Lodge cast iron cookware was first produced over one hundred years ago in Tennessee. Enduring quality and low prices have ensured that today it remains one of the most well loved American cookware brands on the market.
Lodge produces three principal types of cast iron cookware - classic seasoned cast iron, the newer Signature Series and Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron cookware.
These days, the classic Lodge cast iron cookware comes pre-seasoned using a soy-based vegetable oil so it's ready to use out of the box. Dutch ovens and skillets are huge sellers but Lodge also do an extensive range of cookware for camping.
This particular Lodge Dutch Oven is a standout product, recommended as a Best Buy by Cook's Illustrated and consistently given top ratings on Amazon.
It's not hard to see why. Great classic design, strong and with excellent cooking performance, this Dutch Oven is surprisingly inexpensive. It is suited to all kinds of cooking but is particularly good for soups, casseroles and chilli.
This oven comes pre-seasoned so it's ready to use and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Lodge cast iron skillets are hard-wearing, heavy duty and perfect for all frying - excellent for pancakes! They come in a wide range of styles and sizes - all at very reasonable prices.
A hugely popular and versatile piece of cookware.
This small but heavy duty grill is a great idea for the vegetarian barbecue.
As a vegetarian, I usually find myself in the minority at large barbecue gatherings. I'm also a big believer in having a separate cooking area for the non-meat eaters.
Outstanding cooking capabilities in a convenient size for us veggies!
If you are looking for a more contemporary design, the Lodge cast iron cookware Signature Series is a great choice.
This range adds heavy duty stainless steel handles and knobs for a beautiful modern appearance and the cooking convenience of cool-to-the-touch stainless steel handles.
Lodge Signature Dutch Oven
Lodge Signature Skillet
Lodge Signature Casserole
Lodge now offer a range of great value enameled cast iron cookware. With very low prices compared to the more traditional enameled brands, this range of cookware has been very well received. It's also recommended by Cooks Illustrated.
Le Creuset has long been king when it comes to enameled cast iron. But they are expensive. Lodge certainly offer great value but there are a few negatives to be aware of.
First, Lodge do not produce the same extensive range of colors as Le Creuset. This is a pretty small issue and one most people are probably willing to overlook, given that there is a substantial difference in price.
Second, the anecdotal evidence is that Lodge enamel products are more prone to chipping than Le Creuset. Something to think about...
Finally I've noticed that some Amazon reviews of Lodge's enameled cookware have expressed disappointment that, unlike most of Lodge's products, this range of Lodge cast iron cookware is manufactured in China rather than in the U.S. Lodge are keen to point out that their enameled cookware, although imported, is manufactured to their own high standards and specifications.
The choice is yours. I have to admit I haven't bought any items from the range - not yet anyway. As a long time fan of Le Creuset, I'm finding it hard to drag myself away! But, given Lodge's prices and the general consensus on the quality, I would have to say that I'm tempted. Take a look. I think it looks like a great product - maybe not quite as good as Le Creuset but pretty impressive for the price.
Lodge Enamel Cast-Iron 6-Quart Dutch Oven, Caribbean Blue
Lodge Enamel Dutch Oven, Patriot Red
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