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Cast-iron and nonstick pans can do a lot of the same things -- but that doesn't mean they're always interchangeable.
Caption: Rusty cast-iron pans can be time-consuming to clean, but the results are worth the effort.
Some say this ruins the pan and only the older, smooth-surfaced pans should be used, but I for one make omelets in a sand-casted Lodge cast-iron skillet without any trouble.
Since 2010, she said, LDC operators have replaced over 20,000 miles of cast-iron and bare-steel pipeline, and about 900,000 miles of cast-iron and bare-steel services.
"Our cast iron cookware supplier (Lodge Cast Iron) gives additional prize money to the winning teams if they cook in their cast-iron cookware," Solgot said.
Celebrities might help, but quality makes the customer buy, said Vinnie Franco, vice president and general manager of Copco, which offers cast-iron pieces in its Mario Batali and Rick Bayless lines.
"Unless you do something really crazy, if you take care of it, it will just last," says Mark Kelly, the public relations manager at Lodge, the brand synonymous with cast-iron cookware (it has, after all, been churning the stuff out since 1896).
Sales of newly manufactured cast iron have risen steadily over the last decade, and where once you could find a box of cast-iron cookware at a garage sale or flea market for a quarter, those finds are harder and harder to come by as collectors snap them up.
The cast-iron skillet is a sturdy, versatile, traditional kitchen workhorse that 85% of us own but far fewer of us reach for daily, mostly because we have one or two recipes we use it for and otherwise it stays in the back of the cabinet.
I found some old cast-iron cookware that's rusty and covered in black crud.
The four-story, cast-iron structure was built in two months.
"The category is definitely growing, much more so than we could have anticipated," said Mark Kelly, marketing communications manager for Lodge Manufacturing, which has the lion's share of the cast-iron cookware market and introduced the Logic line of pre-seasoned cast iron four years ago.