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LODGE CAST IRON MUFFIN PANS: WHY Didn't He Listen To Me?

  • Aug 2, 2001
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Rating:
+5
Pros: best muffins ever, popovers, shorter baking time, becomes non-stick over time

Cons: a bit heavy, NO non-stick coating artifically applied upon purchase, hard-to-find

The Bottom Line: After owning one, I searched for 10 years for another of these spectacular muffin pans. No muffin pan on the market approaches the flavor and results of this pan.

IMPORANT NOTE- IRON NOT STEEL
It is of great irritation to me to see that Epinions has listed the Lodge items as being steel. This is simply NOT true.

In addition to this, another reviewer has maintained in reviews, that after "research" that it was determined that the LODGE line of bakeware is not iron but steel.

If you care to visit the Lodge site to see the process that they use to make these pans, visit:

www.lodgemfg.com.

All of their bakeware and cookware is CAST IRON. The LODGE COMPANY does not work with steel.

I have been in contact with the company about this and you can feel free to do so yourself.


Now...
on with the epinion......
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After we were first married, my dear husband who loves good food used to rave to me about cast iron cookware.

Although we were eating natural and whole grain foods, that have far more flavor than any other food I had ever had, I have to admit, I was bored with cooking.

It is amazing what the right cookware can do to the exact same recipe that you did not like in the "other pan".


THE CO-OP

One day we were perusing a quaint store back when co-ops REALLY sold NATURAL food and healthy things. As I wandered about looking through the interesting array of things in the store, I came upon a LODGE display.

Immediately, I squealed and my husband came over to see what had bitten me. When he saw the display, he immediately abandoned any thoughts for my safety.

As we talked about the wonderful cookware before us, reality came upon us with a crash. We had only $25 to our name.

After extreme deliberation and conferencing, we decided to purchase the most unusual thing in the display. The straight sided muffin pan.

From that day on, I bugged him to buy another one. The pan made only 11 muffins, and we usually made more than that.

However, he kept telling me that they would have them there for a long time and we could always get them.

For several years I begged him to purchase another pan, and finally he conceded.

When we went back to the store, the Lodge display was gone. They no longer sold cast iron cookware.

Now I was STEAMING mad.


WHY DIDN'T HE LISTEN TO ME????

I tried not to hound him....oh, heck, I hounded him about this one for a long time and I wanted to. I was so upset that we had missed the opportunity to purchase another fantastic muffin pan.

After ten years of looking EVERYWHERE for another straight sided muffin pan, I had given up finding one. We had been to several states and many places, but no one ever heard of the muffin pans.

Finally a tiny store we happened to come upon was selling a couple of iron things. We were about to leave when up on the top shelf I spotted it.

ANOTHER MUFFIN PAN!!!

It cost $22 and we only had $25 dollars to our name. Sound familiar? This time when my husband argued about the bills we needed to pay and all of the other rationalizations, I grabbed the money from his pocket and ran inside the store and purchased the pan.

When we got outside, he was not entirely angry at me. He just smirked and told me that he would probably not regret this.

The store closed the next week.

We have never seen these pans in any other store since.






WHAT IS THIS PAN LIKE?

As you can see from the picture here, the LODGE STRAIGHT SIDED MUFFIN PANS have 11 holes in them. There is also a smaller version with 6 holes in it.

There are finger holes in either end of the pan for hanging up or holding the pan with. Using a hot pad, they are not that useful when the pan is hot.

The sides are straight. They hold a bit more than the average muffin pan, although they look smaller. Due to the magnificent insulation properties of the iron, the muffins rise more efficiently and do not run over.

The measurements of the pans are as follows:

6 hole:7 1/2 x 5 1/4

11 hole: 7 3/4 x 11

All measurements are in inches.

The 11 hole pan weighs about 4 pounds or so. The 6 hole probably is about half of that.


HOW TO SEASON THIS PAN
(taken from my other Lodge review since the process is the same: http://www.epinions.com/content_34227654276)


1. Wash with hot soapy water to remove the manufacturing wax coating.

2. Oil the cookware with solid vegetable shortening (the ONLY thing I EVER recommend Crisco for- it is not for eating).

3. Put in oven. Some people suggest upside down, but I have done it successfully both ways.

4. Make sure you provide a pan or something to catch the extra oil that will run off.

5. Bake for an hour or two at 350 degrees F.

6. Let cool in the oven after turned off.

7. Make sure to store in a DRY place when cool.

8. Keep a light coating of oil over the pan after using it. Eventually the coating of oil will make the pan stick free.


MY COMMENTS

Make sure that you use this pan correctly for the best results.

Preheat oven with the greased muffin pan in the oven. After about 15 minutes, start the batter.

Immediately after the batter is just mixed, fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Place back in oven right away. Knock about 3 minutes or so off of baking time.

Due to the insulation properties of this pan, they will bake sooner and better than other pans.

The muffins will come out of the pan a few minutes after leaving the oven. Sometimes more tender muffins need more time to set in the pans before moving.

If you wash the pan right after using it, it will clean well. Sometimes you need to apply a bit of scrubbing, but not usually.

Once clean, dry immediately with a cloth towel. Lightly oil and store. If pans are still sticking a bit, then re-season again.

Store in a dry place.

The more you use and oil these pans, the more stick-free they become. There is NOT a stick free coating on them. The seasoning naturally creates a non-stick coating after several uses.

The flavor of the muffins or popovers you make in this pan is unequaled with any other muffin pans. Believe me, in the 10 years I searched for another cast iron muffin pan, I tried EVERY other kind of pan out there.



WARNINGS
(appear on all of my Lodge reviews)

Do NOT wash in dishwasher.

Make sure to DRY IMMEDIATELY after washing, and coat lightly with oil before storing.

If rust spots develop, scour with steel wool, rinse and re-season


RECOMMENDATION

I can not recommend the LODGE STRAIGHT SIDED MUFFIN PAN enough. I mean, after all, I searched tirelessly for 10 years for another one of these pans.

Does THAT tell you anything?

SOURCES

You can purchase these pans from Gray & Holt. I have dealt with them on several occasions for other cast iron ware, and they are wonderfully old fashioned service.

www.ugwhite.com

Another source is :
Old Forge Hardware and Bakeware

http://www.adirondackpark.com/oldforgehardware/bakewareCast.html


A specific word search on www.google.com will also lead you to some other sources for this pan.







Recommended:
Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 22

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