I found it's shape very nice to cook with, having a large flat bottom surface. Okay, so it's been a while since it's actually been flat, it was warped so badly that only the middle touched the element, making it really wobbly on the ceramic cooktop, far from even heat.
I searched many different stores, looking for my new, awesome skillet that met all of my requirements. It would be large and flat, non-aluminum, even heating, less disposable and wouldn't contain or produce PTFE or PFOA, and needless to say, not cost too much.
but skeptical me, (with product reviews) wasn't sold on any of them. I couldn't find the pan in my mind. I finally thought I'd have to settle for something.. imperfect.
The end of the pan's life had come. I couldn't with good conscience, serve my family anything cooked on it. I asked Dave how to dispose of it. He liked the circular pattern on the bottom, thinking it would make a good target. "Let me shoot at it". Okay then.
The next time I went to cook, I searched my cupboard for something that would do. When I opened that drawer under the oven, which I thought only housed the turkey roaster, I found an old cast iron pan. "I guess that will do, for now." After scrubbing it, and re-seasoning it, I placed it on the stovetop.
|the perfect pan|
Then it hit me. It was heavy, large and flat, non-disposable, even heating, contained no synthetic chemicals, somewhat non-stick, oven safe, and as an added bonus, can provide a little more iron in our diets. It's exactly what I was looking for!
I feel like I discovered the next amazing new thing! Perhaps it's something that corporations want us to forget, in order to spend more. Either way, I'm happy I didn't have to spend a cent. If it's been a while since you've used cast iron, if you're looking to replace your disposable pans, I'd suggest giving it a try.
I do have to make a little handle cozy to go on it though. It was pretty hot when I forgot it wasn't insulated, ouch.