The Bottom Line
- Already seasoned
- Heats evenly and retains heat
- Durable and long-lasting
- Can be used on stovetop or in oven
- Handles get very hot
- Line includes skillets, round and square grill pans, deep skillets, griddle, covered fryers, Dutch ovens and specialty items.
- Many pieces have a pour spout and, on the larger pieces, a helper handle.
- Prices start at $10.
- Cookware is made completely of cast iron, handle and all.
- Cookware is factory seasoned.
- Made in the USA.
Guide Review - Lodge Logic Cast Iron Cookware
Not long ago, every home cook had at least one cast-iron pan, and it was often the hardest-working piece of cookware in her repertoire. But these pans usually required seasoning (repeatedly coating them with oil and heating them in the oven), as well as years of frequent use, to achieve the nonstick patina that keeps food from sticking and makes these pans so versatile.
Lodge Cast Iron has taken the work out of cast iron by developing a process of factory-seasoning their pans, so they're ready to use right away. With the work done for you, it's easy to see why cast-iron pans are so popular. I've used my 10 1/4-inch Lodge Logic skillet to roast a chicken, sear a steak, fry bacon and bake cornbread and an apple tart. The cast iron cookware takes a little while to heat up, but once hot, it retains heat evenly. The pan is no-nonsense durable, and the seasoning has endured (or improved), despite the occasions in which I've committed the ultimate cast-iron no-no, which is scouring it with detergent. Caring for cast iron cookware requires a different technique and mindset; the company advises rinsing cookware with hot water and drying before using; and afterwards, rinsing again with hot water (no soap!) and using a stiff brush to scrub away stuck-on food, then coating it with vegetable oil while it's still warm.
The Lodge Logic line is simply but effectively designed It's important to note that the bigger the skillet, the heavier and more unwieldy they are. Additionally, the handles get very hot, even when cooking on the stove. A silicone or fabric handle cover can help. I find the 10 1/4-inch skillet to be the ideal size; not too heavy, but big enough to cook a 4-serving recipe. The beautiful and timeless design and quality of this cookware, combined with its low price, makes this a product that should definitely find a place in your kitchen.