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Where to find an inexpensive cast iron grill pan in T.O.?

Moimoi Mar 30, 2008 06:10 PM

I had the square Le Creuset grill pan and lid and I mis-placed it... don't ask. I loved that pan and it still pains me wondering where it is...

Anyway, I'd like to find an inexpensive version of the Le Creuset (I think the set is currently about $200), preferably with a weighted grilled press lid. I have already have a great Villaware pannini grill, but sometimes I like to go low tech and use the stove.

I know Tap Phong on Spadina has a ton of cheap cast iron pans, but I don't think they have any with grill lines. Thanks.

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    MindGrinder RE: Moimoi Mar 30, 2008 06:39 PM

    You partially answered your own question. China town = cheap = crap. It may be heavy cast iron - but filled with crap you don't want released in the air.

    Le Creuset, Calphalon, All-Clad etc....really are the only way to go for quality. I may be against much of snobbery you see here - but that type of quality does pay off.

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      Moimoi RE: MindGrinder Mar 30, 2008 07:59 PM

      So are you saying that the less expensive cast iron leeches toxins into the food??? I've never heard that. Haven't cooks been using cast iron for ages. I'm sure the early versions of cast iron weren't sophisticated. Isn't cast iron, cast iron???

    2. Kagemusha RE: Moimoi Mar 30, 2008 06:53 PM

      Costco has them. Believe Sears also has them in cast-iron and schmaltzy enameled cast-iron--Chinese-made, though.

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        Popdoggy RE: Kagemusha Mar 30, 2008 08:35 PM

        Home Sense sometimes has ok ones.

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        grilledcheese RE: Moimoi Mar 31, 2008 10:48 AM

        Ikea has a knockoff. Haven't tried it.

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          Mila RE: Moimoi Mar 31, 2008 11:10 AM

          I don't know if this is what you're looking for but Loblaws (I was at the Laird one) had a two burner grill with flat surface on the other side. If you're making a couple of sandwiches or several steaks it works really well, though it is really just for grilling as the sides are very low. It is not Le Creuset quality but it was also only $12.

          Looks like this.

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            jayt90 RE: Mila Mar 31, 2008 06:40 PM

            I bought one of these and it is good for steaks, vegs, and flipped over for breakfast. It will fit over the outdoor grill, too.

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              5andman RE: Mila Apr 1, 2008 08:00 AM

              My stovetop has one of those new-fangled plastic surface things.

              Can you use those on this type of stovetop?

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                Mila RE: 5andman Apr 1, 2008 09:09 AM

                Just googled "plastic surface stove" and didn't find anything. What kind of stove is this 5andman?

                It must be able to handle the heat if you do regular cooking with it.

                More googling and I found this chowhound thread:

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                  jayt90 RE: 5andman Apr 1, 2008 11:24 AM

                  Contact the manufacturer or dealer to see if a flat cast iron surface will heat evenly.

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                  neighborguy RE: Mila May 30, 2014 05:31 AM

                  I bought one of these (Lodge brand) over the one at Loblaws since there seemed to be a difference in the griddle spacing -- I wanted the raised parts closer together but fatter.

                  The inexpensive version had thin lines spaced wider apart.

                3. Recyclor RE: Moimoi Mar 31, 2008 12:39 PM

                  I do love my higher end pots and pans I've managed to collect over the years, but in the case of cast iron I'd go with Lodge, $30 or so & I bet available at CDNtire, they make the full range in all shapes and sizes and have been long tried and tested, they sell round or square presses separately, granted the style is "campsite" not sleek beautifully colored Le Creuset -- which is nice but not really necessary...Mario Batalli also has a line of stuff that features one of those, but I don't know anything about it's quality or where to get it...

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                    ctl98 RE: Moimoi Mar 31, 2008 06:31 PM

                    Cayne's Houseware has a big selection of cast iron cookware, from Lodge to Mario Batali to unbranded ones.

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                      juliewong RE: Moimoi Mar 31, 2008 09:08 PM

                      Restaurant supply stores and believe it or not - Canadian Tire.

                      1. grandgourmand RE: Moimoi Apr 1, 2008 10:27 AM

                        Ebay. My wife got me all of my Le Creuset gear from some vendor in Quebec and paid half of retail or something like that.

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                          sochow RE: Moimoi Apr 2, 2008 06:25 PM

                          Oh we have the same kitchen desires moi moi! I've been haunting ebay recently looking at the same pan - that's funny. I have NO pictures - some even of food - quite the detective you are!

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                            carlyle lake RE: Moimoi Apr 2, 2008 08:01 PM

                            Concur. Lodge is plan.. Canadian Tire. Precision.

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                              Jean Anthelme RE: Moimoi Apr 4, 2008 11:27 AM

                              I'm lucky enough to have bought on sale, and been gifted with, a number of excellent Le Crueset pots and pans, which I adore.

                              That said, my SO gave me a Lodge cast iron pan for my recent birthday, and I love, love, love it.

                              Great performance at a fraction of the cost.

                              1. nutellasandwiches RE: Moimoi Apr 8, 2008 08:28 PM

                                Yes -Williams Sonoma had the lodge grill pan for around $40.

                                1. Alacrity59 RE: Moimoi Apr 10, 2008 11:20 AM

                                  Bass Pro in the Vaughn Mills SC has the Lodge at just under $30. It is a very fun store to see. These cast iron pans can last forever. I've got a pair handed down to me from my grandmother (and I'm 48) that still work perfectly. Sure I've re-seasoned them from time to time. I'd rather this than use Teflon. I can't tell you how many times I've heard about ruined Thanksgivings dinners due to the Teflon breaking off the surface of a roast pan . . . but that's another subject.

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