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 quality ones. Luckily, good skillets aren’t relegated to the realm of vintage. Several great American companies still manufacture excellent quality cast iron skillets today. Take a look at these cast iron skillets made in the USA!
Finex is a cast iron company developed by craftspeople, cooks, and designers in 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 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. A Smithey skillet’s polished, naturally non-stick surface is a joy to cook with and would make a beautiful addition to your cookware collection.
Lodge Cast Iron has manufactured its heirloom cast iron skillets in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, since 1896. Their skillets are the most affordable on the list and are of excellent quality. I use a Lodge cast iron Dutch oven weekly to bake sourdough bread, and I love it. If you want to get into the cast iron club, this might be a good starting place.
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 a 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. This might be your skillet if you want a smooth and lighter-weight option.