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Old 01-07-2014, 11:59 PM   #21
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Why not Cast iron?

Mostly because of the weight, although I might end up getting the Lodge 8" pan because I haven't found a lighter weight 8" pan that's good for grilling. I spoke with a salesperson at Sur La Table, and she said that the Lodge pans were easy to clean. I guess I'll have to try one and see. I tried to pan fry a thin piece of beef in my Simply Calphalon pan tonight, but it splattered like crazy and the meat didn't stay flat.
That particular pan is good only for medium to low heat.
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Anything too light you may have balance issues on the stovetop when the pan is empty.
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Mostly because of the weight, although I might end up getting the Lodge 8" pan because I haven't found a lighter weight 8" pan that's good for grilling. I spoke with a salesperson at Sur La Table, and she said that the Lodge pans were easy to clean. I guess I'll have to try one and see. I tried to pan fry a thin piece of beef in my Simply Calphalon pan tonight, but it splattered like crazy and the meat didn't stay flat.
That particular pan is good only for medium to low heat.

Cast iron grill pans are hard to clean in the grooves. The type of pan will not change whether or not food spatters or whether it stays flat.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:02 AM   #24
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Cast iron grill pans are hard to clean in the grooves. The type of pan will not change whether or not food spatters or whether it stays flat.

I'm thinking of getting the regular Lodge fry pan, not the grill pan. I don't think it has grooves.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:18 AM   #25
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Small Lodge pans are not that heavy and they sit squarely (solidly) on the stovetop. They have a good feel.
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I'm thinking of getting the regular Lodge fry pan, not the grill pan. I don't think it has grooves.

I thought you didn't want cast iron...
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:32 AM   #27
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I thought you didn't want cast iron...

I really don't, but I'm not coming up with any good alternatives :(. I haven't seen any 8" nonstick anodized grill pans.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:43 AM   #28
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That's fine. You've decided that a small size is more important than weight. A CI pan has the added benefit of being cheap. I recommend you get the Lodge Logic which is pre-seasoned.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:49 AM   #29
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That's fine. You've decided that a small size is more important than weight. A CI pan has the added benefit of being cheap. I recommend you get the Lodge Logic which is pre-seasoned.

This one?
http://amzn.com/B00008GKDG
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:30 AM   #30
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Yes. You can find it at Wal-Mart, Target and hardware stores with no shipping.
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Yes. You can find it at Wal-Mart, Target and hardware stores with no shipping.

Thanks Andy! I hope I can get the hang of using cast iron pans!
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They can be a bit tricky getting used to setting the burner heat, especially the thicker ones. It will become hotter than you want and not cool down as quickly as you would like until you get used to it.
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Thanks Andy! I hope I can get the hang of using cast iron pans!

That shouldn't take long and once you do you'll love them.

I'm using my grandmothers cast iron. They are going on 90 years old and are still going strong.
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Have you checked Ikea? They have aluminium, teflon coated grill pans:

GRILLA Grilling pan - IKEA

SKÄNKA Grilling pan - IKEA

I have never used these. I have no idea about the quality.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:27 AM   #35
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Have you checked Ikea? They have aluminium, teflon coated grill pans:

GRILLA Grilling pan - IKEA

SKÄNKA Grilling pan - IKEA

I have never used these. I have no idea about the quality.

I haven't seen these before. They're bigger than the size I need, so I may go for the Lodge 8".
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That shouldn't take long and once you do you'll love them.

I hope so! People on the forum seem to like them a lot, especially for cooking meat. I'm willing to give it a try and post questions if I run into trouble!
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:52 AM   #37
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How about something like this:

Norpro Mini Cast Iron Panini Pan with Press : Amazon.com : Kitchen & Dining

or maybe this?

Lava Cookware LV ECO P GT 1616 BLK 6-Inch Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan, Mini, Slate Black : Amazon.com : Kitchen & Dining

Both are cast iron, but they are tiny.
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These are adorable! Do you think they could be used to grill small cuts of beef or chicken?
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:15 AM   #39
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Of course, although I think you'd get a lot of splattering on the stove because they're so small.
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With pans this size, you won't be able to cook anything larger than one burger.
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