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Cast Iron Frying Pan?

camp1980 Jun 13, 2007 01:40 PM

So on the home cooking board, I asked how to make a good steak indoors http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410725 . It was brought to my attention that I will need a good cast iron frying pan in order to do this.

So where in Toronto do I find one of these? Also how much should I expect to spend? I know that size will make a difference to how much they cost, so if you could also give me some help in how big of one I would need. I don't usually cook for more then 2 people.

I am heading to KW this weekend and spend a lot of time in Niagara so suggestions for where to get them around those places are also welcomed.

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    nyfoodjoe RE: camp1980 Jun 13, 2007 01:43 PM

    Lodge makes great cast iron here in the states..I am sure you can get it in Canada also...check out their web-site to see where they are sold

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      Davwud RE: nyfoodjoe Jun 13, 2007 01:53 PM

      I do know you can buy Lodge at Bass Pro Shops. Other than that, I don't know.

      They're cheap.

      Don't get all caught up in fancy handles and other gimmicks there may be. Just a simple cast iron skillet is all you need (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/sto...).
      My mom gave me hers (Which I think was her mom's) and I told her she'd never get it back.


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        Davwud RE: Davwud Jun 13, 2007 02:16 PM

        Forgot to add this. We visited the Lodge factory outlet on our last trip down to the in-laws. Factory was closed to tourists though.


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        financialdistrictresident RE: nyfoodjoe Jun 14, 2007 05:07 AM

        I love Lodge (no seasoning needed like with regular cast iron) and it's inexpensive. I'm getting ready to buy their large grill/2 burner one. I'm even used to no soap/no dishwasher now . . .

      3. deelicious RE: camp1980 Jun 13, 2007 02:34 PM

        Good things come and go at Winners. But I bought amazing cast iron pieces at Yonge and College. This was 6 months ago and they have been seasoning perfectly!

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          pearlD RE: deelicious Jun 13, 2007 06:30 PM

          Possibly "Fortune Housewares" on Spadina but I would call them first...you might also check at a "Home Hardware" store (you'd be surprised at what some of those stores stock)as well..............You must season them first. Lots of information re seasoning on the net. I had another thought ...maybe "Tap Phong" (also on Spadina) or "Nickolau" on Queen Street West near Bathurst Street.

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            carlyle lake RE: pearlD Apr 2, 2008 08:04 PM

            Lodge available at Canadian Tire

        2. Jacquilynne RE: camp1980 Jun 13, 2007 07:27 PM

          I buy almost all of my cookware at Cayne's which is just East of Steeles, North of Yonge on Doncaster.

          It may not make much price difference in something inexpensive like cast iron pans, but I know I bought my Kitchen-Aid mixer there for about $110 less than I could find it anywhere else. Similarly, my Kitchen-Aid food processor was about $80 cheaper at Cayne's than anywhere else.


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            Davwud RE: Jacquilynne Jun 14, 2007 04:12 AM

            Caynes is a good place. I've bought many things there.


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              MarkhamDee RE: Davwud Jun 14, 2007 08:22 AM

              I second Caynes - and yes they do carry the Lodge 'Logic' pre-seasoned cast iron.... both standard fry pans (less than $30) as well as 'grill pans' with ridges (less than $40).

          2. The Chowhound Team RE: camp1980 Jun 13, 2007 08:08 PM

            We've moved a digression on whether you should buy preseasoned cast iron to the Cookware board, at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/411226

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              Snarf RE: The Chowhound Team Jun 14, 2007 05:03 AM

              I've seen cast iron in many places in TO. Shouldn't pay more than 40 for a 14 inch, as there's no technology involved. The magic is in the way it's seasoned (combination of baking the pan with oil for a few hours and making sure you cook similar things during the useful life).
              Degrees on Yonge has them, as should any self-respecting kitchen shop. You don't need the high end ones with enamel or teflon, as they tend to wear at the temperatures you'd be searing steak; and handle must be metal, as you want the option of putting it in the oven to finish after the sear.

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                hipfunkyfun RE: Snarf Jun 14, 2007 05:41 AM

                i bought mine at canadian tire when i was a student. i season it regularly and it has lasted 15 years and cooks beautifully. it is completely cast iron, no fancy enamel covering, it is a workhorse in my kitchen.

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                  jayt90 RE: hipfunkyfun Jun 14, 2007 08:31 AM

                  Canadian Tire camping section usually has some cast iron. Also Zellers cookware, where it would be hard to spend more than $20 for one.

                  I haven't seen teflon on cast, but it doesn't sound like a good idea. I have tried several times to grill a steak on my Le Creuset ribbed steak grill (it fits over a gas burner) but the heat is not high enough. I think LC says their enamelled cast iron is good to 500F but it never worked for me.

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                    Finnegan RE: jayt90 Jun 14, 2007 09:56 AM

                    cast iron is cast iron...buy em cheap at walmart

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                      neighborguy RE: jayt90 Apr 2, 2008 02:53 PM

                      A basic cast iron skillet -- all you need -- will be around $10. Buy it, take it home, season it once and maintain properly and you'll have it forever. Pre-seasoned Lodge is good, but to me the $40 grill pan is as far as you should go. Forget the Cruset and anything aluminum.

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                gravel_grrl RE: camp1980 Apr 2, 2008 12:53 PM

                For anyone who may still be looking for one, I just found a set of 3 cast iron pans (6.75 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch) all for $14.99 at factory direct.



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                  Suresh RE: gravel_grrl Apr 3, 2008 04:47 AM

                  for some reason the computer store comes to mind when you say factory direct. For those of us that don't know, can you give us directions?

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                    Finnegan RE: Suresh Apr 7, 2008 06:51 AM

                    It is the same place...Factory Direct sells electronics and housewares


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                  snackventurer RE: camp1980 Apr 7, 2008 02:26 PM

                  Any decent hardware store will carry a cast iron frying pan. They usually run about $30-40 for a big and heavy one. The bigger the better in my opinion, so you can put in big steaks.

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