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Cast Iron Pan

Where in the GTA would I find a good quality cast iron pan? I have a teeny tiny one that was handed down to me, but I want one that will be a good size to make socca (chickpea flour pancake/flatbread). It would also be nice to have a great pan for making roux. I'm looking for something that will last a very long time once it's seasoned. I'll be in Toronto this weekend and would like to pick one up.

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  1. I think the best cost/value cast iron pans I've seen are at Canadian Tire.

    1. I think the best cost/value cast iron pans I've seen are at Canadian Tire.

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      1. re: Everythingtarian

        Do you own one that you bought from Canadian Tire? Does it cook evenly?

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          I do and it does. Its a 12" pan with WKM stamped on the back. No heat distro problems at all.

          1. re: Everythingtarian

            Excellent. I won't wait until the weekend. I'll just pop into my local Crappy Tire and pick one up. Thanks!

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              Agreed with Canadian Tire having the best prices. They also had the best selection of sizes when I was shopping for mine a few months ago (Yonge just north of Bloor). Lodge seems to be, by far, the most popular brand, and mine has worked beautifully.
              Although they come "pre-seasoned", this seasoning is not what you want to be cooking on, and it's certainly very different from the jet-black, slick finish you might recall from your grandma's old pans. The method I used to season mine was from this thread:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/433869
              Scroll down and follow the directions from "acmorris". She really knows what she's talking about, and I'm very happy with the way mine turned out.

            2. re: Everythingtarian

              are wkm pans any good? i just got a heavily rusted one that i cleaned up, and am in the middle of seasoning. i notice on mine that the cooking surface is very smooth, which is nice

        2. Zellers and Wal-Mart are worth looking at too. Canadian Tire can be expensive unless on sale. Return counter sucks.
          The larger Loblaws have a few cast iron items, well priced.

          1. Current pans from Lodge and far east sources have a sand blasted surface. It is probably better to look for a pan with a smoother surface. Eventually a Lodge will become smooth with use, but he pans are not finished as well as the old ones.

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            1. re: jayt90

              The more you use it the better it gets. After it is washed, dry it and put it on the burner to warm it up so that it thorouly dries and give it a thin coating of oil. Do not let it sit in water.

              1. re: fatman0000

                Don't wash it with dishwashing liquid !

                1. re: lamaranthe

                  I actually only use water, heat and a scrubber - but there's a chowtip video that suggests using kosher salt....

            2. If you're going to be in Toronto, head over to the William Ashely warehouse sale http://www.williamashley.com/warehous...
              I am a huge fan of cast iron (particularly for frying) and I picked up some more cast iron cookware at silly prices. The sale is located in the Lawrence/DVP area.