Lodge L8SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Review
The Lodge L8SK3 pre-seasoned cast iron skillet is probably one of the most popular items in the cast iron cookware product lineup.
This cast iron skillet has nearly 7,000 reviews product Amazon showing an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars. With this many positive reviews, you can be certain this is a wildly popular and highly regarded product.
Out of the box, this skillet is nearly ready for action. One of the awesome features of Lodge products is that they come “seasoned” from the factory. This pre-seasoning is the beginning of what will eventually become your all-natural nonstick easy release coating. It just takes time to get there.
A quick rinse using only hot water is all I ever do when prepping a new piece of Lodge cast iron. A quick drying and giving it a light coat of veggie oil will have it ready for action, --I use a lot of coconut oil in my day-to-day cooking, so I give my cast iron a good rubdown using that. Sometimes I will use a bit of lard, so use what you have.
Looking over the skillet, the finish is smooth and the edges are nicely finished, even in the handle eyelet! Compare that workmanship to the offshore brands, in my experience; these typically have small bits of leftover metal still attached in that handle eyelet.
Have you looked at how much a new skillet costs? A nonstick name brand starts in the mid-$30 range, --something that you will eventually toss out. The Lodge L8SK3 pre-seasoned cast iron skillet can be found on Amazon for as low as $16.00 plus shipping.
Quality cookware does not have to be expensive!
One other nice feature of this Lodge L8SK3 cast iron skillet is the extra “assist handle. “ It comes in handy when carrying around a skillet loaded with your dinner.
This one cast iron skillet can go from your stovetop straight into the oven. You can take this same skillet out to your grill or campfire grate. I have used mine quite a bit doing everything from cooking up a bacon and eggs breakfast, to fajitas, to an outdoor stir-fry on my Kamado Joe charcoal grill, --until I picked up the Lodge P14W3 cast iron wok. That review will be coming later!
Food cooked in cast iron just tastes better! Food cooked outside on the grill or fire pit in a cast iron skillet, well it’s just awesome!
No worries about scratching a chemical coating, you can use all of your kitchen utensils on this beast. So, break out that long handled metal spoon!
Specifications as taken from my own Lodge L8SK3 cast iron skillet
- Weight: my kitchen scale shows 5 pounds and 4 ounces
- Outside edge to outside edge width, including the side pour spouts: 10 3/4 inches
- Outside edge to outside edge width, not including the side pour spouts: 10 3/8 inches
- Inside edge to inside edge width, not including the side pour spouts: 10 1/6 inches
- Handle to “assist handle” length: 16 1/4 inches
- Height: 2 1/16 inches
- Manufactured: South Pittsburg, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Some folks have also mentioned that their skillets developed cracks in their product reviews. Lodge does say that this cookware performs best with gradual heating and cooling. In my experience using cast iron cookware, I have not had this happen to me. I am not really sure what gradual heating and cooling is?
My cast iron cookware heat and cools at the same rate as my stove or grill heats and cools. When cooking over a fire pit, it goes straight to a hot grill grate with no cracks thus far. Amazon does provide a replacement policy on damaged items; just don’t wait too long before starting the process.
Another complaint folks have seems to be about the seasoning cast iron cookware. Experienced cast iron cookware users know that seasoning is not a one-time thing. After cleaning, your cast iron needs to be dried and given a light coating of cooking oil, just enough for light sheen. This builds the seasoning and protects the metal. I also like give the cooking surface another coat just prior to using.
One issue, in common to all cast iron cookware is that cooking acidic foods will eat away at your hard-earned seasoning.
Lodge provides the buyer with their recommendations for re-seasoning your skillet. This is something that I do every now and again outdoors on my grill because it does generate a lot of smoke.
Make sure you do your cast iron cookware homework! Learn how to cook in it, learn how to clean it, and learn about seasoning it, and you to will become a cast iron addict!
Tip: Lots of folks measure their success at creating a nonstick easy release surface by cooking an egg over easy. This is what I do:
- warm your pan
- add a bit of fat to coat the pan
- fry up a few slices of bacon, hey, were making breakfast here…
- crack one egg into the skillet, you don’t want to crowd the pan by adding a second, but this is the way I have always done it…
- after a minute or two, slide that spatula/burger flipper under the egg, it should slide right under the egg smoothly and not tear the egg white. Give it a flip and finish it up
- cook up a second or third egg the same way, depending on your appetite
I like getting those crispy egg white edges with a bit of coloring. I can’t get that look from anything other than my cast iron skillets.