A restored vintage piece of cast iron cookware, ready to be seasoned. Editor's Note: This article has been updated with improved oil tips for seasoning. Serious Eats has become a pretty great resource for cast iron cooking, thanks to some of the articles Kenji has written on the topic, from recipes to care and maintenance guides as well as some serious myth busting. One of the wonders of cast iron is that it's tough as nails, and can last for generations. For those looking to take their cast iron cooking to the next level, a nice piece of vintage cookware is a pretty sweet first step.
Antique Cast Iron Skillet Markings
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Cast iron skillets have been in use for more than years, with some Chinese skillets dating to the second century B. Antique cast iron skillets vary in value depending on several factors, including the condition and rarity of the skillet. Collectible cast iron skillets must be usable, and skillets with extensive damage such as holes or missing handles are not collectible. Since cast iron has such a long life span, valuable old skillets can be found at yard sales and in thrift stores. Clean off any rust that is present on the skillet. Rust can hide damage or past repairs to the pan, handle and lid. Examine the cast iron skillet to determine its condition.
The Complete Buying Guide to Lodge Cast-Iron Skillets and Cookware
Wagner and Griswold are the leaders in the American cast-iron collectibles market. Wagner Manufacturing started business in in Sidney, Ohio. It manufactured cast iron and tried other products over the next century, including brass and aluminum. Randall Company purchased Wagner Manufacturing in , and Griswold, its biggest competitor, in
Serious collectors know that many people have old cast iron pots inherited from a relative sitting in the back of the cabinet waiting to be brought out for a yard sale. Good cooks know that many of those same people spend good money trying to find pans that work as well as those in the back of their own cupboards. Identifying old cast iron pans requires some time and effort. Here's how to begin to decide which cookware to keep and use and which to put in the rummage sale.