My grandfather was an unassuming chef. He was a San Francisco native who baked sourdough bread and made delicious sauces – but always failed to write down his recipes. He was a maverick in the kitchen and he loved his cast iron pan. My sister was the one who, when my grandfather passed away, had the presence of mind to keep and maintain his pan.
Cast iron pans are truly heirloom pieces, especially when you get the quality ones. Luckily for us, good skillets aren’t relegated to the realm of vintage. There are still several really great American companies manufacturing excellent quality cast iron skillets today. Take a look at these American-made cast iron skillets!
Finex is a cast iron company developed by craftspeople, cooks, and designers in the lovely city of Portland, OR. They created this work of art with a modern design aesthetic while maintaining the excellent functionality of a well-made skillet. This is definitely a top choice if you are looking for a uniquely designed addition to your kitchen!
Smithey began when the founder evolved his love of restoring vintage ironware into a desire to create a modern version of his favorite old pieces. Each skillet is lovingly hand and machine crafted in Charleston, South Carolina. The polished, naturally non-stick surface of a Smithey skillet is a joy to cook with and would make a beautiful addition to your cookware collection.
Lodge Cast Iron has manufactured their heirloom cast iron skillets in South Pittsburg, Tennessee since 1896. Their skillets are the most affordable on the list and are excellent quality. I personally own a Lodge cast iron dutch oven that I use weekly to bake sourdough bread and I love it. If you are looking to get into the cast iron club, this might be a good starting place for you.
The Field Company began with brothers on a mission to replicate the quality vintage cast iron skillets they had inherited from family. What started as a quest to perfect the manufacture of cast iron skillets eventually evolved into a full-blown operation to make their skillets available to everyone. Visit their site for some delicious looking recipes to make in your skillet!
Butter Pat Industries is the happy outcome of a sad moment for the company’s founder. On that fateful day, Dennis Powell dropped and cracked the skillet he’d inherited from his grandmother. To memorialize his favorite kitchen tool, he figured out how to mold and make skillets – an endeavor that eventually evolved into Butter Pat Industries. If you are looking for a smooth and lighter weight option, this might be the skillet for you.