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Craveable Cast Iron

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The beloved skillet material is taking on new shapes, sheens, and forms these days. Here’s a look at what’s new to love from five American makers of cast-iron cookware.

Related: Check out our collection of cast iron skillet recipes.

1. Tennessee-based Lodge has been making cast iron since 1896. While you might know the company best for its iconic skillets, more recent offerings include woks and handleless griddles, plus a line of small “heat-treated iron” vessels that are actually dishwasher-safe. How’s that possible? Lodge’s Mark Kelly says replacing oxygen with nitrogen.

 

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Photo by Lodge

 

2. Nest Homeware of Providence, Rhode Island, makes cast-iron cookware with distinctive twig-style handles. They’re finished with flaxseed oil, which gives them a golden sheen. The 3.5-qt. Dutch oven ($250) shown here is a favorite, and Nest recently introduced a 12-inch braising skillet ($215).

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Photo by Nest Homeware

 

3. Borough Furnace of Owego, New York, creates cast-iron skillets with a modern handle shape, as well as clean-lined roasting pans, cazuelas (small rimmed cooking bowls), and more. Shown here: Borough’s new 14-inch rectangular casserole ($165).

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Photo by Borough Furnace

 

4. Finex pots from Portland, Oregon have an octagonal shape that not only looks great but also provides several pouring points. Brass accents and a fast-cooling silver coil over the handles give these heavy pieces a unique mixed-metal look. Shown here: Finex’s 10-inch grill pan ($175) and cute 1-qt. sauce pot ($125).

 

cast iron pan
Photo by Finex

 

5. Field Company, headed by two brothers in New York’s Catskills, makes skillets—like the No. 8 shown here ($125)—that are modeled after the cast iron of the 1930s. With a seriously smooth cooking surface, they’re thinner and 25 to 50 percent lighter in weight (and, thus, easier on the wrist) than most similarly sized cast iron.

cast iron pan
Photo by Field Company

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