Favorite Size Cast Iron Skillet
- rcspott Mar 8, 2009 08:33 AM
Just curious what size is your favorite cast iron skillet and for what dish?
Personally, my 12-inch skillet suits me fine (cooking for a family of four). Used for just about anything and everything.
I have a 10in and a 12in. The 10in is more comfortable, less heavy/unwieldy, and I find my small burners have trouble heating the 12in evenly to the edges. However, I use both of them ALL the time and sometimes appreciate the extra space in the 12". I use them for pancakes and french toast, frying up some potatoes, searing fish and meat. Pretty much everything that isn't braising and doesn't have acid/vinegar/tomato.
I have a 10" and a 12" and I use them both regularly but I prefer the 12". I use them for lots of things, but my favorite thing is searing sirloin steak in the 12" and cutting it up for steak salad. I also really like the cast iron pan I have that's divided into wedges for corn bread.
I'm going to weigh in with those who have more than one. I have a small skillet we use for eggs and small amounts and a larger one, I believe its called a chicken fryer, that i can use to brown food on the stovetop and finish in the oven. The big pans can be pretty hefty, though
I've got a 10 inch Lodge skillet and it's the perfect size but that's only because it's just me and my wife that I'm cooking for most often. I use it for fried chicken most frequently.