Sunday, March 14, 2010

Griswold Pop-over Pans

I did not know a whole lot about old cast iron when I bought these "muffin pans" back in the early 1990s.

It turns out they were called "Pop-over Pans" and they really aren't very old. The pan on the right is an actual Griswold. It was cast in Erie PA probably in the 1950s. The pan on the left has the markings of both Wagner Ware and Griswold so it was produced after the Wagner Mfg. Co. acquired Griswold in 1957. It was made using the same pattern, but was cast in Sidney OH in either the 1960s or early 1970s.

 As you can see the Griswold is a much nicer casting than the later Wagner made piece.

 Interior of the Wagner produced pan.

 Interior of the actual Griswold.

I think this post is a good illustration of why cast iron collectors regard the 1960s as a turning point. The quality of the cast iron produced before the sixties was simply better.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Just how good is the seasoning on a Lodge pre-seasoned pan?

Scrambled eggs are a pretty decent test of any skillet. I thought it would be interesting to scramble a couple eggs and see how well a brand new Lodge Logic pan did with them.

For comparison I used an old Wagner Ware #8 that is getting to be a pretty nice pan.

You will see the results. I think the Lodge did fairly well for brand new.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

International Dutch Oven Society's 2010 Championship Cookbook

The recipes in this book are the same ones that the teams will prepare in the upcoming 2010 World Championship Dutch Oven Cook-Off. All of the recipes are suitable for both indoor and outdoor (camp dutch ovens) dutch oven cooking.

I have the 2009 book and I'm really looking forward to getting the 2010 edition.

You can peek at the table of contents at this LINK .