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While we *would* literally trust Ina Garten with our lives, usually, we can keep things low-stakes and simply rely on her for trustworthy advice on all things cooking-related. Her cookbooks, television shows, and website offer a plethora of recipes, tips, and tricks that make life in the kitchen easier. That’s why, when we noticed that one of her favorite recommended pieces of cookware was on sale — just in time for the holiday cooking and baking season, no less — we freaked.
Garten loves the Lodge cast iron skillet. She even recommends it on her website, Barefoot Contessa), and today, you can get it on Amazon for 30 percent off, bringing it to just $20.90 (it’s usually $29.85). This deal is perfectly timed with fall baking and cooking weather, so you can whip up everything from warm skillet cookies to bacon-filled breakfasts on this trusty pan. We’re not sure how long this sale is going on for, so make sure to snatch up this Ina favorite while you can.
The best part about cast iron? You can get a lifetime of use out of it if you care for it properly. It’s definitely worth the investment (but it’s really not an investment at this price!), and you’ll be able to tell the difference when you’re cooking.
You can get this cast-iron skillet in multiple sizes, though the discount will vary depending on which size you choose.
And once you’ve got your skillet, we also highly recommend adding this silicone handle cover to your order to prevent any burns! It’s only $6.59 and comes in red, blue and black.
What’s so great about cast iron? First of all, it’s very resilient, meaning a cast iron skillet can literally last you your entire life. It’s also prized for getting super hot and holding the heat, which makes it ideal for searing steaks and other meats. There are a lot of myths about cast iron cooking that have been disproved, so once you get your hands on one, you’ll realize how much of a kitchen workhorse your cast iron skillet really is. And if you like it, you can branch out — Lodge also sells cast iron griddles.
Once you get your hands on a cast iron skillet, Garten has several recipes you can use to test it out (though many recommend cooking up a big batch of bacon as your first dish in cast iron to help give it primo seasoning).
What else can you cook? A hearty breakfast or brunch means like one-skillet biscuits and gravy, cast iron sun-dried tomato chicken and rice, and Frito skillet pie. Soon you’ll be patting yourself on your back for listening to Garten, and for snagging this essential kitchen item while it was on sale.
Before you go, check out Garten’s best dinner recipes below:
Watch: How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet