent weight, it heats relatively evenly (they seem to dome, with a high point in the center), has a lifetime warranty, and most importantly the coating is absurdly slick. I'm not a T-Fal guy, probably like you, and first went to a $160 pan, but this is simply a better pan.

The T-Fal outperforms the $120 All-Clad, $160 Scanpan, and $100 ceramic coated pans. The All-Clads are pure trash -- amazing steel pans but their non-stick doesn't actually prevent sticking. The Scanpan is great but the coating died for me after a year with med-high heat. Others on Amazon have the same problem and there doesn't seem to be a serviceable warranty.

Edit: lots of grammar

u/walkswithwolfies · 6 pointsr/Cooking

[Matfer Bourgeat] ( black steel pan.

It's not a beautiful piece of cookware like stainless steel, but after seasoning this is the best pan I've ever had. Lighter than cast iron and indestructible.

The non-stick surface can be restored anytime with any high heat oil.

u/phillyCHEEEEEZ · 6 pointsr/steak

My pan is a Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Round Frying Pan, 11 7/8"

It's 100% amazing. I love this thing and I use it almost every day. By far the best fry pan I've owned. Would mostly definitely recommend it.

u/alansb1982 · 5 pointsr/keto

Yep, and that'd be high up on my list of things to add (along with a couple gadgety doodads). I left it out because cast iron could be a bit intimidating for a beginner to start out with. I have this Lodge Combo Cooker, which gives me a 10" skillet and a deep walled 3QT dutch oven, all in one for about $35.

u/xiaodown · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

It's toast. Don't buy another one; replace it with this pan, the T-Fal oven safe 12" non-stick. It's recommended and used by America's Test Kitchen. I have one, and I love it, but it's also $28, so when it dies in another 2 years, I won't cry when I have to buy another one.

I learned this lesson with my Scanpan 9" skillet, which lasted a good 5 years or so before getting so scratched up that it's not really non-stick anymore, but that cost $75. Buy a good one, but buy cheap, and assume it's disposable and replaceable on a ~2-3 year cycle.

u/nobody_you_know · 5 pointsr/AskWomenOver30

Different surfaces for different things.

One decent nonstick pan is great to have for things like eggs, but isn't great at high heat applications like searing meat. You'll never build a good fond in nonstick, and having pots lined with nonstick coating is just unnecessary. A couple of pans -- a larger one for cooking fish or day-to-day "I'm just browning some ground beef" kind of stuff, and a smaller one for fried eggs or whatever -- will be plenty. You don't want to spend too much on a nonstick pan, though, because by their nature their lifespan is limited.

One cast iron pan is great to have because it's great at really high-heat applications, but can also be used for any number of other things -- you can sear a roast in it, you can bake a deep-dish pizza in it, or brown off some chicken and then braise it in the same pan. It can become pretty nonstick over time, with the right care, but that's a long-term process. Cast iron is heavy, though, and requires different care than other pans (it's not difficult to take care of, just... different. You can't chuck it in the dishwasher and walk away.)

For an all-purpose workhorse, look for stainless steel. It's good in a wide range of applications, and can do almost anything reasonably well. It's a little more prone to sticking (which is a good thing in many cases), but it's also durable enough that you can scour the fuck out of it on those occasions when you need to.

More important than the surface of a pan, IMHO, is the base. Avoid anything with a thin base; over time, it'll warp, and that creates hotspots and wobbles that make cooking a pain in the ass. You want pans that have a pretty thick base. If you can get something that has a layer of aluminum sandwiched in, that's great. Aluminum conducts heat better than steel, so pans will get hot faster with some aluminum included. You don't really want to cook directly on aluminum, though, so something with steel and aluminum layers in the base is ideal.

You're probably not going to find one single set that covers absolutely everything; I'd advise one base set of stainless steel, and then a few add-ons as time/money allows. I know Cuisinart does a pretty nice set of tri-ply stainless steel pots and pans that runs under $200, and goes on sale for even less regularly. Add a T-fal nonstick pan or two, and one good Lodge cast iron skillet, and you'd be well-equipped for most things.

u/Unabomber007 · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If you buy a no messing around Teflon pan, you CAN throw them into the dishwasher and use metal utensils. Buy this...if you don't love it, I'll paypal you $10 if asked. I back up my advice with cash, come at me bro!

If you don't like it, look for pans (regardless of maker) that use Teflon Platinum finishes...they are just as good.

u/chux4w · 5 pointsr/TheDickShow

u/DickMasterson. Your spatuler sucks. If you use some old fashioned solid plastic spatuler it's going to rip that egg up. Upgrade, duuuude. Get a silicone spatuler, as flat as possible because some have big old bumps where the internal metal skeleton pokes through, and slide that paper-thin edge under the egg.

Also, get yourself a one egg wonder frying pan. It'll keep the egg together and build it up thicker, less susceptible to breakage. With the small pan and bendy flipper I haven't broken a fried egg in years.

u/magneticbetty · 5 pointsr/1200isplenty

Not OP but I get away with using a very small of olive oil by using exactly what you suggested, a tiny egg pan with a nonstick coating. This Tfal pan is the one I use! Works super well. Only downside is the gentle ridicule from my housemates for owning a "doll sized frying pan," haha.

u/ltewav · 5 pointsr/Cooking

Carbon steel, affordable, and durable. Easily the best pan I've ever owned. This was the highest recommended carbon steel pan from cooks illustrated too.

Matfer Bourgeat 062005 Black Steel Round Frying Pan, 11 7/8-Inch, Gray

u/wilma316 · 5 pointsr/castiron

Yall got it all wrong. Thats what theseare for!

u/emilystory · 5 pointsr/food

ooo I like this game.
A small microplane is great.
A good quality paring knife too I love the garnishing set from opinel. Or any opinel paring knife for that matter.
handheld little blowtorch (check amazon, there are some decent ones for under 30$)

as a woman of the cheffy persuasion I always love getting little gourmet ingredients in my stocking too.

Have you ever had "Noble" syrup?

the tiny bottles of this product are ridiculously adorable.

I also love getting infused salts.

A tiny pestle and mortar might be cool too! They are around 10$ or so.

Also a little cast iron pan. And then suggest that she bake a chocolate chip cookie in it and that you top it with ice cream and you eat it together. Then you're pretty much a hero.

plus it's cast iron, so will last forever. like your love. (aww)

u/GetHaggard · 5 pointsr/Gifts

How about a Lodge 5- Piece Cast Iron set?

Here is a set on amazon. Only $80 - great price. I love mine. I use them both on the stove and while camping.

Hope that helped!

u/drbhrb · 5 pointsr/Cooking
u/Grim-Sleeper · 5 pointsr/food

Carbon steel skillets work really well too, and they are lighter and easier to handle than cast iron.

I use my skillet almost daily. If properly seasoned (), it is almost perfectly non-stick and cooks great. It might help though, that I have a gas stove, and this particular model is known for its even heat distribution. If you don't have that, then maybe cast iron is a slightly better option.

Cast iron doesn't adjust temperature quit as quickly, but when properly pre-heated it can (partially) make up for stoves that have uneven heat distribution.

) I never use soap when cleaning, instead scrubbing with coarse salt. I make sure, it always has a very thin film of drying oil (e.g. walnut or linseed) when I store it. Also, I make sure to store it completely dry to avoid rusting.

u/producer35 · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

American here. I use a Lodge Carbon Steel 12" skillet, cast-iron Lodge and Field 12" skillets and a stainless steel, aluminum core All-Clad D3 12" skillet.

I like all these skillets and all have their own niches in my cooking with plenty of cross-over.

I still have a non-stick Calphalon skillet too but I no longer use it. I get plenty of non-stick characteristics with my other pans and I feel the other pans are more versatile and healthy.

u/Megan_Pizza · 5 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

This is what I use. It's nice when you're slammed and have to cook someone's steak and someone's pasta at the same time

u/akum163 · 5 pointsr/castiron

It's a new pan.

I have seasoned a little bit of oil, but looks like it has come preseasoned.

I was cook tomato curry and started off at low and went medium and high and back to medium and low. Olive oil is used for cooking.

Is that seasoning or black residue unsafe?

u/THORGNASH · 5 pointsr/MealPrepSunday

Got 15 bucks? Lodge L8SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 10.25-inch

u/Pinalope4Real · 5 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You really need to get yourself one of these skillets they are the BEST!!! I no longer need one since /u/Utinni was sweet enough to gift me mine for my birthday yesterday.

Seriously though, you NEED one!

Good luck with your move!

u/herman_gill · 5 pointsr/Cooking

The expensive brands in that same price range:

All-Clad, Le Crueset, Henckel, and Mauviel.

This five piece set is worth it's weight in... well, copper. Cuz copper is super expensive.

At a much more reasonable price range you've got Cuisinart, Calphalon, Lodge, Victorinox and a few others.


Here's a list of things they could get (an entire kitchen revamp) for under $1000:

A $300 knife set with 4 steak knives (note: the 7 piece classic set is available from Costco online for only $80 if you have a membershit, same blades, no fancy handles. The steak knives can be got for $10-15 each, so the entire set is like $130 if you don't want rosewood)

Anova sous vide cooker for $110. Toys are fun.

Lodge enameled dutch oven for $60

Mauviel carbon steel pan for $40 (needs to be seasoned), or a pre-seasoned Lodge for $20

Lodge cast iron for $10-20 (depending on 8 inch or 10 inch).

Scrapers (super important!) and maybe silicon handles for $10

and the most important thing they'd want, is the Calphalon tri-ply set for $225 (which I think is also cheaper over at Amazon).

An Instapot (combined pressure cooker + slowcooker + ricecooker, this thing is like a slowcooker on crack). You can also opt for just a regular $30 slowcooker, too.

If they don't care about fancy looking handles, the Fibrox handles actually have a great grip, and Victorinox knives are sharp as shit.

Other things:

OXO good grips tools/spatulas/measures/everything for about $100 depending on what they want.

The Costco membership would probably be worth it just so you can buy the Victorinox knives (and I think also the Calphalon pans?)


Total price: ~$1000 if going with the rosewood handles (I personally didn't bother), and instapot (I would highly recommend the instapot, though!)

If going with regular handles and instapot, $850 <--- my choice

If going with regular handles, instapot, but no sous vide, $750 <--- probably most economical choice

If going with regular handles and regular slowcooker, and no sous vide ~$650

Just regular Victorinox Fibrox knives, and Calphalon Tri-Ply set and one cast iron skillet: ~$400

u/Pegthaniel · 5 pointsr/frugalmalefashion

Hilariously it's cheaper straight from Amazon and if you have Prime, Amazon will get it to you in 2 days free.

u/jattea · 5 pointsr/Cooking

They look pretty thin to me, and I don't like the idea of a riveted joint. this is my favorite, and Cook's Illustrated agrees - they rated it their number 1 cast iron skillet.

u/Barking_at_the_Moon · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

So far as I know, anodizing is a process that doesn't work on stainless steel pans - anodizing is basically induced oxidization ('rust') of aluminum. The anodized surface is kind of non-stick, though many anodized pans are also coated with additional non-stick materials. Anodizes surfaces can scratch pretty easily, too.

Both pans are 'safe' to use over high heat, though thermal shock can warp or crack them - one of the reasons that cast iron is preferred for intense heat. Slow to heat, slow to cool (never from the range to a sink, for instance) will help prevent damage. That's pretty much the same advice for any pan, however.

There are concerns (read: arguments about) how some of the pans with additional non-stick coating handle high heat, the material may degrade and (here comes the controversial part) offgas some material that you don't want to be inhaling.

If cast iron pans cost $100 in Oz, I'm going to start exporting them. They're relatively cheap in the States - you can buy a decent quality 12" Lodge pan for less than US$20, including shipping...

u/rowdyss · 5 pointsr/Breadit

I would recommend this since the shallow skillet is perfect to use as the base. Easy to score when the bread is in it too.

u/i_floop_the_pig · 5 pointsr/povertyfinance

Idk what cookware you do have but roasts (like a pork loin or whole chicken) tend to be cheap and pretty easy to cook. Eggs is a staple for cheap food. White fish or tuna are cheap too but don't eat tuna more than a couple times a week because of mercury. Protein powder is a very cheap source of protein however the upfront cost can be jarring.

Frozen veggies are my preferred choice but canned is good too.

The only spices you really need are salt and pepper. Kosher salt and a pepper mill are god tier. After that I'd say garlic powder, paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin, ginger powder.

If I had to pick cookware that was reliable af I'd easily choose a cast iron skillet, enameled Dutch Oven and a small nonstick pan. The first two are both Lodge brands and you can do like 95% of cooking in just those two... possibly just the Dutch oven. There's also this 2 in 1 combo that might actually be the best of both worlds.

I'm a big fan of the Dollar Tree for kitchenware. One of the best purchases I made was a micro shredder and I use it for blocks of cheese. Way cheaper that pre-shredded. The only thing I wouldn't buy from there or any shopping center would be a knife. On a budget I love my Kiwi brand knife (~$8) and I've heard great things about Kuma but haven't had the opportunity to try one yet. Most cooks recommend Victorianox Fibrox but I can't recommend that on an extreme budget.

Also replacing breakfast with only coffee is a great way to save money. I had something else to say but I can't think of it at the moment. Cooking delicious on a budget is a hobby of mine.

Edit: oh yeah, DRINK WATER

u/h83r · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife
u/lightzalot · 4 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think these skillets are amazing and I want one so bad! Everyone should definitely own one!

u/FrankensteinVi · 4 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is a little over 15$ but if your mom cooks cast iron pans are awesome! 😂

u/ArcticBlaster · 4 pointsr/CrappyDesign

Or this one. Never buy another pan and leave it to your descendants.

u/StaigerTiger · 4 pointsr/food

Lodge. I'm a little confused as to what you meant by your second question, but I needed a cast iron skillet, that's what they had at City Target, and I'd heard good things about Lodge! I've been using a lot of olive oil, but it's making lovely food.

u/bigelliot · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

My parents' house burned down around Thanksgiving and they asked me for pot & pan recommendations as they rebuild. Here's a list I sent them of things that ought to last forever but won't break the bank (no Mauviel, Staub, All-Clad, Le Creuset, etc). #1 on the list is a 12" Lodge skillet, just like the one we have. :)

u/bigmormon · 4 pointsr/Cooking

Cast Iron will give you what you are looking for:

They do require a bit of care but its not bad at all. Never use soap on it.

u/melonmagellan · 4 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

This was my list for a previous, similar post -

I would buy the following items in this order, if it were my $80:

  1. A $29 Victorinox Chef's Knife

  2. A good cutting board for $12-15

  3. A cast iron pan for $15-$20

  4. A utensil set of some kind for $15-20

    From there I'd get a solid set of pots and pans and/or a dutch oven. A rice cooker also is pretty helpful. I use mine constantly. Good luck!
u/menthapiperita · 4 pointsr/Breadit

Agreed with the other poster here, I've had no problems with a Le Creuset enamel Dutch oven at high heat. Generally the handles are the least durable; the stock plastic ones are rated to ~450° iirc.

I bought a Lodge combo cooker Dutch oven for baking, and love it. The low sides on the skillet top make loading a loaf and scoring it super easy. I burned my hand once wrangling a sticky, difficult loaf into my high sided Dutch oven. Here's a link to the lodge [dutch oven](Lodge LCC3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Combo Cooker, 3.2-Quart

u/pillowcurtain · 4 pointsr/Breadit

Just a regular plain home oven and this exact cast iron combo cooker.

u/hugoniotcurves · 4 pointsr/Cooking

I just bought this combo cooker off Amazon a few weeks ago and I love it. Like everyone says, the more you use it, the better it is. I have used it to sear steak, cook fish, fry bacon and eggs, make skillet potatoes, a giant cookie, a deep dish pizza, etc...and that's just with the LID part of the cooker which doubles as a skillet.

I love the fact that it's two separate pieces that combine to make a dutch oven which I have made some pretty awesome crusty bread in.

Cast iron isn't some magically cooking device and like everyone says...don't listen to the people that say you need to pamper the crap out of it. Just USE it! It's so easy to use, it stays hot and it's easy to move your food into the oven to finish cooking. Did your get stuff stuck to it? No problem! Usually while it's still hot I just poor some water it and it sizzles that stuff right off! If worse comes to worse, I have a scrubber I use only for the pan and after it's dry I just wipe it with some canola oil. It's a lot more low maintenance than people think as long as you use common sense. Don't scrub it with soap and don't leave it sitting in your sink with water in it.

u/VanNostrumMD · 4 pointsr/Cooking

$40 Chef's Knife

$15 Cutting Board

$40 Cast Iron Dutch Oven

$10 Stainless Steel Cooking Utensils

$99 Food Processor

$205 is the best I could do.. you could probably get a cheaper cutting board.. but.. that was the best large plastic one I could find..

u/Amygdalailama · 4 pointsr/camping

Lodge has a a Dutch Oven in which the lid is actually another frying pan.

“3.2 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Combo Cooker. The Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker does it all. A deep skillet, a fryer, a Dutch oven in one, plus a lid that doubles as a shallow skillet or griddle. This versatile piece is perfect in the kitchen or great outdoors.”

I loved the versatility aspect. The bonus is you also have a unbreakable container to store precious items when in transit. I think it will be my next purchase.

Here’s a link for you, and happy camping.

u/kuyakew · 4 pointsr/Breadit

I use this dutch oven. Best part is using the flatter part as the bottom so you can just slide your dough onto it.

u/SarcasticOptimist · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Personally, $250 would be a lot for a 16 year old. I'd teach him how to cook for himself...get a Lodge cast iron, season it, and get expensive steaks, bacon, and eggs.

If you go with watches, get one with sapphire crystal. Seiko and Citizen are top brands.

u/rib_eye_b · 4 pointsr/castiron
u/nope_nic_tesla · 4 pointsr/Cooking

Nonstick is the best for frying eggs but they aren't going to be BIFL. That said, if you take care of a good one it should last you for years. The best value I have found is T-fal. Get whatever size is most appropriate for your cooking. I have had mine for about 5 years now. It says safe for metal utensils but I always use only plastic or wood on it. I also hand wash instead of using the dishwasher.

If you want truly BIFL, go for cast iron and make sure you season it well.

u/gggjennings · 4 pointsr/Cooking

Got this after America's Test Kitchen ranked it best non-stick skillet, hasn't let me down yet:

T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan / Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, 12-Inch, Black

u/Halgy · 4 pointsr/AskMen

I've transitioned to a carbon steel pan. It has most of the advantages of cast iron, but is easier to work with.

u/n3wby_w3rk · 4 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

Yes, do try it with the leftover bacon grease. It's even better in a cast iron pan - $25 dollars at Amazon

u/phocku · 4 pointsr/food
u/stankytanky · 4 pointsr/ketorecipes

I got this on amazon, it's very affordable and comes pre seasoned and with the silicone handle.

Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet L10SK3ASHH41B, 12-Inch

The reason the handle is off in the oven is because it's not oven proof and can melt.

u/bonc826 · 4 pointsr/Cooking

I’d suggest a large cast iron skillet instead of a pizza stone—similar result for pizza, can be used for other things too

u/mehunno · 3 pointsr/weddingplanning

We registered at Amazon for the selection and convenience. We could find just about anything on amazon, and could add anything else through the universal registry feature. Guests shipped most gifts to our home, which was great since we live across the country from where we were married. I'd heard the return policy was rough, but luckily we didn't have any duplicate purchases. Amazon's registry was perfect for our needs.

Some of the most-used items we received:

u/kiwimonster · 3 pointsr/Sourdough

I wouldn't use an actual Enamel Dutch Oven for baking sourdough. I did that for a while and it ruined the enamel coating.

I use this now specifically for bread and it works great:

u/markcocjin · 3 pointsr/castiron

Your deep skillet is also available in a combo where the lid is a shallow skillet. It's called a combo cooker and if you find a way to purchase that lid/skillet that has its own handle, you've completed the combo.

As an added bonus, the lid also sports a great big Lodge embossed on the bottom.

u/Jack_Shid · 3 pointsr/castiron

It can be found for less money.

I love mine, use it constantly. I love that the lid doubles as a skillet.

u/towelieee · 3 pointsr/castiron

I don't have one yet, but I've heard good things about this one as well.

Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart

u/bakerdadio · 3 pointsr/Breadit
  • Lodge sells direct: Lodge 3 Quart Cast Iron Combo Cooker/Dutch Oven or Amazon ~ 'combo' because lid can be used as a frying pan. I bake using it upside down, putting my dough in lid, easier to drop into the shallow than deeper part. I reserve both parts for bread baking, not to sear meat or other cooking.
  • My go-to video: Lewis Kelly's: Tartine for Dummies
u/bunnicula9000 · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Amazon? I'm getting myself this pair for my birthday

u/winemedineme · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Don't buy a set-- buy individual pieces. You'll save money because you'll only be buying what you need, and not what you won't use. My essentials:

An All-Clad Saute pan. $50 at TJ Maxx, Marshall's or Home Goods. There's not a TON your roommates can do to mess it up.

A Bialetti Aeternum nonstick pan. $19.87 on Amazon. If your roommates mess it up, it's only $19.87 and nonstick doesn't last forever anyway. Plus, this doesn't have any weird chemicals that do who knows what to you.

A saucepan or two from Ikea. Really. They have some nice heavy bottomed ones. They're not terribly expensive either.

A Lodge cast iron skillet. New, they're not that expensive, but I guarantee there are a couple at your local thrift shop. You can reseason it and it will last forever. If your roommates muck it up, reseason it again (I had someone mess mine up housesitting, it took about half a Sunday to fix, but it is fixable).

A stockpot for soups, stews, etc. I'd buy that from Ikea too, or see what's on sale at TJ Maxx.

Oh, this is a great one: combo saucepan/cast iron skillet.

u/AppleDane · 3 pointsr/Denmark

A pan for æbleskiver!

Here's one from Amazon.

Here's a recipe for the actual æbleskiver

Note: The first ones you make will probably not be perfect. This is ok. You need to learn how to do it, and the failures just means more æbleskiver for the chef. :)

This is about the most Danish Christmassy thing you can get.

u/joonjoon · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

300$ is top of the line stuff, you should be able to find stuff under 100$ pretty much everywhere. Have you checked Amazon, Walmart or similar? For example I have a no name SS from Macy's I bought almost 15 years ago and it cooks perfectly, still in pristine shape. I think I paid like 30 bucks for it.

Otherwise if you want a one size fits all nonstick pan to hold you over, Cook's Illustrated rated T-Fal their top pick. It's 26 bucks on Amazon US. It's a great pan!

u/Cyberhwk · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I believe non-stick cookware is one of the items where BIFL doesn't really exist. ANY non-stick surface is going to suffer wear.

Still, T-Fal Professional line I think was a America's Test Kitchen best pick. If you're willing to use something a bit bigger here's the 12" Skillet for $24.99. Mine's lasted me three years and is just now probably needing a replacement.

u/tsdguy · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Don't buy expensive ones. I treat mine well but expect to replace them once a year or so. I only purchase restaurant type pan at supply places (or at Sams Club) so they only cost $30 or $40.

I have been testing out this T-Fal Professional 12" fry pan which got a top recommendation from Cooks Illustrated. It's been a super performer and it's only $30. So far not a single scratch although I only use plastic utensils and hand wash. It's only defect is that the bottom is slightly convex so oil has a tendency to slide to the edges rather than stay flat on the surface.

If they lasted 2 or 3 years I'd be very happy.

IMHO all the posts about using other types of pans are not reasonable. There's nothing like a non-stick pan for many types of food prep. I have no problems using them.

u/liatris · 3 pointsr/keto

Why not just eat cheese and meat roll ups for breakfast? Take a slice of deli meat and a slice of cheese and roll them up. Salami and mozzarella, ham and cheddar, roast beef and provolone etc.

You could also make a cheese omelette the night before and under cook it a little so it doesn't overcook when you reheat it. This 8 inch pan the best omelette pan I've used.

u/caffeian · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for the Food is a great primer on the science of cooking. I read it in culinary school, and it was a great distillation of the main concepts (which cuts are of meat are good for braising, searing, roasting, etc. and how to properly perform each technique). If you end up enjoying Alton Brown's style, I would also recommend Fish on a First Name Basis for fish cookery. Lastly, Cook's Illustrated is a wonderful resource on food and cooking. The yearly online membership is only approx $25, and you get access to all previously published recipes and equipment reviews.

In terms of equipment, the knife I personally use is the Victorinox 10-inch chef knife. Japanese steel is great and all, but for the same price you could get this knife, a good electric knife sharpener, and a honing steel and still have some left over. The best knife is a sharp knife after all. I would also highly recommend a T-fal non-stick pan for a solid multi-purpose first pan.

Finally, for an herb garden, I generally try to aim for either expensive or infrequently used herbs for indoor gardening. The reasoning behind growing expensive herbs is pretty straightforward. I primarily grow infrequently used herbs to avoid wasting what I wouldn't use up when cooking (as you mentioned is oft a problem). In my region, basil, sage, thyme, tarragon, and oregano would all be good candidates to grow. Parsley, cilantro, and bay leaf tend to be cheaper at the market in my area, so I usually just purchase those.

u/juggerthunk · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I know this will sound callous, but, you live and you learn. $120 non-stick pans just aren't worth the extra money. The nature of the beast is that, unlike a hardened metal like stainless steel, or a super thick metal, like iron, your non-stick coating will wear out. Maybe it was overheated and the non-stick surface doesn't release as well or maybe it just starts flaking off.

Whatever the case, I regard my non-stick cookware as near-disposable. As such, I wouldn't worry about buying a primo non-stick pan. America's Test Kitchen ran several pans through a gauntlet of tests and rated the Inexpensive T-Fal 12" pan as one of their favorites, so you have that veneer of scrutiny. I have a similar pan (older from TJ Maxx) and it works well for what it is. Higher end pans will likely be thicker with a layer of less heat conductive metal in order try help maintain a steady temperature. All aluminum pans will have far more hot spots and make it easier to burn food.

u/nygreenguy · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I always say to never buy a set. I think you pay too much for things you will not use.

I would say you only really need 4 things:
A good non-stick skillet. Tfal has a great 12in non-stick oven safe skillet for only around $35. Necessary for cooking fish and eggs.

A good dutch oven. I suggest an cast iron enamel. Tramontina makes a great 6.5 qt dutch oven that WalMart sells for only $65. Perfect for soups, frying, pasta, and even roasting.

A stainless tri-ply saute or skillet. I recommend one that if fully clad, but those usually run >$100. One with a tri ply base should work. You can fry, saute, brown, and do just about anything in one of these. This is my primary pan.

Finally, a large (4qt) stainless saucepan. This is for any sauces, some frying, potatoes, and lots of other things.

u/AntiMe · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

Just get this. ATK recommended it and it's all you'll need. If it ever wears out I'll buy another.

u/RichardHedd · 3 pointsr/GifRecipes

Except for the whole part where anyone, who has any basic knowledge of cooking, knows you can get scratch-resistant non-stick pans ( Teflon itself isn't scratch resistant.

u/blackout182 · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

I highly recommend this non-stick pan. It was featured in Cook's Illustrated magazine as their top pick for inexpensive non-stick pans.

u/beano52 · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

I suppose THESE in aluminum aren't terrible for the budget minded, You can find several different varieties for around 15-20 bucks. They include folding spork, bamboo spatula and other goodies.

The One Egg Wonder is popular with the UL community, just chop that handle off. Be mindful of the "one egg" deffinition as this pan is 4.75" around, i.e. SMALL but lightish.

If you want something that actually functions as a frying pan, I use THIS but it comes in heavier @ about 10.5 oz. I use it rarely but it actually works for frying where the THIN titanium/aluminum pans do NOT.

You must properly "season" the MSR pan, but it works beautifully.

u/GERONIMOOOooo___ · 3 pointsr/ketorecipes

The eggs? Yeah, they come out almost perfectly round because I cook them in a little one-egg pan like this.

u/gbchaosmaster · 3 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

The answer is seasoning! When we open we crank it and put a few thin layers of oil on it which burn on, creating a wonderful nonstick surface just like you would on a cast iron pan. If you're looking for a pan that performs exactly like a flattop's surface, look into carbon steel. They develop a beautiful patina that is so nonstick, gliding your fingers over the surface will make you giddy.

Stainless steel could be seasoned, but that's kinda missing the point of stainless. Best forget about doing scrambles in them and get yourself a nice carbon steel pan or griddle.

u/WhimsyTastebuds · 3 pointsr/carbonsteel If you aren't opposed to open box, dented or 'used'. There's a few for around 35 bucks.

u/OmahaVike · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I got one of these for Christmas, as I'm tired of buying replacement Caphalon pans every six months.

u/klaproth · 3 pointsr/castiron

blini pans I see are usually carbon steel, which do require seasoning like cast iron but are lighter.

They're also inexpensive and a lot of fun to use.

u/yityit2000 · 3 pointsr/Pizza

Got this guy at Target for $20. Lodge Cast Iron 12" Skillet.


Pan Pizza Baking Process (from SeriousEats)

u/easybakeandy · 3 pointsr/food

Hey scourgeobohem!

I really don't know much about curing meat, other than that it requires precise conditions/temperatures - an apartment might not be the best environment for it.

As far as aging/pan-searing your steaks though, I would point you to this guide by food-genius J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Absorb every consonant, for it is gospel. He is the final word on making the ultimate steak at home, without a grill. My first piece of advice would be to stop using the stainless steel and get yourself a cast-iron pan. It's able to absorb/distribute much more heat, and will go a long way in getting that crunchy sear you're after. Above all, it'll last a lifetime, and this nice silicone-handled one is only $24! They require a little love - no washing with soap, ever, and obviously never run through the dishwasher. But their ability to sear the everloving fuck out of steaks is second-to-none. Also, when used properly, they're naturally non-stick - making them ideal for eggy brunch bakes, fish, and more!

Now when you say apartment-friendly smoker - do you mean indoor smoker? Because if you wish to live, none such smoker exists. Smokers, by definition, produce smoke, which can't be done indoors - you will die and everyone you love will die. That being said, if you have a balcony or some such, these little vertical smokers can be very effective and not take up much space. But frankly, I prefer a steak with a crispy, seared crust and rare interior - something very accomplishable with the humble aforementioned cast iron pan.

Lastly, when making fried veggie (let's say spinach) balls, I would definitely go with shredded leaves. If you use whole leaves, and take a big ol' bite of your ball, and don't bite clean through that particular leaf of spinach (which you definitely won't), you'll drag the whole leaf out of the ball, tearing it apart. Check out any kind of vegetable fritter - you'll see that the veggies are chopped up/shredded into little bite-sized pieces!

u/MangledStupid · 3 pointsr/videos

Forget all this modern non-stick mumbo jumbo, go with seasoned cast iron.

u/Doctor_Spacemann · 3 pointsr/CrappyDesign

dude a brand new cast iron pan is only like 16 bucks. Why would you even bother with the Shittily designed Farberware for the same price?

u/GhostOfTheNet · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I cook almost everyday, and usually, at least twice a day. The only kitchen thing that I cannot live without is a Lodge cast-iron skillet. I use it to cook everything. Steak and all the breakfast stuff! I think it is a must have for everybody who cook a lot or like to cook. The 10-inch one is perfect for individuals. Go with the 12-inch one for batch cooking or cooking for the family.

Let's do it in the kitchen.

u/jimbobb860 · 3 pointsr/Cooking


Your order needs to be over 25$ for free shipping. May I suggest my proven Amazon free-shipping order booster?


u/martsimon · 3 pointsr/keto

Here's a Lodge on Amazon for $15.

Stay away from the non American-made pans as there are reports of some Chinese cast-iron containing high amounts of lead.

u/LHalperSantos · 3 pointsr/castiron

Cast iron skillets are pieces of cookware.
Cast iron cook ware comes in a multitude of forms for various applications.

This is the standard issue skillet.
The absolute best bang for your buck.

u/SlipperyRoo · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Tried to think of a gifts in that price range.

  • How about a Thermapen. It's a fantastic instant-read thermometer.

  • Le Creuset Dutch Oven. We love this thing. Having said that, the price seems to have gone up from $200 to $240. Unknown if it's from holiday pricing or inflation.

  • KitchenAid Blender. Not sure which model is best but any one should be awesome.

  • Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet. One of the best buys we've ever made. Great pan, comes pre-seasoned, and AFFORDABLE!

    Oops, I just remember that America's Test Kitchen reviews products! Someone put together a list on Amazon of their 2012 Best products. See also one of their books.

    Note: Sometimes you can't view their content because it's behind their paywall.
u/mephistopuppies · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Do cast iron skillets have to be so expensive? I've seen them for reasonable prices on amazon, such as this one:
And its pre-seasoned...
Is it good, or is it cheap because its crap?

u/Jiedash · 3 pointsr/sousvide

Yup. Get a good cast iron or carbon steel skillet.

u/Stompedyourhousewith · 3 pointsr/Cooking

and it should only cost you $20 tops. maybe 25. but definitely not 30.
edit: Are we talking the 12 inch skillet?

u/millerhighlife · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I bought my 12" cast iron skillet at Target for...I can't remember...but it was really reasonable. It's a Lodge, really heavy, and it was already pre-seasoned. I've had it about 9 months and it performs great, haven't had any issues yet.

You don't have to wait for your granny to die!

Edit: I found it on Amazon

u/mrpoops · 3 pointsr/Cooking
u/Metcarfre · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I've been putting together a birthday/Christmas gift list...

u/smoothcam72 · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

this will carry you far, young one.

u/valeriob · 3 pointsr/keto

I really enjoy my take on Hamburger Helper:

1 lb ground beef

1 package of Shirataki noodles

1 small onion

2tbsp powdered cheddar (any cheese will do here)

4 oz of heavy cream.

In a 12" cast iron skillet, brown the meat on high. Reduce to medium heat, add onions until they are translucent. Turn to low heat, add cream, cheese, and drained noodles. Simmer and stir often for 5-10 minutes.

PS Everyone needs a good cast iron skillet. Get one ASAP and never wash it with soap :)

u/jonknee · 3 pointsr/Cooking

You're probably better off not getting a set (there are usually a few nice pieces you want and a bunch you don't), but they can be a decent way to save some cash. Cooks Illustrated has great cookware reviews and tend to like All Clad a lot (money no object I agree, but shit it's a lot of money). They recommend a Calphalon set that is pretty reasonably priced and I know they make good stuff. But besides that, I'd definitely get some cast iron into the mix. Both a skillet and a glazed dutch oven. Two of my favorite pans right there.

u/call_me_cthulhu_ · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

One of my favorite memories as a kid was on our trip to Disney. We didn't have a lot of money but my moms boyfriend at the time was wealthier and decided to take us all on a nice trip. The trip didn't start off great. I'm the oldest and while I was excited to be going to Disney (I love rides) I knew I'd probably be spending a lot of time either babysitting or going on baby rides. I also felt really alone because even as far as the plane ride went we couldn't get seats together so I ended up having to sit in a different part of the plane with people I didn't know. From pretty much the second we got there my mom and her boyfriend began arguing, the timeshare we were suppose to stay in was messed up, etc. My sister and I who were never close (spent the majority of our lives arguing) were stuck in an extremely small room together along with my baby brother. So then started our Disney trip. My mom decided it was a good idea for us to save up our allowance for souvenir money at the parks which was a smart idea EXCEPT she also decided that we should have to use our allowance money to pay for the parking in the park and my brothers stroller rental to help "pitch in". Within the first couple of hours my brother ended up getting separated from us which led to a huge freak out and a lot of arguing between my mom, her boyfriend, and park staff. As a pre teen I was extremely embarrassed but luckily everything turned out fine, he just wandered of. The second day we ended up spending 99% of the day in the kiddie areas to avoid another issue like the day before. Then finally on the third day my sister and I convinced my mom to let us go off to some of the bigger rides by ourselves. Before we went off her boyfriend pulled us aside and handed us the money we had given "to pitch in" and then some. He explained that we shouldn't have to use the money we saved up to pay for anything and some extra for being good sports. And we were off! After some initial arguing about where we wanted to go first (we had a time limit) we were stopped by some park staff. Again we argued because we were convinced we were in trouble or that our mom had freaked out and wanted us to come back, another embarrassment. We were wrong and the staff asked us if we wanted to join in on a little talent contest they were having. So we went with them over to where some other staff, dressed as characters were, along with a bunch of other people. It wasn't anything huge just about 10 people including us. So they went around asking other people to do their "talents" some people sang, one woman did sign language, etc then they got to us. Immediately my sister and I looked at each other and just began dancing. We did the whackiest dances we could think of and hysterically laughing. We ended up winning the "talent show" and my sister got to take her picture with all the characters and get all of their autographs (something which was really important to her). After that we agreed on rides we would go on together, stopped off to get some snacks, and souvenirs before going back. This is an important memory for me because pretty much ever since then our relationship changed. We all of the sudden didn't mind being in a small room together even though we had shared a room our entire lives and hated it. We actually started talking to each other and almost 15 years later we have a great relationship. Haha funny thing is shes moving to Florida soon so maybe one day we'll revisit Disney and win another talent contest. Thanks for the contest and taking me down memory lane!

This is under $20


u/heyheythrowitaway · 3 pointsr/castiron

How good of friends are they, or how good of friends do you want them to be? Buy them both one and a couple of handles and you've got two 10" Lodges for ~$40 shipped!

u/jimmaaaay · 3 pointsr/Breadit

I use a cast iron combo cooker for my baking. I know you said you own an a cast iron but this combo works great for me. It's $29 which is much cheaper than Dutch Ovens.

This combo cooker was recommended by Chad Robertson in his Tartine bread cookbook.

u/acatnamedlinda · 3 pointsr/Breadit

I would highly recommend the lodge combo cooker. Works the same way as a Dutch oven, but easier to load and score a loaf without burning yourself.

u/Merrickk · 3 pointsr/Cooking

If you want a good inexpensive non teflon pan that will last forever I suggest a lodge cast iron skillet.

This dutch oven has a lid that doubles as a 10" skillet.

If you like the dutch oven you might want to consider the reversible griddle/grill.

10" is a good size for cooking for one or two people. The 12" pans are a lot heavier and so i tend to stick with the 10" unless i really need the surface area, and then i often use the griddle.

u/tdragonclaw18 · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I could really use this cast iron skillet to use for cooking both at home and when we go camping. C'mon...gimme a surprise!

u/SwissArmyDruid · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

It should also be noted that if you do not already own a cast iron pan, Lodge also sells a dutch oven/cast iron pan set. That is to say, the lid to the dutch oven, can be used as a pan.

u/rogueyak · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

This is really the best advice. The griswolds and cast iron pans of old are smoother(and more thin) because they had a secondary machining operation done to smooth out the surface. The lodge pans do not do this to save cost, though they are still fine pans. If you really want a smooth cooking surface, just sand it down until its smooth, and reseason it.

I'd recommend this pan though:

Slightly lighter weight than the lodge pans with a MUCH better handle. Seemed a little smoother casting than the lodge pans as well, but not as smooth as the old machines ones.

u/Patrickwong1218 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

If the pan is made of cast iron it shouldn’t vary too much brand to brand. Most brands claim that their skillets are the absolute best so they charge high prices. Here is one for $25 from Amazon that has plenty of good reviews!

Victoria Cast-Iron Skillet

u/Apocrathia · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I have everything but the roaster. I have a cast iron set that doubles as a dutch oven. It's pretty amazing.

u/HTHID · 2 pointsr/castiron

New (rough surface) Lodge or old (smooth surface) Lodge? If new, looks like this is what you got:

u/silischips · 2 pointsr/Breadit

You are so very welcome! Your bread came out beautifully! Awesome job. Bread making is a journey. A joyful one I hope. And it can be very satisfying. Especially while eating!!
You may find this cast iron combo easier to deal with in putting your dough in - I’m sorry it’s a link to Amazon, but it has the best description of this Lodge Combo. It’s the one ILodge Combo

Enjoy your journey!

u/VDeco · 2 pointsr/vandwellers

This appears to be a double dutch oven. Not to be confused with double dutch jump roping or farting under the covers... twice.

I just bought this. It's similar but without the handles. I dig it.

u/Woahh_Domino · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

By 'Oven' here you mean cast iron dutch oven?

I have one that gets a lot of use and is the best of both worlds, but not enameled:

Usually costs about $40 in the US, too.

u/d_ruckus · 2 pointsr/zerocarb

Cast iron dutch oven but only use top as needed on stove. Stomps out the smoke.

Also awesome for so many other things.

u/jumbo_shrimp15 · 2 pointsr/Sourdough

I assume you have the combo cooker since you say you put the bread in the deeper part of it. The walls of the dutch oven/combo cooker should not be there to keep the doughs shape. All it does is give the dough a steamy environment for it to rise properly in the oven (called oven spring). Using the lid will eliminate the need for parchment paper (you can dust some corn meal or spread some oil on it) and is the combo cooker's strength when it comes to baking bread. You can also score it right after you've placed it on the lid.

The way I do it (I only have a dutch oven and not a combo cooker) is cut some parchment paper to a little bigger than the proofing basket. I then put my cutting board on top and flip everything. You should be able to hear the dough exit the basket. I then score the bread before I lift and gently place it into the dutch oven, which has been in the oven preheating at 260 degrees. I put the lid on and wait 20 minutes before I remove the lid, lower the temperature to 230 and bake for another 20-30 minutes. The finished dough should have an internal temperature of 95-100. I've had great success with this method. Here

Now, I can't stress this enough: the dutch oven/combo cooker should not be there to support your dough's shape. If it is you are not shaping it/developing the gluten enough. You might get some good bread either way, but you will never get that open crumb structure that everyone's after. If you want to get a nice open crumb here is what you do:

  • Use relatively high hydration (70% is nice and manageable even for beginners)

  • Make sure to develop the gluten structure during mixing. Trevor J Wilson on YouTube has a few excellent videos, particularly his on the Rubaud method.

  • Fold the dough a few times. The more folds you do, the better the structure (usually). I do one about every 30 minutes for the duration of the rise, but 3 folds during the first 1.5 hour is sufficient to get a good crumb. You have to make sure you don't deflate the dough during each folding session. You will definitely get plenty of doughs that will come out like flat discs, but eventually you will get consistently good bread.

  • Pre-shape and shape. This adds tension and will give you a nice sturdy dough that will support it during the oven spring.

    Hope this helps and wasn't too long of a description. Good luck with future bakes!
u/Cohma · 2 pointsr/Frugal

Something like this would last generations when taken care of properly.

You get a 3 quart pot that you can use for whatever (frying chicken, soups, stews, chili etc.), just be careful with highly acidic foods (spaghetti/tomato sauces), a 10.25" skillet that doubles as a lid to do covered oven dishes like roasts and such.

Check out /r/castiron if you are going down this route. TONS of info in that sub.

u/Doodleverb · 2 pointsr/Gifts

If you wanted to go cast iron, maybe this skillet combo? It's got the extra benefits of being very multi-functional and space saving.

u/kitkong · 2 pointsr/Breadit

I've got this one and it's great for boules, including Tartine and FWSY - if you've got any questions let me know

u/el_guerro · 2 pointsr/Breadit

Easier to get the dough in, mostly. That one is really expensive though. I, and many other folks, use a cast iron combo cooker. You can use it as a regular dutch oven, too.

u/gfpumpkins · 2 pointsr/Cooking

If you're looking for used, you'll have to shop thrift stores or ebay or something of the sort.
I didn't want to deal with other peoples shit on a new to me pan, so I just bought new off Amazon

u/dirtytaters · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I have this one and love it

The long handles mean you have 2 well functioning skillets in addition to the oven capability. The smaller size hasn't bothered me but I also plan on getting a 6qt enameled in the future so you'll have to decide what's best for you.

u/ComoSeaYeah · 2 pointsr/Sourdough

I was thinking about getting this one.

u/gisenberg · 2 pointsr/Breadit

Here is the combo cooker I use. I do about 15 minutes with the lid on for steam, then another 15 with the lid off. Super happy with the results.

u/gillyyak · 2 pointsr/xxketo4u2

Much thanks for the catitude. I want that pan!!!

Edit: this

u/SailingPatrickSwayze · 2 pointsr/Cooking

This is the one I love.

T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan, 12.5 Inch, Black

It's a great pan, and cheap enough to throw away and buy another one once the non stick wears off. Great for a situation like yours.

u/undercoverwaffles · 2 pointsr/lifehacks

With a good non-stick, you don't even need oil.


T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick

u/faithdies · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Can you just get it delivered from Amazon?

This is the non-stick I have:

And, while I have an all-clad stainless, I have heard the cuisanart multiclad stuff is really close:

Also, this is, pretty much, the universally accepted entry/cheap chefs knife to get:

u/Ski1215 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

There is a t fal non stick pan on Amazon. It's cheap and has an overwhelming amount of reviews.

Vollrath is also a good name that can be found at a kitchen supply house. Our kitchens at work use exclusively Vollrath and the chef said they replace their non stick about once a year. Which being used in a commercial kitchen is pretty impressive.

u/TheDapperYank · 2 pointsr/shittyfoodporn

It's this.

T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan, 12-Inch, Black

u/DarkChyld · 2 pointsr/Cooking

For a good non-stick, I'd go with a cheap one. The one recommended around here is the T-fal 12.5 Professional. I got one and I'm really happy with it.

u/Navel_Linty · 2 pointsr/Cooking

After ATK gave it a good review, I bought a TFAL Professional and I've been very happy with it. Heats evenly, nothing sticks to it and it didn't cost too much.

u/Chasmosaur · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I just looked it up at Cook's Illustrated - in their two non-stick categories ("Inexpensive Nonstick Skillets" and "Small Nonstick Saucepans") they don't seem to recommend the Cuisinart nonstick pans. They didn't seem to hold up, and lost their "nonstickiness" pretty quickly. :(

For the Inexpensive Nonsticks (from Sept, 2010), they liked the 12.5 inch T-Fal Professional Total Nonstick Fry Pan.

For the "Small Nonstick Saucepans" (from March, 2006), they liked a couple of different ones, but the 2 1/2 quart Calphalon was at the top and surprisingly affordable.

ETA - I took a "meats and sauces" class from a chef a few years ago. He said he wasn't generally a fan of non-stick, though he understood why home chefs used them. He thought there wasn't a substitute for a good stainless steel pan that was well heated and oiled. I know I've adopted that for cooking meats, and I get a better result. But I don't make a lot of eggs (not a huge fan), so I'm not sure if that's practical.

u/mombutt · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I finally bought the T Fal Professional after watching the Test Kithen guys use it for years and claim how great it is. I'm pretty mad that I hadn't one a few years ago. And it's only $28

Here's their review of Pans

u/touchmystuffIkillyou · 2 pointsr/Cooking

The best advice I can give you is to check out the America's Test Kitchen equipment reviews. Some of the things they recommend will be out of your budget, but most of the things will get you great quality at an affordable price. I'm very active in my kitchen and I don't buy anything without first looking to see if it's an item they've reviewed.

Example: Victorinox Fibrox Knives. Commercial quality, BIFL knives, and a fraction of the price you'll spend on department store BS.

$600 is a stretch to outfit a kitchen, but there are soooooooo many kitchen items sold that you DON'T need. Stay away from gadgets that only have one purpose. You can do MOST of what your really need with simple, multi-purpose tools. So here's the basics:

  1. Knives (Victorinox Fibrox)Amazon This is a decent starter set that will give you versatility starting off. Add as you go.
  2. Pots and Pans - All clad is the BIFL industry standard. I have them and love them. But a set will crush your budget. A starting set will usually be cheaper than one-piece at a time. For your budget I'd recommend the Tramontina tri-ply wich ATK rated highly right next to All Clad. At around $140, it's a great set. Also, get a non-stick skillet and whatever other non-stick pieces you can afford. The best rated non-stick cookware (better than All Clad, I've had both) is good old Tfal. Ask for the All Clad Stainless stuff if you ever get married.
  3. Food Storage - I consider good food storage to be a kitchen basic, and the I like Snapware Airtight. But if the budget is tight, you can probably get buy on Gladware for a while.
  4. Other Tools - This list should get you started without too much "fluff"
    vegetable peeler, grater, liquid & dry measuring cups, measuring spoons, thermometers (instant read), spatulas (plastic & metal), Wooden Spoons, Ladel & Larger Spoons, Tongs, Colander
  5. Bakeware - at a minimum, get 2 commercial style aluminum sheet pans and I recommend 2 silpats to fit. These will make flawless cookies, roast vegetables, whatever in the oven. I'd also get some wire racks to fit as well. The rest depends on what you want to bake.
  6. Small Appliances - this is where it gets tricky. Remember, focus on multi-purpose machines. I'd rather have one high-quality electric motor than many cheap ones - less to break. The first appliance I would buy are: a stand mixer (kitchen aid), a food processor(cuisinart), a blender (my favorite value, the new Oster Versa (a Vitamix without the price tag).
  7. Dinnerware, Flatware and Glasses - Stick with classic stuff. White plates never go out of style and make the food "pop". Doesn't need to be expensive now.

    I'm sure I missed some things, but this will get you started. My recommendations added up will take you over your budget but you can decide what's most important to you. Don't skimp on the knives or the pots and pans.
u/Placeb · 2 pointsr/Frugal

FWIW, the T-FAL E93808 nonstick pan is Cook's Illustrated #1 nonstick pan, and has more than a thousand 5-star reviews on Amazon, where it is currently about $25. I own two of these and I can tell you they are my "go to" pans, have performed flawlessly over several years - they heat incredibly evenly, and outperform pans that cost me a LOT more money (I am an AVID home cook). Amortized over the lifespan of these pans, you're paying probably 20-30 cents a month for them - they definitely seem like a frugal choice. Here's the link to Amazon (though I think you'll find them elsewhere as well):

u/taxxus · 2 pointsr/food

The food looks amazing, but you seriously need a new nonstick pan. The stuff that's flaking off and getting into your food is not something you want to be ingesting on a daily basis.

Both of these are oven safe, dishwasher safe, and metal utensil resistant. Recommended by Test Kitchen, and I love mine.

u/barlister · 2 pointsr/Cooking

There isn't any point to an expensive non-stick pan.

The best rated one I could find was a T-Fal pan that was highly rated on amazon and tested very well on America's Test Kitchen.

Edit: to be clear I have had this pan for over a year (maybe two at the most?) and have used it twice a day, and expect to have to replace it soon, so take that for what you will.

u/ROMconstruct · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Do you need an omelette pan specifically, or will any non-stick pan do? America's Test Kitchen has taught me that no non-stick surface is permanent, and the more you use it, the faster it will wear out. So although their highest rated pan is an expensive All-Clad, they actually recommend a much less expensive (but almost as good) pan that is cheap to replace when the non-stick coating starts to wear off.

The T-fal Professional Total non-stick for $30

Seems very highly reviewed, and will probably replace my All-Clad non-stick when it starts to stick.

u/Faptasmic · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

This is what I have specifically

Notice that bottom image, how the bottom of the pan has that spiral cut into it I think that really helps the heat distribution especially on something like my alcohol stove that really only heats the outer edges.

The bottom of mine measures 4 inches with the outer edge coming it at 5 inches. So that may be a little small depending on what you plan on using it for. Not big enough for a trout but plenty for eggs or small pancakes.

Edit: If you have a Walmart in your area I picked mine up there for 5 bucks.

u/-waitingforawant- · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I have that exact pan ( and I highly recommend it. I use my carbon steel skillet for most of my non stick purposes, sometimes eggs too but my non stick heats up quicker and so I use if I'm making eggs for breakfast before work. It's crazy cheap but I've had it for 3 years now and the non stick quality hasn't degraded. I'm honestly quite surprised how much I like this pan given how cheap it is.

Just remember, don't heat Teflon pans dry and don't use very high heat. Past a certain temperature, you will damage and remove the Teflon layer, which is bad for your health. Also, I'd recommend always washing by hand, even if it says dishwasher safe.

u/smokinbbq · 2 pointsr/slowcooking

Positive. I have both. The plastic ones are often T-fal, and they are oven safe.

u/monkeyfrets · 2 pointsr/castiron

Might be treason here, but this (Matfer Bourgeat 062005 Black Steel Round Frying Pan, 11 7/8-Inch, Gray my go to pan for most everything....though I use a hard anodized pan for my omelets...

u/I_eat_satans_ass · 2 pointsr/food

Carbon steel is my GO TO pan for damn near everything now. I fry my bacon in it, then my eggs. I'll use it for quesadillas, burgers, grilled cheese, etc. I haven't had my stainless pans out of the cupboard in at least a month. My cast iron pan is now reserved for potatoes, perogies, cornbread, and anything where my carbon steel pan is a bit small. I do reccommend a proper french pan over the lodge ones. They're much smoother, and Matfer Bourgeat welds the handles so you don't have rivets on the inside of the pan (I prefer that for egg pans) I have the 9 1/2" pan which is big enough to cook 4 half strips of bacon, fry an egg or two (I've had 3 in there, but if you do that you're gonna have them in weird shapes instead of being round. IDGAF, but you might). I'm currently preparing a 10 1/2" pan for my mom's mother's day gift, and I'd probably recommend that one as an egg pan. I'll do 6 half strips of bacon in it, and 3 eggs with no space issues. It seems to be the right size if you're cooking for more than just yourself. Then again, you might as well but a few because they are awesome.

u/estherfm · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Summertime and the livin' is easy

Here's a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel. I took this picture when I went with some friends for my 16th birthday.

Here's a little tiny skillet (Kitchen wishlist) that would be perfect for making eggs over the campfire in the morning :)

u/majetn · 2 pointsr/WeWantPlates

I found it for $4.99 on Amazon. And now I probably have to buy it, just because.

u/indoobitably · 2 pointsr/funny

I've replaced every piece of expensive nonstick with dirt cheap cast iron. Who wants to screw around with overly fancy pans that can't be used in an oven or on the bbq grill.

I also don't understand why seasoning them is such a big deal.

u/WTH_is_a_gigawatt · 2 pointsr/WaltDisneyWorld
u/kb1976 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

All y'all might want to try these mini egg skillets. They produce an egg about the same size as a ring. No leak. Can use for other things.

u/notyourcinderella · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A miniature (3.5 inch) skillet! It's so cute and my husband would love it.

(It's on my Apartment Stuff list)

u/WorstUNEver · 2 pointsr/MurderedByWords

Use a carbon steel pan, they are pretty thin and light; way lighter than cast iron.

u/dewtroid · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

Which 12" skillet are you using? the lodge L10SK3? I believe that clocks in around 8.5 lbs

There are several lighter alternatives that are still cast iron.

Here's one example at ~4lbs

CI did a review of several of them but found the performance extremely uneven; but you may be able to adapt to their properties.

The best alternative to maintain all of the properties you're looking for would be an uncoated carbon steel pan. You season and care for it similarly to cast iron and it develops a similar non-stick coating.

As long as you get a model with a metal handle it can handle the same amount of stovetop-to-oven traffic as your cast iron.

Just as with cast iron, the thicker the carbon steel pan, the more heat retention it will have and the more even the heat will tend to be; but at the expense of weight and responsiveness.

Here are a few examples:

Here's some approximate specifications I was able to dig up

  • WC: 1.5mm thick, ~2-3lbs (~2 for 10", over 3 for 12.5"
  • debuyer mineral B: 2.5mm-3mm thick ~4lbs 10", ~5.75lbs 12"
  • lodge: 2.64mm thick, ~3lbs 10", ~4 lbs 12"

    [edit] It looks like the de buyer mineral b pan has a silicone button on the end that will likely be bad for putting under the broiler, but couldn't find any manufacturer recommendations for oven temperature or if you can just pop the thing off.
u/CanineChamp · 2 pointsr/vaporents

Ya man. It does everything everything cast iron does, but it is lighter, heats up quicker, and easier to maintain. Since I got this I have only used my cast iron for pizza:

u/jacksheerin · 2 pointsr/castiron

When people say cast iron and lighter in the same sentence I typically recommend carbon steel.

Similar to cast (seasons the same way, similar characteristics when cooking.) but is no where near the weight. That's what you lose, the thermal mass and heat retention that cast has. For a camping skillet I'd want the carbon steel every time.

u/james92627 · 2 pointsr/keto

Outstanding! For a cast iron skillet, the Lodge brand at Amazon is an especially good value.

u/thehumanbeanist · 2 pointsr/Cooking

/r/cheapmeals & /r/eatcheapandhealthy : Good place to find recipes to print for her. They also have a ton of slow-cooker recipes.

Lodge 12" Cast Iron Skillet : Print out a card on how to maintain it. Cast Iron pans are great, nuff said.

u/KiNgEyK · 2 pointsr/AskMen

This bad boy. It cooks like a dream.

u/throwdemawaaay · 2 pointsr/Cooking
  1. You'll probably want at least one non stick pan for eggs. Teflon is not harmful provided it's not heated to around 500F. It's used in medical implants and is totally inert in the body.
  2. Generally it's better to go for quality, but you don't have to go all out. For any of the big premium price names, there's a mid priced brand that's virtually the same product. Stuff on the very low end tends to be trash.
  3. You should have around a 10" nonstick pan, an oven safe 12" pan you can use at high temperatures, a 4-6 quart pot or dutch oven, and maybe a larger stock pot. Supplant that with some baking sheets and you've got enough to cook for 4-6 people or so.
  5. I'd say follow your interest in recipes more than anything. Motivation is a big deal, and if you think the food is boring you'll be tempted by the drive through.
u/mwb1100 · 2 pointsr/castiron

For whatever it's worth, you can get a similar set of Lodge pans from Amazon for about $12 more (but only one silicon handle cover instead of 3):


Lodge 12 inch with silicone holder:

Lodge 10.25 inch:

Lodge 8 inch:



u/HexCoils · 2 pointsr/vapeitforward

You know what adults really love at things like this? Shit they actually would use and not throw away. Like a cast iron pan, or a chef's knife (side note: I wouldn't buy that personally but it's the best looking one I can find for $25). I still have a blanket that I got from a White Elephant a few years ago. Doesn't match a thing in my house, but it's comfy and comes in handy all the time.

For the kids, and adults honestly, I'd recommend a nerf gun (expect to remember people getting shot with it the entire rest of the party), Jenga, or a mini helicopter.

Even if a kid gets stuck with a cast iron pan you know their parents are going to give them twenty bucks for it to make em happy.

u/ctcook · 2 pointsr/castiron

I was comparing two similar irons, both 12". I ended up going with this one since it seemed easier to bake in with the steeper wall.

u/Saurolophus · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I love cooking! I especially enjoy cooking on cast iron and in the slowcooker. I do it on Hard Mode too, because both my SO and I eat mostly vegan (exception: I eat eggs), so it's fun and challenging to revamp old favorite recipes and dishes but in vegan form. A new cast iron pan can be bought for under $30, and small slow cookers are really cheap too. There are tons of vegan cookbooks out there, but I get most of my recipes and meal ideas online. My favorite site is Finding Vegan, a recipe amalgamation site. Beautiful pictures, and some really great food.

Also, I play ocarina! It's really easy to learn to play, and GREAT quality ones can be bought for really cheap, too! I suggest starting off with a basic, single chamber, transverse style ocarina in the Alto C. It's a professional-quality instrument, but it really will not break the bank, and as long as you don't drop it (it could break!) you will get a lifetime of beautiful sound out of it. There are no replaceable or tunable parts (like strings or reeds), so it's a one-time purchase with no future maintenance to worry about figuring out. Every ocarina I've ever purchased has come with a little fingering guide, plus a few tabs of easy songs, and once you practice just a little bit, you can play pretty much anything, provided your ocarina is in the right range/plays enough notes. And if you practice for years, you can be as good as my favorite ocarinist, Osawa Satoshi!

There are also more "casual" ocarinas, that cost quite a bit less, and offer a different fingering style, which isn't as intuitive as the transverse style, but it is easier for some people to learn, as it's just pattern memorization and tabs, and you really do not need to know how to read music at all. (you don't need to know it to play a transverse oc either). A lot of the smaller ocarinas can also be worn as necklaces as well, so you can take it with you and practice wherever you are! Fun! And they sound just as great as the more pro ocs too!

They are actually easier to learn than recorder (imo) and sound SOOOOOOO much better, as they are basically impossible to make do that horrible shrill screech that so many elementary school kids are able to make recorders do. They are also not very loud. If you live in an apartment with shared walls, you could go with a MUCH quieter (but more expensive) handmade wooden ocarina. Good news though! This craftsman also has a little kit for $25 where he sends you the pieces and you just glue it together. The great thing about wood ocs is that they are definitely quieter than ceramic, but they ALSO will not break if you accidentally drop it. I mean if you spike it, it might shatter, so don't do that, but just a clumsy fumble won't hurt it.

Just listen to how beautiful this wooden one sounds!

Anyways, if you are interested, check out those vendors I've linked (Songbird and Hind) and poke around their websites to see what's out there. There are also a few great amature ocarina players on youtube, so go watch some videos!

Word of warning though: if you start seeing STL ocarinas pop up during your searches (you will), take those reviews with a grain of salt. They have some iffy business practices, crappy customer service, and subpar ocarinas. Stick with Songbird and Hind. They are both great craftsmen, and great people to do business with. If you live outside of the USA, you should also consider Focalink-Stein, based out of Samoa (they used to be based in Taiwan). Songbird has a business partnership with them and is (as far as I know) the only American company that is authorized to sell the Focalink-Stein ocarinas, and they are literally some of the best ocarinas there are. If you live outside the USA, compare the shipping costs between Songbird and Focalink-Stein, and go with the least expensive option. They both excell at customer service, and will personally answer any emails with questions you may have. Again: Stay away from STL. Their (bad) ocarinas are nowhere near worth the hassle of dealing with them.

Anyyywaaaays, so yeah, vegan cooking and ocarinas.

Also, if yu have a pet of any kind (even a fish), you could try doing some clicker training. It's really fun and easy, and all you need is your animal, a clicker, some yum treats, and some patience. It's way cute. I've trained my cat to do lots of cute tricks like high fives and spins and stuff. :)

u/speaks_in_hyperbole · 2 pointsr/vegan

Make sure you're getting plenty of fiber. I eat less b/c of it and feel fuller/better energized throughout the day.

I've been eating a breakfast of shredded wheat/rolled oats/flax/kiwi/banana/unsweetened almond milk and sometimes blueberries.

Soups are super easy, use water or veggie broth and get some lentils and boil that sucker up and on the simmer phase throw in the works...Zuccinni/squash/mushrooms/spinach/carrots (towards the end). Mix it up sometimes with rice/spices/whatever. An hour of time to basically get meals for a week.

Grilling veggies is really easy and tasty. I'm not a big "salad" person, but I LOVE grilled veggies. Get a cast iron pan like this.

Takes next to no time to heat up and you can throw some garlic/mushrooms/peppers/sweet potato slices/onions/portabellas/broccoli/carrots/corn/whatever your heart desires. I eat a lot of veggies for lunch/dinner because of these two methods.

u/Aerys1 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Cast iron skillet is relatable to bombs in that if the bomb is ever dropped you are going to need versatile things. This can serve as a nice heavy hat to protect your head from zombies or other mutations. It can cook your meal, and its a great impromptu weapon as well, it also makes a nice Bong sound when struck, which kinda sounds like bomb!

Change jar

u/jcm267 · 2 pointsr/Frugal

I'd consider the 5 quart Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven and a skillet. I have the dutch oven but haven't bought the skillet yet. Reviews suggest that the lid from the 5 qt dutch oven fit the 10.25 inch skillet

u/MrDrProfAidan · 2 pointsr/minimalism

I was actually starting to draft a little cooking ideas post like this. This is just what I found value in and will ramble because I haven't really edited it down at all. So if anyone reads it and has notes please let me know, it's fairly directionless at the moment. It is also from the perspective of and aimed towards young single people but not exclusive to. I am also well aware a lot of you folks are good cooks or at least have a functional kitchen and I in no way want it to sound like I'm more knowledgeable than anyone with an hour to watch youtube videos.


TL:DR Make sure your skills are on point before getting convenience tools as you might not need them, a cast iron or good stainless steel skillet and a good couple of knives can do most things in a kitchen, plan meals before you shop to avoid wastefulness.


This post is big, flawed, and broken into two main sections. One is purely skills based, stuff you can totally do for free and can start doing right this moment. That's a big part of minimalism for me, gaining skills and getting good at some things rather than owning and being okay at a ton of things. The second section is more of a buy guide, again all from my experience.


First off is to focus less on the equipment and more on the technique. Fundamentally, knife skills, understanding of cook times, heat, and technique, creativity and planning are some terms I like. In addition I have thoughts on tools and ingredients


First, learn your knife, do drills, practice good form constantly. When I started in a fast-food-y sandwich shop when I was 16, the manager (who was a line cook for years) suggested I practice things like chopping a carrot as thinly as possible, or celery, or breaking down onion and garlic. Then I got to work with the prep team (which was cool because they taught me Spanish) to learn basic stuff like sauces and cooking meats. The result is a few years later, I have a decent knife. Not as good as a legit cook or anything but enough that I can confidently use a sharp knife to do anything a home cook would ever need to.


Cook times. It's way less intimidating to work on food when you know "okay my chicken will take this long, oven takes this long, rice needs this much time", and so on. From a minimalist perspective, this will help you cut down on some tools such as a plug-in type grill, rice cookers, stuff that times or cooks food for you. Learning how to use heat also really improves the versatility of something as simple as a cast iron pan. Technique will allow you to make staple dishes or at least be able to take a guess at how to prepare just about anything, and the most valuable tip for that is look up how to make individual components of dishes rather than just recipes over and over. This becomes relevant in the next portion as well.


Creativity. As some people are mentioning, "aspirational groceries" cause clutter and waste in the form of garbage and money. Creativity helps solve this when paired with planning. When shopping, I found it valuable to plan out meals for the week. Buy what you need, make a note of what isn't used, and refine. That's planning. Creativity is ending up with some random ingredients and Macgyvering it together so you don't waste or overspend. That is made much easier by having solid cooking techniques so you have a bit of a starting off point for creativity.


Now into the stuff. I personally think a couple things are fundamental. Babish from YouTube has a great List . First off, get a good 7" to 8" Chef knife. I use a Gyuto but that's more because I impulse bought one when I first moved out and had all the money in the world from not having any expenses and was talked into it by a very nice saleswoman at the knife shop in town. Wusthof is a great name in knives and if you can get a hold of an 8" one of those, a bread knife, and maybe a pairing knife (I don't really use mine much but some people do) you will be able to do most things. I'd avoid buying a knife set just because you're more than likely paying for an extra 3 or so knives you won't use, and they're cheap for a reason. But to each their own, it is very convenient to have the steak knives, honing rod, and scissors that most of them include. No judgement here. Plus they're really really affordable.


Now as to everything else, I'm not as researched. I think a good cast iron skillet is fantastic from a minimalist perspective as you can do most things that you'd really ever need to do on it, from frying to saute to some baking. Kent Rollins is first off a joy to watch but more importantly uses very limited tools. He does have his specialized "bertha" stove but for the most part it's just him with either open fires or a hot stove cooking in cast iron pans and dutch ovens. If you want to know more, I'd just watch the babish video above, he talks more about why he has what he has, such as this expensive but amazing set of pots and pans. Off the top of my head: baking sheets, a large cutting board, a meat thermometer (safety), measuring cups and spoons, box grater (or one coarse grater and one microplane grater), spatulas, tongs, etc.


Like I said this is mostly ranting, and I'm going to research and trim it down for the future, but these are my thoughts at the moment.

u/roastbeefskins · 2 pointsr/GifRecipes
u/dogfacedpajamas · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Do you have a cast iron pan? People rave about them, so I think we should try them! There's a 10.25 inch one with Prime for $16.

u/pease_pudding · 2 pointsr/castiron

Get a Lodge pan from Amazon. Despite being a great brand they are really dirt cheap.

Or maybe you're looking for enamelled?

u/devtastic · 2 pointsr/britishproblems

A skillet is just a frying pan. In the US they use skillet, frying pan and fry pan pretty interchangeably. In the UK we often use skillet for non enamelled cast iron frying pans as they will likely have been imported from the USA (or were made for the US market, or were inspired by it) so keep the name, e.g., "Lodge 26.04 cm / 10.25 inch Cast Iron Round Skillet/Frying Pan" on Amazon UK is made in the USA so keeps the name.

I mentioned "non enamelled" because we still call Le Creuset enamelled ones frying pans here even though they are skillets in the US, e.g.,

Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet (Amazon US) vs CAST IRON FRYING PAN (Le Creuset UK).

A "cast iron griddle pan" is just a "cast iron griddle pan" or maybe "grill pan" if you prefer. It's a frying pan with ridges.

u/hotandchevy · 2 pointsr/castiron

Amazon was a bit less than $30CAD when I ordered it for a 10" Lodge preseasoned shipped to my hands. It's been excellent. I'd imagine it'll be cheaper in the states.

EDIT: Oh I see you're a Canuck! Also check out the camping section of Canadian Tire. I saw a fantastic size I want there 7" which is awesome for when I work nights and I can cook myself breakfast like a brekky wrap or shakshuka or whatever, it was like $15.99, but I can't remember how much the bigger ones were.

u/mewfasa · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Now this is a conversation I can get in on.

Let's begin with my stainless steel measuring cups. I bake a lot so these are so useful. The 1/8 cup comes in so much more use than I ever imagined it would. And they're just so much nicer than plastic ones. I want to get a set of stainless steel measuring spoons but haven't yet.

Next, I would probably say my French Press. Coffee is important, and my French Press makes some delicious coffee.

I absolutely love this skillet. Works like magic.

I also recommend this 3 tier cooling rack to everyone. It's so useful and stores so well.

In the fall/winter I use my crock pot a whole lot. I also find having large mason jars to be useful for storing food, though I also have this tupperware.

Finally, my KitchenAid stand mixer. Self explanatory. It's fucking awesome. I just want to spend every waking moment putting it to good use and baking everything under the sun.

Let's do it in the kitchen.

u/sowie_buddy · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

ok i will offer you two BIFL versions. the first one being BIFL on a budget and the second being a much higher dollar BIFL cost.

quality on a budget-

higher dollar items include-

I own the cheaper BIFL items i listed and they have been AMAZING so far. you really cant beat the quality/ price ratio for the cheaper things i listed. if you want a better chef knife all the options i gave you would be excellent but just know that you could go crazy looking at all the different brands.

u/SayuriSati · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I decided to stalk /u/call_mecthulhu's wishlist. Fun fact about /u/call_mecthulhu, they have a lot of the same interests as me and I even added some items (SFW and NSFW) =P to my wishlist because of their wishlists. =D

I noticed this was listed as a highest priority, but since that is practical and not fun...I'll also say this or this.

...I always feel like somebody's watching meee...

u/zajhein · 2 pointsr/food

For anyone who is curious, Amazon has a pretty cheap pre-seasoned pan, goes around $16-$20 and is a very good pan if you learn how to take care of cast iron. It's not hard but like knives, takes a little care.

I don't use it too much because I cook mostly for myself and don't need to use such a large pan for the majority of dishes, but there are smaller sizes that are even cheaper out there. I prefer my somewhat lighter hard anodized pans that don't stick and keep a nice even heat.

I'm sure all clad are nice but way too expensive, because you're paying for the name brand and they know it. As for in college, unless you're living in a shared house you won't have a good enough kitchen to use them in and they'll probably get dropped or misused if they're left anywhere that someone else can use them.

u/jcy · 2 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

what do you think of this skillet? it has the highest amazon rating i've ever seen for 4000+ reviews

u/anelephantsatonpaul · 2 pointsr/Cooking

3 pans I use the most:
Iron Skillet. It's good for manly items like steaks. Also a grill pan now that I think of it. Skillet with a cover, I use this the most. When a recipe says you need to cover your skillet and simmer, this is the guy for you. Dutch Oven, this pan is my favorite. It's really good for a lot of recipes. This one would probably be the last on the list, because I would consider it advanced, because you use it to braise meat, but you could use a crock pot and it would be much easier.

Note: I just picked links for pictures, I'm not recommending these specifically

u/lostinstl · 2 pointsr/food

I bought this one, and cook just about everything in it.

u/e_claire · 2 pointsr/food

I used this recipe. It was my first time!

Accidentally put only 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar instead of 3/4. Oops. But actually, it still came out great and resulted in a cookie that didn't taste overly sweet! I added extra chocolate chips.

My skillet.

u/FuckGrammar · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife
u/Karebear921 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) [Something that is grey.] (

2.) [Something reminiscent of rain.] (

3.) [Something food related that is unusual.] (

4.) [Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)] ( For my daughter, so she doesn't melt in the car.

5.) [A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!] ( Well, I haven't read this one yet, but I read her last book, Me Before You, a few months ago and LOVED it.

6.) [An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!] (

7.) [Something related to cats.] (

8.) [Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.] (

9.) [A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?]
( Because Colin Firth.

10.) [Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.] ( Well, if I had to survive on my WL items alone, I would surely die. BUT, I figure this could at least come in handy to cook over open fires and it is the most weapon-like thing on my list.

11.) [Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals.] ( Gotta get off the baby weight!

12.) [One of those pesky Add-On items.] (

13.) [The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?] ( Maybe not my dream item, but the most expensive for sure. My husband and I love biking, but right now I'm sidelined since we have a 1 year old. This would let us all go!

14.) [Something bigger than a bread box.] (

15.) [Something smaller than a golf ball.] (

16.) [Something that smells wonderful.] (

17.) [A (SFW) toy.] (

18.) [Something that would be helpful for going back to school.] ( If you are going to school to become a baker.

19.) [Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.] ( Making my own sprouted nut butters!!

20.) [Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.]
( Because tiny Super Friends in cars are awesome for raising a baby nerd. (On a related note, this question made me realize that I am boring and practical.)

fear cuts deeper than swords

u/zerostyle · 2 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

As little as possible. The more crap you have, the more it weighs you down.
That said, every home needs some necessities to get by. For me those generally involve cooking, sleeping, and repairs. I just finished watching Parks & Rec and am in a bit of a Ron Swanson mood.

For the kitchen (all recommended by America's Test Kitchen):

Victorinox 8" Chef's Knife

Victorinox Paring knife

CDN Instant Read Thermometer

Lodge 12" skillet - cheap and will last you forever

Crockpot, 6qt - the one kitchen appliance I'd cheat with. Easy delicious meals. Toss in a cheap cut of meat (chuck roast, etc), salt, pepper, garlic, onions, carrots, whatever. Let it sit for 6-8 hours. Dinner for 3 meals.


I'd probably just pick up a cheap set of craftsman stuff (screwdrivers, hammer, sockets, pliers). Splurge on the ratchet and any power tools you need:

Bahco 3/8" ratchet - same as snapon F80 at 1/2 the price

Other misc. tools that are quite handy:

Magnetic stud finder - in a new place you're going to be hanging pictures, installing shelving, and mounting curtain rods. These are dirt cheap and super convenient.

Multimeter - Flukes will last you for life. If you need to do any electrical work, these are great. If you don't want to splurge up front just borrow them or buy a cheap $15 one at home depot.


Get comfortable pillows and nice sheets. Don't get all caught up in the 1000 thread count crap, it's a hoax. Just get at least 400tc or so, and preferably egyptian or pima cotton. My favorite sheets are actually a super cheapo brand that are 60% cotton 40% polyester. I prefer them because they feel more "smooth and cool" rather than "soft and warm".

Obviously get real furniture: dresser, bed with headboard, etc.


I won't go into too much detail here, but consider cutting the cord (/r/cordcutters).

A cheap Roku3 + netflix + an OTA antenna can go a long way.

If you have a lot of pictures/media/etc, don't forget about backups. I'd look into an inexpensive NAS, or at least a USB harddrive. They are dirt cheap and worth the insurance.


Lastly, don't forget renters or homeowners insurance. If you are renting, you can get rather good coverage for quite cheap. I just paid around $50 for 12 months of coverage on my apartment ($15k coverage, $1k deductible). I shopped around at 5 different places and Amica came out the cheapest by FAR.

Other than that, you don't need much. Buy less crap. Don't buy some $50 automatic electronic wine opener when a $1 wine key will do the job. Same for a can opener.

u/dailycavalier · 2 pointsr/Paleo

Yep, I was able to cook them just on the skillet. Highly recommend forming smaller meatballs (1.5" diameter) so they cook faster. I also use a cast iron skillet, so the heat is perfectly distributed. Definitely get one if you don't have one.

I cooked the meatballs on medium heat for 5 minutes and then simmered for 5 minutes after adding the curry sauce ingredients.

u/NeverPostsJustLurks · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Congrats, I just accepted a job offer as well!

No soup for you!

My favorite meat would probably be a nice ribeye cooked medium (or medium rare) mmmmm so juicy and tender.... great now I'm hungry...

I'd summon a million people if I could, but I'll just stick to the one that needs it most, /u/szor needs to put some meat on them bones :)

Oh oh, my kitchen item is this! of all the kitchen stuff I have, I'm still missing a decent cast iron pan.

u/wimartin · 2 pointsr/FoodPorn

Don't know if being sarcastic, but they are amazing and cheap!

Also I usually try to shoot for 2 inch thick steak. I heat grape seed oil in the skillet, sear on both sides and cover in sea salt and pepper. I pick it up lay it on a bed of rosemary and throw it into the oven at 225 until it comes up to temp. Let rest and then enjoy.

u/Weird_With_A_Beard · 2 pointsr/castiron

An added bonus is the lid also perfectly fits the Lodge 8" skillet.

u/projectself · 2 pointsr/steak $60

No idea what kind of knifes you need. I like this set. I avoid serrated knives as they tear the meat. $15
Lodge is pretty much the go to cast iron pan. It's relatively cheap, but it is a pretty simple design after all.

You have 75 bucks left in your budget, I would get this:

Resist the urge to go cheap on instant read thermometer, it was the single best thing I purchased that drastically improved nearly all the food I cooked - especially steaks.

u/Beerchickens · 2 pointsr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

I think is the closest you can get at low cost and weight.

Edit: You can later use it for cooking.

u/chino17 · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I've had these for a few years now and they work like the first day I got them. Never used any abrasives or metal utensils on them, just wooden, nylon or silicone utensils and some dishwashing liquid and a sponge cleans it everytime. You'll even have some money leftover for a third smaller skillet if you like, perhaps something like this

u/fuckyouandfuckhimtoo · 2 pointsr/Calgary

You can buy a brand new, seasoned Lodge skillet for $25. Everyone rants and raves about Lodge, but it’s till just cast iron, and not very expensive.

Edit: it’s only $17 on Amazon

Lodge L3SK3 6-1/2-Inch Logic Pre-Seasoned Skillet (Black)

u/Ms_Andry · 2 pointsr/loseit

If you don't already have one, my top recommendation would definitely be a food scale!

Other than that, I've found that Amazon often has good deals on some of my favorite snacks (I often order protein bars and beef jerky through the site). I've also bought some dumbbells for at-home strength training. There's also lots of good cooking tools you could get, although I suppose it depends on your needs -- I recently bought this chopper (because I'm trying to cook with more veggies and I have terrible knife skills) and this mini cast iron skillet (because I do a lot of cooking-for-one).

u/JaneHurtin · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Ha! I probably have the least manly/cool wishlist ever.

The manliest thing on my list is probably this cast iron skillet.

The manliest thing I've probably ever done was change my tire on the side of the road. I was pretty damn proud :)

u/rockstang · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Can't go wrong frying with a cast iron! Here is a [large diameter pan.] (
I linked the 15", but there is a 17" as well. You may need a larger diameter heat source for the bigger one though.

u/tbgoose · 2 pointsr/Breadit

I'd get this if I didn't already have both individually

u/allison880088 · 2 pointsr/HelpMeFind

Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart

BergHOFF® Ron 2.6 qt. Cast Iron Fry Pan

u/ladybrowncoat · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

So I have thought long and hard (heh) about this for awhile. I am making a serious change in my life to cook and eat healthy things. Now that my daughter has started to eat solid foods, I have been wanting to only give her the healthiest things to eat. I grew up only eating macaroni and cheese and refusing all vegetables. I want her to learn to love all foods and have an appetite for exploring new dishes. So my goal is to buy fresh foods, not those meal kits that I used to make for us. I want to start making all of her meals for her myself and rely less upon the canned/pouches of baby food. I want to cook new and exciting meals for my husband and me.

Going along with this, I want to lead a more active lifestyle. I am tired of being cooped up in this house all the time when there is a wide world outside ready for me to explore it. There are so many wonderful people out in the world and sometimes I just sit back and don't go out of my way to meet them. I want to know more people and have a real life friend. I think that this will also help out with my anxiety issues greatly.

My goals are:

  • Trying a new vegetable/fruit every week.
  • Planning my meals out ahead of time.
  • Giving June home cooked meals at least once a day.
  • Going for a walk or some activity 5 times a week.
  • Meeting up with other people.

    I will track my progress using MyFitnessPal to log my meals and exercise. As for the trying new things, I will probably mark them on my calendar, and can post the new things that I try at the end.

    I will need the help of /u/ReisaD because she would be a great cheerleader for me. /u/Akeleie because she already motivates me to workout. and /u/homeallday because she is lovely. :)

    I have a few cooking items, but this pan would be lovely as I have never used cast-iron before.
u/kristephe · 2 pointsr/Breadit

What are you baking in/on? I strongly recommend the Lodge Combo Cooker. It's very popular among home bakers. Preheating it in the oven and then plopping a loaf into the hot shallow side and putting the lid on helps create the oven spring and steam that is so hard to create at home as commercial bakeries have steam input into their bread ovens. Here's a couple of my loaves made in it.

u/nijoli · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I know someone else mentioned cast iron and I wanted to make sure you saw this combo cooker that is also cast iron BUT this one item serves as a dutch oven, a skillet AND a pot. You will see what I mean when you click on it. I have had it on my camping WL for a while but think I might go buy t at the store this afternoon! You should get one for yourself!!

u/Central_Incisor · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

With the acid/tomato thing, I have found that once the seasoning is well established I can make chili and other acidic things without any real issues. Same with soap which I'll use after broiling fish in the pan.

I'd say that my dutch oven doesn't get as much use as my skillets, but then if I had a something like this or the oven listed in the original post, at least the lid would be used often. My current one has a self basting lid that is a pain to clean and season.

Really, the lid is a make or break for the thing. If you want to use coals on top, get one with a lip. If you like to see your stuff cook, find one with a glass top. You get the point.

I have Griswold, Wagner, Lodge, and Benjamin & Medwin pans. The Griswold was a gift from someone that doesn't cook in cast iron pans, and the others were purchased new. The Griswold is used the most, Wagner and Lodge both seem to be fine, but I like the handles and the (semi) polished surface of my Wagner pans a bit better. The Benjamin & Medwin pans were purchased new about 20 years ago and are have the worst quality control. I don't believe they are still made.

u/tppytel · 1 pointr/Cooking

Looking at Amazon, they have the 10.25" right now for $13.25. Cheap! I think they were more expensive online when I was buying mine.

u/Rashkh · 1 pointr/Cooking

You can order a new Lodge skillet from Amazon US and have it shipped to Switzerland for $48 total. I'm not sure how common cast iron cookware is over there but you can typically find them in thrift shops somewhat easily. They're a solid chunk of metal so wear and tear isn't really an issue although you might have to clean and re-season them.

u/VanGoFuckYourself · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

I'm a huge fan of grilling, but a pan fried steak can also be great. Get yourself a good cast iron pan ( or any thick bottom pan really and watch you some youtube

u/CapnQuirk · 1 pointr/bangalore

You can get some really good ones online. Check this

u/plazman30 · 1 pointr/castiron

That's not Logic. That's Pro-Logic.

Lodge Pro-Logic

Lodge Cast Iron

Lodge Logic

u/Squirly8675309 · 1 pointr/Cooking

Lodge Skillet . It will last forever if you take care of it.

u/CaptainJackSparrow45 · 1 pointr/Cooking

Lodge is a pretty common brand, and very high quality as they're still made in the USA. Looks you you can get them off of Amazon with free delivery in the UK:

There's also a 12 inch/30.48cm pan, but it's 13 pounds more.

u/Boston_Jason · 1 pointr/castiron

This is my 'daily driver'. Just a caution - it is heavy but once you start with cast iron it's hard to stop.

u/mcswish2 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. I got this cookbook as a gift for xmas and I'm obsessed. You don't need fancy ingredients and everything is delicious. You could get him this, or another cookbook if you wish, and the ingredients to whatever recipe catches your eye & have a romantic night in cooking it together!
  2. I don't have dogs but I've heard this toy is awesome
  3. cast iron is always a good gift for people that like to cook. He'll have it forever.

    Hope this helps, thanks for the contest!
u/SonVoltMMA · 1 pointr/Cooking

For eggs and other items that need non-stick I would consider getting a Carbon Steel or Cast Iron pan. I'd rather be shot in the face than cook eggs over stainless.

u/SuspiciousRhubarb4 · 1 pointr/Cooking

Do you really need a set? In the few years that I've been cooking daily I've been entirely happy with:

u/ItsMopy · 1 pointr/news

I can't recommend cast iron pans enough!

I've cooked in an uncoated (often sold as pre-seasoned) cast iron frying pan for about 10 years now. While I originally bought it to avoid non-stick coatings in my food, I kept using it for other reasons.

It holds the heat wonderfully so I can cook a point lower. It's non-stick for the most part. The only thing that I've found that sticks to it is fried egg. Everything else I've thrown at it, curries, sauces, spaghetti, vegetable stews, soups, fried sausages, beef, lamb and vegetables to name a few have been fine. I don't use oil in my cooking unless it's fish. Cheap too, it cost me about seven pounds (about 10 USD I think).

Only drawback is it's heavy (10 inch diameter and 2.5kg on the scale) and the handle gets hot.

Here's mine, but I don't have the little handle thing:

u/xynix_ie · 1 pointr/Pizza

That was purchased for $14 at TJ Maxx. It's just a basic cast iron skillet. This would fit the bill though:

Do you know how to treat cast iron? Never use soap, never ever ever ever use soap. Cook on it, then fill it with water and boil it, then use a non soaped brush to brush it. Once that's done add a little oil back into it, any oil will do, I use olive, but rub it back into it so it doesn't dry out. Your cast iron pans should always be shining from oil..

u/Magus55x · 1 pointr/Cooking

This. I'd reccommend a seasoned cast iron skillet over 'non stick' cookware just because it is better in so many ways.

You could go crazy with fancy cast iron skillets but I have one of these and I like using it as much as my le creuset which is literally 10x the price.

u/ElfinPrincessMarlene · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Cast iron skillet! Cast iron pans are awesome and give more flavors to food!

u/slothbear · 1 pointr/Cooking

I'd go with a cast iron skillet, cast iron dutch oven (this one's lid doubles as a pan so it's sort of a 2 for 1 deal), or a decent knife.

The cast iron stuff should be at walmart for the same-ish price if you don't want to deal with shipping.

If properly cared for, any of those things should last a long time. The cast iron could potentially last for generations.

u/opaforscience · 1 pointr/santashelpers

If she likes classic cooking, you can get a nice hardcover set of both of Julia Childs "The Art of French Cooking" cookbooks for around $60, i believe. That plus a great cast iron pan and maybe some spices that are a bit of a splurge (think saffron and vanilla bean) would be a great cooking themed gift!

u/tarheelcj · 1 pointr/CFB

Do they know they can each get an iron skillet for $15?

u/Youreahugeidiot · 1 pointr/Cooking
u/60secs · 1 pointr/food

Solution: Buy a cast iron pan for ~$20 on amazon/craigslist.
$20 is a small investment for great steaks every time.
If you have a religious belief that prevents you from using cast iron, you could always try broiling:

A regular pan can't get hot enough to sear steak well. Myself, I like a thick cut of sirloin or new york strip which is seared on the outside for 2 mins/side and rare in the center.

p.s. 10 inches is about right for cast iron. Any bigger and it will take a long time to heat.

u/Lenininy · 1 pointr/Cooking

Ok I think if you want to take your cooking game to the next level start with this. Learn how to use cast iron and cherish it. It might seem hard at first but it's actually really easy. Will last you years if properly taken care of.

If you want to just cook to survive, and have a pan that is easy to clean and not worry about too much, get this. And to be honest this is pricy for a non-stick pan. I would go to your nearest Walmart and get a non-stick pan for 20 bucks or something.

u/IvanZhukov · 1 pointr/de

Ich kann die Pfannen von Lodge empfehlen. Made in the USA und trotzdem recht preiswert.

u/GreatMoloko · 1 pointr/cookingforbeginners

A 10 inch Lodge skillet is only $15 on Amazon. If you can afford 2 nice steaks you should be able to swing the skillet. Then come over to /r/castiron, and then find a subreddit for diets because you'll be eating a lot of pizza :p

u/niftyben · 1 pointr/AskWomen

In that same vein. A lodge cast iron skillet with prime shipping. They last forever and get a nonstick coating after a couple of uses that can't be beat. I've inherited my grandmother's and it is just unparalleled. The heat retention makes some cooking make sense.

u/_walden_ · 1 pointr/castiron
u/esb29 · 1 pointr/biggreenegg

Sure! Those were the only two pictures I took, unfortunately, but...

I used about a 60/40 mix of lean ground beef/pork. To the mix I added a bit of cayenne, one large clove of garlic (pressed) and two beaten eggs. Season with salt and pepper and mix that shit up. With your hands.

Cover the meat and put it in the fridge for the moment while you chop up 1 green bell pepper (or any color, really) and one sweet onion. You can chop them however you like. Fry them up in a cast iron pan if you have one (if you don't, do yourself a favor). Season with salt and pepper then lay them out to cool on a sheet of parchment paper.

While the veggies are cooling, make your bacon lattice (it's easy, don't worry), one pack of bacon did it for me.

Take the meat out of the fridge and put it into a gallon sized ziploc bag, get as much air out as you can, then flatten it down so it fills up the whole bag in a sheet. Cut one side off of the bag so the meat is exposed, lay down your cheese and veggies, then roll that bitch up.

Being careful not to rip it or tear it apart anywhere, lay it onto one side of the bacon lattice and roll it so the bacon wraps just all the way around.

I put mine in the fridge for a few hours at this point and got the BGE set up for indirect cooking at about 275. Lay on some smoking chips of your choice (I used apple) then cook until it reaches at least 165 internally. Mine took about 1.5 hours, maybe a bit less.

This is just what I used in mine, but you can really fill it with anything you want; it's quite a versatile dish. Happy smoking and share your results!

u/PinkShimmer · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want.

I want this or the Iced Tea Maker from my kitchen list.

And I feel you with the computer. It's frustrating as hell when they don't cooperate.

u/PepPepper · 1 pointr/Cooking

"Possesses most cookware"- but does she have a cast iron skillet? If not, get her a cast iron skillet.

u/apostrophie · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm pretty sure it was this one! It's preseasoned and everything.

u/minutestomidnight · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This needs to be compulsory.

u/inthetown · 1 pointr/zerocarb

Steak tenderizer, cast iron skillet, butcher's block, chef's knives and sharpener.

u/barnacledoor · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

You really need to take some photos and describe it better. How heavy is the pan? Is it light enough for you to wave it around in the air? If not, it might be cast iron. A 12" cast iron skillet weighs around 8lbs (going by these details on the Lodge pan on Amazon).

What color is it on the outside? Cast iron will be black all the way around. What material does it seem to be made of? Aluminum is very light and often pretty thin. I doubt it is stainless steel because the inside being black would mean it is just really dirty.

Did you ever wash it? Will that stuff that you can scrape off wash off with a good scrubbing?

Have you asked your mom? Most pans have specific ways that you need to care for them to keep them in good shape and to work their best. For example, you shouldn't use metal utensils in Teflon coated pans because you'll scratch the non-stick surface. Also, you shouldn't let cast iron pans sit around wet because they'll start to rust and they need a good season to perform their best.

u/NoobsDeSroobs · 1 pointr/Cooking

I ordered this one. I hope it will be worth it. I have only had 1 cast iron before this and I got it from my grandma, but the handle broke on it.

u/AmericanOSX · 1 pointr/Cooking

I second the 7pc Cuisinart Multi-Clad Stainless set. It is a quality set that will give you the most versatility. The multi-clad will provide more even heating that some of their cheaper sets. You can use any utensils with them and you can take them from stovetop to oven, which can be very handy. At 8 quarts, the stock pot is plenty big enough for pasta, chili, or deep frying.

Eventually, you'll probably want to get a nonstick frying pan and rubber spatula for eggs and other things that easily stick in stainless steel. This 8 inch one, also by Cuisinart is pretty good for the money. This spatula by OXO is well-made, and only $7. Stainless steel will be just as good, or better, for most things, but eggs are best in nonstick.

A 12 inch cast iron pan would be handy to eventually get too, if you want to be able to cook steaks indoors. They're also good for baking corn bread and making pancakes. I wouldn't get one immediately, but they're nice to have.

u/dopnyc · 1 pointr/Pizza

Does the recipe specify a bake time?

Is the recipe a secret? If not, could you post it? If you post the recipe, there's a good chance I could recognize the style and, by doing so, figure out the most appropriate utensil to bake it with.

The most important aspect of making pizza, the aspect that almost all beginners fail to grasp, is the impact of the oven setup and the way the oven setup influences bake time. If you bake a pizza for, say, 5 minutes, it will be an entirely different pizza from the same formula baked for 12 minutes. The formula is pretty important for achieving success, but the oven setup/bake time is far more important and the choices of utensils to bake with all impact the rate at which the pizza bakes.

The link you posted was to a pizza screen. Screens are frequently used to bake pizzas in conveyor ovens, but, occasionally you'll find home bakers using them on stone to avoid having to master launching dough off a peel. The problem with that, though, is that you're putting material between the hot stone and your pizza, and, by doing so, extending your bake time.

The concept of bake time's impact on pizza is a little advanced, and could very well be inapplicable to your great grandma's recipe. But if you're going to get into pizza making, it's never to early to learn the importance of baking utensil choices/oven setup.

If your great grandma used a pan, it was most likely something like one of these:

She also might have used an aluminum lasagna pan, which is virtually the same thing as the baking sheet.

u/failbus · 1 pointr/AskMen

They asked? Yes, that's bullshit.

Anyway, you don't need a set of cast iron pans. Honestly, you only need one. There are small pans, to be sure, and grill pans in endless variety, but a single 12-inch pan is all it takes. Amazon link to the one I have here.

It's THE way to cook a steak, as far as I'm concerned. And, since it's full iron, you can toss it in the oven as a shallow pan for baking chicken. Vegetables need care, but anything you would cook with heat works fine. Just make sure you have gloves, the handle gets hot which is the only downside. There are pans with wood handles, but those don't go in the oven very well.

As a single man, the ability to cook myself an entire meal for one in a single pan is awesome. I imagine that's why you like the wok. What do you use?

u/IndestructibleMushu · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

You wont be able to afford decent copper with that money. Cast iron is always cheap. I would just go with a Lodge and cook the more acidic things in her nonreactive crap pots and pans until she can afford better cookware.

u/Me1986Tram · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

Something like this?:

They won't smooth out but I have to reseason mine ever so often - not a big deal.

u/saxmanpi · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

don't go talking too loud you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones

$25 item - 12 inch

$10 item - Pack of 6

$5 item - $5.85 at the moment :/ Sorry if that breaks your rules. But it does have free shipping. Set of 3, 12oz.

I vote for 2 people at the $10 gift. Two winners are better than one! But four is maybe stretching thin? I figure this way two people can still win and get significant prizes off their wishlist.

u/the_video_is_awesome · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

I already own a decent skillet, a frying pan and a cast-iron skillet (at least I think it is, it looks like this).

I want to be able to boil rice/potatoes/pasta, saute veggies, cook a steak/hamburger, make pasta sauces, stew/slow cook, make sauces, ... You get the idea. These tasks are all pretty basic, so I think you do pose a good question if I'd need all those pots.

Would it be a good idea to get these pots:

  • Standard pot
  • Stockpot (also useable for stew/simmer/slow cook?)
  • Sauce pan
u/Release_the_KRAKEN · 1 pointr/Cooking
  • Everything except the acidic stuff so like tomato sauces or lemon stuff etc. (you can but you need it really well seasoned).

  • No you don't really need to invest in it. It'll probably out live you assuming you don't lose it. Some are really expensive because it's more about buying for the brand than the actual quality. For example: A 12in Lodge Cast Iron Skillet is $34.. It's pretty much the gold standard for cast iron stuff in North America. And if you look on the reviews you'll see that more than 2000 people bothered to write a review and they'll agree with me.

  • Pre season means that the factory applied a layer of oil (I think it's soy oil) to polymerize the fat to the skillet and create a non-stick surface. It's not a bad thing but more often than not, these non-stick surfaces aren't true non-stick surfaces. It's more of a marketing gimick. When you get your cast iron whatever, season it yourself.

  • Yes there are downsides to cast iron. (1): It's heavy as fuck. It weighs almost 10 pounds which might not seem like much but your wrist will get more of a workout than a life time of masturbation cooking with this thing. (2) In bare cast iron, you can't cook acidic stuff. (3): It's not very sensitive to heat. So if you heat it up, it'll stay warm for a while. (4) You have to wait a little to let it cool down before you clean it. Because if you take a hot skillet and you clean it immediately in cold water you can crack it via thermal shock. It will be non stick after you cook in it enough. It'll take a month or 2 depending on how much you use it.

  • On my stove top the biggest burner is a double burner. Meaning it's one circle surrounding another. The stove top has an option to warm up the inner ring or both rings. When I use the 12 incher, I have to use the both ring option. So go measure your stove top burners and check.

  • While the 12in Skillet is a really versatile piece of cookware based on it's shape alone, if you could only get one piece of equipment, you'd get a lot of versatility out of the Lodge Combo Cooker. The top is only a 10 inch skillet though so take that in mind if you want to make pizza in it (the pizza will be smaller.
u/jinntakk · 1 pointr/Cooking

I don't really know what a cast-iron is...but would this be a cast-iron?

u/philchau · 1 pointr/Cooking

With the enameled coating on the LC means your seasoning is not going to stick. It's a great skillet, I wouldn't use it like a true cast iron. Save it for something a little lower temp (like eggs or sausages) and add a little more oil.

You probably invested quite a bit of money in the LC. Sorry.

BUT good thing is is you don't need to spend a lot of money on a decent cast iron skillet. Spend $20 and go get yourself a Lodge 12-inch pre-seasoned skillet Amazon

u/quick_quip_whip · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Sorted. Now you need to sort my priorities. For my upcoming college career, several people have insisted I badly need this as well as other cooking equipment, and I just kind of want Haribo because it's my favorite thing.

u/joanpwnsnoobs · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Congratulations on your new home! When my roommate and I moved in together, we bought a ton of home-y decorative stuff. I'm still trying to make up for the kitchen tools that we don't have, thus my kitchen tool wishlist! I'd really like a cast iron pan!

Anyway, don't be scared! You're going to have great time settling in! Just make sure you have the essential stuff to start with (toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, SHOWER CURTAIN!) and you'll be all set! (STOCK MY HOUSE and thanks for thinking of RAOA during your move! :D)

u/noahsachs · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/lactose_intoleroni · 1 pointr/Cooking

Not to be an ass, but why in the world would you pay $40 for a shitty IKEA pan when you could get a legit American made Lodge cast iron pan for $17?!

u/Phanners · 1 pointr/Cooking

Thank you so much, this sounds amazing. I don't have a stainless steel pan either, but I did get an Amazon gift card for Christmas so this may be a perfect opportunity to use it! I think I'd have more uses for cast iron so that's what I'm looking at now, is this one worth buying?

u/sreyemhtes · 1 pointr/pics

Please, for the love of god, cthulu or FSM, get a better pan. Personally i suggest cast iron. I know non-stick is appealing but you would really enjoy cooking on a nice, seasoned cast iron pan. They hold heat, cook evenly, don't add little bits of teflon. People like allclad or calphalon but for a lot of reasons I prefer cast iron. A great cast iron pan is maybe $20 new.

You are clearly a creative food lover. Take the next step.

u/grantalfthegray · 1 pointr/castiron

Like the other person said, put the pan in and then rotate it. You can also go with a smaller cast iron pan, like the lodge 8 pan (

As far as the temp, I just wouldn't worry about it. 220 degrees C is only 428 F. The seasoning on pans is typically fine up to higher temperatures than that. 250 C is 482 F. You'd usually only put the pan that high if you are doing a manual seasoning. (Fahrenheit conversions there for reference).

u/treesaremyfriends · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Hiking or biking
  2. at least 120 minutes
  3. at least 600 minutes
  4. I would love to be this person walking through these woods in Scottland
  5. It's not exactly a national park, but Groton State Forest. Other than that it would be the Cleveland Metroparks.
  6. Over 50 miles

    Ah, the great outdoors.

    I'd love to have this cast iron skillet off of my 'I could really use' wishlist.

    Thank you for giving me motivated to go for a walk today. =)
u/dearbill · 1 pointr/castiron

here’s a link to the cheap lodge pan! Lodge 8 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Small Pre-Seasoned Skillet for Stovetop, Oven, or Camp Cooking

u/HonorInDefeat · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Mondays I can deal with, what I really hate is sunday evenings.

Oh god, I just wanna stay up and play computer games but I have stupid work/school tomorrow nooooo....

This skillet would be nice. I can use it to make delicious, delicious foods...

That or these slippers. I'm pretty sure my apartment doesn't have an insulation...

u/lolpengi · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Cheese Burger Dip:



  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef (I used 80/20)
  • 7 slices bacon
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • diced dill pickles, for garnish
  • minced fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Spray an 8 inch cast iron skillet or 1.5-2 qt baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • To a large skillet, add bacon slices and cook over MED-LOW heat until browned and crispy.  Remove to paper towel lined plate, reserving grease in skillet.
  • Increase heat to MED-HIGH.  Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes.  Add ground beef, crumble and cook until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.  Transfer beef to another paper towel lined plate to absorb excess grease.
  • When bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble.  Add crumbled bacon, cooked hamburger and onion, cream cheese, 1 cup of the cheeses, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared skillet or baking dish, top with remaining 1/2 cup cheeses and bake until bubbly, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Top cooked dip with diced dill pickles and a sprinkling of fresh parsley (if desired), and serve hot.  I like to serve this with potato chips.


  • Complete steps 2, 3, and 4 as directed.  Next, transfer to a 2 quart slow cooker, sprinkle with remaining cheeses, cover, and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or HIGH for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until warmed through and bubbly.  Proceed with step 6 as directed.
u/Alt_f4_ · 1 pointr/funny

Lodge makes them in the Tennessee. The are awesome, and cheap too. They come in all shapes and sizes. A good starter is a 10in. Here it is on Amazon for $20.

u/2capp · 1 pointr/rawdenim

They're $15 on prime. Stop procrastinating and make awesome steaks. Also home fries. My home fries game stepped up dramatically once I started using this bad boy.

u/tilhow2reddit · 1 pointr/Cooking

I have a 10" Calphalon Cast Iron skillet that I got for like $20 at Target. I have another cast iron skillet 12" that I got from World Market. It's enameled on the outside and bare on the inside and unless I'm cooking eggs just about anything skillet/pan related happens in one of those pans.

I have some calphalon non stick skillets that I use for eggs/fish/etc. But they might get used once for every 20 uses of the cast iron. Aside from that I have some le Crueset enameled cast iron stuff. I have their Wok, and a Dutch Oven, and a big cast iron fish pan like 14" oval shaped thing. It's great for whole fish, but I don't use it for much else.

But if I were starting from scratch it'd probably be something like the following:

Dutch Oven

Stainless 12"

Cast Iron 12"

Cast Iron 10"


Multi Pot

Pot 2 qt

I'd possibly get two of the Multi Pots. I know the additional steamer/pasta baskets are redundant but it's nice to have another pot for things like chili or pasta sauce (Although you could use the dutch oven) But with two stainless pots like that you can do sauce in one and pasta in the other. Also looking up another 6-8 qt stock pot it looks like the same Calphalon pot is $75 while the multipot set is $80, and you could always use the additional baskets as colanders.

You'll probably want some decent glassware, casserole dishes, and a few cookie sheets, loaf, and/or lasagna pans to really round out the kitchen. But the pots/pans listed above would be a great place to start. I should get back to work. :)

u/kdekalb · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I had this from Amazon, for $15 you can't go wrong.

u/tsammons · 1 pointr/Cooking

I fry my eggs in a 6.5" cast iron skillet. Fits 2 eggs and you can flip with one hand. Eggs don't need an extraordinary amount of heat to cook and it takes as long to cook as to brown toast.

u/laughingrrrl · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

$10 will get you an effin' tiny cast iron skillet

u/bostonwhaler · 1 pointr/steak

To expand on this a bit...

Definitely check out Craigslist and/or call Goodwill/SA/thrift shops in your area. Many times they have cast iron stock for next to nothing. Cast iron is cast iron... Unless it's cracked, it's fine. Nothing some oven cleaner and lard/shortening won't turn back to brand new.

I've got quite a few sizes, but I find that I use my behemoth Lodge:

More than anything. Great size for two ribeyes, big enough to brown 8# pork butt before going into the slow cooker, and you can cook an entire breakfast (bacon, eggs and hash) in one pan. It also keeps stovetop spatter to a minimum when doing burgers due to it's size.

It also doubles as a formidable weapon. :)

For cooking steaks... My way is a bit different than /u/AliasHandler, and more like Alton Brown's. Kosher salt steaks 45m-1h before and keep on wire rack. Toss pan in 500 degree oven. Oil steaks with canola oil. Pull pan, set on hot burner. Toss in steaks, sear for 1.5 minutes or so. Flip, add a pat of butter on top, shove back in oven. Cook another 2-5 minutes depending on thickness and doneness desired. Rest 7-10 minutes.

You want that pan HOT. In the summer I'll put the cast in the grill, as I can get it up to 600+ degrees, and get even better sear/caramelization on the outside. After doing it in cast iron, you'll never want a gas-grill-grate cooked steak again. :)

Edit - And please understand that rare doesn't equal raw. Don't be afraid of the pink. ;)

u/SilenceSeven · 1 pointr/castiron

It says Taiwan and Made in USA on it??

Keep your eyes open. I looked for one for a long time before I found this one. I only paid $30 for it.

You can also get a Lodge one for $36 on right now.

u/TA1968 · 1 pointr/keto
u/pckrrr · 1 pointr/Cooking

I have a lodge 15 inch cast iron skillet as my largest skillet. It's huge and weighs about 10 lbs, but it's fantastic for searing a meal's worth of chicken and finishing in the oven.

Other options that fit are 2 porterhouse steaks or 9 -10 strips of bacon. I rarely use it to cook entirely on the stove top since my electric range only covers 12 inches. Whatever I make ends up in the oven.

Definitely worth it for being my favorite piece, and one that generates the most conversation when guests see me using it!

u/chefelizabeth · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

not sure if it's allowed or not but here it is

Lodge L14SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, 15"

u/meeson01 · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

This is a great start for cast iron. Dutch oven/ skillet combo. Three for one. We use ours constantly!

Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart

u/limitedz · 1 pointr/castiron

The best pan is the one that's the right size for the job. If you have a big family maybe a 12 inch skillet is in order. If you want something for stew or roasting a dutch oven would be best. I like the lodge combo cooker which is a dutch oven and skillet in one. I use the skillet the most but use the deep dish DO a lot too. I have way more cast iron than I need though

u/viam-venator · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

If you're considering getting one, I'd go for either this one or this one.

The second is better if you like a handle on your skillet. I got the first one, and it's perfect. It lets me do virtually every cooking task I'd need to, and with proper care ought to last pretty much forever.

Check out /r/castiron for cleaning/reseasoning tips.

u/clipartghost · 1 pointr/Breadit

That's actually where I got the 4 qt idea from (flour, water, salt, yeast). I believe all his recipes use 1kg of flour in that book.

When I'm talking about weight I mean the amount of flour, not the final loaf or dough. Is your combo cooker something like this? I haven't read any Tartine yet but I was looking at the reviews for that one and it's apparently what is recommended in that book because it's easier to get the dough in the shallow part without burning yourself or damaging the dough.

u/Myspacecutie69 · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

A couple of years ago, I was browsing reddit at work and my buddy sitting next to me. He lived in England for 35 years before moving to America. We were just scrolling, looking at the usual Reddit stuff (kitty cats and naked ladies), when we came across a gif of this frying pan, that had quadrants. It was making what he would call "proper English breakfast". Within 5 minutes of seeing that gif, we found the pan online, and he bought it. He was so happy. I 100% sure he's never used it.

u/MrsJeek · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy almost birthday!!!

I would suggest you get yourself a master pan. Seriously, that thing looks awesome! It has divided sections so you can cook bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, Stuff & Thangs all at the same time in one pan!!!

u/ming3r · 1 pointr/Cooking

$100 is a bit limiting, but you can still get by if you need.

My personal suggestion is either a 12" cast iron skillet ($20-ish) and a pot or two, and if you're dead set on a set this Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad one is the one I'd recommend. It's $200 but has basically everything you'd need for...well, forever. Most of the sets have 8 and 10" fry pans while this has a 10 and 12... I never use the smaller ones.

I suppose their smaller set would work but it has smaller fry pans

Edit - if you are okay with cast iron, a different thought I have is:

12 Inch Cast iron Skillet + This 2 pack of tramontina dutch ovens

With those two I could get by on pretty much anything.

u/WilliamGJones · 1 pointr/castiron

Congratulations on learning to cook the way you have. I had a health crisis in 2015 and had to give up basically all restaurant and processed foods. I wish I'd done it ten years sooner.

I'm not a fan of enameled cookware. I'm always afraid I'm going to scratch or chip it. Maybe it's in my head, but I prefer the cheap Lodge cookware. I figure it's made for camping and use over open fires, so it should survive my kitchen.

As far as maintenance, I'm not much on cleaning things myself, but I've learned to treat cleaning my cast iron like a zen practice. It's not too bad, usually just a couple of minutes with an occasional re-seasoning.

Also know that when you're cooking with cast iron, you don't need as much heat. I rarely use medium heat on my stovetop. In fact, I fry bacon and eggs with my stove dial set on the line between warm and low. If you allow yourself the time to cook with lower heat, you'll spend less time on skillet maintenance in the long run — too much heat can burn your seasoning and cause stuff to stick.

If I had to recommend just one piece of cast iron, it would be either a basic Lodge 10.25 inch skillet ( or a Victoria 12 inch skillet ( The Victoria is a little lighter and a bit more ergonomic than the 12 inch Lodge. I've used both Lodge and Victoria 12 inch skillets and I prefer the Victoria, especially for use in the oven.

My other recommendation is the Lodge dual handle pan in your preferred size ( I have two 10.25 inch dual handle pans and they're just incredibly convenient. Not having the long handle makes a bigger difference than I ever thought it would. They fit my camping grill, they fit in my toaster oven, and I have a 27" stove so it's nice not having the handle to get in the way.

As for size? I've got skillets as small as 3.5 inches all the way up to 15 inches. I use them all, they all fit different cooking needs. My favorite size is the 10.25 inch. It heats up fairly quickly, doesn't take a lot of oil to fry in, it's a great size for pies and the absolute perfect size for turning a pound of ground beef into taco meat. My only real complaint is it's a little cramped for cooking bacon (that's where the 15 inch skillet excels).

u/Datasinc · 1 pointr/castiron

Grab this one to replace it.
Large Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet by Victoria, 12-inch Round Frying Pan with Helper Handle, 100% Non-GMO Flaxseed Oil Seasoned
On sale for $14.99 at Amazon

u/binchotan · 1 pointr/Cooking

Lodge makes some inexpensive ones that aren't as good as but at least comparable to Le Creuset from what I've seen

Also, something like this:

or this would work too with regards to the bread and you could use the Le Creuset for braises:

However, non-enamled cast iron comes with some caveats of what you should cook in it without a solid seasoning built up and extra care to avoid rust.

u/HollowPoint1911 · 1 pointr/castiron

Picture #15 looks like it's 1/2 of a combo cooker unit, a small dutch oven + a small lid that doubles as a skillet (what you have).

I recently bought a Lodge Combo Cooker to bake bread in and my "lid"/skillet has the exact same raised lip as in picture #15. It prevents the lid from easily sliding off of the dutch oven.

u/kowalski10 · 1 pointr/Frugal

If you don't need 5 quarts, this is 3 quarts and the lid doubles as a skillet.

u/barlowpark · 1 pointr/Breadit

I have four lodge combo cookers:


As long as you season them once they are pretty indestructible and will last generations if properly cared for. They fit a 8-9 inch banneton perfectly, which you could probably fit up to a 1,200g boule at the very max. Comfortably you can easily do a 1,000g boule with great success which is what I typically go with.

u/Redhotkcpepper · 1 pointr/Cooking
u/eknbiegepe · 1 pointr/castiron

5 or 3-quart or somthing in between. I love this enameled piece over my Le Creusets

I only have Lodge and Le Creuset dutch ovens.

EDIT: Go to Walmart and look at the sizes if you can.

u/requiresimprovement · 1 pointr/keto

Two cast iron pans - this Lodge set

A double boiler pot set

A slow cooker

A rice cooker. I no longer use it for rice, but it's still handy for steaming, especially eggs.

Other than typical butter/table knives, I have one ceramic kitchen knife. It's not perfect, but it meets all of my needs.

u/Neilette · 1 pointr/Cooking

For starting I highly recommend the Lodge cast iron combo set! It's all the cast iron I can justify having (though I do get excited when I see cast iron on sale...). For $37 you get a skillet, pot (also useful as a high-sided pan), and dutch oven. I use the skillet daily for eggs and everything else. A dutch oven is a handy piece of hardware, I use it to make the most delicious sourdough bread. 😋

Also get yourself a pair of handle mits for ease of use:

u/Anton_S_Eisenherr · 1 pointr/ketorecipes

I know it's smaller, but I was just about to get the Lodge Combo which nets you a skillet and a 3-quart dutch oven for under half the price of a Le Creuset casserole dish. Ultimately my parents gifted me a Le Creuset as a housewarming present and I admit I do use all 6 litres of it when cooking in batches for myself (but I usually consume 1,500kCal dinners). Still, I think the Lodge would have done well.

u/WorkHardAtMyJob · 1 pointr/Paleo

Loved them so far. Only complaint would be the size, I would have gone with a bigger one had I known their size before hand.

u/Oftkilted · 1 pointr/Breadit

For that style of bread the Lodge 3 Quart Cast Iron Combo Cooker. Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, Fryer, Dutch Oven, and Convertible Skillet/Griddle Lid (pulled from SeriousEats ) is an excellent option and it won’t have any potential issues with enamel cracking.

u/mrpound · 1 pointr/Sourdough

I baked this in a Lodge Combo Cooker (

I baked for 20 minutes at 500F, then popped off the lid and let it go for another 5 minutes at 500F. I then dropped the temperature to 450 and baked for about another 20-22 minutes until the crust was where I wanted it.

u/alexbeal · 1 pointr/Breadit

You could make a sourdough starter. It'll take about 1-2 weeks so hopefully if you start now it'll be ready once you need it. You can follow these directions: That starter has a higher percentage of water than FWSY's, but you can just switch to the feeding method in the book once the starter becomes active.

You could also make sure you have all the supplies necessary. At a minimum you'll want:

u/step_back_girl · 1 pointr/cookingcollaboration

I got this Lodge Dutch Oven with a lid that doubles as a skillet

And America's Test Kitchen Cookbook

And my secret Santa got me an awesome 2 qt slow cooker and slow cooking for two recipe book, that I need to put on the secret Santa page..

u/YouShallDealWithIt · 1 pointr/cookingforbeginners

You're in luck! It just so happens that I know some great recipes with boneless skinless chicken breasts:

Chicken marsala

  • The good: Few ingredients, doesn't require fancy equipment. Pour the extra marsala sauce over pasta for an inexpensive and impressive meal. Gives you an opportunity to make the joke "I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food."

  • The bad: If you're under the legal age, you may have to ask an upperclassman to buy the wine for you.

    One pot chicken and vegetables

  • The good: all-in-one healthy meal. You're getting protein, fiber, micro-nutrients, all the good stuff. Set it and forget it. After the initial prep work, throw it in the oven for 45 mins and go relax.

  • The bad: chopping veggies is a little tedious. Get a roommate or SO to help. You'll need an oven-safe pot. I use the Lodge combo cooker which has gone up in price since I bought it. Do yourself a favor and don't google "Le Creuset."

    Chicken fajitas

  • The good: Spicy and delicious.

  • The bad: None. Fajitas are F-ing awesome.
u/drocha94 · 1 pointr/castiron

I'm trying to make the switch to cast iron now. Still learning how to not burn my food on it... but giving me a new challenge in the kitchen is something I'm enjoying, especially after hearing the praises of cast iron sung so often.

I know a lot of people are critical of Lodge for one reason or another, but I bought the combo cooker and have been loving it so far. Very versatile pieces.

u/funkykolemedina · 1 pointr/Cooking

Lodge makes this Dutch oven/skillet combo. I love it.

Lodge Combo

There's a number of excellent tutorials about how to season them. I find the Lodge to be a bit "bumpier" than other coast irons I've used. This means it takes a lot of costs of seasoning to create a smooth surface. Canola oil is the classic choice, with flax seed oil being the new kid on the block. I've tried both, and I think canola is bit easier to get a good seasoning with, but once perfected, the flax is seriously glossy. Eggs sliding around glossy.

u/LogosHobo · 1 pointr/castiron

Oh! I forgot about that one. My bad. This is the one I have.

u/ansonr · 1 pointr/TheFirstLaw

I was thinking one of these guys for Logan's cookpot. or Daniel Day Lewis.

u/LikeAgaveF · 1 pointr/AskCulinary


Would this product suffice, even though it is listed under "outdoor gear"?

u/Stereotypical_Suit · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

And of course, Canada gets shafted again. :(

u/Sticky_Bandit · 1 pointr/Cooking

I just picked up a Lodge Combo Cooker and I am curious to know what the best way to season it would be. I heard that it helps to just cook up like 5 pounds of ground beef to get a good surface.

u/prcm · 1 pointr/Breadit

I got this combo cast iron cooker from Amazon. I'll remember to let you know though when I weigh my dough when I bake next this week, but if it helps, I generally use the tartine country bread recipe! I know thought that sometimes I feel like by breads bake the perfect size in the Dutch oven I linked above. Like the dough to Dutch oven capacity ratio seems to be perfect with the tartine bread recipe!

Also your flat top is looking good! Almost there! Sometimes I honestly feel like I just get lucky, I don't even know why mine does that hahaha

u/24rocketman · 1 pointr/Breadit

Would you recommend a dutch oven over a cast-iron combo like this? The author said that's what they used and I imagine it'd give me a little more cooking versatility (though, I don't have a dutch oven and have a number of similar pans)

u/RedTalon19 · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I purchased this Cooks Standard set 4 years ago for $225 and I've been loving it. No need to worry about using metal or scrubbing hard. I do occasionally use Bar Keepers Friend to polish up the pans for a brand-new look.

If you don't want this brand/set specifically, for sure get at least tri-ply like already mentioned. I think metal pans (vs non-stick coating) are better for all around cooking. Sure, you need to use more oil/butter in your cooking, but moderate amounts of fat are important in a diet. Its highly processed, added sugars, and excess salt you need to worry about.

For when I needed a non-stick, like for eggs, I picked up this T-fal and the non-stick is fantastic, even after a few years of careful use.

I also have a Lodge cast iron dutch oven set which is great for when I use it, but I find it difficult to use effectively. Perhaps I'm just not using the proper techniques, so I don't get much use of it... but I do love to use it when I get around to it. Learning proper care for cast iron is essential - read up before you use (and possibly ruin!)

u/asr · 1 pointr/Cooking

I would suggest a cast iron griddle and a dutch oven/skillet pan combo like or

Another less common, but surprisingly useful tool is an immersion blender. It's great for anything from creamy soup to pudding to protein shakes.

u/AustinDontthink · 1 pointr/Cooking

Can't wait to try this! These sound perfect for takoyaki too, only equipment you would need is the pan!

u/blackmarketbeagles42 · 1 pointr/90daysgoal

Wait I can use mason jars on the blender. Dang it, that's really useful to know!!! You just changed my smoothie making for life!

I agree, most gadgets should be multipurpose. I only have a few I do single purpose (Aebleskiver Pan)

u/ukatama · 1 pointr/food

Get yourself one of these, or better yet, one of these. The batter is insanely easy to make.

u/blix797 · 1 pointr/Cooking

I'd recommend at minimum 1 non-stick pan, 1 big and 1 medium pot, 1 big stainless steel sautee pan with high walls & lid, and 1 small stainless steel pan. At least, that's what I use the most. If you like cast iron get a skillet too.

I got my 12-piece stainless steel Cuisinart set from Bed Bath & Beyond because my mom gave me a coupon. It's very nice. I don't care for cookware with glass lids. All-clad makes great stainless steel cookware too.

For a non-stick skillet, T-Fal is recently popular. I like mine. It doesn't feel cheap yet its cheap enough that I don't worry too much about scratches. Got mine on Amazon.

For cast iron it's really hard to beat Lodge. Their skillets and Dutch ovens are top notch once properly seasoned. Never mind any cast iron that says it's pre-seasoned, best to give it 3-4 more coats to start with. It's easy just time consuming. I bought mine at Orchard hardware actually but you can find it on Amazon too.

Enameled cast iron Dutch ovens are a joy to use but Le Creuset, while undeniably top notch, is prohibitively expensive. Lodge, Cuisinart, and Tramontina are cheaper brands but I believe all their enameling is done in China.

u/lgodsey · 1 pointr/Cooking

Cook's Illustrated rates this one highly. I have a few and they're great.

u/Pamzella · 1 pointr/CautiousBB

Don't even worry about it. But since you got rid of the pan that sucked, get this one instead: Yes, totally recommended by America's Test Kitchen but also, totally recommended by my DH who makes me awesome eggs most mornings. How much does he love this pan? I am not sure the comments field is big enough, but it's $26 and it is so awesome, we have the 8" version for small stuff as well.... and we don't even like non-stick for anything else these days, we are pretty much All-Clad stainless snobs. (Except for my T-fal stock pot, because that is also the shitznit.) Seriously, be kind to yourself. Eggs are great for her, so make it easy on yourself.

u/redpanda_phantomette · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

If you are still considering getting your mom pots and pans, there are some great and affordable options out there. Tramontina enamel pots are much more afforable than Le Creuset and are top rated by Cooks Illustrated. They also rate the T-fal nonstick skillets very highly (I have 2 and love them) and these are totally affordable. If you want to go high-end in terms of brand, the All-Clad stainless steel skillet is around your price range (with a little Bed Bath 20% off coupon) and it's an excellent skillet that can go in the oven and that has a lifetime warranty.

u/sloof70 · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

T-Fal Pro from Amazon. Currently $32 for Cooks Illustrated's favorite non-stick 12-inch skillet. They even preferred it to the AllClad.

u/RugerRedhawk · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

America's test kitchen reccomends this one:

Also if buying something with teflon brand coating, look for the grade of teflon they use, they range from 1-5 stars. The 5 star ones are harder to find, but are the most durable.

u/eyeharthomonyms · 1 pointr/xxfitness

This is absurdly good for nonstick (not Teflon, specifically). I don't have to use ANY oil for eggs.

u/jloflin · 1 pointr/Cooking

America's Test Kitchen rated this T-Fal as their favorite non-stick skillet.

u/girkabob · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

T-Fal has a few different lines of pans. I got this one a couple years ago and it has a nice heavy bottom.

u/ferocity562 · 1 pointr/Cooking

This thermospot pan is recommended by America's test kitchen, works really well and weighs about 2.5 pounds.

u/aestival · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

A good and small nonstick pan is key in my book. Cook on high heat, constantly but gently move the cooked egg around to allow the runny part access to the pan to cook, lifting the cooked part for the runny part toget underneath in some cases. When ready, flip with the pan.

This one works amazingly well

Edit: If your sketched out about flipping the egg, try it over the sink. If the cooked egg easily slides around on its own, it should flip rather easily. Oh, and i guess it's my cake day, whatever the hell that's worth.

u/spaceballsrules · 1 pointr/Cooking

Looked around and there are options for non-stick pans that can be used with metal utensils:

Calphalon Signature

Calphalon Williams Sonoma Elite

Woll Diamond Plus

They are expensive (~$60), but it is a permanent solution to your particular problem.

EDIT: Never mind. I found a T-Fal pan that is safe for use with metal utensils, and they are well priced -

u/maveriq · 1 pointr/Cooking

If you're looking for something good and cheap, look at the Tramontina TriPly Clad that Walmart sells. Its very cheap for what it is.

They have another set for $70 cheaper, but I'd suggest staying away from that, since it subs the 12" skillet (the #1 most used pan) for a 8" skillet (too small to do anything really)

I'd buy a single 12" teflon pan, T-Fal Professional is what Cook's Illustrated says is the best cheap one, and use it until it dies. Its $27, and all teflon pans eventually die anyways.

u/GooseCaboose · 1 pointr/cookingforbeginners
u/s0rce · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I bought a T-fal E93808 12" pan for $25 back at the beginning of 2016 and it gets consistent home use. I never expected it to last this long. I have a sizable dent on the side from dropping it and the handle rivets and screws came loose recently so I fixed that with JBWeld. The main pan surface still works amazingly well for the age and price. I basically assumed it would be disposable and last a year. Its not BIFL but its excellent value and really good performance. I try to use plastic spatulas and avoid steel wool but otherwise I'm not very careful.

u/DrSomeGuy · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

The T-fal E93808 is the America's Test Kitchen choice for The Best Teflon Skillet. They do some pretty holistic testing on their YouTube channel, kind of like BIFL cooking cooking edition.

u/ClaptrapPaddywhack · 1 pointr/barstoolsports

The key is to buy cheap (but good quality) non-stick. Not something from a grocery store, but do some research and you can find good pans for not a lot of money. Yes the finish will wear off eventually, but if you're talking about a $30 pan, who cares at that point? I've bought this pan twice in 6 years and I couldn't recommend it enough.

u/predditr · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I give you the egg pan

For me makes a perfect circle with 2 eggs to go on bagels, hard rolls, and toast. I can even flip my eggs sans spatula (most of the time).

u/Hamsterdam · 1 pointr/ketorecipes

I think the secret is to have the oil the right temperature and to have the right pan. Having the right size pan means your eggs won't spread out too much, that prevents the whites from overcooking before the yolk sets. A good non-stick pan will allow you the confidence to flip the eggs which leads to a better looking egg. I highly recommend these from t-fal. If you tend to make 2 eggs at once this pan is just the right size. T-fal Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan/Saute Pan

If you only like to make one egg at a time this pan is the perfect size.

T-fal Specialty Nonstick One Egg Wonder Pan

The 8 inch pan has an indicator in the center that lets you know when your pan is at the correct temperature. Having the pan hot enough prevents food from sticking. They are non-stick but I always use ghee, coconut oil or bacon fat to cook my eggs for additional flavor. So, bring the pan up to temperature, add the fat, pour the eggs in and let it cook until the edges are brown. Flip, turn off the heat, let cook for 1 more minute.

u/Swiss__Cheese · 1 pointr/hookah

I use a mini frying pan. I saw it last time I was at Walmart, and couldn't say no!

u/stacyhatesmacys · 1 pointr/shittyfoodporn

i have that frying pan, it's the one-egg wonder!

u/cynikalAhole99 · 1 pointr/Cooking

the Tfal is a top choice...I personally prefer the Calphalon non-stick...bit pricier & heavier but its been great for me. get some Silicon spatulas and utensils to use with whatever nonstick you get.

u/DrinksWellWithOthers · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

Get this T-Fal. I know you aren't in the US but we have a magazine and cooking show called America's Test Kitchen and they found this to be the best for cooking eggs. It has great non-stick properties that lasted longer than any other pan they tested. I use mine every morning.

u/disporak · 1 pointr/Cooking

if you have a flat top electric stove i'd recommend getting a big carbon steel skillet instead. a skillet will have more contact with the stovetop. without the wok shape youwon't be able to fill it up with a ton of stir fry fixings but on a home stove you want to cook in batches, even with a wok.

when i lived in a place with a glass top stove it was frustrating to use my wok since only the bottom flat part would get hot enough and lifting it up to flip food means no heat .

here's the skillet ATK recommends:

also, you're not going to be able to put any carbon steel pan in the dishwasher. i know some companies make stainless steel woks but they're expensive and heavy. that's really not hte material you want a wok made out of. if you've gotta put in the dishwasher just get a 12" stainless steel pan

u/SunBakedMike · 1 pointr/Cooking

Don't try to cut out fats and salt too much, overdoing it will just make you miserable.

  1. If you want inexpensive go with cast iron pan, if you want something better then Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Round Frying Pan, 11 7/8", if you want something pretty then All-Clad 12-Inch Stainless Fry Pan. But the last one is like $160 dollars so my suggestion is go with the ugly carbon steel Matfer for $50, it's lighter than the cast iron and more useful.

  2. There are plenty of low cal ways to cook chicken breast, poaching in broth, grilling, pan fry, sous vide, don't just marry one way to cook, use them all. If you're going to restrict yourself to chicken learn to cook it many different ways in order to vary tastes. Don't make yourself miserable. Unless you're cutting don't be afraid of a little bit of fat. Fats are needed for Vitamin absorption, if you go too far then all you'll think about is food.

  3. No idea depends on the dish.

  4. Do not cook chicken in an oven at temperatures that low. The reason you can sous vide chicken breast is that water has a much higher specific heat than air. Water has more energy per degree of temperature so it quickly get the chicken out of the danger zone. Think of it like this, people in hot climates can easily withstand 130+ Deg F temperatures for quite a while, but put the same person in a 130 Deg shower and burns develop quickly.

  5. Answered in 4. Do not cook chicken in an oven at temperatures that low
u/Simpsator · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

I'm a big fan of my carbon steel over my cast iron, mainly due to the same ability to heat up, but they cool quicker (more responsive when sauteing), and most importantly are a fair bit lighter. They retain the same non-stick properties as cast iron as well.

As for the EU, I have to assume you can get any of the big French manufactured pans that we have to import to the US. De Buyer, Matfer, Mauviel. I have the Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel and I love it.

As for seasoning, just follow the traditional French method that most of the pan manufacturers recommend (potato peels, salt, and oil). America's Test Kitchen found it had perfect results with it.

u/TheFirstUranium · 1 pointr/KitchenConfidential

I have this at home:

But I've had it for a long time, and I've heard that quality has gone significantly down since. My old kitchen had some years ago, but idk what those were.

u/subarutim · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I've never used Winco SS that I'm aware of. If you want a BIFL 12" saute pan, I'd recommend a carbon steel one, like this. It's a restaurant staple. SS pans tend to heat unevenly unless they're the 3 ply type with a copper disk sandwiched in. Think 'All-clad'.

u/Gayrub · 1 pointr/sousvide

Carbon Steel. I used to use cast iron like every one else in America but I got a carbon steel pan for Christmas. I love it. The crusts I'm getting are fantastic. I need more practice before I say for sure that the sears are better than cast iron but they're at least as good, maybe better.

Lighter weight than cast iron. They heat up quicker and cool down faster, which is great for going from searing to making a pan sauce.

I don't think most Americans have used a carbon steel pan. Most of the people around here are going to tell you to get cast iron. I'd ask them if they've ever tried carbon steel. My guess is that they haven't. I'll never go back.

Edit: here is the one I have. I chose it because it was recommended by America's Test Kitchen.

It's a little more expensive than cast iron but well worth it. I mean, you're gonna have the thing forever.

Oh yeah, they're just as non-stick as cast iron if not more so.

u/xyccah · 1 pointr/dubai

Ace, Crate and Barrel and I think Lakeland has them too.
I would recommend getting a carbon steel skillet instead since they heat up quite fast and you always end up getting a beautiful sear.

u/thedhanjeeman · 1 pointr/Cooking

I think it's less about the quality of the steel and more about pan shape, handle shape, handle angle, etc.

This is what I see recommended most:

u/achtagon · 1 pointr/carbonsteel

note the negative reviews noted on Amazon for the Matfer; many about warping/wobbling. As with all of these carbon pans they're generally made for giant commercial kitchen stoves where a little wobble doesn't mean much and it's not a big deal.

u/AnAngryFredHampton · 1 pointr/vegan

I've never used an iron suppliment, but as an FYI they charge a whole 30 bucks for a small chunk of cast iron. You could just as easily get a small (3.5 inch) cast iron pan for 5 bucks, scrub it with steel wool to strip the finish and boil it in water to get your iron.

u/TheDopeGodfather · 1 pointr/castiron

Lodge 3.5 Inch Cast Iron Mini Skillet. Miniature Skillet for Individual Meal Use or Desserts

u/DJorgensen · 1 pointr/Edmonton

I trust Lodge to make good pre-seasoned cast iron. For the most part has prices that are reasonable enough for me since I already have prime for the free shipping -

u/honeypnut · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I love this miniature skillet. It’s so tiny and cute.

Edit: someone already said tiny skillet!!!! So I’m changing mine to gem-shaped candy/gelatin molds

u/Supahvaporeon · 1 pointr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Do they make mini skillets that are the size of a refrigerator magnet?

Edit: It looks like there is a small 3.5 inch egg and sauce skillet on Amazon for $5. Not quite small enough to be a knick-knack, but it would make an excellent paperweight/magnetic clip holder.

I'll probably mock something up.

u/96dpi · 1 pointr/Cooking

I keep mine in this

Lodge 3.5 Inch Cast Iron Mini Skillet. Miniature Skillet for Individual Meal Use or Desserts

u/Nabber86 · 1 pointr/food

Vollrath pans are exceptional and won't set you back much at all.

u/Megatron_McLargeHuge · 1 pointr/Cooking

I can't imagine there's any performance advantage over a $50 commercial pan since you won't get much better at heat distribution than solid aluminum.

u/JaFFsTer · 1 pointr/Cooking

This is what your omelettes are being made with in almost every kitchen

u/Matthewcabin · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

Echoing the other statements here that there really is no such thing as a BIFL frying pan; heat, oils etc will eventually wear it down. The one pan I have used in just about every kitchen I have worked in and I use religiously at home is the Vollrath Wearever series:

This one is a 10", which is good for all purpose, but if you make a lot of eggs, I would suggest the 8" as it is just a little bit better for flipping.

u/quasimodoca · 1 pointr/Cooking
u/Boogidy · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Congrats on the fancy new job! That 30oz fillet the other day was epic O_O I'd take it pan-seared, medium rare, with lots of pepper. Mmmm.

We all know that cast iron is the way to go. Or else, No soup for you!

/u/kickballa, let's dine like some classy folk!

Thanks for the contest, pretty lady!

u/SpackledCeiling · 1 pointr/castiron

Hi friend! Looks like this is the link? Could be mistaken though

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Bundle. 10.5" Griddle, 8" Skillet, 10.25" Skillet, 10.25" Dutch Oven, and 10.25" Lid

u/JustinBowers · 1 pointr/mildlyinfuriating

Get cast iron. Here is a link to an awesome set. Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Bundle. 10.5” Griddle, 8” Skillet, 10.25” Skillet, 10.25” Dutch Oven, and 10.25” Lid

You are welcome.

u/RedditiBarelyKnowit · 1 pointr/Cooking

I got this whole set, it has everything you could ever need for a little bit more. I think I might have paid ~$65 for it last year.

u/nimbleVaguerant · 1 pointr/Cooking

I've been impressed with the Cooks Standard brand sold on amazon. This frying pan or this saute pan can be pretty versatile cooking tools. They include lids and are oven safe.

u/bobsmithhome · 1 pointr/Cooking

Consider an induction range with a convection oven. I, too, had an electric range until recently. I absolutely despised electric. And I, too, was looking into a gas range... but then I tripped on induction ranges, bought one, and I love it.

I like induction better than gas. I had gas for many years before moving to a home with an electric range. Induction reacts instantly to temperature changes. It heats incredibly fast. The top is nice and flat so it stays nice and clean, where gas ranges tend to get pretty grimy with all those grills and indentations that get burned on grease that is almost impossible to get off. And stuff doesn't burn on to an induction cook-top like it does with electric. There are other pluses too long to get into here.

You'll need cookware that works with it, but we found some great stuff for decent prices, and much of what you have may work just fine... if a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pan, it will work on induction. If it doesn't stick, it won't work. This is the stuff we bought. We like it better than our all-clad stuff, and it costs a fraction of the price: This, this, and this.

Anyway, look into induction. Like this one.

u/MiddleEarthGardens · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

Totally off-topic, but have you looked at Cooks Standard on Amazon? They are great quality stainless, but far cheaper than, say, Cuisinart. :)

u/dead_dove_in_a_bag · 1 pointr/blogsnark

NICE. I wish I had had more patience for searching out used pieces. I gave in and bought some that I'm sure is sweat-shop produced in China because I am a grocery store person.

I ended up buying this stock pot:


And both sizes of this saucepan:

I kept a cast iron griddle and skillet, as well as one non-stick skillet for eggs. I got rid of all of the rest of it and haven't looked back. The stainless is SO MUCH nicer than my hard-anodized non-stick giant wedding set with useless cookware sizes.

u/nomnommish · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

If cast iron is too heavy, get a carbon steel pan. It too gets seasoned like a cast iron, and is great for searing.

Like this Lodge Logic model.

u/iamheero · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I have the heavier cast-iron pans as well but I tend to cook with my carbon steel lodge pan most. All the non-stick and SO much lighter. Doesn't hold heat as well as the fatter pans but has its uses.

u/cowbell77 · 1 pointr/Cooking

I'm still not sure why carbon steel frying pans haven't caught on yet.

Basically carbon steel frying pans are a kind of happy medium between cast iron and your standard non-stick pan. Like non-sticks, they heat up pretty quickly, but like cast iron they are very durable, can tolerate very high heats (unlike a non-stick!) and once properly seasoned are pretty non-stick. I love it for making eggs in the morning because unlike a cast iron, I don't have to wait 5-10 minutes for it to get properly hot.

If you recognize the metal from their use in woks, which are pretty bad at holding heat, skillet style carbon-steel pans like the kind I'm talking about tend to be a little thicker and hold heat better.

There are downsides: fast heating means fast cooling, too, so unlike cast iron, they can't hold heat as well and you're not going to get the kind of sear and heat you can get with a cast iron or a stainless steel pan. On the other hand, they're not terrible at holding heat, and if you get a bigger pan (which you might want anyway) and leave yourself some breathing room, this isn't a problem most of the time.

They're also more expensive than cast iron and most non-sticks, but not by much. They also last forever (unlike non-sticks) so it ends up paying for itself over time.

If you're trying to minimize kitchen items, the carbon steel frying pan is a great all-around, utility player.

A good option is the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Carbon Steel Skillet, which like their cast iron comes pre-seasoned (but it's a good idea to do a round or three of seasoning anyway). If you get this, I highly recommend you pick up a silicone handle. It's almost a necessary accessory as it turns the pan from painful to hold due to heat and form to a friendly handshake from your frying pan.

That is the one I have and it's easily my most used pan. That said, I do eat way more eggs than seared meats. On the other hand, if I had to I'd still feel comfortable cooking a good, well-seared steak in this pan if for some reason I couldn't reach for my cast iron (I couldn't say the same about a non-stick).

If you want a little bit better heat retention, the deBuyer is in the same price range, but it's a little heavier, which'll help it retain heat. It doesn't come pre-seasoned, so you'll have to put a little bit more work into it. I don't own this, but it's generally a good, popular brand.

u/i_deserve_less · 1 pointr/ThriftStoreHauls
u/littlemisstigger · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

First, CONGRATS! I'm not sure how much you want to spend, but I found a couple options that are cubba friendly :)

u/smashinmuffins · 1 pointr/castiron

Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet L10SK3ASHH41B, 12-Inch

u/p0tent1al · 1 pointr/castiron

you didn't get it? It comes with it if you order if off of Amazon:

u/DippStarr · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

Along with the All-Clad pans I'd add a cast iron skillet to the mix for when you are cooking particularly stick/messy foods. I've got a set of the Kirkland Signature (Costco house brand) All-Clad knockoffs and find myself using the skillet much more frequently for stovetop pan frying. This one from Lodge will get that job done well and be a more approachable price for some of your less wealthy wedding guests.

u/Eledhwen · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I bought this one on amazon for a little over $20 when I first moved into my apartment and I use it almost daily. You can make most things in a regular skillet usually, but the cast iron is just so versatile and adds so much more flavor to your cooking that you should really look into getting one when you can.

u/Somerandomlog · 1 pointr/cookingforbeginners

I personally would get the following way sooner if I was building my kitchen all over again.

Also if there is a place you can get bulk spices near by I would go there for your spices, because if you havent already noticed spices are pricey at your local megamart.

Lavatools Thermowand - Same form factor as the much more expensive thermopen but at 1/3 the price.

Lodge cast iron skillet - great for searing meats or as a good starting pan.

OXO Bench Scraper - Makes prep work much easier and safer as you don't use your knife to scrape your food off the cutting board.

Immersion Blenders - When you dont want to use your big blender or want to blend something in your pot or pan.

Stainless Steel Cookware - Has a little bit of a learning curve but is great after the fact.

Aeropress - Life is too short to make shitty coffee.

Edit: added a thermometer/spelling

u/thejewishgun · 1 pointr/cookingforbeginners

This is a good list. I would add a few things to it. A cast iron pan, which can be found at goodwill for super cheap or For $25 from Amazon, and an enameled dutch oven . Which you can use in the oven or on the stovetop.

u/always-smooth · 1 pointr/fitmeals

Blackened Tilapia and Roasted Asparagus

This is one of my favorite meals and it is packed with protein and delicious.

Warning: please only cook this outdoors, it will smoke up your house


626 Calories
72g Protein
38g Fat
5g Carbs


8oz (225g) Tilapia

A lot of Cajun Seasoning

12 Spears (12 metric spears) Asparagus

2 (30ml) tbsp Butter

1/2 (7.5ml) tbsp Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste


Gas Stove $23 on Amazon

Cast Iron Pan $24 on Amazon

Cookie Sheet

Hot pad

Lack of Fear


  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
  2. Wash and pat dry asparagus and cut off the ends that taste gross and are fibery
  3. Pile up the asparagus on the cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper the asparagus while rolling it around in olive oil
  5. Melt butter in the microwave in a measuring cup
  6. Go outside and place your pan on top of the camp stove and crank it up all the way, this sucker needs to be hotter than hell itself, let it preheat for ten minutes (It's scary the first time, I didn't kill myself, you won't either)
  7. Immediately after turning the stove on run back inside and throw your asparagus in the oven, these little bastards are going to cook for ~12 minutes. If you bought thin asparagus wait 5-7 minutes before putting them in the oven and subtract that from cooking time
  8. Drizzle your fillets with the butter, coat both sides of each fillet and leave about half the butter still melted in the measuring cup
  9. Coat both sides in the cajun seasoning, make sure to do it to your taste. I completely smother it
  10. After the pan is done preheating ~10 minutes head outside and lay the fish in the pan, make sure to lay them away from you!
  11. Those things should be smoking like snoop lion
  12. Drizzle some more butter on top of the fillet as it is cooking
  13. After about 1.5-2 minutes you will see the fish begin to pull away from the pan. Flip it
  14. Drizzle the remaining butter over the fish
  15. After about 1.5 minutes on this side your fish should be done. Try cutting through the thickest part with your spatula, it should be a bit flaky and cooked all the way through
  16. Take the fish off and run inside and pull out the asparagus praying you didn't burn it
  17. Eat like a god

    This is all written from memory, criticism is appreciated.

    Final tip; If you don't care about macros and calories (cheat days, end of a cut, etc) make this with cat fish and instead of asparagus, french fries and cole slaw.

u/stootboot · 0 pointsr/Frugal

Wal-mart has pretty good deals on cast iron as well. Thrift stores can be good, but only if you know what you are looking for. Some cast iron has been made for decoration and other purposes and the metals included in the iron may be unsafe to cook on. I actually know a guy who won't use any cast iron made in China, as he doesn't believe many of their foundries use the best quality control on their metals.

Lodge makes good stuff and if you are buying new it isn't too pricey. I have purchased a 12" pan and a 3 qt dutch oven with another pan as the lid. I pretty much do all of my cooking right in these.

I would imagine if you need to start now, you could get the dutch oven with pan-lid for around $40 bucks if you shop around or check it out amazon.

u/zephroth · 0 pointsr/Cooking

my most used utinsles in the kitchen are a whisk and a silicone spatula.

I have been enjoying my new teflon pan tho. Hasn't bent or warped yet. Gots a big chunk of steel on teh bottom of it.

u/Jaggs0 · 0 pointsr/FoodPorn

they just look like mini cast iron skillets.

u/SnugNinja · 0 pointsr/BuyItForLife

This set on Amazon might be your best bet for bifl quality on a budget when it comes to cast iron. Also, don't believe any company being "pre-seasoned". Re-season them yourself when you get them.

u/Nyxian · 0 pointsr/food

I have the Lodge 12 inch - I'd place my guess that he has a 8/9 inch on the side, and that the big one is 15 inches. My 12 inch is crazy heavy, I can't imagine that one.

u/Jahonay · -1 pointsr/GifRecipes

If you're eating out most nights at restaurants and not preparing meals at home, and you're admittedly wasteful, and you're cooking very basic meals, then yeah it's totally cool to go this route.

But a cast iron pan is without a doubt the best choice for a pan otherwise. On amazon they're only 15$, you're also getting a pan that will last you the rest of your existence, and then you can give it to your kids for their entire existence (not that I endorse having children, global warming is a thing). Regardless you have a pan that you can use as a nonstick skillet, it can go in the oven, it can withstand very high heat, it can be used over a fire, it's a weapon, it doesn't have any of the same dangers as Teflon pans, and it's basically immortal.

nonstick pans are dangerous, so a pan is not a pan. A cast iron will not suffer those effects.

If you season and keep a cast iron dry then it's going to be nonstick, it's going to last longer than nonstick, it's safer, it's cheaper, and it's less wasteful than buying new pans every other year.

u/newredditsucks · -1 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Cooks Illustrated tested some, and had to stop the tests because a couple came out so much better than the rest (Some stuck after 2 eggs, the winners didn't stick after 76+). This was one of the winners.

I've got one and it serves quite well. The restaurant supply pans I've bought in the past have been some of the least durable pans I've owned.

u/Cyffrx · -2 pointsr/Mordhau

Pans are heavier than maces or a war hammer


Warhammer weight: 1lb 11.07oz

Iron Skillet weight: 8.38lbs