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Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

#1 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 28th, 2019, 11:22 am

Going through old copies of the year end Saveur 100 issue.
Found this item and wondered if anyone bought in.
$300.00 for a cast iron skillet seems counter-intuitive to me, but hey.

http://boroughfurnace.com/shop/105-frying-skillet
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#2 Post by Paul Flynn » February 28th, 2019, 11:44 am

2000% markup over Lodge.
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#3 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 28th, 2019, 11:46 am

But, but, they're made from reclaimed iron!!

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#4 Post by Robert M yers » March 1st, 2019, 6:39 am

I like the design, but that seems foolish.

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#5 Post by Victor Hong » March 1st, 2019, 7:10 am

Perfect for boiling re-claimed water.
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#6 Post by scamhi » March 1st, 2019, 7:24 am

https://www.darto.org/us/products/
look at Darto Pans made in Argentina. Of pressed steel not cast. Truly beautiful once seasoned non stick. Super high quality
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#7 Post by Jim Stewart » March 1st, 2019, 8:30 am

Mark.Ricca wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 11:22 am
Going through old copies of the year end Saveur 100 issue.
Found this item and wondered if anyone bought in.
$300.00 for a cast iron skillet seems counter-intuitive to me, but hey.

http://boroughfurnace.com/shop/105-frying-skillet
Anybody else see the irony of making this comment on THIS site? (It's fermented grape juice folks)

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#8 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » March 1st, 2019, 9:34 am

scamhi wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 7:24 am
https://www.darto.org/us/products/
look at Darto Pans made in Argentina. Of pressed steel not cast. Truly beautiful once seasoned non stick. Super high quality
Do you have any? Really want a new paella pan.
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#9 Post by scamhi » March 1st, 2019, 11:54 am

I bought the #27 paella pan and it was so beautiful I gave it to my daughter and son in law. It is too small for more than 2 persons
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#10 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » March 1st, 2019, 12:27 pm

I was thinking the 35 and have it double as a roaster.
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#11 Post by Lee Short » March 2nd, 2019, 2:27 pm

scamhi wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 7:24 am
https://www.darto.org/us/products/
look at Darto Pans made in Argentina. Of pressed steel not cast. Truly beautiful once seasoned non stick. Super high quality
Carbon steel? The website isn't exactly forthcoming.
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#12 Post by scamhi » March 2nd, 2019, 2:31 pm

Lee Short wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 2:27 pm
scamhi wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 7:24 am
https://www.darto.org/us/products/
look at Darto Pans made in Argentina. Of pressed steel not cast. Truly beautiful once seasoned non stick. Super high quality
Carbon steel? The website isn't exactly forthcoming?
yes carbon steel
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#13 Post by MitchTallan » March 2nd, 2019, 7:42 pm

I have had this for 20 years and love it (along with a collection of Lodge). We use it mostly for brick spatchcock chicken. http://www.chasseur-brandshop.com/epage ... 3131-rubis

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#14 Post by Mark.Ricca » March 3rd, 2019, 12:03 pm

scamhi wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 7:24 am
https://www.darto.org/us/products/
look at Darto Pans made in Argentina. Of pressed steel not cast. Truly beautiful once seasoned non stick. Super high quality
Zabar's used to carry generic French steel pans. My primary omelette pan is an 8" version of those. Really inexpensive but good quality, although that purchase was made nearly 30 years ago.

That Borough Furnace piece not only makes me thinks silly $$$, but that "Y" design handle seems like it would be an Achilles heel if dropped.
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#15 Post by Alan Eden » March 3rd, 2019, 1:41 pm

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#16 Post by Alan Rath » March 3rd, 2019, 1:52 pm

Just got this one, don't remember if I read about it here on Berserkers, or somewhere else. Haven't seasoned and used it yet, but the quality looks very good.

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#17 Post by ybarselah » June 10th, 2019, 11:59 am

drop has great prices on my favorite black steel pan from matfer-bourgeat the 12 inch one has replaced pretty much every pan i had. huge step up from cast iron, imo. seasoning i think is maybe a bit easier than cast iron.

fyi, the sizing is confusing. the 12 5/8" pan has a 9.5" cooking surface (the flat part). for seasoning, i've been using the flax seed oil method and it's insane how non-stick it is.

rare when one of the cheapest versions you can buy ends up being the best but this seems to be one of those instances.

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#18 Post by Josh Grossman » June 10th, 2019, 1:00 pm

I've been fancying these:

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#19 Post by Brian King » June 10th, 2019, 1:05 pm

I love these pans. I will say however that they've gotten ridiculously difficult to buy. The last few sales I've put on my calendar, logged in @ EXACTLY the appointed time, gotten a pan into my cart - but had them sell out before I could complete the transaction. Until things low down not sure I'l buy another (but I also have 3 already, so no real urgency either).

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#20 Post by Michae1 P0wers » June 14th, 2019, 7:08 am

My 100+ year old Griswold cracked this year, which was my fault as I took it out of a cold cabinet and put it on too high of heat. So I researched replacements thoroughly. I considered Finex, Field, Smithey, Stargazer, and a few others. Ultimately I settled on Stargazer. The reviews were great and at about $90 it was half the price or less than some others. So far I'm very happy with it. It's only been about a month but I use it a lot. Quality seems top notch, and I'm happy with the QPR.

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#21 Post by Nathan V. » June 16th, 2019, 1:05 pm

scamhi wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 7:24 am
https://www.darto.org/us/products/
look at Darto Pans made in Argentina. Of pressed steel not cast. Truly beautiful once seasoned non stick. Super high quality
How did the transaction and shipping go (and how long did it take)?

Pans look cool.
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#22 Post by scamhi » June 17th, 2019, 4:21 am

transportation and shipping went well via DHL. Pans need seasoning before use.
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#23 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » June 17th, 2019, 5:58 am

I bought a set of deBuyer pans years ago on sale and have never gotten around to seasoning them. They've now moved houses with me twice.

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#24 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » June 17th, 2019, 6:09 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
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I bought a set of deBuyer pans years ago on sale and have never gotten around to seasoning them. They've now moved houses with me twice.
I had quite the ordeal seasoning mine. Have yet to use it.

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#25 Post by Alan Eden » June 17th, 2019, 6:47 am

Seasoning Debuyer pans takes like 20 minutes and is simple. All you do is peel a few potatoes, put them in the pan filled with water and simmer for 20 minutes, hey presto fully season pan. Dont overthink it, plus the seasoning just builds up naturally with use, the trick is never to let soap or detergent anywhere near the pan
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#26 Post by Brian Gilp » June 17th, 2019, 9:10 am

Michae1 P0wers wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 7:08 am
My 100+ year old Griswold cracked this year, which was my fault as I took it out of a cold cabinet and put it on too high of heat. So I researched replacements thoroughly. I considered Finex, Field, Smithey, Stargazer, and a few others. Ultimately I settled on Stargazer. The reviews were great and at about $90 it was half the price or less than some others. So far I'm very happy with it. It's only been about a month but I use it a lot. Quality seems top notch, and I'm happy with the QPR.
I have a Field and a Butter Pat and love them both. Such a step up from the cheap cast iron that I had for many years that I know understand the love others have for a quality cast iron pan. I find that I am using these more and more and thinking of a few more.

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#27 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » June 18th, 2019, 7:17 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 6:47 am
Seasoning Debuyer pans takes like 20 minutes and is simple. All you do is peel a few potatoes, put them in the pan filled with water and simmer for 20 minutes, hey presto fully season pan. Dont overthink it, plus the seasoning just builds up naturally with use, the trick is never to let soap or detergent anywhere near the pan
I don’t remember anything about water. Oil yes, but not water.

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#28 Post by Alan Eden » June 18th, 2019, 10:06 pm

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Alan Eden wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 6:47 am
Seasoning Debuyer pans takes like 20 minutes and is simple. All you do is peel a few potatoes, put them in the pan filled with water and simmer for 20 minutes, hey presto fully season pan. Dont overthink it, plus the seasoning just builds up naturally with use, the trick is never to let soap or detergent anywhere near the pan
I don’t remember anything about water. Oil yes, but not water.
The method i describe is straight off the label supplied on the pan
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#29 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » June 19th, 2019, 5:36 am

Alan Eden wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Alan Eden wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 6:47 am
Seasoning Debuyer pans takes like 20 minutes and is simple. All you do is peel a few potatoes, put them in the pan filled with water and simmer for 20 minutes, hey presto fully season pan. Dont overthink it, plus the seasoning just builds up naturally with use, the trick is never to let soap or detergent anywhere near the pan
I don’t remember anything about water. Oil yes, but not water.
The method i describe is straight off the label supplied on the pan
Sorry, confused my Matfer-Bourgeat with your De buyer. M-B has a wax coating.

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#30 Post by ybarselah » June 19th, 2019, 9:55 am

all steel pans regardless of brand will have some coating when stored and shipped to prevent oxidation (beeswax in the case of de buyer). so that needs to be washed off prior to first use, as indicated in all the instructions that come with these things. and all steel pans must be seasoned in order to cook properly and the only way to do that is with fat. water does...nothing.
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#31 Post by David Fleming » June 19th, 2019, 3:44 pm

ybarselah wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 9:55 am
all steel pans regardless of brand will have some coating when stored and shipped to prevent oxidation (beeswax in the case of de buyer). so that needs to be washed off prior to first use, as indicated in all the instructions that come with these things.
Well, not Kama-Asa: http://www.kama-asa.co.jp/en/tool/fryingpan/ (hand hammered, not cast).

Iwachu is another Japanese manufacturer of nice cast iron.

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#32 Post by Ken Strauss » June 19th, 2019, 4:00 pm

Blanc Creatives makes a terrific product.
The website also has a write up on how to smoke season which they say is their favorite way to season. They ship after coating with coconut oil and cooking.

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#33 Post by ybarselah » June 20th, 2019, 12:00 pm

David Fleming wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 3:44 pm
ybarselah wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 9:55 am
all steel pans regardless of brand will have some coating when stored and shipped to prevent oxidation (beeswax in the case of de buyer). so that needs to be washed off prior to first use, as indicated in all the instructions that come with these things.
Well, not Kama-Asa: http://www.kama-asa.co.jp/en/tool/fryingpan/ (hand hammered, not cast).

Iwachu is another Japanese manufacturer of nice cast iron.
no idea why, but likely because they're shipping directly to a very small audience. but they're not magically immune from chemistry. you don't have to coat it, but it certainly prevents it from getting ruined in transit, storage, resellers, etc.
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#34 Post by David Fleming » June 20th, 2019, 1:55 pm

ybarselah wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 12:00 pm
no idea why, but likely because they're shipping directly to a very small audience. but they're not magically immune from chemistry. you don't have to coat it, but it certainly prevents it from getting ruined in transit, storage, resellers, etc.
Yeah, thinking the same thing, but they do an initial seasoning on them. I've been to their shop in Tokyo and checked out the pans. Very nice, but there is a waiting list to buy them since they are all handmade.

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