The cast iron trend has been heating up for well over a decade. Food used to be for sustenance. There seem to be a million more cooking shows than there were years ago.
And we have a lot of vintage cast iron cookware in the shop — all the top brands, from Griswold to Wagner to Lodge and a few others as well. If the pan is rusty or greasy, buy it anyway! Believe it or not, you actually use less oil when cooking with a cast iron skillet.
Here are references, guides, and more to help you learn more about your vintage and antique cast iron cookware. If you do a little research, you will find a wealth of information! Given my limited resources and time constraints, I do not provide personal identification services or valuations for your personal cast iron piece s.
Cast iron cookware is having a comeback. The versatile material has become popular among chefs and home cooks alike for its durability and long heat retention. Cast iron is used to make everything from pans and skillets to Dutch ovens and muffin pans. You can use cast iron cookware on most cooktops, including electric, ceramic, and gas.
A cast-iron skillet is great for everything from searing a T-bone to roasting a chicken, and it will become naturally nonstick over time. It's lighter than other cast-iron skillets, better at searing, comes with a good factory seasoning, and has easy-to-grip handles. This affordable pan is lighter than a traditional cast-iron skillet and a little shallower.
September 15,was a fateful day for Dennis Powell. But on that day almost five years ago, when the vintage skillet that had been passed down to him from his grandmother, Estee Hilton Rudd, slipped out of his hands and bounced down the stairs of his home, all he could do was mourn. He spent hours and hours at the Library of Congress looking at vintage foundry photographs and manufacturing manuals.
Most of the major manufacturers of cast-iron cookware began production in the late s or early s. Cast-iron cookware and stoves were especially popular among homemakers and housekeepers during the first half of the 20th century. Most American households had at least one cast-iron stove and cooking pan, and such brands as Griswold and Wagner Ware were especially popular; though several other manufacturers also produced kitchen utensils and cooking pots and pans at that time.
Article and all photos by Mary Theisen. CopyrightMary Theisen. All rights reserved. Checking out some of the Griswold to be offered at the auction.
I bought some, and the results surprised me. We've all heard tales of antique cast iron's supremacy in the kitchen. My Lodge cookware is five to fifteen years old.