According to Lodge, cast-iron-cookware sales have grown from 4% of the entire cookware market to 10% in the past 10 years. Last year, industry sales reached $114 million. Add to that the increasing popularity of the high-end manufacturer Le Creuset, with its brightly colored enameled cookware from France (in photo), and cast iron is more visible than it's been in many years.
The reasons are obvious. Heavy pans take longer to get hot than thin ones, but they hold their heat longer, and they are, for practical purposes, indestructible. Most even come preseasoned these days, so you don't have to fill the house with smoke as you try to get a protective coat of oil burned onto them.
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