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Category: Cast Iron, General

Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

*Updated 4/7 with additional information from Steve Stephens. Thank you, Steve! Marcia P. of Fenton Missouri wrote to me via the contact form and asked: Looking for help after searching multiple sites. Most skillets have their number and letter one on top of the other. […]

Videos of the Enormous Cast Iron Collection of Larry and Marg O’Neil

Videos of the Enormous Cast Iron Collection of Larry and Marg O’Neil

Pan Apprentice Linda and I had a fun week with Larry and Marg O’Neil of Tacoma Washington in March 2019. I’ve written about Larry and Marg and their collection before – you can see the article I wrote along with Josh Miller – then editor […]

Fire Damage to Cast Iron Cookware

Fire Damage to Cast Iron Cookware

Fire damage to vintage cast iron cookware.

Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Rebecca wants to know who made her 94-year-old Grandmother’s cast iron skillet. It has an interesting “dented” appearance on the outer wall.

Value of cast iron collection: Where to start?

Value of cast iron collection: Where to start?

What reference materials to use when trying to determine the value of a cast iron cookware collection.

Kathleen’s Question: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

Kathleen’s Question: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

I have a youtube channel, and received a comment from Kathleen O on one of my vids with a pan that had pitting: “I hear the that the “pitting” is caused by use over fire or old wood stove. Does this mean old wood stoves burned […]

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

A while back, I went on a road trip with my friend Jim. We stopped here and there throughout the South looking for antique cast iron cookware; Griswold being my maker of choice. At an antique store in Kentucky, I found two painted Griswold “ERIE” […]

Nancy Addison’s “Mash in the Hole” Meatloaf, Made in her Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Bundt Cake Pan

Nancy Addison’s “Mash in the Hole” Meatloaf, Made in her Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Bundt Cake Pan

You already know that I like to check out the “Black Iron Master” contest on Sundays on the Facebook page Black Iron Cooking, Antiques, and Humor. I’ve previously posted about some of Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein’s  entries, and Rose Waddell’s winning Mahogany Chiffon Hydrangea cake made in […]


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