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Lodge Cast Iron Square Grill Pan Review

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Lodge Cast Iron Square Grill Pan:
QUICK OVERVIEW

Features

Construction

Durability

Affordability

What We Like

  • Ribbed bottom for low-fat cooking
  • Pre-Seasoned and ready-to-use

What We Don't Like

  • Prone to rusting  
  • Hard to clean

For grill lovers and home cooks alike, this cast iron square grill pan from Lodge will help you create delicious foods you and your family will love. Cast iron cooking has a long history, dating back to the 19th century, and is beloved by millions thanks to both its durability and the flavor quality it delivers.  

Lodge Cast Iron Square Grill Pan REVIEW

Lodge 10.5 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan. Pre-seasoned Grill Pan with Easy Grease Draining for Grilling Bacon, Steak, and Meats.

The Lodge foundry and brand of cookware has been around since 1896. Starting with their traditional smooth round skillets, they’ve branched out to more specialized cookware, like this square grill pan. Grill pans have been around for several decades, and this tried-and-true model is a staple for any household.

Who Is This For?

Cast iron cooking is a pleasurable experience for any kind of cook, from beginners to more advanced at-home chefs. This cast iron grill pan is also ideal for camping, using on an outdoor grill, or just enjoying meals at home.  Cast iron needs to be taken care of and is not the same as using stainless steel or non-stick pans.

Overview of Features

A generous 10.5” square size is the dominant feature of this Lodge 10.5 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan. Pre-seasoned Grill Pan with Easy Grease Draining for Grilling Bacon, Steak, and Meats.. You can cook four burgers or chicken breasts or two large pieces of fish simultaneously, so it’s definitely family sized. You’ll notice the twelve evenly spaced raised ribs along the bottom of the pan, which are about ½” apart. They create the grill marks on your food. The pan is square, with gently rounded corners. This gives you more cooking area than a round grill pan.

The handle is nice and long and evenly balanced. It does get very hot, so you are advised to use an oven mitt or silicone holder when moving the pan. The other feature you’ll notice is the weight. Cast iron is heavy; it’s solidly made and weighs around four and one-half pounds. The iron itself is very thick along the bottom of the pan and up the sides of the grill. It heats evenly and should only be used on medium-high heat or lower. Cast iron is magnetic, so you can definitely use this with an induction cooktop.

How to Get The Most Out Of It

Cast iron will last for more than one generation if it’s kept in excellent condition and used with care. Although this Lodge Cast Iron Square Grill Pan comes pre-seasoned, to ensure its best use and help it become more non-stick, you are advised to season it before cooking for the first time.  

Alternative

Need a bit more space for grilling? When the 10.5” square grill pan won’t do, then pick up this  Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Grill and Griddle Combo. Reversible 20" x 10.44" Grill/Griddle Pan with Easy-Grip Handles. With a size of 20” long and 10.44” wide, you get plenty of room to cook up an entire meal. 

Drawbacks

One pattern in the negative reviews of this grill pan was that it rusted.  Another was that it was very hard to clean around the ridges.

Conclusion

Cast iron cooks are converts for life. If this is your first foray into cast iron cooking, you’re in for a treat. But even for serious cooks Lodge 10.5 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan. Pre-seasoned Grill Pan with Easy Grease Draining for Grilling Bacon, Steak, and Meats. will be a welcome addition to your collection.

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