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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

So it's "the silliest thing you've ever read", but you haven't even tried that method. Right.

Feb 19, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

And have you ever tried that method?

Feb 19, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

For backpacking cast iron isn't what you want, but for car, beach camping etc I think cast iron is what you want.

Did you see the review?

"If you have never cooked baked potatoes in a cast iron dutch oven or a cast iron skillet with a cast iron cover, you don't know what you are missing. A little butter and salt, stick them in the oven for the greatest tasting potatoes you have ever eaten. It also works equally as well with sweet potatoes. This is a wonderful cooker---everyone should have one!!!! Purchased from AMAZON!"

Sounds pretty good to me.

Feb 19, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

You mean the depth? For the lid it looks like 1 3/4" and the pan is about 3". The diameter for both is about 10 inches. The largest burner on my stove is around 7 inches. Seems like a good fit to me.

Feb 19, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Baked potatoes for one. I'm intrigued by this review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2723W7F... A frying pan and a lid would be about the same price as this combo cooker, maybe even more expensive. Apparently there are a ton of things you can use this set for....and it would be great for camping.

I don't think I'll ever buy a cookbook, to be honest. All the recipes I could ever want are online.

Feb 18, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Word, 2 for 1 at that price seems pretty unbeatable!

Hmm, interesting thought about the water vapor potentially affecting the seasoning. I ran a search for "water" on the reviews, and none of the results seemed to say that's a problem though. If it does end up being a problem I could get a lid, but I would like to know if that's an issue before I buy it.

Feb 18, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

At this point I'm thinking about buying the Lodge combo cooker: http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Logic-Pre...

If I buy from Amazon I need to get something that's over $25 for free shipping. Seems like I could find a use for the big pan, and it would be good for camping.

Any thoughts on that piece? At $30 it seems like a good deal, and some of the reviews suggest it be the first cast iron pieces you get.

Feb 18, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

I ended up getting these: http://www.artcoinc.com/heat_eliminat... According to the seller they're a "better quality Ove Glove". We'll see. They're rated to 550 degrees, so hopefully they'll work for cast iron and 500 degree ovens.

Feb 18, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Well, I called Lodge and the rep said they've discontinued the Signature series due to lack of sales from the price.

I found some at ebay, but they're too expensive.

If I buy a Lodge, or anything other than an Iwachu, what size should I go for? 12"?

Feb 18, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

I'd be using it for lots of different stuff, but for transferring to the oven just steak I guess. It should be ok as long as I get the right gloves and am careful to not spill anything.

Feb 18, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Would eBay be the best place to get them online? Which is better, Wagner or Griswold, or are they about the same?

Feb 18, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Yeah, that might be true. Those Lodges do have corner handles.

I've been researching gloves to handle cast iron with. Zetex Plus is rated to 2000 degrees. There are also firefighter gloves. Those are expensive, but there might be deals at ebay.

And I'm curious about the BBQ Bravo gloves, but I'd need to know the max temp on those.

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Thanks, I saw that too, but they're out of stock. I'll have to wait if I want Lodge Signature.

I'm pretty strong, so I don't think I'll mind moving them around. The single burner grill/griddle is only 6.5 pounds too. I think it would be better to get 2 of those, if needed, rather than one big one. I do need to find the right oven mitts though.

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Thanks for the review. If they're about equal as you say, then I'll just go for the Lodge.

It seemed like some people much prefer Iwachu, and some people dislike Lodge, but most of the reviews on the Lodges are very positive.

It looks like they aren't selling the Lodge Signature skillets right now. Maybe I'll go for a reversible grill/griddle like this now: http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Logic-Sin... and wait on the skillet till they bring back the Signature series.

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Huh? It's like $81 with UPS ground.

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Thanks Sid, the pad of butter does sound like a good idea. It seems like putting the pan in the oven first, like he does in the video, would be a good addition to your method.

Has anybody used this Iwachu frying pan? http://naturalimport.com/inc/sdetail/...

I'd like to get an opinion from somebody who's used it before making a purchase.

Thanks!

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Thanks, but while steak is what makes me want a cast iron pan, I'll be cooking other stuff in it, like the gyozas I mentioned. And I think for something like gyozas, which can tear, non-stick is very important.

I think unless I'd luck out and find a good Griswold or Wagner at a thrift shop, I'd rather just get something online. If I recall, 12" Lodge is around $18.

I'm still leaning towards the Iwachu, but I'd like to hear from someone who's compared Lodge and Iwachu flat surface frying pans....or at least has used the Iwachu pan I mentioned, and can give me an opinion on it.

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Thanks, yeah, if I go with Iwachu, I'd definitely get the regular frying pan.

Do you, or anybody else who could chime in, have experience with the flat surface Lodge pans vs flat surface Iwachu pans?

In your thread Politeness says, "tanuki soup: Iwachu. Motciron. I had guessed before I saw your second post. The best cast iron in the world, bar none. Omedetou."

Like I mentioned earlier, some people have blogged that Lodge isn't good in their opinion, and I have read that Iwachu gets high marks, but c oliver says that Lodge and Iwachu are equivalent.

If they are, then of course I'd go for the cheaper Lodge, but my understanding is that Iwachu is better because for one thing, it's like old Griswold and Wagner in that the surface is smoother for better non-sticking once it's properly seasoned.

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Thanks, do you have this one? http://www.naturalimport.com/inc/sdet...

A 9.5" diameter isn't large enough? It is too bad that they don't offer different sizes.

If I go with a grill pan, wouldn't it be more versatile to get something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Logic-Sin...

Good points that you make though. That Lodge Signature did get 8 five star reviews.

Feb 17, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Cool, I think I'm still inclined to go with cast iron for this purchase. It seemed to be better for my purposes than carbon steel.

You know, I've read that some experienced cast iron pan users don't like Lodges at all. For example: http://toolsofrenewal.com/?p=4894

However, they do get a lot of rave reviews at Amazon. But I think if Iwachu is the some of the best you can get, I might as well just go for that one. My motto is to do it right the first time, especially regarding one time purchases.

If I get a response through Freecycle though, I'd definitely try whatever turns up.

Feb 16, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Thanks for the replies.

Chemicalkinetics, is there something you think is better or equal to cast iron for steak on an electric stove? And in what way are the carbon steel pans different for steak?

I think I read that some people have had issues with carbon steel pans warping, not sure if that depends on the brand. Also, it seems like you wouldn't want to put those in the oven.

I did some more research on other stuff that's out there. I think I'm still inclined to go with a flat surface skillet, rather than a grill pan or reversible grill/griddle. For one thing, the flat surface is easier to clean, and with a skillet I can cook gyoza, which requires steaming.

I do have a Breville Smart Grill contact grill, but it only goes up to 450 degrees.

And I'm curious about the crust on steak, which I read is better with a flat surface.

I still feel drawn towards the Iwachu. It seems like a better product than the regular Lodge if the craftsmanship is better, especially if the surface is smoother. And it's not too terribly expensive.

I was looking at the Lodge Signature line, but only saw a grill pan at Amazon, and nothing on their website. An Amazon review did state that line is down until late this year or something. Also, since the grill pan's handle was stainless steel, I wonder about putting it in the oven. I guess it depends on the type, but I read SS is rated to 550 degrees. It seems safer to get all CI if I'm going to be putting it in the oven.

Feb 16, 2013
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Iwachu cast iron skillet the best for steak?

Hi,

Recently I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8zGE... and it made me want to cook steak.

It seems like cast iron is the best for cooking steak on an electric stove, right?

If that's the case, I'm leaning towards buying an Iwachu skillet. It seems to get high marks. Whoever runs this blog: http://www.geezergourmet.com considers it their favorite, including over Griswold.

Let me know what you think, thanks!

Feb 16, 2013
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Best Silicone Turner & Tongs for Non-Stick Grill & Griddle?

Hi,

I just ordered a Breville Smart Grill: http://www.brevilleusa.com/cooking/gr... and I need to get a silicone turner and tongs for it.

Suggestions on the best silicone turner and tongs for nonstick grills and griddles?

Thanks!

May 05, 2012
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