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Cast iron is my go-to when the dish I’m cooking allows for it. I have been wanting a grill pan for some time and this one by Lodge did not disappoint. I was willing to spend a few more $$ over stainless steel b/c I know this pan will get a lot of use and will most likely outlive me. Support an American company and buy Lodge! You won’t be disappointed.
I have been using lodge and other cast iron for many years ,daily without issue . I used this and it cracked first time out . I feel the perforations weaken the pan structure and it wants to over expand when heated causing cracks . I see others have same issue. I am returning it . Good idea but carbon steel would of been better choice of materials I think.
i have several Lodge products, one which I have used for 20 years. When looking for a grill pan for my outdoor grill, Lodge was my first choice. The pan comes pre-seasoned, but I liberally oiled it nonetheless for my first use. i am still trying to get the grill pan clean!! Baking soda and a scrubbing sponge did almost nothing, despite multiple attempts to remove the baked on food. I finally placed it in a plastic bag, and heavily covered it with non-fuming oven cleaner. That removed a substantial amount of the char, but it still needs at least one more treatment. I hope this can be rescued, and will give it another try, but if it requires the same level of cleaning, i will be done with it.
I have cooked fish, vegetables, flank steak, ny strip, and burgers in this and they are each my favorite iteration of my grilling standards. I have tossed all of my other grill baskets in favor of the lodge. Buy some stainless steel scrubbing pads to clean.
I have been using this grill pan to grill veggies. The veggies taste great and stay firm but cooked. The only issue I have found is that one needs to use a bit of oil and the oil ends up on the bottom side of the pan. But it rinses off in hot water so no big deal.