Enter Our Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Giveaway!

Cherry-clafouti-oh-xWhether you've cooked with cast iron since Grandma first taught you how to make cornbread, or you're brand spankin' new to this king of cookware, we want to hear your favorite "cooking with cast iron" stories!!

Share your story as a comment on this blog post by midnight CDT on Friday, May 4th, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a cast-iron skillet from Lodge Manufacturing.  Our editors will review the submissions and choose our favorite story from the bunch.

To get you in the mood, check out 7 Ways With a Cast-Iron Skillet and Cast-Iron Skillet Desserts for classic cast-iron recipes and some fresh new favorites.  

To see the complete set of rules, click here.

COMMENTS

  1. Marsha

    My mom has used cast iron pans during all her 60 years of marriage. I always raved about her pot roast being so tender and juicy when cooked in her mother’s cast iron Dutch oven. Mom found me a cast iron Dutch oven and now I use that for my own pot roasts. My dad always gifts his grandchildren with their own cast iron pan, whether they ask for one or not. A few years ago, I had been using a non-stick pan for eggs and browning ground beef, etc. I ended up throwing that pan away and now use my own cast iron pan (from Dad) for browning and frying eggs, etc. Food tastes so much better in those pans!

    April 29, 2012 at 5:56 am
  2. Carolyn

    Camping trips! My brother in law makes a cherry crumble-type dessert in a cast iron dutch oven over the campfire at least one night of each camping trip. It cannot be done in any other kind of cookware!

    April 29, 2012 at 6:01 am
  3. Dale Younts

    I love cooking with cast iron like my mother and grandmothers did. I still remember the huge cast iron pot in my grandmothers back yard that had been used to wash clothes. Cast iron lasts forever.

    April 29, 2012 at 6:45 am
  4. Arlene Cole

    Ive never seen one of these.I use cast iron skillets.Its the only way to cook.I would love this product.

    April 29, 2012 at 6:51 am
  5. Peggy L. Packer

    Yep, my gramma started me at age six using cast iron and I am still using it 51 years later (even the same cast iron!). I recently got a new glass top stove and to my horror it says NO CAST IRON, well cast iron works just fine on it and I am still using it! Still loving it! And the stove will go before the cast iron does! No way will I give up my cast iron cookware!

    April 29, 2012 at 8:14 am
  6. Barb K

    In my family we have several cast iron skillets. They have been past down from one generation to the next. Started with my grandmother and I believe even before her that is how old some of the skillets are. Needless to say they are well taken care of. Still can cook a meal big or small in them. There still going strong.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:24 am
  7. Tara

    I grew up living with my grandparents, and every Sunday was pancake day–the only day my grandfather cooked. He used his mother’s castiron skillet (so you can imagine how old it was) to make those flapjacks. I swear it made them taste better. As an adult, I love pancake Sundays since they make me think of him and what a good man he was. Unfortunately, the skillet was lost, and the electric griddle I use now just doesn’t give it quite the same flavor. But it is still a wonderful memory nonetheless.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:27 am
  8. TD

    I have went to many yard sales looking for all cast iron pots.
    I did find a griddle which is very old. My husband cleaned it and seasoned it and we have found my uses for it. It has a lip on the bottom of it and I was told that it would fit over the old gas stoves way back when. Wish I had new kind like is shown I would enjoy the handle on the end to help grasp to carry.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:03 am
  9. Lisa

    I came from a big family (8 kids). I was the youngest of five girls. Needless to say, I didn’t have to help too much in the kitchen. My mom always used cast iron. She was the best cook. Once she asked me to melt butter. So I went to the fridge, grabbed the plastic margarine container and threw it in the cast iron skillet. It wasn’t long before someone realized what I did. To this day, some 40 years later, I am kindly reminded of how I melted butter.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:17 am
  10. Carol

    My favorite thing to make in my cast iron is my grandmother’s skillet peach pie. It has the “L” word in it but once you taste it all is forgiven.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 am
  11. Michelle

    My first memories with a cast iron skillet are my grandmother’s Israeli authentic shakshuka. Shakshuka is a tomato, onion and egg dish that is made and served directly in the skillet. I would beg my grandmother to make it for me and scoop up every last b

    April 30, 2012 at 6:36 am
  12. AnthonyC

    When seasoning unseasoned cast iron pans I found that letting them sit in the oven to cool down after baking allows the seasoning to set and last longer.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:57 am
  13. SarahJR

    When moving in to my first apartment in college, I went and bought the biggest cast iron skillet available at the local hardwardstore.My romemates thought I was crazy for buying such a big one. For the past 30 years I have used this skillet almost daily to cook cook countless steaks, hamburgers, skillet cobblers,spaghetti sauce, eggs and bacon.Allnof the other kitchen gear that I bought at that time

    April 30, 2012 at 8:58 am
  14. SarahJR

    Continued from previous post:
    All of the other kitchen gear I bought at that time is long gone. Now my son is moving into an apartment and I think he should have his own cast iron skillet, to start the next generations culinary adventures.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:23 am
  15. Kay

    I have cooked with cast iron frying pans for over 30 years, as did my mother and my grandmother before her. Unfortunately, I lost the best one in a divorce. I really need a replacement!

    April 30, 2012 at 9:28 am
  16. Donna Vining

    Heat capacity. That’s what I needed. I kept reading about blackened seafood years ago and wanted to try it myself. Bought a jar of blackened seasoning and the instructions were simple. Heat the pan hot hot hot, preferably outdoors, coat the seafood with melted butter then a thick layer of seasoning. Put the seafood on the hot skillet. Stand back. Let it cook about 5 mins then turn it over. The most succulent piece of salmon I’ve ever had. I still make it the same way, with the same round cast iron griddle pan. No other cookware could stand this treatment. Cast iron rocks.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:28 am
  17. Eileen

    Meatballs!! My grandmother taught me to make meatballs in a cast iron skillet. They are the best. Shortly before she passed away she gave me her skillet. I plan on getting my daughter one and teaching her how to make meatballs.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm
  18. Carol B

    A cast iron skillet is good for frying breakfast sausage. Drain just a little of the fat out, use the rest to make “white” gravy to go over those fresh hot biscuits!! Also, nothing beats Granny’s cornbread made in that cast iron skillet. What a wonderful give away!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm
  19. Marilyn

    I learned how to cook and camp at the same time from and with my new hubby. Used cast iron skillet and dutch oven. My husband fibbed and said it was the best food he had ever eaten. Ha, ha.. gotta love ‘em! and the husband too… :-)

    April 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm
  20. Danielle Logan

    I was always afraid of cast iron. My mom had one when I was little, but after an unfortunate accident involving slippery hands and her big toe, I hadn’t seen one in decades. So when my husband came home with a brand new pan, a bottle of oil, and strict instructions banning all soapy products and non-stick spray from coming near his pan… well, let’s just say that I may not have appreciated his purchase. I’m pretty sure he was the only one who cooked in it those first months. I remember actually being scared to touch it. But I don’t rembember exactly how I got over it. It was a gradual thing. A steak here. Some scallops there. A nice salt scrub… It just happened that over time, I have come to appreciate, even love the cast iron. I seriously can’t imagine cooking fajitas in anything else and I was first to introduce the pan to dessert (a particularly lovely molten chocolate cake if I do say so myself). But, in deference to my mom (or perhaps out of some lingering fear), I still make my husband take it in and out of the cupboard.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  21. carol s.

    We are a camping family and the biggest highlight of each trip is on Saturday nights, when we start the campfire. Everyone knows that a peach cobbler baked in a cast iron Dutch oven and buried in the coals will soon result in amazing deliciousness.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm
  22. Sharon

    My husband can bring life back to neglected and even discarded cast iron cookware. And everything tastes better cooked out of a handed-down or rescued cast iron skillet. I especially love chicken cooked in cast iron.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:43 am
  23. Kelly Ross

    My mom alway worked when we were growing up. So on the weekends she always cooked breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, or her famous fried potatoes it’s was always cooked in her cast iron skillet. As we got older we end end up making her breakfast. I guess cast irons skillets always make me think of home.

    May 1, 2012 at 6:24 am
  24. gluten

    Have you ever tried going 30 days without eating gluten? It might sound strange to some but how do you really know what it feels like? I spent many years of trial and error trying to figure out what was wrong with me. The difference in my energy levels and overall health is amazing now that I found my gluten free diet!

    May 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm
  25. Sharon

    Growing up in Cajun Country had me cooking in cast iron pots since I was, as they say, ‘knee-high to a grasshopper’. My cousin had a huge Lodge cast iron dutch oven that I coveted. She’d cook up a huge amount of jambalaya every year at the family reunion, outside, over a propane burner. That pot was HUGE. And gorgeous. Shiny black, perfectly seasoned, lovingly cared for.
    Out of the blue one day I ran across that exact pot at a garage sale and was it ever in pitiful condition! It smelled awful and was caked with a sticky gunky grease build-up. I could barely lift it but for $5 it was coming home with me! I stuck it in my self-cleaning oven upside down over foil and let the oven bake off all of the buildup, and that pot came out looking like brand new. Of course, it needed seasoning again but before long I had it looking as pretty as my cousin’s.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

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