Lodge Logic Pro Cast Iron Griddle/Grill Pan
I wanted a two burner cast-iron grill pan for things like burgers, pancakes, french toast, etc. My original inclination was to get something non-stick (anodized), but I decided that cast-iron was the way to go for durability. I've got a 12-inch cast-iron grill pan that I've had for nearly 10 years, and it's just as ruggedly perfect as it was then (actually, it's better).
The beauty of cast-iron is that it actually gets better with time. And though the Lodge Pro Logic Griddle came "pre-seasoned," I opted to wipe it down with some vegetable oil and give it a good seasoning in the oven for a couple of hours. It was probably an unnecessary step, but given cast-iron's indestructible qualities, I figured I wasn't going to hurt it any.
And I was right. The griddle is fantastic. I've made burgers, omelets, bacon, french toast, grilled cheese sandwiches... you name it. The cast iron's able to handle heat that would cause aluminum pans to buckle and warp. I'm able to sear steaks beautifully when weather dictates that I can't go outside.
Clean-up is a breeze. Though the griddle is heavy (14 lbs), it's simply a matter of lugging it to the sink, running some hot water over it, and wiping it down with a paper towel. I don't use soap or steel wool on cast-iron... you go through the trouble of seasoning the pan, why undo all your work with soap? You want there to be an oily "sheen" to the cast-iron; it's the tell-tale sign of a properly seasoned pan. From there, I wipe it down with another paper towel to dry it off, put a light layer of oil on it, and leave it on my stove top for the next round.
In short -- it's a great griddle. Durable as heck -- it'll last a lifetime if treated correctly. I definitely recommend getting one. Granted, it's a little expensive; but it's worth it in the long run.
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