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4 Beautiful New-School Cast-Iron Skillets We’d Cook With Every Day … |

4 Beautiful New-School Cast-Iron Skillets We’d Cook With Every Day …

If you’re the owner of a well-loved, quality cast-iron skillet, please feel free to stop reading here—you’ll probably never need to buy another pan for the rest of your life. But if you’re just now flirting with the idea of making a lifelong commitment to cast iron (and you should be), a new class of artisan ironware makers are making some truly beautiful skillets that elevate the act of frying bacon strips into art. Here are four heirloom-worthy pans we’d cook with every day.

cast iron pan iwachu

Just look at the sides on Iwachu’s cast-iron.

The surface of this pan is more pebbled than others—the result of a traditional Japanese style of crafting cast iron called Nambu Tekki. The petite pan’s gently sloped sides are ideal for practicing your pan-flip, rolling omelets, or spooning up hot brown butter to baste a pork chop.

cast iron pan smithey

Smithy Ironware is nonstick from the get-go.

Smithey Ironware
This handsome pan is made by a small outfit out of Charleston that highly polishes the surface of the skillet so that it’s naturally nonstick right out of the box. It also comes in a 12″ version, for when you want to tackle bigger cooking projects like this crispy two-pan roast chicken. Our editor Adam Rapoport borrowed one from the Test Kitchen awhile back, and our sources say it has yet to resurface. The three holes on the lip provide a handy grip for your fingers while pouring off fat or pan juices.

cast iron pan field company

Field Company’s sleek version.

Field Company
We like this skillet’s narrow ergonomic handle, which is comfortable to hold while sautéing or stir-frying, or just carrying the pan to the dinner table. The 8″ version is ideal if you often find yourself cooking for one. Field Company pre-seasons their pans, which gives you a jumpstart on the seasoning process (but don’t expect fried eggs to slide right off on the first go).

cast iron pan butter pat industries

Butter Pat Industries makes a lighter skillet.

Butter Pat Industries
Our Test Kitchen manager Brad Leone is the one who first tipped us off to these incredibly smooth (and great-looking) skillets. This one, called the Joan pan, is relatively light for its size thanks to its thinner walls, which makes it easy to maneuver. The glassy, highly polished surface releases food like a dream, no seasoning needed.

And whatever pan you choose, they’re all calling for pizza:

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