Traditionally, before using a cast-iron skillet, you’d have to wash it, dry it, coat it in vegetable oil, and bake it for an hour upside-down. This is known as seasoning. With the pre-seasoned Lodge cast iron skillets, though, we coat the pan in vegetable oil at the factory, and it goes through high-temperature commercial ovens that allow the oil to deeply seep into the iron essentially jump-starting the whole process. So its ready to use straight out of the box! The best thing is, a Lodge Cast Iron skillet will last you a lifetime.
The History Of Lodge
Nestled alongside the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains is the town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee (population 3,300). It was here that Joseph Lodge and his wife settled and, in 1896 opened his first foundry. Originally named The Blacklock Foundry after Joseph Lodge’s friend and minister, the company gained success until May of 1910 when it burned down. Just three months later and a few blocks south, the company was reborn as Lodge Manufacturing Company.
Joseph Lodge created a legacy of quality that has thrived through two World Wars and the Great Depression and is still carried on by his family today. Both our CEO and Chairman are Joseph Lodge’s great-grandsons who continue to evolve our product line and improve manufacturing methods. While many worthy competitors have fallen by the wayside, Lodge’s dedication to quality, technology, and employees have helped it not only survive but flourish.
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The Lodge Cast Iron foundries have been recycling long before "being green" was cool. Lodge already received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Hazardous Waste Reduction in 1994! Lodge began cardboard recycling cardboard. In 2005, it was 48 tons. In 2012, it grew to 109 tons, the program continues to this day. In addition Lodge is Planting Trees for Beautification & Ozone Attainment. Lodge works hard for Settling Ponds Support Plant & Animal Life because of this the waste water from the Lodge plant is clearer than the river in which it flows.
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Lodge skillets build up a patina like no other brand of cast iron. Every time you use the pan, it gets better and better. That means you're creating a family heirloom. So just because you had to buy your own cast iron pan doesn't mean that your grandkid will have to. Lodge skillets are seriously passed down from generation to generation.
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A Lodge skillet is made of one piece of cast iron, including the handle. While the handle gets hot, it will never break and can take the heat of a hot oven or even the grill. Not only are Lodge cast iron pans made in the USA, but they also come from a family-owned foundry that's more than 100 years old.