NOTE – The 12 inch skillet which is the most versatile is on sale right now, so is the 10 inch one. Yet the 12 is so marked down as to be less expensive than the 10 inch one, even with it also being on sale. 32 bucks for a quality skillet that will last longer than an average human lifetime if well cared for is a damn good deal.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Lodge Carbon Steel Seasoned Skillet. These are my go to for searing and if you ever go to a professional restaurant where a lot of searing happens you will likely see dozens of these in use, and there is a reason, they work really damn good. While I used them mostly for searing at first they have now become my go to for 90% or more of my stove top cooking.
There are quite a few options from 8 inches up to a huge 15 inch one with double handles. I currently own an 8 and a few 12 inch and one 15 inch skillet and they serve my needs very well.
I am a huge fan of old cast iron but it is heavy and it is not efficient when it comes to getting it hot, what it is good at is staying hot once you get it there. Thinner carbon steel is efficient at getting hot quickly. These come pre seasoned and if you use proper care they will stay stick free and last forever.
When I first got these pans I really used them the most for searing off meat in two ways.
One – I will sear steaks and such BEFORE finishing on the grill or in the oven. They provide the best sear I have ever gotten and if you are finishing in the oven they can go strait in.
Two – For searing after a sous vide cook. Again they are just the best thing I have found.
But over three years that has changed. First I found the factory seasoning on them to be very good, way better than I expected. They are very low stick, note I didn’t say non stick. I have pretty much given up on other cookware at this point and use Lodge carbon steel pans exclusively. For really sticky stuff I used a mid tier non stick skillet like this. But for 95% of things just get these, cook with them and in time they become so non stick you have to chase an egg to get it out of the pan.
The primary advantage of the carbon skillets over the cast iron is they heat up a lot faster and are easier to get searing hot. They also weigh less so they are easier to toss food around with when you don’t want to use a spatula and damage food by doing so.
After trying both expensive and low cost cookware over the years today I do almost 90% of my cooking with the following
- A Lodge 8 inch Carbon Skillet
- Several Lodge 12 inch Carbon Skillets
- A Lodge 15 Inch Two Handed Skillet
- A Lodge Square Griddle
- Lodge Mini Cast Iron Wok
- A Lodge Dutch Oven
- An assortment of stock pots for boiling, soup making, stock making, etc.
And even some of this is about to change. I feel like I have mostly had what can only be called an amicable divorce from cast iron. As in I still respect it, we still have a friendship and do some stuff together but carbon steel has replaced cast irons role in my life. It is just better, period. In fact I am trialing a new wok this week for you guys and may have it for you next week as an item of the day. Honestly at this point going forward about the only cast iron item I may use often is going to be a dutch oven. Again more on this next week.
Lastly as a prepper, when it comes to carbon steel pans, I love the efficiency here. If you are ever in a situation where fuel needs to be rationed you want a pan that heats up fast, cooks fast and finishes fast. So check out Lodge’s Carbon Steel Skillets today.
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