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    Apr 2, 2015, 12:01 PM
    I have a cast iron skillet... now what?
    For Christmas last year my sister got me a (FANTASTIC! ) cast iron skillet that looks just like this one:http://www.webstaurantstore.com/imag...ith-handle.jpg In the restaurant I work at we only use these skillets to SERVE entrées... we cook off the grill and use the heated skillet as presentation. That seems a shame for home use, because we don't have a dining room table and often just eat off our laps in front of the TV anyway haha.I've used it to cook pork chops on the stove a few times with great results, except for oil splatter just about everywhere. A deeper pan could probably make that easier, but I'll live for now. I love the way the cast iron heats up evenly and sears the meat, and I plan to invest in more cast iron in the future. In the mean time... what do I do with this one? Does anyone have a skillet like this? What kinds of recipes are cast iron-friendly?
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    Apr 2, 2015, 12:35 PM
    Well, the link actually goes nowhere, so I'm thinking it's for real.

    I'd probably be asking the same thing, since it's a shallow cast iron pan that's not good for much more than eggs, in my humble opinion.

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    Apr 2, 2015, 01:01 PM
    I can't open the link. However, I love my cast iron skillet and use it frequently on the stovetop and in the oven. A good one can last a lifetime with little care. I actually have one that was my grandmother's and is abou 80 years old.
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    Apr 2, 2015, 01:11 PM
    Finally opened the link. Looks like a good skillet to cook a steak or chop!
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    Apr 2, 2015, 01:39 PM
    It looks like what is being marketed as a fajita skillet. Essentially for a quick stir frying of meat and/or vegetables.

    I have a griddle about that size I like to use for frying flat bread.
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    Apr 2, 2015, 02:06 PM
    I sold all my vintage cast iron (yes, I know it's always popular). It's just to heavy for me at my age, and I don't like cleaning it without soap, and keeping it oiled. Now that Teflon has vastly improved, I use it for everything.

    Yours would be good for fritatas, sauteing mushrooms and onions, etc.
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    Apr 2, 2015, 02:37 PM
    Good for one large pancake. I have one very similar but it has a bunch of indents in it to make about 6 small pancakes.
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    Apr 2, 2015, 02:38 PM
    Once it's properly seasoned, that griddle will last your grandchildren a lifetime. My grandmother's 10 inch skillet is still in use by my mom. It will be 100 years old in 2017. As far as recipes go, for that griddle you can sear anything, make pancakes, hot sandwiches, sauté peppers and/or onions, stir-fry, etc. etc. etc.
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    Apr 3, 2015, 01:30 AM
    It really is too shallow to cook anything without splatter. That would be a downside for me too. It is a lovely griddle though and I would be cooking pancakes, flatbreads such as nan (east indian fast bread) and sauteeing.

    I hope you seasoned it well and don't use soap on it !
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    Jul 15, 2015, 02:24 AM
    Other than cooking pancakes or baking bread in the oven, you can use it as toaster after heating it on the stove--to warm up slices of bread.
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    Jul 15, 2015, 07:44 PM
    Cast iron is great for camping and cooking over the fire. Bacon, steak, pancakes, you name it. The only pan that will do over a fire, is a cast iron pan. I just got a great one at Value Village (a thrift store) for under $5. It's a bit worn, previous owner obviously scrubbed it, which you never ever do with a cast iron pan. Ever! But the nice thing about cast iron, even if it's used and worn, you can revive it. Cooked some oil on the fire, and it's as good as new. To clean, put water in the pan, boil, add some dish soap, use a sponge and rinse, then dry and set aside. Some people don't even do that, just wipe the pan with a paper towel after it's cooled.

    Baking with cast iron is amazing. Best food ever!
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    Jul 16, 2015, 06:13 AM
    Any kind of cooking with a cast iron skillet is awesome. I don't wash mineI just rinse in very hot water and wipe.

    Yes, mam, it definitely was the cast iron skillet that won our west, and the good women who knew how to handle one !

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