K24616 - Cook's Essentials Enameled Cast Iron 10" Skillet
Not What I Expected
I ordered a blue for me and a red one for my mother. The skillet had a beautiful look and the weight of the cast iron was just as I remembered but when it came to cooking in it I was a little disappointed. I could not move the food around with ease and it stuck to the skillet way too much. As a young girl I remember my mom teaching me how to cook in her cast iron skillets............she even handed down a couple to me when I got my first place and I loved them. This skillet cooked nothing like those. My mom cooked once with the red one I purchased for her and refuses to use it again. Sorry, I really wanted to like it.
Fashionable Cast Iron
I was able to get this pan in the purple and it looks great. Even better, it cooks very well too! Great to get a good sear and makes delish skillet cornbread. I like the pour spouts on the sides because it makes it easy to pour off pan dripings, grease, whatever. Yes, its true that since only the outside of the pan is enameled, you'll need to pay attention to its care. But if you've ever had a cast iron pan before, you know the drill! After cooking in it, let the pan cool and use only water and a light scrub brush to clean it (never detergent unless you want to re-season it!). Do this and you'll never have a rust problem. Its what I've always done with cast iron and I do it with this pan with wonderful results.
Wonderful skillet. Fries evenly. The weight is great. A must buy, you should not pass this by, especially for the price.
Everything tastes better in cast iron
I have gotten into cast iron pots and pans lately and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this skillet. I have no problems with the rusting and I think that maybe the other users that have complained about it, are not using it correctly. What I do is, after I am done with my cooking - ALWAYS cook in med heat or less, wait until the pan is hot, then add your oil, then once the oil heats up add your ingredients -, I rinse the pan out under the sink, when I see that there are not any remains of food left, I set it once again on the stove with the heat on low until it dries out, then I pour a dash of oil in the pan, move it around so it is well covered, turn off the stove and that's it. It stays out because I use it so much. And if you use it the way I do, even eggs won't stick.
I really like this pan, it is solid and I am sure that it will last for many, many years.
Solid Pan, Need to Keep Cleaning Rust
This is my first cast iron skillet. I had to learn how to use it properly, and once I got the hang of it, it really does work well. The only problem I have is that since this is not enameled from the inside, it will rust if not cleaned and dried right away. I suppose it's no problem if you don't mind cleaning rust, and then having to re-season. However, it does really retain the heat well, and carmelize my food really well.
It's cast iron, not non-stick. I still prefer this better than non-stick b/c of all the potential chemicals emitting off of non-stick. (depending on which brand you buy.)
love this pan!
Other's have complained about food sticking to it, but I don't find it sticks any worse than ANY cast iron pan. It's important to season it well...don't use SOAP to wash it. When I wash it I do it like I do all my cast iron..I add water to it and boil it on the stove (don't let it boil dry), the food comes right off. Then I wipe it out and spray with some oil and rub in and leave it..don't ever wash it with soap you'll lose your seasoning!
I ordered this pan in blue and in red. The blue pan was defective on the outside and the red pan was defective on the inside. It is too costly to return them, so will donate them to charity. This must be one of the worst/horrid pans ever offered on QVC. Save your money! It is not worth a dime.
Enameled Cast Iron Is Convenient & Great Price!
This is my first full size cast iron pan. I have a griddle and the square Technique reversible griddle/grill, and Technique triple play pan. I love them all but this Cook's Essentials pan has been the easiest to use even though it is a little heavier.
With arthritis, I had considered the enameled cast iron with the enameling covering at least the outer portion of the pan because not having to worry about keeping the exterior and handle free of water so it wouldn't rust is a big plus for me.
But I wanted the cast iron interior to be uncovered. Cleanup has been easy. I only have to wipe the pan after using, then wash it with a little soap and water before using it again. Then I just dry it with a paper towel, wipe a little oil on the exposed cast iron surfaces and top edge, spray a little oil on and cook.
When using, I turn the dial to 5, let the pan heat up then turn it down to 3 or 2.5 to cook the food. I've even cooked frozen chicken tenders and they came out great.
This pan has really surprised me as the interior is very smooth. There is just a little uneven dip in the center, but it hasn't affected its cooking ability at all.
I got the dark blue enameled pan and it is beautiful.
disappointed in NC
I am very disappointed in this cast iron skillet. I was very pleased with the price, but you get what you pay for. Everything I fry in it, sticks to the pan and you can not get it out no matter how hard you scrub with a spatula or wooden spoon. Hot soapy water will not do the trick either. Since I paid the clearance price for it, it is not worth the money to send it back. I will either give it away or throw it away unless someone can tell me how you can get it clean (especially after frying bacon in it).
Sent it Back!
I have been looking for an enameled cast iron skillet that would be safe to use on my glass top stove. I liked the size of this one but I noticed when I unpacked it that the interior of the skillet was very poorly cast. The bottom was uneven and food sticks to it like glue. I even re-seasoned it myself but it didn't help a bit. I'm sending it back!
I love this skillet !
If you are a fan of cast iron then you will like this skillet. Perfect size for lots of things you don't need your big pans for. I know they don't recommend cast iron for smooth top electric stoves but I don't have any problems with using it on mine.