Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned
The decision to include this skillet as the best single piece of cookware was a no-brainer for me. I honestly didn’t have to put much thought into this decision, because this skillet’s sales statistics and consumer reviews made the decision for me. In fact, above all the other single pieces as camp cookware sets featured on this website, this one had the best sales and the best consumer reviews.
Let’s take a closer look at this Lodge skillet to give you a better idea of why it is so popular. One can only assume that its popularity is based on its quality, since Lodge doesn’t exactly throw a large chunk of change into the advertising pot each year. One would be right, by the way. This skillet is built with excellent quality.
A Trusted Material; A Trusted Name
This skillet has two very important things going for it. First, it has been built with what is arguably the most reliable and longest-lasting material in the world of cookware – cast iron. If you are not familiar with cast iron and its various benefits, allow me to quickly summarize them for you now.
Cast iron is virtually indestructible. It will not warp. It will not bend and dent if you bang it around from time to time. Once it has been properly seasoned it maintains a non-toxic, natural non-stick surface. It is relatively rust-resistant but, if it ever does get rusty, you can easily brush the rust off, wash, dry, and re-season it to make is as good as new.
Of all the companies from whom one can purchase a cast iron cookware piece, Lodge is one of the best options. In the business for 120 years, this company knows what they are doing where cast iron is concerned. In fact, they have barely branched out into other materials or products. Instead, they have chosen to maintain a focus on what they do best.
If you are someone who is used to working with cookware which features plastic handles you may think that this skillet isn’t actually user friendly at all. The truth is, however, that you couldn’t be further from the truth when you are considering the world of camping.
Although camp stoves are becoming easier and easier to use, there is something to be said about cooking over a fire. Unlike with plastic and silicone coated options, you will never need to worry that your handle will melt or catch fire when using this skillet. In fact, you can use this skillet over the fire, on a camp stove, at home on a real stove, inside your oven, and even on a barbecue.
While most camp-friendly pans measure about one inch or less in depth, this pan is an impressive two and a half inches deep. This means that you can use it for a large variety of dishes. You will not be limited to cooking flat things like fish fillets and eggs. Instead, you will be able to prepare anything from canned goods to steak; from French toast to soup.
Though I have mostly held the 6.5-inch option in my mind as I have discussed this pan, it is important for you to know that you can purchase it in whatever size best suits your own needs. Unprecedented among other camp frying pans, it comes in a selection of nine different size options, including 6.5 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, 10 inches, 10.25 inches, 12 inches, 13.25 inches, 15 inches, and 17 inches in diameter.