Top positive review
Not seasoned well enough, but it's still a fantastic skillet.
February 3, 2018
We use this pan for everything except eggs. We've had this one for quite a while now so I feel like i can give a longer term review. The biggest thing I don't like about this pan is that it didn't feel like it came sufficiently pre- seasoned, so we looked up some videos and instructions and did it. Now it feels like the more we use the pan the better it gets. My husband and I both just Love this thing. The only thing it doesn't seem to cook right is eggs. There seems to be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to cast iron, but once you figure it out, it's very enjoyable to cook on and the food comes out delicious.
Tips on how we seasoned it: there are lots of opinions on which oil to use but we just went with plain ole vegetable oil. We made sure the pan was clean, then covered it with a thin layer of oil. We put it in the oven as preheated it until 475 degrees. Once it came to temperature, we turned it off and just let the pan sit in there until it cooled. The goal is to "burn off" the oil, so bring it past the smoking point until it gets dry and hard on the pan. That's what makes it coat well. We did this 3 or 4 times, but the more you use it the better nonstick surface you'll have.
Tips: Don't wash with soap, it'll strip it. We purchased a chainmail scrubber that we love to use. Seems to help smooth it out a little too, but that might be in my head. When I clean it I only use the scrubber and hot water. The more I use the pan the easier it gets to clean.
When you finish cleaning it, don't leave it wet. It'll rust. We just put it back on the stove with the burner on until it's dry. Easy.
Keep in mind that cast iron doesn't exactly heat evenly, but it holds heat well. This just means that you have to sufficiently preheat the pan before you use to ensure even cooking.
Overall I love this pan! It just gets better every time I use it.