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Olvida 10 Inch Nickel Plated Cast Iron Skillet?

I'm curious if anyone owns or has used the Olvida 10 Inch Nickel Plated Cast Iron Skillet or something similar. How does it compare to the other speciality skillets like enameled (LC, Staub, etc.) cast iron? I'm looking for something to toss into an oven to heat up and then cook something on a weak electric coil stove and possibly finishing it off back in the oven.

My Lodge cast iron is in storage in another state so, I'm not inclined to buy an identical duplicate skillet. I have other skillet options but, I'm really looking for something to sear steaks with great heat capacity for use in an apartment until I find a permanent home in this tough housing market (too many houses locally with concrete in the plumbing and similar damage).

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  1. Well, for one, nickel has a very high melting (1453° C). It will not limit you like tin (which is a soft metal and has a low melting point. Nickel plated cookware also won't chip like enameled cast iron. Nickel is fairly stable, and is considered corrosion resistance at room temperature.

    Now, make sure you are not allergy to nickel. Most people are not, but some are not.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      I've always wondered if cookware with nickel would cause reactions for those allergic to it like I am. I have avoided buying any to try it out.

    2. Hi, Sid:

      FYI, for a long time, nickel-plated CI Dutch Ovens were standard issue for the Boy Scouts because of ease of cleaning and use and durability--it's really a good material.

      However, the plating does not stand up to a lifetime of use with metal utensils, as witnessed by how virtually all the truly vintage pans are found with the plating worn through.

      If you get the pan, please post a review.

      Aloha,
      Kaleo

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      1. re: kaleokahu

        I figure if I can live with LC and Staub, Nickel should be easier to care for then the enamel finishes.

        I think I might see about a plating company that could nickel a Lodge skillet.

        1. re: Sid Post

          I hear/tell that Olvida will do this, but I have no experience. You might contact them.

          1. re: mwhitmore

            Yea, I suspect they don't cast their own skillets. I'm guessing they are a plating shop that does this as a sideline to their other business.

            1. re: Sid Post

              Hi, Sid:

              Some time ago, I contacted them and asked about plating a supplied pan. At that time, they said they would do it, but the cost was a lot more than just buying their pan. If I remember right, you had to wait quite awhile, too. Considering the prep and interruption, I can't say I blame them.

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

              1. re: kaleokahu

                Actually, I'm thinking about trying places local to me. It probably won't be until after Thanksgiving before I can call around and see if anyone will plate it or the cost. I don't see shipping a ~$20 skillet that heavy all the way across the country and back being cost effective. If I can drop it off somewhere along the interstate and pick it up a few weeks later, they will probably get my business.

                1. re: Sid Post

                  Hi, Sid:

                  Hard to argue with your logic on economy.

                  FWIW, I recently investigated having a pan plated, and it was *expensive*. Whereas a tinner might typically charge $4-6 per inch (diameter + height), the plater I talked to quoted me SIXTEEN. An 8" saute = $160! It was for silver plate, granted, but the cost of the silver itself is actually quite small.

                  This is beyond my expertise, but I suspect that making nickel stick to cast iron might not be all that easy. Olvida claims to use "new technology", and I note they also claim the CI is "impregnated", not plated. Considering how many hundreds of nickeled Wagners I've seen with the plating shot, you might be ahead to just spluge on the Olvida pan.

                  I would definitely call City Kitchens here in Seattle to ask about the Olvidas--they are very honest about such things.

                  Aloha,
                  Kaleo

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Thanks for the reference! As usual you have come through with great information again. I will try to give them a call sometime soon.