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THERE‘S A PAN FOR THAT

Cast-iron curious? Here’s a quick guide to skillet selection

IF YOU‘RE PINCHING PENNIES

Lodge, $27 and up

Chances are, if you were married in the South, you already have one of these lurking in your pots-and-pans cabinet. If not, Lodge skillets are easy to find, as well as reliable, well-loved (122 years and counting!) and super affordable. (shop.lodgemfg.com)

IF YOU‘RE A LIGHTWEIGHT

Stargazer, $80 and up

Called “the Lamborghini of cast-iron skillets” by Saveur magazine, this sleek number clocks in at a full pound lighter than the competition, meaning that even those who haven’t been getting their reps can easily do a one-handed lift. (stargazercastiron.com)

IF YOU LOVED PORTLANDIA

Finex, $125 and up

First, it’s gorgeous: an heirloom-worthy octagonal skillet with a coiled handle. Second, it’s smart: That coiled handle stays cool (mitts, be gone!) and that striking shape helps with pouring. Third, it’s handmade in Portland. Fred and Carrie would approve. (finexusa.com)

IF YOU WANT ONE LIKE GRANDMA HAD

Smithey, $160 and up

This Charleston-based company studied cast-iron skillets of yore to recreate the smooth, polished surface that so many modern skillets just fall short of attaining. Bonus: It’s good to go straight outta the box. (smitheyironware.com)

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