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Where to buy a cast iron pan?

paper_bag_princess Oct 20, 2008 06:54 AM

Where can I buy a decent cast iron pan in Toronto? Preferably in the downtown area.


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    Tatai Oct 21, 2008 07:16 AM

    I was in the new Crate & Barrel store in Yorkdale Mall yesterday and noticed some lovely cast iron pans. I can't recall the brand name, but it was not Lodge.

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      iamafoodie Oct 21, 2008 06:54 AM

      The Benix stores all over the GTA have a line of Chinese-made cast iron cookware at lower prices than Walmart or Cdn Tire. $25 for a 5 or 6 qt. Dutch oven that comes with it's own iron trivet is as good a price as I have seen in years.

      1. Rudiger Oct 21, 2008 05:42 AM

        Honest Eds carried Lodge pans for a few months ago when I purchased mine.

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          escoffier Oct 20, 2008 11:40 AM

          Kensington Market. I seem to recall Sasmart having some, north side of Bellvue Square park, 6 Denison Square
          416-596-6415. Tap Phong on Spadina is always a good bet too.

          1. unturtlesoup Oct 20, 2008 07:46 AM

            Perhaps you might try Lee Valley Hardware, on King St., which is a hardware store with a surprising selection of very good quality kitchen tools-like rasps/cheese graters, stainless spice jars, kitchen scales, etc.. and they have an online catalogue.
            Like your username-that was my first hotmail acct. 14 years ago!

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            1. re: unturtlesoup
              paper_bag_princess Oct 20, 2008 08:10 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

              unturtlesoup, it was my favourite book as a kid. I even made it into a halloween costume one year, I made a dress out of paper grocery bags, didn't work out so well when I had to use the washroom.

              1. re: paper_bag_princess
                Suresh Oct 20, 2008 08:19 AM

                The Bay (downtown) has quite a few of them, and at cheap prices. I own 3 from the bay, and another from lee valley

            2. TorontoJo Oct 20, 2008 06:59 AM

              What kind are you looking for? Plain cast iron or enameled cast iron? For plain, you can buy Lodge pre-seasoned cast iron at Canadian Tire and some kitchen stores. For enameled, there are several brands such as Le Creuset and Staub that can be purchased at any high-end kitchen store. Ikea has a line of enameled cast iron as well.

              Honestly, though, for plain old cast iron, your best bet is to buy a used/antique one on eBay or at a garage sale. The old ones (e.g., Griswold or Wagoner) are great quality and are often already seasoned from years of use.

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              1. re: TorontoJo
                Davwud Oct 20, 2008 07:33 AM

                Good reco's Jo.

                The other thing, while not downtown, is Bass Pro Shops. They have a decent selection of them.
                I've seen CI at Home Hardware too.


                1. re: Davwud
                  jayt90 Oct 20, 2008 07:41 AM

                  Loblaws, Zellers, Home Outfitters in my area. Usually Lodge and Asian imports. True cast iron is thicker than enameled, more non stick after seasoning, and will take more abuse. That's why the old ones, with smooth surfaces, are worth looking for.

                2. re: TorontoJo
                  Charles Yu Oct 20, 2008 07:52 PM

                  Yup! I bought mine at Canadian Tire and seasoned it by first 'baking' it in the oven and then dressing it with cooking oil. Works like magic especially grilling steaks!

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