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As my at-home-chef skills have grown over the years, so has my desire to invest in quality products to help me bring all of my tasty creations to life. It’s much more fun to cook when you have all the proper tools. Food also tastes better when you are cooking with pans that hold the proper temperature and don’t taint the dish with those nasty non-stick chemicals. I’ve made it my personal mission to begin replacing all of my generic non-stick pans with cast iron. In my search for the best, I stumbled upon Stargazer Cast Iron. Boy and I glad I did!
This is an all-purpose, everyday, medium-sized skillet, comparable to a vintage size #8. For reference, you can fit 3 burger patties in it but it would be crowded. Stargazer Cast Iron offers their cookware in two finishes: bare and seasoned. The bare skillet will arrive coated with oil and bagged to protect it from the elements. Just wash it and season it however you like. The seasoned skillet has been seasoned by hand and will arrive ready to go, right out of the box.
Before I even opened the box and saw the skillet with my own eyes, I was impressed with just how light weight it really was. I honestly couldn’t believe I was holding cast iron cookware! Nothing says “durable” like a good cast iron pan and I swear by the extra flavors they infuse into the dishes (flavors that get even better over the life of the pan). Cast iron pans are definitely know for their heaviness. I’m no bodybuilder so pouring sauce, gravy, or other foods from my old cast iron skillets to serving dishes was sometimes near impossible without utilizing my husband to hold the pan while I scraped. The Stargazer Cast Iron skillet has such a noticeable difference in weight that I no longer struggle when it comes to lifting and pouring.
Along with the traditional heaviness, cast iron skillets also get plenty hot to the touch. All of the cast iron skillets I owned before my Stargazer would get so hot within minutes it was impossible to touch the handles without using hot pads. You’ll notice the Stargazer Cast Iron skillets have a unique fork design on the handle which allows more air flow, keeping the handle cooler much longer than traditional cast iron pans. The difference was impossible to deny! The handles still get hot to the touch, but I no longer have the fear of suffering painful burns should I grab the handle in haste while cooking.
- SMOOTH COOKING SURFACE
The entire interior of each skillet is machined to a smooth finish. That means food sticks less and it’s a breeze to clean.
One pound lighter than the competition.
- DRIP-FREE POURING
No more pour spouts. Pour from anywhere with our drip-free flared rim.
- STAY-COOL HANDLE
Forked handle allows air circulation to keep it cool longer.
As soon as my Stargazer arrived, I couldn’t wait to try it out! Thanksgiving is so close but I just couldn’t wait for the turkey. So, I decided to whip up a new recipe for Turkey and Herb Dumplings (it’s like eating the turkey, the gravy, and the stuffing all at the same time…I mean c’mon, is there any other way to eat turkey?). I’ve made similar recipes in my other cast iron skillets but was amazed at how my new lighter skillet with cooler handles really made a difference in cooking this meal.
One of the things I love most about cast iron is the ability to go from the stove to the oven and my Stargazer was no exception (except it was easier to handle!). The color of the Stargazer is absolutely gorgeous and so unique compared to all my other pans. It cooks just as beautifully as it looks! What more can you ask for in a cast iron skillet than light weight, perfect for cooking, and beautiful enough to go right from the stove to the serving trivet on your table? I know all I’m going to need is more Stargazer Cast Iron pans in my collection!
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