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12-Inch Enameled Cast-Iron Skillets

Cheap and tough, a cast-iron skillet is a kitchen workhorse, but the upkeep makes some cooks balk. Could enameled cast-iron pans, which need no special care, top the classic?

What We Learned

Few pieces of kitchen gear improve after years of heavy use. In fact, we can think of only one: the cast-iron pan. Cast-iron pans are virtually indestructible and easily restored if mistreated. As you cook in it, a cast-iron pan gradually takes on a natural, slick patina that releases food easily. Well-seasoned cast iron can rival, and certainly outlast, a nonstick pan. Its special ...