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Essential Dutch Oven Tool


Pros: Heavy duty, can lift full dutch oven as well as the lid

Cons: Doesn't fit in my tiny kitchen drawers

In the 30+ years I've been cooking with dutch ovens, I've used everything from coat hangers and pliers to cheap garden gloves to lift the lid off of a dutch oven, usually with a dozen or more hot briquettes uncomfortably close to my knuckles.  My results were not great.  Dropped the lid into the dirt many times.  Frequently dropped hot briquettes into my dinner.   Then I bought one of these lid lifters about 10-12 years ago.  Don't know how I lived without it.  I forget what I paid, but I'm sure it was not expensive.  (I haven't found any Lodge products that weren't a good value.)   The lifter is made from heavy duty steal with a nice black finish. (3/8- 1/2 inch diameter steel...
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Lodge 10 1/4 inch cast iron skillet


Pros: consistant, even heat. durable. usable on/in range, oven, campfire, grill

Cons: Must be properly seasoned and cleaned. Does not come with a lid.

I've always loved the classics and you don't get much more classic than a cast iron skillet.  The 10 1/4 inch skillet from Lodge is everything a cook could ask for.  You could spend more time and money hunting down a Griswold or Wagner, but for bang for the buck, you can't beat the Lodge.  I paid $15 USD at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I've seen prices range from $12-20 online and in stores.  If you like flea markets, you stand a good chance of scoring one for under $10.  Don't let anyone trick you into paying more because it's "seasoned".  (However a Griswold or old Wagner could cost you a bit more than the Lodge.)   I have two of these great skillets.  One was purchased about 10 years...
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